FULL DAY
Be a Marine Biologist

SÃO MIGUEL ISLAND
BE A FUTURISMO MARINE BIOLOGIST

Prepare yourself for a full day of intense research and learning about the giant cetaceans of São Miguel Island. If you are interested in an investigation about marine life and you are curious about the everyday life of our biologists, then this exciting experience is absolutely for you!

In the last few years, more than 3,000 sperm whales and 500 blue whales were identified in the Azores. If you love the marine wildlife and would like to do some whale and dolphin watching in São Miguel to discover more about the environment and social behavior of the baleen whales and sperm whales, this is the perfect tour for you! 

Meet us in our shop at Ponta Delgada harbor at 8 am and here starts our adventure! You will spend your day between the observation at sea in a zodiac and “work” in the office with our experienced marine biologists. On the program, you will be able to register some of the species you will see during the boat trip, for instance with the photo-identification technique. You will help to collect microplastics with a plankton network, allowing us to filter a certain volume of water and then quantify the microplastics present in it.

We will also record acoustic data thanks to our directional hydrophone which will allow us to hear and record sounds emitted by cetaceans audible to the human ear. We will also try to collect biological samples as we often observe cetacean skin and stool during our trips. When possible, these samples will be collected and kept for further analysis.

All the data collected will be incorporated into the database. We will analyze what we brought back from the trip.

During this tour, you will learn a lot about the cetaceans of the Azores! You will live a full day with our biologist’s team. This is a must-do for whale and dolphin lovers.

Location

Ponta Delgada, South Coast of São Miguel island

Duration

About 8h

Tour Rates

114€ (+12 years old)
57€ Children (8-12 years old)

Daily Departures

8:00am

Check In Times

8:00am

Availability

March to October (on-request and depending on weather conditions)

Level of Difficulty

Easy

Vessel Types

Zodiac

Minimum Age

From 8 years old. Catamaran recommended for seniors.

Tour Details
  • Pre-tour briefing,
  • Boat tour of about 6h
    Raincoat and pants (if necessary)
  • Life jacket
  • Marine biologist aboard
  • Light meal
  • Regional tea after the boat trip
  • Insurance (personal accident & liability)

For this activity, there is a minimum of 6 participants.

This tour is available for children above 8 years old for safety reasons. 

If you have any food restriction please inform us at least 48h before the tour.

We do not recommend this tour for people with back problems or pregnant women.

  • Comfortable clothes & shoes
  • Sweater, jacket
  • Sunscreen, hat
  • Backpack, water and snacks (we do not sell food onboard)

Q: What can we see during this day?
A: This experience will show you some of the marine wildlife of São Miguel Island and help you understand it.

Q: What is the difficulty level of this experience?
A: It is considered to be an easy one.

Q: Which language do the biologists speak?
A: We guarantee Portuguese, English and Spanish. In case you want another language you should contact us in advance.

Q: Can children do this experience?
A: This experience is available for people above 8 years old for safety reasons.

Q: How do I get to Azores?
A: There are flight connections from Lisbon, Porto and other main capitals.

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