3 HOUR TOUR
WHALE WATCHING PICO ISLAND
Pico Island is where the highest mountain of Portugal is located: Mount Pico, which is 2,351 meters high. Also, Pico’s vineyard are classified as UNESCO Patrimony since 2004.
Lajes do Pico harbor is where we start our whale and dolphin watching adventure. It is possible to watch 28 cetacean species around the Azores archipelago. During Springtime, you can see baleen whales such as Blue whale, Fin whale and Sei whale. In the Summertime, in addition to our resident species, you can also see spotted dolphins, pilot whales, beaked whales and sometimes also Bryde’s whales.
The Azores are distinguished as one of the best destinations in the world for whale and dolphin watching and that is why we always say it is a must-do experience, at least once in your life.
Our marine biologists and nature guides will give a briefing to tell you all you need to know about whale watching in the Azores. Then, they will take you out on the ocean for about 3 hours to spot some of the cetacean species present here in the Azores.
WHALE WATCHING IN PICO
Join us for one experience that can be both educational and fun.
The success rate on cetacean sighting is 98%.
Welcome to one of Portugal´s seven natural wonders.
The Pico mountain offers you a delightful view and a challenge year round.
During this experience, you will have the opportunity to watch some of 28 cetacean species that can be found in the Azores.See our species guide
Lajes do Pico harbor, Pico Island
Approximately 3 hours
65€ Adults (+12 years old)
32.5€ Children (8-12 years old)
Prices are subject to change depending on the different months.
9:00am & 2:00pm
Check In Times
8:30am & 1:30pm
From April to October
Level of Difficulty
From 8 years old
(the child’s feet must touch the ground when seated in the zodiac boat)
- Pre-tour briefing
- Raincoat and pants if necessary
- Life jacket
- Marine biologist or nature guide aboard
- Comfortable clothes and shoes
- Sunscreen, towel and hat
- Bring your backpack, water, and snacks (bring your own reusable water bottle)
The duration of this tour can change according to the weather, species location and/or other factors. This tour should not be booked if you have compromises right after it (a flight, another activity, …)
Q: How do I get to Pico Island?
A: There are flight connections from Lisbon (with Azores Airlines). You can also fly from São Miguel or Terceira Island. Also, if you prefer you can fly to Faial Island and then go to Pico by boat all year round. To book for the ferry for all the other Islands, you can do it through Atlanticoline or in our shop in Portas do Mar, Ponta Delgada.
Q: Can I join this tour if I have back problems?
A: Futurismo Azores Whale Watching in Pico Island only has a zodiac boat, which is less spacious than the catamarans we have in São Miguel Island. We do recommend you to have some medical advice before booking.
Q: I am pregnant and would like to do whale watching. Is it possible?
A: In this situation, we strongly advise to go on the catamarans because they are more comfortable and stable. In Pico Island, we only have a zodiac boat, so it is not the best option.
Q: Does Futurismo provide equipment in case of bad weather?
A: Yes, we provide waterproof jackets and trousers for the boat trip if necessary.
Q: What if I don’t see any cetacean during the tour?
A: Nature offers no guarantee and sometimes, even though it is rare, it happens that you won’t see any cetacean. In this case, Futurismo will allow you to book another tour for free to try your luck again.
Species You Might See
“We can highly recommend a whale watching tour with Futurismo (in Pico) as we were with a small group on a ‘little’ zodiac. The tour on the zodiac was already so much fun but we could also approach the dolphins and some whales on a non agressive and nearby way. Our guide Maria (marine biologist) had much knowledge and was so respectful towards the animals. […] Thank you for the lovely experience.”
xdelphinex – TripAdvisor
“SO MANY TOUR COMPANIES IN PICO… GLAD WE CHOSE FUTURISMO”
“We had such a great time on this whale and dolphin watching tour. We thoroughly enjoyed riding in the zodiacs. It was especially thrilling when it went extra fast because you knew we were about to see something wonderful, and we did! […] This trip was a definite highlight in Pico!”
Neaty18 – TripAdvisor
DICOVER PICO 5 DAYS
Visit to some local places related to the old whaling tradition such as a traditional whale lookout hut, a former whale factory and the famous whalers museum.
SWIM WITH DOLPHINS IN PICO
SWIM WITH DOLPHINS IN PICO
A life changing half-day experience that will allow you to swim with dolphins in the open ocean!
VISIT VILA FRANCA DO CAMPO ISLET IN SÃO MIGUEL
VISIT VILA FRANCA DO CAMPO ISLET
In São Miguel Island there is a wonderful place. We take you to swim in a natural crater in the ocean.