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Half-Day Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour

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Ponta Delgada, Portugal
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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more

Overview

Search for whales and dolphins along the southern coast of the Azores on this wildlife watching trip from Ponta Delgada. Traveling in a nimble, open boat with an experienced captain, you’ll have the best chance of spotting the bottlenose dolphins, sperm whales, sei whales, bearded whales, and blue whales that flock to the islands. This whale and dolphin tour is a fun, family-friendly way to see the coast, and both morning and afternoon departures are available.
  • Dolphin and whale tour from Ponta Delgada
  • See native wildlife in a natural environment
  • Travel the coast in an open boat
  • Chance to see a wide variety of species
  • Popular choice with kids
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure

What's Included

Live commentary on board
Professional guide
Rain Coat and Life Vest (mandatory on the small boats)
Food and drinks
Hotel drop-off
Hotel Pick-up
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Departure & Return

Departure Point

Picos de Aventura - Animação e Lazer, Marina Pêro De Teive Avenida João Bosco Mota Amaral, 9500-771 Ponta Delgada, Portugal

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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What To Expect

Make your way to a tour office in Ponta Delgada, where you’ll meet your wildlife guide for a short briefing about your itinerary—the exact route varies with recent dolphin and whale activity, taking advantage of a series of observation points along the southern coast.

Board an open boat for a trip along the coast, which will vary in duration a bit depending on the location of the wildlife.

Keep your camera ready, because there’s a lot to see, with more than 20 different cetaceans appearing in the waters off the Azores. Scan the water for spotted dolphins and bottlenose dolphins, and try to see the distinctive features of the whales that travel through the archipelago on their yearly migration routes.

With an experienced guide on board, you’ll learn about the animals you see, and get a fun perspective on the Azores’ distinctive nature. After your time on the water, this tour concludes with drop-off in Ponta Delgada.
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Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Your tour can be on 1 of 3 different types of boats depending on availability: zodiac (speed boat); fiberglass (open boat, more stable) or catamaran (big boat, WC on board)
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 65 travelers
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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Lots of dolphins!
lindsayt914
, Sep 2019
Very nice and knowledgable. staff. We saw a Sei whale and lots of dolphins on our trip. One word of warning, when they say the trip is not suitable for people with back issues they mean it. The boat we went out on was a small RIB/semi rigid type and it was a very bumpy ride. My mother didn't consider her back an issue, but she was very sore for several days after the trip. If you are in any doubt maybe check to see if you can go out on a larger vessel, as I believe the company does have a couple of fibreglass boats in its fleet.
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Fantastic boat, biologist onboard to help & successful
Zany M
, Aug 2019
It is a very professional organization, with brand new speed boats and equipment, but also a proper biologist on board to explain everything you are seeing! Fantastic experience
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So many dolphins!
Paradise39631703319
, Nov 2018
It was a bummer to not catch a sighting of any whales, but we saw three species of dolphins and got some great views of Sao Miguel in the process. The biologist was incredibly well informed and friendly, and she and the driver did their best to get us as close to the animals as possible during our outing. I would definitely come back, they made it possible for me to go whale/dolphin watching even though I was traveling alone.
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Half Day Whale and Dolphin Watch
mariamS5495JC
, Jun 2018
The location was in downtown Ponta delgada. Good location Tour company was accommodating. We saw Dolphins but no whale sightings that day. it was an enjoyable half day excursion.
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This tour was amazing, we got to see...
Heather M
, May 2018
This tour was amazing, we got to see '2 Fin whales and a Blue whale' along with flying fish and birds, the staff and crew were lovely , informative and passionate about what they did. Seeing the Blue whale was very emotional for everyone including the crew who don't get to see these very often, Top marks highly recommended
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We saw two types of dolphins, which...
CATHERINE G
, Aug 2017
We saw two types of dolphins, which was great. The tour guide was informative. Unfortunately, we did not see any whales. The tour was too long. 2 hours would have been enough. Be sure to use sun screen.
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Very enjoyable trip. Between the...
g79jc
, Jun 2017
Very enjoyable trip. Between the crew on board and the spotters on the island every effort was made to make the tour a success. We were lucky enough to see two whale dives and be escorted for a while by a group of spotted dolphins. Plus education from the on board marine biologist. Great time.
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Decepcionante
Manuela F
, Jul 2019
En la informacion de reserva, hace mencion a 2 tipos de embarcacion pequeñas, la excursion fue en una embarcacion grande, ibamos mucha gente, un paseo aburrido de 3 horas psra ver delfines.
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Geweldig!
estherlouwes
, Jun 2019
2 potvissen gezien en 3 soorten dolfijnen. Echt een geweldige ervaring! Ik raadt het iedereen aan! Ze zorgen goed voor de dieren.
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De trip was goed georganiseerd...
Henk R
, Jun 2016
De trip was goed georganiseerd. Houdt er rekening mee dat je helemaal nat wordt. Neem dus een grote plastic tas mee voor die spullen die droog moeten blijven, zoals een fototoestel of filmcamera. Op deze trip geen walvissen gespot gebeurt maar zelden volgens mij maar wel heel veel dolfijnen. Ook zijn er mensen tijdens deze trip zeeziek geworden door de enigszins ruwe zee.

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