From Ponta Delgada: Whale and Dolphin Watching Trip

From Ponta Delgada: Whale and Dolphin Watching Trip

From $71.18 per person

Head out from Ponta Delgada on a whale-watching boat to spot some of the Atlantic Ocean's most magnificent mammals. You’ll be on the lookout for mink whales, dolphins, turtles and more. A marine biologist on board will provide commentary.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Portuguese

Experience

Highlights
  • Join a whale-watching excursion off Ponta Delgada
  • Be on the lookout for over 25 cetacean species that can be found in the Azores
  • Listen to the commentary and historical information provided by the biologist on board
Full description
Set off on a 3-hour whale-watching excursion to see some of the most magnificent marine mammals in the Azores. You’ll be on the lookout for mink whales, dolphins, turtles and more. The marine biologist on board will provide historical information and commentary. Begin with a briefing by a biologist, who will explain how local people have converted whale hunting to whale watching in the Azores. You’ll also receive information about safety, rules of observation and respect for the animals and an overview of what may be sighted during the tour. Leaving from the Ponta Delgada harbor, you’ll sail in style out onto the Atlantic. Qualified biologists and nature guides will provide detailed explanations and collect scientific data during the tour. Situated in the Atlantic Ocean between Portugal and North America, the Azores are a permanent home or point of passage for more than a third of the world’s whale and dolphin species. Sperm whales, common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and Risso’s dolphins are present around the Archipelago of the Azores throughout the year. Other species visit or pass by during specific seasons so that the sightings vary considerably during the year — and often from day to day! Summer months are the best time to see Atlantic spotted dolphins, pilot whales and striped dolphins, whereas the spring months are the time to see migrating baleen whales such as blue whales, fin whales and sei whales. Although nature offers no guarantees, whales and dolphins are regularly seen during the tours, along with turtles, seabirds and other marine life.
Includes
  • Pre-tour briefing
  • Raincoat and pants
  • Life jacket
  • Marine biologist or nature guide on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drink
Not suitable for
  • Children under 8 years
  • Pregnant women
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Ponta Delgada Harbor Portas do Mar – Shop 26 9500-771 São Miguel – Azores – Portugal.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • Trips can be done on the catamaran or on a rubber boat, according to availability
  • Please note that trips are subject to cancellation due to weather conditions and if minimum numbers are not met
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 138 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Safety
    4.5/5
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Unforgettable experience to see our precious ocean wildlife.

Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Our guide was proficient in many languages. Genuine care of animal welfare and amazing conservation practise. Inspiring to be as green and eco as possible. Up to date blog. Slow organisation of cancelled times and rebooked tickets by email which made make alternative plans for our day difficult. Be prepared that they cannot control the weather and this is in your best interest for your safety however disappointed you are.

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28 August 2019

Everything was organized perfect. As I was a cruise ship passenger and didn't know, if I would have been in time back, they switched me to another time. Great company, highly recommended (although there was no whale that day - but of course, that's nature). We saw many Dolphins around the catamaran.

1 May 2019

The trip was truly amazing, we were lucky enough to see sperm whales.

We really enjoyed our trip! The crew of biologists made the trip both fun and informative. During the trip, we were lucky enough to see both dolphins and sperm whales; two pods of dolphins and two pods of sperm whales. This was truly the highlight of our holiday in the Azores

8 March 2019

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Product ID: 75560