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Bird Watching

Amaze yourself with this delicate world of the rarest birds. In this secluded paradise lies the best opportunity to observe the fragility of protected species.

Listen to their vibrant songs of multiple melodies or how they dance with the wind in their freedom flight

About Bird Watching

Valorization of Ornithological Tourism

The archipelago is geographically located in a central area of the Atlantic Ocean and is very rich in lagoons, native and exotic forests, coastal areas with cliffs, beaches and harbors.

Thanks to its location, the Azores receives several species of European and American birds throughout the year. About 400 birds can be found here. For this very reason, it is increasingly a must go for true lovers of bird watching from the whole world.

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Hidden heaven

São Miguel has different habitats for different species of birds. From forests to observe passerines, coastal areas for waders, lagoons for water birds and the ocean for sea birds. Throughout the year, resident birds coexist with different regular migratory birds and also some rare ones that choose this island to land. On the rim of Lagoa das Sete Cidades and Lagoa das Furnas, you can find several species.

They are considered one of the best places for bird watching in the Region. The surrounding forest area is a source of food and shelter and the ideal place to see several endemic and wader species. Join us and we’ll do the rest!

The only nesting area in the world for Priolo

If you are looking for endemic birds, that is, those who can only be seen in the Azores, know that you can find one in particular, and a very special one – the priolo (Pyrrhula murina).

They live in Serra da Tronqueira, between Nordeste and Povoação. It is the only place in the world where this species exists. As a result of hard work carried out over the years, fortunately the priolo is no longer in danger of extinction and, therefore, has become a symbol of the environmental quality of the Azores.

The priolo is one of the rarest birds in Europe and one of the two endemic species in the archipelago. Currently it is estimated that there are about 1,000 individuals. In the central group, on the island of Graciosa there is the second endemic species of the archipelago: the Paínho-de-Monteiro (Hydrobates monteiroi), which nests in two islets of this island: Ilhéu da Praia and Ilhéu de Baixo.

 

More than 33 bird species are nesting in the Azores

Many different endemic subspecies can be seen across the island, such as the Saffron finch (Serinus canaria) exclusive only from Macaronesia. Also sub-endemic species such as the common chaffinch of the Azores (Fringilla coelebs moreletti), the Goldcrest (Regulus regulus azorica), Azores Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus azorica) and Kite (Buteo buteo rothschildi).

Kites play a very important role in the natural ecosystem of the Azores. It is the only daytime bird of prey that nests in the archipelago, making it an effective pest controller, as it hunts rats and rabbits. There is a very interesting curiosity about kites. They were responsible for the name of the archipelago. The first inhabitants of the islands saw many birds thinking that they were Goshawks (Accipiter gentilis), called « Açor » in Portuguese, and thus the name Azores was born. But in fact, it was kites (Buteo buteo rothschildi) that they saw!

Another species of bird very special to the archipelago is the Cory’s shearwater (Calonectris borealis). 85% of the world population chooses the Azores to nest and mate. Shearwaters appear more frequently during the months of March and April in our waters and enchant us with their characteristic song and eating behavior during our trips at sea. They usually fly between 15,000 km and 35,000 km on their migration.

Why Futurismo

  • Leaders in Whale Watching

    1st Whale Watching Company in São Miguel (1990) and largest tour operator in the Azores.

  • WCA Certified

    We are certified by the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA), the world’s largest marine conservation organization

  • Marine Biologist Guides

    All our sea tours are operated by experienced Marine Biologists who also participate in scientific investigations

  • Best Fleet in Azores

    Comfortable catamaran or fierce zodiac boats, you choose the kind of experience you want.

  • Free Cancellations

    You’ll receive a full refund if you cancel at least 48 hours in advance

  • Multicultural Team

    Our guides speak several languages, including English, Spanish, French and German.

  • Tours Bird Watching in Sao Miguel island

    The Basics

    What is Whale Watching?

    Whale and dolphin watching is the practice of observing whales and dolphins (commonly called cetaceans) in their natural habitat.

    What is the best season to do Whale Watching in the Azores?

    All year-round, we have sperm whales and several dolphin species. If you want to see the biggest whales in the world, the best season for whale and dolphin watching in the Azores is Springtime – March to June.
    During this time of the year, baleen whales are migrating and passing by our waters. Thus, it is possible to see blue whales, fin whales, and sei whales among others.
    The summertime is also ideal to spot pilot whales, beaked whales, or spotted dolphins for example.

    What are the chances of seeing a cetacean?

    98%. Even so, we don’t stop at this rate and offer you a new tour totally for free if you did not see any of these amazing creatures (whale or dolphin) during the tour.

    How do you locate the whales and dolphins in the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean?

    Futurismo has more lookouts than any other tour operator in the Azores so we always know where the animals are. Lookouts are people on the coast looking for cetaceans with binoculars.
    Apart from this ancestral method, we can locate the whales and dolphins based on acoustic data thanks to our directional hydrophone which will allow us to hear and record sounds emitted by cetaceans audible to the human ear.

    The Experience

    Futurismo – biggest Whale Watching operator in the Azores

    If you want to try whale watching in the Azores, it has to be with us, the first whale watching company in São Miguel island!

    With over 30 years of experience, we know what we are talking about. We are a family-owned company really passionate about what we do.

    Scientifical approach

    During the trip, you will not only see magnificent animals but also learn everything you need to know about them and about Azorean marine wildlife in general.

    We love providing emotions, but we also want to educate and make this experience interesting with fun facts and more information about the sighted species.

    Not to be missed

    If you simply had just one activity to choose for your holidays in the Azores, it would without any doubt be whale and dolphin watching. The waters around the archipelago are so rich in cetacean species, which turns it into the perfect place for this experience.

    Detailed pre-tour briefing

    Before embarking on this amazing journey on the Atlantic Ocean, one of our qualified marine biologists will explain every detail about the experience you’ll be living and provide important information about safety, rules of observation and respect for the animals as well as an overview of what may be sighted during the tour.

    Marine biologist guides

    Our trips are fully escorted by experienced marine biologists, supported with a backup of years and years of investigation. Our staff knows everything about their area, you will be surprised to learn so many things about the animals. Plus, most of our guides are at least bilingual!

    Illustrated guides & Hands-on Materials

    In order to speak the same language and illustrate the scientific information that our marine biologists will tell you, we have lots of visual resources for you to enjoy. The Azorean waters will not have any more secret for you. Ocean lovers will love it!

    1. Find the perfect tour for you and book it

    Choose between our 60+ spectacular activities on the amazing Azores and book it online or in any of our stores.

    2. Email confirmation

    Receive a confirmation email with the reservation details.

    3. “The Day”

    Enjoy your experience with us. We will be pleased to welcome you and to make your tour the most fullfilling and memorable to you.

    Note: Unexpected limitations

    Keep calm. You can cancel absolutely for free your bookings until 48h before the activity date*and, if the weather conditions don’t allow us to do the activity safely, we’ll cancel it and contact you suggesting an alternative date or provide a full refund.

    * Check the Cancelations Policy within every tour page for additional info

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    F.A.Q.s about Bird Watching

    Are there any pickup and drop off locations I can use?

    Yes, please check the Departure and Return section presented on every tour.

    Can I cancel my tour reservation and have a full refund?

    Yes, you can check our detailed cancellation and refund policies per tour on each tour page, under “Good to Know” section

    Can I take my camera with me during this activity?

    Yes, but be aware that your material will be under your responsability.

    How can I book this activity?

    You can select any tour within our website and get your booking confirmation on your email immediately. Alternativelly, you can visit us on our shops or get in touch with us by phone, email or send us a message on social media (Instagram and Facebook)

    Is this an adventure kind of tour?

    It is a great adventure, but not physically demanding.

    What if the weather isn’t ok?

    If the weather doesn’t allow to do this activity safely, we will cancel it and suggest na alternative date.

    What is the minimum number of participants?

    Please check the minimum number of participant for each tour inside the program’s page.

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