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Geotourism

Volcanism is the genesis of Azorean life. Rich in geological diversity, it will amaze you and make shiver with its stunning nature.

Climb with us to the higher points of this world where you can witness the metamorphosis of the planet from the front row.

About Geotourism

The power of earth energy

The volcanic origin of the Azores islands created mountains and valleys covered by rich and varied vegetation, lagoons of unique beauty, fumaroles, hot thermal waters, and absolutely amazing and breathtaking waterfalls.

Great mountain ranges submerged in the ocean formed the volcanic islands of the Azores and the visit we make to the Azores Volcanological and Geothermal Observatory will introduce you to the charms of the Earth’s energy power.

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How geology formed the Azores

Geology has influenced Azorean History and people for almost six centuries. We managed to observe this influence at various levels, such as, for example, in the geographical occupation of the islands, in the use of natural resources, in traditions, in religion, in emigration, and even in tourism, it is an increasingly noticed reality.

Natural monuments

In São Miguel, it is possible to dive into the depths of the Earth by visiting Gruta do Carvão, the natural pools of hot water and iron in Furnas and Caldeiras da Ribeira Grande. Gruta do Carvão is a place classified as a natural monument. It is a lava tunnel with a wide variety of geological formations as a result of volcanic activity on the island of São Miguel.

It is always accompanied by a guide who explains the formation of the cave, in addition to the certified guide of Futurismo.

Undoubtedly a must-visit, especially if you like geology it is a great educational experience. Futurismo Azores Adventures offers guided tours to discover and experience the best that the nature of the Azores has to offer.

The volcanoes of the Azores

The effects of the strongest eruptions are still very visible. One of the most emblematic took place in 1957 on the island of Faial, in the so-called Capelinhos volcano, and ended on October 24, 1958. Ashes, sands, and the tower of an old lighthouse remain there today.

Years later, in August 2008, Capelinhos Volcano Interpretation Center opened. It tells the story of how it all happened. It is definitely a place to visit. On other islands, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Algar do Carvão cave, on Terceira island, and the Torres cave, on Pico island.

The earth releases energy

The Azores Archipelago is of volcanic origin and is considered by many geologists to be a case study. Earthquakes of low intensity occur on all islands with some frequency. Most of the time they are not felt, and there is no record of material damage. It is just the Earth releasing energy.

If you want to relax, you can also opt for thermal treatments at Ferraria thermal baths in São Miguel and at the Carapacho thermal baths in Graciosa. There are many options for excursions when we talk about geotourism in the Azores.

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 Geotourism in Azores

    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 Geotourism

    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)

    How long is a Geotourism tour?

    Please check each tour duration info.

    I am pregnant but I would like to do this activity. Is it possible?

    We recommend that you consult your physician first because of the thermal baths in some tours.

    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 best weather to do Geotourism in Azores?

    Some rain can be nice to be at the perfect temperature at the thermal baths.

    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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