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Whale Watching

Explore the vastness of the open ocean, full of secret beauty and greatness.

Enjoy how sea life comes to you in an unexpected encounter.

About Whale Watching

Lying in the middle of the mystical Atlantic Ocean, the wonderful Azores islands are a permanent home or point of passage for more than a third of the entire world’s whale and dolphin species.

Dive in this lifetime adventure with ancestral creatures where science and emotion come together at their highest level!

This may be the best place on earth to observe these magnificent animals.

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Year-round Attractions

Gentle sperm whales, active common dolphins, jumping bottlenose dolphins and mysterious Risso’s dolphins are present around the islands all year-round.

And spring is ideal to see the giants of the ocean: migrating baleen whales such as the biggest animal who has ever lived: the blue whales; but also fin whales and sei whales.

From Whale Hunting to Whale Watching

For about two centuries, Azorean people have had a strong cultural connection with whales. It began through whale hunting during the tough whaling times, and then through watching these magnificent animals in the wild.

Whale hunting was officially prohibited in 1982, but the last killed whale was in 1987, a sign of a protest from former whalers in Pico island.

Even though being seen as a cruel practice nowadays, whaling is part of our heritage and we learned a lot from it, being some of our current lookouts (people guiding the boats to see the whales) ex-lookouts for whale hunting.

Futurismo celebrating Azores’ wildlife since 1990

With over 30 years of experience, 50+ team members, and 21.000 cetacean sighting records used in hundreds of scientific investigations, Futurismo is the biggest operator in the Azores and the pioneer in Whale Watching in São Miguel, offering year-round responsible whale and dolphin watching tours.

We are proud to have replaced whale hunting in the Azores while keeping the memories of the old traditions

Responsible Tours for a Sustainable Tourism

We strongly believe in a responsible way to experience respectful contact with wild animals in their natural habitat. That is why at Futurismo, we respect strict rules for the well-being of our dear cetaceans, as well as the comfort of our guests.

Being partners of and certified by the world’s largest organization to save whales and dolphins – the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) – we do our best to contribute to international scientific research. We have over 21.000+ cetacean sighting records that are shared with the entire world to go further on cetacean investigations. So we can say that, by choosing us, you are helping to preserve whales and dolphins!

We are nature lovers that through observations and studies wish to preserve the environment, keeping our connection with cetaceans alive.

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 Whale Watching 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

    Plan your Whale Watching tour

    I travel with children and elders, is this activity indicated for familes?

    The catamarans are recommended for elders and children under 8 years.

    What to wear on a Whale Watching tour?

    You can wear comfortable light clothes with a vest in the summertime, and a warmer coat and waterproof raincoat for the wintertime.

    What’s included in this Activity?

    Every program has a detailed “What’s Included” section right after the tour description. Please check it out

    Is there anything I need to bring with me for this tour?

    Please check the “What to bring” section on each tour program. There you’ll find all the recommendations we have for you, specifically for that program.

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    F.A.Q.s about Whale Watching

    Are the Azores a good whale watching destination?

    The Azores are a great whale watching destination, probably one of the best in the whole world. We have sperm whales all year round. Being in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, lots of cetacean species pass by our islands during their annual migration.

    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 touch the whales and dolphins?

    No, our strict whale and dolphin watching rules forbid to touch the animals. They are wild and we should respect them.

    Can I use my drone during this tour?

    You cannot use a drone on our tours with other travelers. However, if you really want to fly your drone, it is possible on a private tour with us.

    Do you have toilets on the boat?

    On the catamarans and the bigger zodiac boats, there is a toilet facility. However on the small zodiac boats there is no toilets.

    Do you sell medication for seasickness?

    No, we do not sell anything on the boat. If you know that you get easily seasick, it is better to purchase the adequate medication before the tour.

    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 many whales and dolphins can I see?

    It depends, each day on the ocean is a surprise. Sometimes we can see one whale only, and other times we will see several species with pods of dolphins including thousands of individuals. We work with nature, the animals are not under our control.

    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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