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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.

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

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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