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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism

For two hundred years the people of the Azores have had a strong cultural connection with whales, first through hunting and then through watching these magnificent animals in the wild.  This connection is preserved in our company but takes a different perspective than before. Today’s “whalers” wish only to watch whales in their natural habitat. We are nature lovers that through observations and studies wish to preserve the environment, keeping our connection with cetaceans alive.

It is therefore vitally important to Futurismo that the rules of observation are respected and care is taken not to disturb cetaceans or their habitats. Our touristic activities are carried out simply to contemplate the unique beauty of these fascinating mammals. We also offer trips for scientific purposes and you are welcome to take part in these. The Azorean transition from whaling to the observation of whales and dolphins was peaceful and today it is impossible to think of going back. But although an international agreement to stop whaling has been made, unfortunately there are countries that still practice it.

In the Azores, Futurismo was one of the first companies responsible for the transition from whaling to whale watching. We developed whale watching tourism that was sympathetic to the traditions of whaling, incorporating, for example,  the use of the old whaling lookout towers (“vigias”) to detect the whales. Today, whale watching is a very important activity for the local community and is an important platform for new scientific research on these mysterious animals.

During the land activities we respect nature and encourage our clients to do the same by not leaving anything behind but footprints.

The products that we use for picnic lunches are local and traditional and made by Social Institutions that we work closely with. The regular lunches are served in local small traditional restaurants.

It is our intention to enrich your visit by putting you into contact with local trades and the people that can share an experience with you. Therefore many of our programs include visits to local producers and different handcrafts, and on these occasions you can interact with locals that generally like to talk about the traditions and way of life on the island.