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The Azores are one of the best spots in the world for whale watching. In addition to our four resident species (sperm whales, Risso’s dolphins, common dolphins, and bottlenose dolphins), the migrating baleen whales pass through our waters. Thus, during the springtime - which is the best season for whale watching in the Azores archipelago - it is possible to observe some of the biggest animals in the world such as blue whales, fin whales, and Sei whales.
The offshore adventure will start in Ponta Delgada harbor where you will check in before having a quick briefing with our marine biologists. They will give you important information and details about whale watching in the Azores and the species you might see.
After the whale watching trip, we will have lunch is in a local restaurant offering local products. Once we are done with lunch, here we go on our jeep adventure. This wonderful tour combines different routes in both highlands and flatlands, taking you to the amazing natural reserve of Lagoa do Fogo to enjoy nature at its best. The astonishing views from the top of the crater’s rim are a must to photograph! Fogo Lake is one of the most untouched landscape around São Miguel island, it is definitely a must-see while on holiday in the Azores. From the top of Pico da Barrosa, you will be able to see both the North and South coast of the island.
The viewpoint of Fogo lake is one of the most important part of the experience. Here, on the top of the mountain, you can see the most astonishing views over the sleeping volcano and its blueish lake. This location is classified as a Conservation Reserve.
Later on, we will go to Caldeira Velha for a hot bath in the geothermal area. This is a true spa at open air in the middle of a lush forest. After this relaxation time, we are going to see Salto do Cabrito, a wild waterfall. On the way back, we will pass by Ribeira Grande, the second biggest city of the island.
Prices for this activity: 90€ per adult, 54.25€ per child (6-12 years old). Free for the youngest (0-5 years old)
Please note that check-in time is subject to changes:
-High season (April 1st - October 31st): 9:00am and 1:30am for catamaran tours 8:30am and 1:00pm for zodiac tours
Low season (November 1st - March 31st): 8:30am and 1:00pm. According to weather conditions and the number of passengers, the departure time is subject to changes. In this case, we will call to inform you of the change.
Please note that when booking for a whale watching trip, it will automatically be performed on our catamarans. If you prefer to do a whale watching tour on one of our zodiac boats, please inform it while booking.
Bring: comfortable light clothes, sweater, raincoat, comfortable shoes, swimsuit and towel, hat, sunscreen, backpack, water and snacks (we do not sell food onboard).
Catamaran recommended for children and seniors.
If you have any food restriction, please inform us at least 48h before the tour.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
Q:Does Futurismo provide equipment if it is raining during the boat trip?
A:Yes, we provide rain jackets and waterproof trousers for the boat trip in case of bad weather on our zodiac boats. On the catamarans, it is possible to go inside.
Q:What if I don’t see any cetacean during the tour?
A:Nature offers no guarantee. Sometimes, even though not so often, it happens that you won’t see any cetacean. In that case, Futurismo will allow you to book another tour with us for free to try your luck again.
Q:Is there a vegetarian option for lunch?
A:Yes, we will always try to adapt to your diet. If you have any restriction, please tell us when booking the tour.
Q:How many people can fit in the jeeps?
A:Our jeeps can take 7 to 9 people at the same time, including 1 guide.
Q:How far is Fogo Lake from Ponta Delgada?
A:Fogo Lake is about 23km away from Ponta Delgada (14 miles) and it takes around 30 minutes to go there without stopping.
Q:Is it possible to swim in Fogo Lake?
A:No, it is a nature reserve and thus it is forbidden to swim in the crater of Fogo lake.
Q:Is it possible to take a dip in the waterfall at Caldeira Velha?
A:Yes. The water is warm year-round.
Q:What is the depth of water beneath the warm waterfall?
A:Not more than 80 cm (31 inches).
Price per adult
Price per child