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PICO ISLAND

Giant Baleen Whales Expedition

Pico Island Whale Experience 5D


Easy | 5 DAYS
An experience like no other to observe the biggest animals in the world during their annual migration.
10% Discount
365€
329€
per adult

An experience like no other to observe the biggest animals in the world during their annual migration.

From March to June you can watch the great Blue whales, Fin whales, and Sei whales feeding in our rich waters. In addition to those amazing creatures reaching up to 30m, Pico island has sperm whales – the icon of the Azores – all year round as a resident species.

Also, the dolphins are a blast to see and there are so many different species off the coast of Pico.

Plus, you get to have the greatest background: Portugal’s highest peak getting as high as 2,351m above the sea level.

Itinerary

Futurismo Day 1
Futurismo Day 2
Futurismo Day 3
Futurismo Day 4
Futurismo Day 5

Choose your dates

Available Dates

2023
APR 07 to APR 11APR 18 to APR 22APR 26 to APR 30MAY 05 to MAY 09MAY 16 to MAY 20MAY 28 to JUN 01
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18
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Apr
26
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May
05
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May
16
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May | Jun
28
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365€
329€
per adult

More Information

  • Museum and other entrance tickets
  • All the activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • English speaking guide that will accompany the group all time
  • Insurance (personal accident and liability)
  • Life jacket (on zodiac & fiberglass boats)
  • Marine biologist guides
  • Pre-tour briefing
  • Raincoat and pants (if necessary)

Departure Point

Rua dos Baleeiros, nº5, 9930-143, Lajes do Pico

Return Point

Returns to original departure point

  • Comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Warm sweater or jacket
  • Sunscreen, hat and backpack
  • Water and snacks

  • Restrictions may apply for pregnant women and people with lower back problems, because the whale watching experience is operated in a zodiac boats
  • Please note that we don’t sell any food or drink onboard
  • Children ideally above 6 years old. Once seated, the child’s feet must reach the ground for safety reasons

Payment Policy

  • Activities Only: Upon booking confirmation, clients must pay a deposit of 50% of the total amount. The remaining should be settled on the first activity day
  • Activities + Accommodation: Clients must pay a deposit of 50% upon booking confirmation. The remaining must be settled up to 20 days before arrival

Payment Policy

Full payment on the reservation

Cancelation Policy

  • Activities Only: Cancelations are free of charge up to 30 days before arrival. After this period, we will charge 50% of the total amount.
  • Activities + Accommodation: Cancelations are free of charge up to 45 days before arrival. Less than 45 days before arrival, we will charge 50% of the total amount. Less than 15 days before arrival, 100% of the cost will be applied as a penalty.


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Reviews & more

It’s impressive that we haven’t found anybody during our walking tour. It was amazing the communion with nature. It feels that nature is still untouched.

Andrea Sievers, Germany

We had a great whale watching trip! Compared to some of the other operators that were on the water the same day, these guys seem to care much more about the animals (when we spotted a whale, the captain slowly got us closer to it, trying not to disturb the animal, while some other boats went at it at top speed).

We saw about a dozen young sperm whales, and a large pod of dolphins, but even without any sightings, the fantastic three-hour boat trip would have been worth the money!

Ewan, The Netherlands

After swimming with the dolphins in open sea I was feeling differently… I felt such a powerful energy. It’s an experience that I recommend to everybody!

Joana Cardoso, Portugal

Excellent English spoken and very knowledgeable guides. The company shows true passion for working with guests and imparting a good cultural experience.

John Smith, USA

I enjoyed particularly the fact that we could visit São Miguel on the jeep tour and got a whole different idea from our last trip. Knowledgeable information is given by the guide about the island specially concerning Azorean history and traditions. Great service and wonderful friendly guides!

Jorgen Johansen, Sweden
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A Marine wildlife oasis

Raised from the deepest waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Azores is the harbor for big families of Sperm Whales and three dolphin species!
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Misteryous underwater world explained

Get to know every detail about the incredible marine wildlife and their hidden secrets thanks to our team of knowledgeable marine biologists.
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Whaling Heritage

Discover a life-size whale model that contrasts with the small boats used during whale hunting times.
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Face-to-face encounters with astonishing creatures

Big blue whales, jumping bottlenose dolphins or breaching humpback whales, each day is a surprise with us, and nature is very generous here!
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Scientific investigation protocols explained

You will learn so much about the Azorean wildlife. Whales and dolphins won't have any more secrets for you.
Difficult Easy
Languages English, Portuguese, Spanish
DE, IT, FR and ES to be confirmed upon request and availability
Minimum age 8
Season Available in All Season
Duration 5 Days

Tour options

F.A.Q.s

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 take my camera with me during this activity?

Yes, but be aware that your material will be under your responsability.

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.

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 minimum number of participants?

Please check the minimum number of participant for each tour inside the program’s page.

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.

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.

How long is a Whale Watching tour?

Please check each tour duration info.

I am pregnant but I would like to do whale watching. Is it possible?

In this situation, we advise to go on a tour aboard the catamarans. These boats are more comfortable and stable.

I have lower back problems but I would like to go on a whale and dolphin watching trip. Can I go on a tour?

We have a catamaran that is more comfortable and stable than the zodiac and fiberglass boats, but before you come you should consult your physician.

What are the best weather conditions for whale watching?

The best time will be when there is no wind or little so that there is no big swell. A sunny day will be more pleasant, but getting some fresh air would also be good so that it doesn’t get too hot on the boat and so that there is no bad mood.

What is Whale Watching?

Whale and dolphin watching is the practice of observing whales and dolphins (commonly called cetaceans) in their natural habitat.

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.

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