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The Wild Dolphins of Pico

Swimming with Dolphins

Pico island
Small groups
Insurance included
Exceptional & educational nature experience
Secure Payments
Free cancellations
85 per adult

The Wild Dolphins of Pico

Swimming with Dolphins in Lajes do Pico

Pico island

While nature is as impressive as unpredictable, «Futurismo» has years of expertise, enough to persuade it:

Placing you in the habitat of dolphins, turning the Atlantic into a sweet, humorous, and comprehensive meeting place, that is our irrefutable offer to you.

The communication sounds produced by these creatures will be the music in your ears; the clarity of the water, your magnifying glass. This experience will define you a new place in the world.

  • Difficulty Easy
  • Languages English, Portuguese
  • Tour starts Lajes do Pico
  • Minimum age 8
  • Season Availabe in high season
  • Duration 2H 30M
  • Includes

    • Pre-tour briefing
    • Mask and snorkel
    • Wetsuit (short or long)
    • Raincoat and pants (if necessary)
    • Life jacket
    • Marine biologist guides
    • Insurance (personal accident and liability)

    The Experience

    Fulfill your deepest dream and join us to swim with wild dolphins in the Azores!

    This is definitely a must-do when visiting the archipelago.

    In addition to swimming with the dolphins in their natural habitat, you will also learn so much about these intelligent animals.

    Whilst you are in the water, you can also hear them communicate with their click and whistle sounds. An amazing underwater experience.

    • Pre-tour briefing

      – At Lajes do Pico, our qualified biologists will brief you before going out on the ocean for about 2.5 hours. They will tell you all you need to know about swimming with dolphins in Pico.

      – You will learn how to enter the water, how to behave around wild dolphins and how to swim with them while respecting them, as well as how to use the snorkel and mask.

    • Out in the sea

      – During the tour, you might swim with different dolphin species. Among them: Bottlenose dolphins, Common dolphins, Risso’s dolphins, Striped dolphins or Atlantic spotted dolphins. Some of them might be curious and get closer, others will be shy and keep a distance.

      – Unlike in other destinations around the world, we do not allow to touch the dolphins. This is because we want to keep them wild and relaxed about human interaction. The tour will be operated on our zodiac boat with a maximum of 8 participants aboard.

      – Also, there will be only two persons in the water at a time to be sure not to scare the dolphins away and respect them.

    Departure Point

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

    Departure Time

    Please select a date on the calendar on the top right hand side of this program page and check the available schedule.

    Return Point

    Returns to original departure point

    Why Futurismo

  • 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

  • Investigating the Atlantic for 30 Years

    With over 21.000+ sighting records, we collaborate in investigations for 20+ international universities

  • Free Cancellations

    You’ll receive a full refund if you cancel at least 48 hours in advance

  • Plan your Swimming with Dolphins in Lajes do Pico

    What to bring?

    • Pullover
    • Swimsuit & towel
    • Sunscreen, hat
    • Flip flops
    • Water and snacks


    • We don’t recommend this tour for people who don’t know how to swim, pregnant women and people with back problems
    • For this tour, is mandatory to sign a statement of responsibility
    • The use of fins is prohibited in every swimming with dolphins tours.

    Our Policies

    Cancellation policy

    • Cancellations up to 48 hours before the tour, no penalties are applied
    • Cancellations up to 24 hours: 50% of the total amount will be charged
    • Cancellations less than 24 hours or no-show: full amount will be charged
    • If the weather conditions do not allow the activity to be done safely, we will cancel it and contact you suggesting an alternative date or provide a full refund.

    Booking confirmation policy

    • You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of successful booking.

    Reviews What people think about


    Are the Azores a good destination to swim with dolphins?

    Yes, we have several resident species all year round in addition to migratory species during the summertime. Moreover, the sea temperatures are always acceptable.

    Can I hear the dolphins?

    Yes. It is very common to hear their whistles underwater.

    Can I touch the dolphins?

    No. Our responsible swim with dolphin guidelines forbid touching these inquisitive but wild animals. Just breathe, relax and enjoy this unforgettable moment

    Can I use fins to swim faster?

    No, in order to respect the ethic practices for this activity, using fins or any equipment other than the snorkeling mask and tube, and the swim suit, are strictly prohibited.

    Do I have to wear the life jacket even if I know how to swim?

    Yes, life jackets are mandatory for everyone for safety reasons.

    Do I need to be in a good physical condition for this tour?

    You need to know how to swim and feel comfortable with being in the open ocean.

    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)

    I am pregnant but I would like to do this activity. Is it possible?

    We don’t recommend this tour for pregnant women.

    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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