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Meet the Giants of Pico

Whale Watching

Pico island
Clean & safe certified company
98% Cetacean sighting chances
Exceptional & educational nature experience
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Free cancellations
65 per adult

Meet the Giants of Pico

Whale Watching in Pico Island

Pico island

It is in this dark-profiled paradise of basaltic landscapes and silky vegetation that a rough sea awaits to introduce the visitor to some of the most spectacular aquatic specimens, freely swimming in their element.

Away from the masses and close to the desirable peace, you will be the guests to our nature guides and marine biologists, certified and, most importantly, sharing such a passion for these islands, its fauna and flora, that it becomes contagious.

You will, therefore, meet the whales in the integral beauty of their natural habitat.

  • Difficulty Easy
  • Languages English, Portuguese
  • Tour starts Lajes do Pico
  • Minimum age 6
  • Season Availabe in high season
  • Duration 3H
  • Includes

    • Insurance (personal accident and liability)
    • Life jacket (on zodiac & fiberglass boats)
    • Marine biologist guides
    • Pre-tour briefing
    • Raincoat and pants (if necessary)

    The Experience

    Just some miles off Pico island coast, there are big slopes reaching 3,000m deep in the Atlantic ocean.

    This is very favorable for cetaceans, who appear sometimes very close to the island.

    Other characteristics such as hydrothermal vents and submarines mounts create the perfect environment for our dear whales and dolphins.

    Basically, Pico island is a great whale watching spot in the Azores.

    • Lajes do Pico harbor

      – This great adventure starts at Lajes do Pico harbor, in our shop.

      – Our staff will welcome you and help you checking-in.

    • Setting sails

      – After the check-in, you will be directed to the boat where our marine biologists will give a briefing. They will tell you about the species that you might see, whale watching history in the Azores as well as how we respect the animals.

      – Then, we are ready to navigate and look for cetaceans in the wild. On the way, have a look at the coast of our beautiful island, full of magical landscapes.

    • The Deep Atlantic

      – That is where you will encounter the biggest animals. Whales are living in the deep ocean. Some of them simply pass by our waters during their migration.

      – Prepare for awe-inspiring moments where time suddenly freezes and natural magic happens right in front of your eyes.

    • Back to Land

      –  Back to Lajes do Pico harbor, we will remind you of all the species you saw.

    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

  • Leaders in Whale Watching

    1st Whale Watching Company in São Miguel (1990) and largest tour operator in the Azores.

  • 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

  • Best Fleet in Azores

    Comfortable catamaran or fierce zodiac boats, you choose the kind of experience you want.

  • Free Cancellations

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

  • Multicultural Team

    Our guides speak several languages, including English, Spanish, French and German.

  • Plan your Whale Watching in Pico Island

    What to bring?

    • Comfortable clothes and shoes
    • Warm sweater or jacket
    • Sunscreen, hat and backpack
    • Water and snacks (we do not sell food aboard)


    • 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
    • The medium level of difficulty is related to be operated on a zodiac boat

    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 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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