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Whales and Dolphins + Vila Franca Islet (full day with lunch)
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Whales and Dolphins + Vila Franca Islet (full day with lunch)

By Picos de Aventura
Recommended by 91% of travelers
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Ages 6-99, max of 30 per group
Duration: 8h
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Mobile ticket
Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: Portuguese, English
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  • Lunch
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Boat Tour
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick up


Start:
  • Marina Pêro de Teive, Bosco Mota Amaral,, Av. Dom João III, 9500-767 Ponta Delgada, Portugal
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 11197P24

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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    • Picos de Aventura
      1,625
      Ponta Delgada, Portugal
      Joined in May 2012
    • Sam H
      0 contributions
      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dolphin watching NOT whales
      Really disappointed by the experience. I flew out from England, for my birthday, saved up for ages to see whales but the team targeted Dolphins I’ve seen in England.
      Written April 10, 2024
    • sophiatravelswell
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      It was magical!!!
      The tourguide and marine scientist was WONDERFUL !!! I hoped to see dolphins. And we saw more dolphins than usual during off season. It was magical!!! we even saw a black dolphin - one in a million !!! feeling super blessed.
      Written March 24, 2024
    • Paradise49339964749
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Worth to purchase
      We had a chance to observe a migrating blue whale female with a baby, 1st seen since October. The crew was kind: Simon, Jose and Mark who was also very narrative. The approach towards the animals was very respectful without bothering them too much. That is a big plus grom me.
      Written March 21, 2024
    • amitolad
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Perfect
      Amazing, biologist was very passionnate and we had the chance to see dolphin very closed from the boat. We have also seen a blue whale.
      Written March 20, 2024
    • connork500
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      So much fun!
      My girlfriend and I had a ton of fun on the half day canyoning tour. Daniela and Ines were so nice and made us feel very safe as we hiked through the beautiful forest. We would definitely recommend.
      Written March 20, 2024
    • niloufert2024
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Diogo and Clara are amazing guides
      Both the guides Diogo and Clara were very knowledgeable and enhanced our experience. We had a very hectic day with lots to do and loved it! Diogo is very patient and Clara is an amazing guide who knows the history and culture of the island well. I had a fun day and recommend that you ask for either Clara or Diogo.
      Written March 14, 2024
    • Hunor S
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nice tour!
      Thank you guys it was an amazing day! The tour guider made an excellent tour that lunch was perfect and really enjoyed it! 🙂
      Written March 9, 2024
    • Paul3n4C
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Good guide and enjoyable tour
      Canoë and Bike with a guide to tour around Furnas lake, even if weather was a bit cold, our guide make us really confortable with good mood for everyone.
      Written February 22, 2024
    • ppf555
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Reputable company with great customer service
      I purchased a ticket to go Whale and dolphin watching on 1/31/24. The process was easy. Upon arrival, the staff gave informative instructions and told us due to the season, there was a possibility we may not see whales. The company considers the trip a success if you only see dolphins and not whales. Once at sea, our zodiac had a gasoline issue and we returned to port. We were given the option to continue (once the issue was resolved) or to have our money refunded. I appreciated this gesture but I chose to continue and I’m happy I did! While I did not see any whales, the dolphins put on quite a show. Our guide, Fatima, was incredibly informative, upbeat, constantly checking on us to make sure no one felt sick ( no one did) and overall so much fun. The sun was shining, the ocean beautiful and the sky had gorgeous clouds drifting by. We were able to see the island from a distance and take great pictures. I highly recommend this company for their great customer service and care and safety of their customers. I would do it again!
      Written February 2, 2024
    • nanettester
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Such a cool experience!
      This was so cool. We saw common dolphins, bottlenose dolphin and were lucky enough to see false killer whales. The excitement of the crew was infectious. It was really neat to see the area from this viewpoint.
      Written January 21, 2024
    • 885newtonl
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Def a experience you need to book!
      We were extremely lucky on weather for the time of year. The experience was top notch! Got to see LOTS of dolphins, there were so calm and just chilling. Our luck really showed when we got to see some sperm whales! Calfs and females. The guide was friendly and educational. Highly recommend.
      Written January 7, 2024
    • Lanalelie
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing ocean outing experience in January
      Our family opted for whale watching in January. To our delight we saw 2 kind of dolphins and a pseudo orca. The guide said it was a great luck. And we and all the passengers of the speedboat were happy. At first I was apprehensive about travelling in a speedboat and clung to the handrails. But over time I adapted and even stood up to get a better view of the floating groups of pseudo orcas.😁 I didn't take a protective mackintosh and trousers, which I regret. One side of me was pretty wet. Towards the end I got a little cold. I didn't realise there would be so much water splashing at times. I recommend taking the suggested mackintosh and trousers!
      Written January 5, 2024
    • 758dorothye
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Don't miss this!
      We had a lovely morning with Dani who lead a comfortable and very informative tour of the northwest side of the island. The scenery is incredibly gorgeous and Dani entertained us with folklore, history, and cultural tidbits. There were many stops along the way for photos and/ or new information about what we were seeing. It was fun to walk about the town for a few minutes and then later to visit the pineapple plantation.
      Written December 29, 2023
    • 382kirtim
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent guides
      We traveled with Diogo and Eduardo on two different days both were fantastic guides. They were ver knowledgeable and funny and had lots of stories to share and made our day fun. Relaxing and memorable. We had such a wonderful time that we are planning to come back during the summer to experience the beautiful flowers and views. Thank you for a wonderful vacation.
      Written December 27, 2023
    • markusschumann1977
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dolphins overall
      Animal watching with speedboat and big waves but i had a seasick the weather was ok and the guide talk a lot
      Written December 22, 2023
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    Dale N
    San Diego, CA5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2023
    We chose the more intimate zodiac jet boat experience without regrets. Loved the back support and horse-saddle seating...jets you quickly to more sites from spotters.
    Experienced 5 species (3 whale, 2 dolphin), many of these sightings were multiple locations and often. From pairs, pods, to babes learning to jump. Also dolphin stampedes at times! We were so very lucky and staff were making sure you had an awesome experience. Pods of Pilot Whales were icing on the cake near end. Lunch was so nice and a chance to visit with others on round tables. We enjoyed the snorkel experience inside Vila Franca more than we expected. So clear and you could really see the layered collapse and experience nice deep ash in parts. Overall... this experience was THE top experience on our visit to Sao Miguel. Thank you crew!
    Written July 12, 2023
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    Skyler Bradley H
    13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2023 • Couples
    We cannot say how good of an experience we had whale watching with this tour operator. They were very organized and informative.

    After a short time in the water, we were seeing whales and dolphins. We were able to see the chart in their office of how often various groups found each species, and it looks very rare to go without seeing plenty of animals.

    The biologist with us was very knowledgeable, and the boat was way more comfortable than it looked at first glance. I’d have booked the whale watching portion multiple times.

    Our experience was very lackluster during the second half of the day. Without dwelling on it too much, the food was very bad—think hamburger helper and watery potato soup. It was like a make shift buffet set up in a conference center.

    The island portion of the day was ok—it was a bit crowded and you had to wait on a ferry for quite a while. The island tour is relaxing, but for my money, I’d want to be whale watching again during that time.
    Written July 29, 2023
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    Michael P
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2023 • Couples
    We had a very nice day and saw lots of dolphins. Unfortunately there was no whales to see that day. The waves got at the end too high for a safe sailing, we got troubles with the boat and had to be rescued to a larger boat. Exciting day. The people from Picos de adventura handled the situation very good and no one got hurd
    Birgitte and Michael, Denmark
    Written October 4, 2023
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    kabbiel
    Boston, MA5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2022
    This was a wonderful experience. Our guide was a marine biologist who clearly had a great love and enthusiasm for the island and marine life that she was eager to share. She was informative and fun. We saw adult and juvenile sperm whales, and at one point our boat was surrounded by Atlantic dolphins swimming and jumping all around us. The afternoon was spent picnicking (bag lunch provided) on Vila Franca Islet, where we could walk or sun ourselves on the rock cliffs, and swim/snorkel in the clear turquoise water. A relaxing and exhilarating day!
    Written August 14, 2022
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    AKR
    San Diego, CA3 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    The weather was threatening and the guides took us really far out , away from the coast. On the way back, we were all pelted by the waves and cold. It seemed they were filling the time, instead of paying attention to the guests.
    Written September 27, 2023
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    Danijel H
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2023 • Family
    Very nice trip! Everything was great. We saw two kind of dolphins and 4 Sei Whale. The guide was wonderful. She made the whole tour interesting with a lot of additional data about the sea life.
    Written July 19, 2023
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    rannyevo
    Tiptree, UK8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great adventure. Unfortunately our boat got out of harbour and wasn't running correctly so we had to go back in .they kept us up to date and quickly transferred us to new boats . We got to the whale area in about 20 minutes and where lucky enough to see 6 sperm whales Amazing. Then a bumpy ride to get lunch which was really nice followed by snorkeling in islet. Would highly recommend . All staff where very helpful.
    Written September 30, 2022
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    Vacation362755
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We would do this full day trip again! Lara and Marcello were great. Professional, knowledgable, engaged about the animals and helpful to everyone. They were concerned over everyone’s safety, comfort and enjoyment. We were lucky and saw a sei whale, sperm whale, portuguese man o’war and so many dolfins. Snorkeling at the islet was clear and full of fish. Great for all ages but if you have older teens, do this tour. Ours loved it.
    Written July 23, 2022
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    Audrey W
    Providence, RI2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a wonderful experience and would do it again. We were able to see dolphins and whales, 2 species of each! The lunch was very good. They accommodated a vegetarian in the group and they seemed to enjoy their meal too. The beach/island was a fun experience that my friends who have been here before say is a must do.
    Written August 8, 2023
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    Andrei E
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We took the whale watching tour + Islet de Vila Franca. The 1st part of the day was the dolphin and whale watching tour and thankfully to our amazing guides Lara and Marcelo we were lucky enough to see 5 species (4 dolphin species + the pilot whale). The 2 part of the day we experienced the relaxed Islet de Vila Franca where we also had lunch.
    Written September 18, 2022
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