Terra do Pico
Boat Tours • Dolphin & Whale Watching • Nature & Wildlife Tours
Read more
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
We are a new and small company located in Mosteiros, Sao Miguel - Azores. We are located on the northwestern part of the island, where whale hunting was practiced more than 30 years ago. Now they are back in great numbers! It is a zone carved by the sea and we have the pleasure to take you out to sea and explore the immense life, the landscapes, the coast and the marine giants, the whales, who honor us with their presence. And we can still count on the great sunset marked by the islets of Mosteiros that stand in this beautiful landscape. Come and explore with us!
Mosteiros, Portugal
Features animals

Awards
Travelers' Choice
2022

Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Terra do Pico
Booking unavailable on Tripadvisor
Want other options you can book now?
Show options
Travelers talk about
(40 reviews)
(36 reviews)
(2 reviews)
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

5.0
275 reviews
Excellent
249
Very good
19
Average
4
Poor
3
Terrible
0

Maria S
29 contributions
Jul 2022
This organization does trips around the west coast, going either north or south, depending on what the spotters see. Due to the weather there had to be made some modifications - the communication was spotless.
When we went out, we saw a huge male sperm whale, showing his tale. Unfortunately someone on the boat panicked and we had to return. So please, think before if you can manage a trip on a zodiac boat, because this was disappointing, but of course not the fault of Terra do Pico. After that they told us we could get back some of the money, if we wanted.
Anyway, I wanted to try another tour and went on. We had good weather and some wind. Sit in the back, if you don't want to be shaken so much, sit in the front if you don't mind (and want to have a good look to the front). We were really lucky because we met a huge group of bottlenose dolphins with baby dolphins and big ones. Some of them were very playful so we had a lot of fun because they kept entertaining us with jumps, swimming close to the boat and so on. This was just amazing! The guide told us some interesting facts about the animals. Unfortunately the spotter could not see any more animals, but that is the way these tours are. You can't choose what you get. And we were quite amazed by the dolphins. We drove to where supposedly sperm whales are seen sometimes, but weren't lucky enough - please know that some whales don't need to breath air up to 3 hours. Amazing creatures!
We were lucky though because we saw a beautiful turtle (just like the one in Nemo) which was swimming at the surface of the water.
In the end we ended the trip after 2 hours (instead of 2,5 hours) and that is the reason I didn't give all the stars in this rating. Nobody can be blamed for whales not showing up, but in my opinion we could have returned to the dolphins.
If you are at the west coast try this tour! What I love about it: Most of the tourists are starting in Ponta Delgada (or Vila Franca do Campo), but with Terra do Pico you might be the only boat looking for animals so you don't crowd the animals with several boats.
Written July 18, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Susie C
1 contribution
May 2022 • Couples
We went on two amazing whale watching trips with Terra Do Pico. The whole team were lovely, helpful and extremely knowledgeable. Beatriz was a great guide, giving us lots of fascinating information about every species we saw. On our first trip we were lucky enough to see a pod of bottlenose dolphins putting on an acrobatic display, followed by an incredible encounter with a humpback whale. We came back the next day and saw common dolphins and loads of Sperm Whales including a mother with her calf. Marine wildlife are never guaranteed but the team clearly made every effort to find them, and were respectful of the animals when we approached them. Wish we were staying longer and could come out with you again! Definitely recommend.
Written May 5, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Eilidh M
Glasgow, UK18 contributions
Jun 2022
We had a wonderful experience with Terra Do Pico whale watching off the coast of Mosteiros. The team take you out on a rib which allows you to get so close to the animals and match their speed. We saw a pod of around 9 or 10 dolphins (including a calf and it’s mother). Having never seen dolphins in the wild before, it is incredible to be so close and see their power and beauty. The team are very knowledgable and great to be around. Highly recommended!
Written June 13, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

S H
United Kingdom19 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Thank you to this amazing company for such a magical day! I went with no expectations of seeing any beautiful creatures as I think it must be hard to predict locations or which creatures can be seen. Anyway, to our amazement, the wonderful crew members pointed out 3 different species of dolphins, sperm whale and tortoise. We saw all of these up-close and really saw how playful the dolphins were. The lovely lady who led the trip was extremely knowledgable and really cared that we saw the amazing creatures. It was a truly magical experience with a highly trained and professional company. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them. They had rain coats that we could borrow in adult and child sizes. It was very well-priced and, to our surprise, they said they would send us photos of the creatures we saw. The lead took many pictures (including under-water ones). It was a very special experience being on the ocean and we were fortunate to have a clear and sunny skies. They do accept major debit/credit cards (not all companies on the island do). This trip could be combined with a visit to Ferraria or a wander around Mosterios’s beach with view of the beautiful outcrops of rock.
Written July 20, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

James P
1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Couples
We had a fantastic time on our whale watching trip with Terra do Pico. The town of Mosteiros where the trip leaves from is beautiful and the company ticket office is really characterful with lots of information about what you can expect to see. The small rib has a capacity of 12 but there were only 7 passengers and 2 crew on our trip which made the experience even more personal and special. We were very lucky that sea conditions were good for our trip and were fortunate to see bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, sperm whales and loggerhead turtle. Our guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and we would highly recommend this trip to anyone who is staying on the island.
Written April 10, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Janet J
New York City, NY91 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
We had a very nice time on our whale watching half-day tour. We saw several sperm whales, including a mother and calf, and a loggerhead turtle. The guide was extremely knowledgeable, which made the trip a really fun learning experience, and she shared her SLR photos with us afterward. The tour company was also very respectful of the environment, shutting off the engine a distance away from the whales, and drifting as we came closer. They also stopped to pick up a piece of trash on the way out, which was encouraging to see. Definitely support a company that supports the environment!
Written January 19, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Heather J
1 contribution
May 2022
We did the traditional fishing experience in May of 2022, and it was amazing! It was the two of us and one other person, along with the crew, so it was a very personalized experience. We caught a bunch of different kinds of fish, and the entire crew was helpful and friendly. They also took us by some amazing sights that we would not have been able to see close up from land. They stayed out with us longer than the time advertised. It was a remarkable experience, and I highly recommend this friendly company!
Written June 5, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Azores Bagus Surf House
Ponta Delgada, Portugal19 contributions
Aug 2020
We first joined the team for a whale watching tour during which we spottes so many Spermwhales swimming and relaxing,a couple of Whales breaching out from distance and on the way back we were surrounded litterally by hundreads of dolphins of different species. For this reason we decided to come back to swim with dolphins, one of the best and magical moment in our lifes. Two EPIC days! A big thank to the Team of Terra do Pico super professional, friendly and really well prepared.
We strongly reccommend them.
Written September 9, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

762ralph
2 contributions
Jun 2021
we have been many times with Terra do Pico on sea and saw nearly every time whales and dolphins, so also this time.
We love the friendly and experienced crew and Beatrix with her big knowledge about these phastinating creatures.
WE COME BACK FOR SURE!
Written June 11, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Julia
Germany17 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
On our trip we were lucky enough to spot several sperm whales and were able to watch a mother teach her calf how to deep dive. They took turns showing us their beautiful fin! Beatriz was an excellent guide, she told us many details about the whales we saw. Also, we very much appreciated the sustainable and cautious way they conduct these tours - their top priority is clearly the well-being of the animals.
Written October 1, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Showing results 1-10 of 175

Terra do Pico (Mosteiros) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go