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Half-Day Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour

  • 2- to 3-hour dolphin and whale tour from Ponta Delgada
  • See native wildlife in a natural environment
  • Travel the coast in an open boat
Half-Day Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour
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Our half-day sea trips are a chance to meet and admire the marine mammals of the Azores in their natural habitat. The activity takes about 3 hours in total.
Afternoon tour
Our half-day sea trips are a chance to meet and admire the marine mammals of the Azores in their natural habitat. The activity takes about 3 hours in total.
Search for whales and dolphins along the southern coast of the Azores on a 2- to 3-hour wildlife watching trip from Ponta Delgada. Traveling in a nimble, open boat with an experienced captain, you’ll have the best chance of spotting the bottlenose dolphins, sperm whales, sei whales, bearded whales, and blue whales that flock to the islands. This 2- to 3-hour whale and dolphin tour is a fun, family-friendly way to see the coast, and both morning and afternoon departures are available.
What to Expect
Make your way to a tour office in Ponta Delgada, where you’ll meet your wildlife guide for a short briefing about your itinerary—the exact route varies with recent dolphin and whale activity, taking advantage of a series of observation points along the southern coast.

Board an open boat for a trip along the coast, which will last between 2 and 3 hours depending on the location of the wildlife.

Keep your camera ready, because there’s a lot to see, with more than 20 different cetaceans appearing in the waters off the Azores. Scan the water for spotted dolphins and bottlenose dolphins, and try to see the distinctive features of the whales that travel through the archipelago on their yearly migration routes.

With an experienced guide on board, you’ll learn about the animals you see, and get a fun perspective on the Azores’ distinctive nature. After 2 to 3 hours on the water, this tour concludes with drop-off in Ponta Delgada.
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
A dream with dolphins

We made the half day trip to see dolphins and whales. We just saw dolphins unfortunately but it was amazing, with 2 species of dolphins "playing" with the boat. The crew was very nice and our trip safe and calm. Azores is the perfect place...More

Thank Phillip_Lisbon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Exciting and plenty to see

The staff on the catamaran were both knowledgeable and friendly. We set off on our trip not really expecting to see a whale but we were amazed when we saw a pod of 8 sperm whales along with common dolphins and risso dolphins. It was...More

Thank Josie A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Fun trip but can be a little dull if you don't see much

We did this trip four times in a week as we love wildlife. It's a pretty big boat so you can find your own space. They use people with binoculars in the hills to point them in the right direction so you generally see something...More

Thank Becki W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
'Whale of a time! 🐳

We had a great afternoon with Picos de Aventuros today. Our guide and skipper ensured that we saw both dolphins and 3-4 Sperm Whales during our half-day tour. Guided by look-outs on land, we headed out to the eastern end of the island with deep...More

1  Thank Cathy C
Reviewed 3 July 2018
Incredible experience

After our scheduled tour with another company was cancelled due to rough conditions, we had only one day to find an alternative. We went with Pico de Aventura and couldn't be happier! The workers were very friendly and knowledgeable. There were two boats - a...More

1  Thank Emily D
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