Whale Watching and Swimming with Dolphins in Azores
Lying in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, more than 1000km west of Portugal, the Azores comprise an archipelago of nine islands.
They represent the emerging peaks of a huge submarine mountain chain known as the 'Mid-Atlantic Ridge' that divides the entire length of the ocean from North to South.
Bathed in the warm waters of the Gulf stream the island's unique landscape, nature and rich marine life are tightly connected to their origin and geographic location.
For all those seeking close encounters with whales, swims with dolphins, great adventures, scuba diving and fun snorkelling the incredibly abundant marine life will not disappoint.
Some of the major towns offers whale watching and/or an opportunity to swim around dolphins. The most departure reliable ports/marinas are Ponta Delgada, Vila Franca do Campo, Horta, Lajes do Pico and Madalena. They take you out on small boats and often get you within ten yards of the whales. Swimming with Dolphins means to swim around these fun and audacious creatures, but contrary to the “mass-produced” captivity swimming with the dolphins around the popular places, in the Azores, one is not allowed to touch the dolphins due to environmental concerns.
Without doubt watching cetaceans in their natural environment is an unforgettable experience. However, here in the Azores, it is possible to enrich that experience with an even more exciting one - swimming with the dolphins.
For some people the experience is something mystical, for others it is like returning to our origins, for everybody it is a lifetime experience!
Our swim with dolphin tours aim to offer a truly natural experience. Dolphins are neither attracted with tricks nor they are fed. Our trips to swim with the dolphins last 3-4 hours and allow each swimmer to enter the water at least 2-3 times.
Here at Terra Azul Azores base in São Miguel island, we provide unique and unforgettable holiday experiences in the Marine Wildlife Oasis of the Azores Islands. 24 different species and 4 cetacean residents year-round to be encountered – let’s get you closer to Nature!
These are exciting adventure holidays to discover the underwater world of the dolphins. You will observe dolphins and whales around the boats and also enter the water to watch them and swim Bottlenose dolphin Pedro Madruga small with them using a mask and snorkel.