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Whale and dolphin watching + Vila Franca Islet - full day


*** This activity is only available during the summer season due to the schedule of Vila Franca Islet. The Islet is typically open to the public between June 13th and September 13th, but please contact us if you would like more information about this schedule ***

During this activity you will have the opportunity to watch some of more than 25 cetacean species that can be found in the Azores. Although nature offers no guarantees, whales and dolphins are regularly seen during our full day tours, along with turtles, seabirds and other marine life. Before the boat trip our biologists give you a briefing to explain which cetacean species can be observed, safety measures aboard, how we respect the animals and rules of observation at sea as well as some historical facts. During the tour each passenger is required to wear a life vest (except on our catamaran). Futurismo also provides rain coats and trousers if necessary. After the 3 hour tour we stop in Vila Franca do Campo to have lunch in a local restaurant. Then we board a converted traditional fishing boat and head to Vila Franca do Campo islet, a volcanic crater off the coast that encloses a natural lagoon. The islet is a natural reserve, so here you will be able to view the diversity of fish species that have been preserved due to this protection (masks and snorkels are provided). Transfer back to Ponta Delgada by boat or van.


Ponta Delgada - Vila Franca do Campo - Ponta Delgada


Bring: comfortable clothes and shoes, sweater, wind shield jacket, swimming suit and towel, hat, sunblock, backpack, water.


Lunch in a local restaurant. You will have a choice of meat, fresh locally-caught seafood or a vegetarian meal.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does Futurismo provide masks and snorkels to swim in the islet's natural swimming pool?
A: Yes.

Q: Does Futurismo provide rain jackets and trousers for the boat trip?
A: Yes.

Q: Is the boat trip between Vila Franca do Campo and the islet included in the tour?
A: Yes, the trip to the islet and the lunch are included.

Q: How long does it take to reach the islet?
A: No longer than 10 minutes from Vila Franca do Campo


Price per person

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This program includes
  • – Pre-tour briefing
  • – Raincoat and pants
  • – Life jacket
  • – Marine biologist or nature guide aboard
  • – Lunch in a local restaurant
  • – Boat trip to and from Vila Franca Islet
  • – Mask and snorkel
  • – Refreshment after the trip
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