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Half-Day Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour

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    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 vary in duration a bit 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 your time on the water, this tour concludes with drop-off in Ponta Delgada.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Marina Pêro de Teive
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Live commentary on board
    • Professional guide
    • Food and drinks
    • Hotel drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Your tour can be on 1 of 3 different types of boats depending on availability: zodiac (speed boat); fiberglass (open boat, more stable) or catamaran (big boat, WC on board)
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 9 September 2019

    It is one of the most overestimated (also, overpriced) entertainment, maybe ever. All that you are going to do is a 3 hour long boat trip near Ponta Delgada, possibly, you’ll see a spermwhale (from the distance of 50-100 meters, so you won’t see much,...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
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    PicosdeAventura, Diretor de Vendas at Picos de Aventura, responded to this reviewResponded today

    Dear guest, Thank you for the feedback. We are sorry to understand that you feel like our tour was a waste of money and time as the chance of going out on the ocean to try to spot whales or dolphins on their natural habitat...More

    Reviewed 27 August 2019 via mobile

    Family had a great time for 2 1/2 - 3 hours on the speed boat, saw a whale at a distance and a few dolphins close up. The speedboat itself was exciting. But at over £50 per person it's an expensive few hours when theres...More

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    Reviewed 24 August 2019

    Great tour, we saw many dolphins and a whale!! The guides were lovely and made sure we all got to see as much as we could!

    Date of experience: August 2019
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    Nomad692268, Director of Sales at Picos de Aventura, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2019

    Hi Sarah! Thanks a lot for your feedback!

    Reviewed 21 August 2019

    We had a great experience on this half-day trip in a small, inflatable (Zodiac-style) boat from Ponta Delgada. The guides were very knowledgable and friendly. In a 3-hour trip on a clear, sunny day we saw 3 sperm whales (and a floating chunk of giant...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Rustavo
    Reviewed 20 August 2019 via mobile

    Half (~20) of the people of the group were sea sick and were vomiting all around the catamaran boat (on the floor, in the bathrooms) for all 2 hours and DID NOT SEE ANYTHING EVEN THE DOLPHINS. Organizers were totally not prelared for this, just...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
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    PicosdeAventura, Diretor de Vendas at Picos de Aventura, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2019

    Dear guest, We are sorry to understand that the tour we provided did not met your expectations. Being a tourist entertainment company, we are not allowed to provide guests with any type of medication as we are not authorized by the law to give or...More

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    Response from tinaandjoe1014 | Reviewed this property |
    If your cruise ship is docked outside St. Peter's Bay in Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel. Turn right onto Av. Infante Dom Henrique (the Main Blvd overlooking the marina) and proceed until us reach the walking bridge near the... More
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