Whale watching in São Miguel

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Are you ready to go whale watching in São Miguel on a catamaran or a RIB?

On the island of São Miguel, you’ll have the opportunity to observe more than 28 cetacean species in their natural habitat. Join us on an adventure with dolphin and whale watching in São Miguel with one of the most experienced whale watching companies of the islands of the Portuguese Azores Archipelago. You can do this experience on a comfortable and stable catamaran or on a fast and agile RIB. You can choose upon booking.

This unforgettable dolphin and whale watching in São Miguel departs from Ponta Delgada, the main Marina of São Miguel Island. The whale watching in São Miguel takes around 3 hours, with daily departures, depending on weather conditions. The dolphin and whale watching in São Miguel is preceded by a briefing. Here, one of the qualified biologists explains the importance of how whale hunting converted to whale watching in the Azores.

Before departure, but already onboard, you will be briefed about safety, rules of observation and respect for the local fauna and flora. The  experienced staff will provide an overview of what may be sighted during the whale watching tour and give live commentary on the tour and sightings.

São Miguel is located in the Atlantic Ocean, about a third of the way between Portugal and North America, the islands are home or point of passage for more than a third of the world’s whale and dolphin species. Given this special location, you can find many species, such as sperm whales, common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and Risso's dolphins, and more. Summer months are the best time to see Atlantic spotted dolphins, pilot whales and striped dolphins, whereas the spring months are the time to see migrating baleen whales such as blue whales, fin whales and sei whales.

Low Season (October until February):
Departure times for catamaran and RIB boat are the same,
so please simply leave a comment in the notes of your booking
to inform us which boat you'd prefer taking.

High Season (March until September):
To go on the RIB Boat, please select the tour at 08h30 or 13h00.
The catamaran
goes out at 09h00 or 13h30. 



  • Extremely high chance of spotting wild dolphins with the experienced crew;

  • Search for and observe wild dolphins and other marine life in their natural habitat;

  • Seeing these mamals in their natural habitat is really a magical moment;

  • This experience is always a true adventure as you never know which species you're going to find;

  • Enjoy the view over the amazing coastline from a unique perspective;


  • This experience does not include food and drinks so feel free to bring your own;

  • Please check-in 30 minutes before the start of the experience;

  • Detailed tour operator information, including local phone number and exact address, is included in your confirmation email;

  • You'll pay a deposit to place your booking request and pay the remaining once your booking is confirmed, with the tour operator

  • We recommend bringing sunscreen and comfortable clothes;


  • The dolphin watching tour will be accompanied by a marine expert who can tell you all the secrets about the animals and other life in the sea;

  • A safety briefing by a multilingual guide, insurance and life-jackets are included;

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