Family swimming with dolphins in the Azores

“On our only family-focused dolphin swimming holiday in the Azores, you'll create magical memories with our marine biologist, excellent guides - and the playful dolphins themselves.”

Highlights

Mask and snorkel training | Three or five half-day trips to swim with dolphins | Marine biologist on board | Kids' activity pack | Optional: dolphin and whale watching trips, cycling tours, nature walks, kayaking, geyser and thermal lake tour, jeep tour of island

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27 Jul 2019
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Responsible tourism: Family swimming with dolphins in the Azores

Environment

The way the boats approach the dolphins follows local regulations to protect the marine life. We only use licensed boat operators who are very sensitive to the well-being of the dolphins and whales. They follow responsible practices and official regulations which are standard in the Azores. There is a good spirit of cooperation amongst the boat companies and agreements to respect the animals as a priority.

Research is ongoing on the boats, so these trips are helping to build our knowledge of these fantastic animals. Many of the skippers are professional photographers and maintain a comprehensive photo ID database, in particular sperm whales, bottlenose dolphins and pilot whales. The more we can learn about the whales and dolphins of the Azores the better we can understand things like their migrations and social structures. The Dolphin and Whale Connection and our boat operators are members of the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) working together to protect whales and dolphins.

Guests are encouraged to send in any photos they have taken on the dolphin swimming trips that can be used in the ongoing photo identification projects. Every trip has a huge emphasis on conservation and sustaining the marine environment so future generations may also have the privilege of seeing marine mammals in the wild.

Community

We only work with local suppliers who employ at least 80% local people which means financial benefits to families here. The land based lookouts whose immense skill at tracking the animals previously earned money from whaling now earn money from tourists - an enormous change that we are passionate about supporting. Many of their adult children now skipper the dolphin swimming boats and work within the small scale tourism.

Our dolphin swimming company offers presentations in local schools to educate the children about the marine life on their doorstep with an emphasis on conservation. They are also planning to host an Azorean Whale Festival to promote the islands as one of the key locations worldwide to see whales. The Dolphin and Whale Connection donates a percentage of it's profits to the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA), helping to protect whales and dolphins worldwide.

All the activities we recommend locally are run by Azoreans and are designed to maintain good relationships between visitors and the local people. For example, we sell and promote only local crafts to our guests to support local craft makers and artisans and to spread tourism income to many islanders. Our favourite restaurants are all run by Azorean people, and we do recommend that our visitors try the delicious local cuisine while supporting sustainable local fishermen in particular.

As well as swimming with dolphins and whale watching tours we offer geological and cultural tours hosted solely by experienced local guides with an in-depth knowledge of their island and its landscape. We support the local vineyards where guests can sample the fantastic Azorean wine and take these locally produced gifts back to people at home.

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Reviewed on 29 Aug 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Swimming with wild dolphins in the clear blue sea was just amazing! The rib trips were well organised and friendly, and the sea-life co-operated! truly fantastic. The jeep trip to the volcanic springs was also really well worth doing.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Definately go swimming with dolphins - and look out for other life in the sea too. Definitely see a bit of the island.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Local people were keen for us as tourists to come back - so they must have felt the benefit. I have some concerns about rapid overdevelopment in the form of big square hotels and too much boat activity. They will need to be very careful not too spoil the amazing environment that they have. Our marine guide was sensitive to the dolphin's needs and did turn back when one pod displayed stressed behaviour, and generally the dolphins seemed unconcerned by us.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Absolutely fantastic!!!!!

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


We enjoyed watching the dolphins in their natural habitat.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The nature is beautiful.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?



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