Swimming with wild dolphins in the Azores

“Your first time swimming with wild dolphins, you'll be amazed. The second time, you'll be excited. And the third - you'll finally relax into their blissful marine world.”

Highlights

3 dolphin swim trips with training | Expert guide on boat (max 8 guests) | Marine biology talks | add on whale watching | explore the stunning island by jeep, hiking and nature walks | Bathe in volcanic hot springs and see bubbling hot geysers | Get active with kayaking, mountain biking and paddle boarding on the islands stunning lakes

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Our top tip:
Get some snorkelling practice in beforehand, at your local pool - or even in the bath!
Trip type:
Small group. Min. age 7.
Activity level:
Moderate - swimming and snorkelling in the sea.
Accomm:
3* hotel with gym and 4* hotel with indoor/outdoor pool, restaurant, gym and health suite.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available with surcharge.
Included:
Accomm., breakfasts, transfers, 3 or 5 dolphin trips, tour guide.
Meals:
Breakfast included. Many local/ international restaurants nearby.
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Responsible tourism

Swimming with wild dolphins in the Azores

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

The way the boats approach the dolphins follow 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. 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. All this moves us closer to protecting them and the marine environment in a more knowledgeable, effective way.

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.

43 Reviews of Swimming with wild dolphins in the Azores

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Reviewed on 07 Sep 2019 by

The most exciting part of the holiday was going out in the catamarans to see the dolphins and whales Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Sep 2019 by

Swimming with dolphins (common and bottle nose) in the Atlantic was truly an amazing experience and one to tick off my bucket list. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Sep 2019 by

Every time we were on a boat on the sea was exhilarating and exciting, never knowing which animals we might see. A truly unforgettable holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Sep 2019 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was swimming with the dolphins! And hearing them talk under water. And the views of Sete Cidades, amazing. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Aug 2019 by

We really loved it; the place was very relaxed but enjoyable with great food. We loved our dolphin and whale experiences and we plan to go back. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2019 by

The most memorable parts of the trip were swimming with the wild dolphins and being so close to the sperm whales along with exploring the interior of the island. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2019 by

Swimming with wild dolphins is pretty cool once you get the hang of it. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2019 by

All the activities with the boat operator were the most memorable part of the holiday, as well as the stunning terrain and beautiful weather. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2019 by

Seeing a mother and baby dolphin swim underneath me as a pod of Common dolphins swam by was the highlight of the trip. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Sep 2018 by

Swimming with bottle-nosed dolphins was an amazing experience. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Sep 2018 by

Excellent Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2018 by

Best holiday ever and would recommend to anyone who wants to live the dream of swimming with dolphins Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2018 by

very strong connection with nature, very positive experience, good rest, nice green island. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Aug 2018 by

When I asked my 10 year old daughter was this holiday better than Disneyland Florida her answer was an astounding YES. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Jul 2018 by

Swimming with three different species of dolphin was the most exciting part of the holiday...Fantastic!!! Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Jun 2018 by

Dolphins are wild and free and unpredictable to see/socialise - so itís with having a few days planning to swim with them I had 3 very different experiences Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Jan 2018 by

To be honest it was the friendly welcoming atmosphere in the Azores and the amazing accommodation and the owner/host who wore many hats: lovely place to stay and will go back there and back to Azores. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2018 by

an amazing experience and you have to do it! Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Sep 2018 by

Whale watching and swimming with the dolphins was such a memorable experience Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2018 by

Swimming with common dolphins and watching them feeding was the most exciting part of the holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2017 by

The Dolphins! Sao Miguel is also a beautiful island. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2017 by

The first two times I got into the water to see the Dolphins. I was nervous about getting into the ocean from a boat, but as soon as I looked down and saw those beautiful animals swimming below and before me, all was forgotten. It was a very special experience I will not forget. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Sep 2017 by

Swimming with wild dolphins was absolutely incredible. I loved seeing them close up under the water. It was also wonderful seeing them playing around the boat. A really special experience. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2017 by

The swimming with dolphins trips were most memorable. Also the land trips were amazing. Absolutely unforgettable! Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2017 by

Great holiday!! Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Oct 2017 by

Excellent place, excellent service. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2016 by

Amazing, met all my expectations and more. I intend to return and do it all again along with taking in more inland trips. The swims with dolphins being the priority though. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2016 by

Amazing !! Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2016 by

Words cannot express the magic of swimming in amongst a pod of wild Bottlenose dolphins! Those moments will last a lifetime for me. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Jun 2016 by

Swimming in the water near bottlenose dolphins on one of our boat trips and on another trip swimming near a huge pod of common dolphins and their young - some very young! Amazing! Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2016 by

The highlight of the holiday was obviously swimming with wild dolphins. The teams were great and helped everyone aboard to overcome their apprehension. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Jun 2016 by

The experience was spectacular. It was everything I had hoped for. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Jun 2016 by

Swimming with dolphins right next to the boat, under and around us - magical experience Read full review

Reviewed on 28 May 2016 by

We saw a Blue Whale, several Fin Whales & many dolphins. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Aug 2015 by

One of the very best holidays we have ever had. We loved it. We all want to go again!! And we'd like to visit some of the other islands too. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2015 by

Swimming close to the dolphins, never seen as many dolphins in my life! Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2015 by

It was one of our best family holidays and I would not hesitate to recommend it. We would like to go again!! Read full review

Reviewed on 31 May 2015 by

Seeing whales and dolphins on each of our four trips out to sea. The sightings were awesome. A great holiday, both for the whale and dolphin encounters and beautiful scenery inland too. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2013 by

Just four words, really: out of this world. Oh - and unforgettable....The first time the dolphins came close to us in the water: being able to hear the clicks and squeaks as they sussed us out, seeing the bubbles they blew at us and watching them look us in the eye as they shimmied past. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2013 by

Superb. All I had hoped and more....it was good to be somewhere relatively free of tourism, and with a company which proactively thinks about limiting impact on the natural life and the environment...this philosophy helped make the experience special. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Nov 2011 by

Seeing the wild dolphins in the middle of the Atlantic and the one sperm whale that we saw on our dolphin trip...Good. I just chose the wrong time of the year. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2011 by

A wonderful experience. The location was great, the waters around the Azores are naturally teeming with sea life. Being in the water with wild dolphins swimming around us was such an amazing privilege. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Sep 2010 by

This was probably the best holiday I have ever been on. Both my son and I will never forget it. I absolutely relished being close to nature out at sea and on the island. I am definitely considering travelling to see more dolphins or whales in other parts of the world. Read full review

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