Sao Miguel Island, Azores

Prices from £595 to £790 pp


April – October 7 night holidays – option to stay for more/less than 7 nights – arrive/depart any day of the week.

““The holiday of a lifetime – the Azores is one of the best places in the world to swim with wild dolphins””

Swimming with dolphins is a wonderful way to see dolphins in their natural habitat. Looking into the crystal-clear ocean depths wearing a mask and snorkel you can have encounters with these very curious and playful mammals. Watching their exquisite movements and listening to a symphony of sound you feel part of their magical world.

  • 3 half day swimming with wild dolphins trips to sea (3hrs) 
  • Talks and presentations from local marine biologists
  • Choose from our accommodation options (4****, budget, boutique/5*****) 
  • All airport transfers included
  • Tailor your itinerary with exciting activities, land tours to explore the island and extra trips to see the dolphins and whales.

“The numbers of boats are well regulated and the animals are approached responsibly with minimum disturbance”

Memorable moments

You will take home some beautiful memories that are guaranteed to stay with you. Guests coming with close family and friends will treasure moments shared on this adventure of a lifetime and you will have some amazing stories to tell everyone back home!

Boat trips out to the dolphins and special program

You can immerse yourself in the underwater world of the dolphins taking 3-5 trips (3-hour duration) to sea with our expert dolphin swim guides. You will be given preparation information before you arrive, a training in best practice and safety on the water, and how to approach the dolphins and develop confidence. You will also be given presentations about dolphin behaviour, so at the end of the week you will feel you really know a lot about these beautiful marine mammals.

For information about local sea temperatures please check here.




Holiday program overview

Prepare to meet the dolphins:

Pre-trip preparation information, what to expect, instructions and safety briefing, getting on and off the boat will ensure that by the time you see the dolphins, you will be an expert, relaxed and confident with them which means the encounters will be even more special

helping child into the waterPractice and get confident swimming:

Take to the open sea with masks, snorkel, and fins. Take 3-5 boat trips to see the dolphins – each time is different and as you get the hang of it you will have more amazing experiences.

Our expert dolphin swim guides are there to ensure you get the most from this activity. They give instruction and support on board, and look after your safety every step of the way. They will give you tips on how to have really great encounters and ensure everyone on board gets the best opportunities.

pair of dolphinsApproach dolphins with respect:

Learn responsible boat approaches from our expert skippers and how to behave in the water resulting in minimum disturbance to the dolphins’ natural behaviour. This also means the animals will be calm with us rather than swimming away to avoid us!

Learn about the Azores dolphins:

Behaviour, communication and interesting scientific facts about how they live. The marine biologists will offer fascinating presentations during your holiday with information on conserving the habitat of the dolphins.

Welfare of the wild dolphins:

We do everything to minimize disturbance upon the dolphins and their habitat. We invite our guests to be involved, giving feedback when on the water and ensuring all operators are following the best practice guidelines.

almost touching dolphinBest Encounters with dolphins:

The week-long program ensures you get the best opportunities for sightings and that you become skilled and relaxed in the water swimming with wild dolphins, so they accept you as part of their world. They can be very curious! Your trips are booked in advance going out from less-crowded areas. If there is any bad weather you will be given priority replacement of trips.


Watch our short clip – swimming with wild dolphins:

Add on our “Be a Marine Biologist for the day” full day at sea whale and dolphin research tour

Adult price: £120 pp

All of our holidays offer the once in a life time opportunity for you to “Be a Marine Biologist for a Day” –  the perfect program for those with a keen appetite to learn. You will enjoy a fun filled classroom presentation from one of our marine biologist before spending a full day with them on a small RIB learning research
techniques such as data collection, photo ID and listening to underwater acoustics using the hydrophone. You will get away from the main tourist trail and have opportunities for a lot more contact with the animals. This a fully immersive day allowing you to step inside the shoes of our marine biologists and assist them in their research. This activity can be added onto the week program or exchanged for 2 half day regular whale watching trips.

“The whale and dolphin watching trips were brilliant – the trips on the RIB were great as we were close to the animals. The special tour “Be a Marine Biologist for a Day “ trip on the RIB was the highlight…We saw Sperm Whales, Fin Whales and a Humpback and Common and Bottlenose Dolphins. On the full day trip we were often the only boat around as we had more time and other trips aren’t out on the sea at lunchtime. ” Purslow family May 2018 

We highly recommend adding land tours and activities to your holiday to explore this stunning island. Find out more about the land tours you can add onto your itinerary here

Sample itinerary

Day 1: Arrival day
Day 2: PM half day whale and dolphin watching (RIB boat) – OPTIONAL
Day 3: AM half day swimming with wild dolphins (3hrs) RIB boat
Day 4: AM half day swimming with wild dolphins (3hrs) RIB boat
Day 5: AM half day swimming with wild dolphins (3hrs) RIB boat
Day 6: Free day – option to add our “Be a Marine Biologist for the Day” full day whale and dolphin research tour
Day 7: Free day – option to add a half day tour to Sete Cidades lakes adventure centre (bike, kayak or SUP)
Day 8: Home
Activity level: Medium

2019 prices and accommodation options


What’s included in the holiday:

Welcome pack and preparation information.
3 half day trips to sea (small group 8 persons) accompanied by dolphin swim guide (3 hours duration)
Swimming with dolphins training and preparation information (safety & best practice guidelines). All snorkel equipment and wetsuits provided.
7 nights accommodation (see below for accommodation options)
Return transfers from Ponta Delgada Airport to your hotel.
Services of local dolphin swim guide on boat. Logistics are taken care of by dedicated personnel at the boat base office where trips at sea and land are arranged.
Audio/visual presentations and talks

Not included:

Flights (guidance on booking these can be found here)  

2019 prices and accommodation options

Prices for our SWIMMING WITH WILD DOLPHINS holiday with accommodation options can be found by visiting this link here