Sao Miguel Island, Azores

Prices from £690 to £850 pp 

2020/21 DATES:

01 April – 30 September

Weekly departures (arrive/depart any day of the week). Odd durations available.

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

Dolphins, Dolphins!

Meet these curious and playful mammals underwater wearing your mask and snorkel looking through the crystal clear ocean depths OR see them from the boats jumping and dancing in the bow waves just an arms’ length beneath your gaze. In the water and watching from the boats, you will feel part of the dolphin’s magical underwater world, seeing their exquisite movements and listening to a symphony of sound.

You will learn lots about the dolphins in the Azores from our Marine Biologists and see the hundreds of dolphins leaping with joy over the ocean waves!

  • 3 half day swimming with wild dolphins or dolphin watching 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.


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

Adult price: £124 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