Overview

For this swimming with dolphins week you will be based in the island’s capital, Ponta Delgada, in a lovely 4 star hotel 10 minutes walk from the marina where you will go out from.

You will be venturing out with one of our partners based in the city marina, all of whom adhere to the stringent rules governing swimming with dolphins in the Azores designed to have minimal impact on the dolphin’s daily routines.

Swimming in the mid Atlantic can be an intimidating experience so you should be a competent swimmer and not afraid to be in open water. After a briefing, you head out to sea in RIBs (semi rigid inflatables) for the first of 4 half day swimming with dolphins trips. Each boat is limited to 6 swimmers; and at any one time only 2 people are allowed in the water.

What you’ll spot
There are 8 species around the Azores with but you’re most likely to see Common, Atlantic Spotted, Risso’s and Bottlenose dolphins and the pods are usually large of between 50 and 200 individuals. Super pods of up to 1000 have been sighted though!

Some species are more curious and exuberant than others leaping out of the sea and swimming close to clients beneath the water. A glance from a dolphin is an unusual, memorable even spiritual experience. They are intelligent, highly organised and present no danger to humans and the symphony of communication sounds you’ll hear beneath the water is extraordinary.

Options
If you prefer not to have a week of swimming with dolphins we offer half day trips on São Miguel and Faial which can be booked separately. Don’t forget all itineraries can be tailored to suit your interests.

Itinerary

Fly London to São Miguel. Transfer to hotel in Ponta Delgada (10mins). Overnight Hotel do Colegio for 7 nights.
Briefing followed by 3 hour swimming with dolphins trip.
3 hour swimming with dolphins trip.
3 hour swimming with dolphins trip.
3 hour swimming with dolphins trip.
Free day to explore the island.
Free day to explore the island.
Transfer from hotel to airport for your flight back to London.

Price Per Person

We can create a tailor-made holiday to suit your budget with prices per person starting from...

Jan
£NA
Feb
£NA
Mar
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Apr
£920
May
£1036
Jun
£1036
Jul
£1150
Aug
£1150
Sep
£1132
Oct
£1036
Nov
£NA
Dec
£NA

INCLUDED : Accommodation on B&B sharing basis, airport transfers, 4 x half day swimming with dolphins trips (including: adult wetsuits, buoyancy aids, snorkel and masks), flights and airport taxes (guide price only), pre-departure information booklet. We recommend you bring children’s wetsuits if necessary. EXCLUDED : Meals (other than breakfast), optional excursions and travel insurance.

Accommodation

You'll be based in the lovely 4 star Hotel do Colegio in the heart of the old part of Ponta Delgada, just 10 minutes walk from your swimming with dolphins boat. If you prefer other accommodation though, just let us know.

Activities

With 8 species of dolphins around the Azores, this holiday offers you lots of opportunities to see these amazing cetaceans up close.

Location

São Miguel is the main island of the archipelago and offers great swimming with dolphins opportunities and some of the most spectacular scenery in the Azores.

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