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    What to Expect
    Make your way to the Futurismo Activity Centre in Ponta Delgada prior to your morning departure time. Meet your guide and your group and board a boat for the first part of your trip: a whale watching tour. Other aquatic animals such as dolphins, turtles, and seabirds may also make an appearance, and a biologist will provide information about animal behavior and responsible observation at sea.

    After the first part of your tour, stop in Vila Franca do Campo for lunch at a local restaurant. Then, board a converted traditional fishing boat and head to Vila Franca do Campo islet, a volcanic crater off the coast that encloses a natural lagoon. Gear up in the provided snorkel equipment to observe the variety of fish living in this natural reserve.

    Return to the original departure point at the end of the tour.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Futurismo Azores Adventures, Portas do Mar, Shop 26 Ponta Delgada Harbour São Miguel Island, 9500-771 Ponta Delgada, Portugal
    Departure Time
    8:30 AM
    Duration
    7h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Lunch (please inform us about any food restrictions while booking)
    • Driver/guide
    • Professional guide
    • Use of snorkel equipment (limited)
    • The transfer back to Ponta Delgada harbor is always guaranteed, by boat or van.
    • Boat trip to and from Vila Franca Islet
    Exclusions
    • Hotel drop-off
    • Hotel pickup
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Near public transportation
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Normally we use the Fiberglass boat, but the type of vessel depends on the number of passengers
    • Tour available for all ages, but the catamarans are recommended for children (0-5 years old) and seniors, as well as pregnant women, people with disabilities or back problems
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Unforgettable experience. This is must do activity if in Azores and we recomend Futurismo for sure. We saw 3 different species and the crew was very experienced, supporting and with a great knowledge to tell more about each mammal. As I am afraid of being on a boat and get
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    Response from MelissaFuturismo, Gestor de Relações com o Cliente at Whale Watching and Vila Franca islet - full day
    Responded 30 Oct 2019
    Hello, Thank you for your kind words and recommandation for our company. We are very happy that you saw different cetacean species and that you appreciated our qualified staff's work. We hope to see you again someday in the future for more Azores adventures. Best regards
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    We had an excellent morning Whale and Dolphin watching. We managed to see several Sperm Whales (from what felt like an appropriately respectful distance for the creatures’ well being) and lots and lots of Striped and Spotted Dolphins (which swam so close to the boat). Victor
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    Response from MelissaFuturismo, Gestor de Relações com o Cliente at Whale Watching and Vila Franca islet - full day
    Responded 30 Oct 2019
    Dear Ben, Thank you very much for your kind words. We are glad that you liked your full-day experience whale and dolphin watching + Vila Franca islet. Indeed, Futurismo is proud to be official partners with World Cetacean Alliance, that is why we respect strict rules for the wellbeing of the animals. It is nice to know that you enjoyed our professional and kind staff. Vila Franca is indeed a magical place to go snorkeling. Thank you for recommending us. We hope to see you again in the future for other adventures and experiences here in the Azores. Best regards.
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    I originally booked the half-day whalewatching only, but since it was incredibly difficult to get to Ilheu da Vila Franca (long waiting cue every morning) changed the booking on the phone. Very nice and helpful staff both when I phoned and on the day of the trip itself. The trip
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    Response from Sandrina R, Gestor de Relações com o Cliente at Whale Watching and Vila Franca islet - full day
    Responded 22 Aug 2019
    Dear Nina, Thank you so much for your comment! We were very happy to know that you had a very nice experience with us. Actually, the tour you did, it is a must-do ;) Thank you very much for choosing us. Best regards,
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    We were programed for today. This is the 3rd day rainning and they expectated us to get here in the morning to tell us all the tours for today were canceled. It is obvious you can't control the weather, but you can control the phones or emails, and it would be mutch better to
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    Response from Sandrina R, Gestor de Relações com o Cliente at Whale Watching and Vila Franca islet - full day
    Responded 22 Aug 2019
    Hello "Chesler", We were really sorry about that! Actually, the weather in August is being so unusual and unstable for the Azores. We had more rain, waves and wind than expected. You are right about our communication about the canceled tours. We always try to go out until the last moment, since the conditions here could suddenly change. Also, we wait for our lookout's opinion since they are constantly observing the sea and the clouds. But safety is always first and the weather in the Azores is quite variable. So, we always wait for good weather. Thank you for your comment. Best regards,
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    Excellent day out. Saw dolphins and sperm whales. Food was good and the volcanic crater was great. Recommended
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    Response from Sandrina R, Gestor de Relações com o Cliente at Whale Watching and Vila Franca islet - full day
    Responded 22 Aug 2019
    Hello :) We really like what we do and your comment makes us feel so happy. All the best to you 🐬🐋
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    About the operator
    By: Futurismo Azores Adventures
    1,158 reviews
    Certificate of Excellence
    richardpJ9718ML
    20
    We did 4 tours with Futurismo and all were excellent.
    The whale watch was beyond our expectations. The boat was fast and stable, the crew helpful, friendly, and
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    alexsilva07
    Ponta Delgada, Portugal
    10
    Unprofessional behavior
    I took a tour with your company in the summer of 2018 with some family from the States, we enjoyed it and we were
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    Keithbw1
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    30
    Whale watching
    A great experience with a very knowledgeable staff. We took the more stable catamaran and saw Bottlenose and
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    Vacationplannerone
    32
    Dolphin and Whale watch.
    They probably should not have run. There were no whales or dolphins, said we could rebook however, when you are on
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    Mona N
    Koege, Denmark
    5935
    On the lookout for dolphins and whales
    Weather was on the positive side, calm and quiet, and very soon we had contact with the first group of dolphins.
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    Nacky3
    Budapest, Hungary
    40
    Wonderful tour with whales and dolphins
    I went with the Zodiac, which is the smaller and "bumpier" boat. It was quite a fun, even with the rain we get
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    Euni-Carlos
    Barcelona
    9399
    Superb Wild Life
    We were able to see more than 50 common dolphins and do some snorkeling with them several times. Miguel our guide
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    Rod R
    2811
    Second time doing the Hiking Package with Futurismo
    Our holiday was through Azores Getaways and one of the packages included the hiking package through Furturismo.
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    Vulcan_God_of_War
    London, United Kingdom
    125
    Amazing trip
    This was so fantastic we got to see lots of dolphins and we even managed to see a sleek whale the people there
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    Melanie037
    Great Missenden, United Kingdom
    12035
    Superb organisation and fantastic guides!
    I was lucky enough to visit with a school group and as a teacher I am always eager to ensure the kids have a great
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    drorck
    Tel Aviv, Israel
    10
    A great experience
    Went for a 3-hour catamaran tour. Saw dozens of atlantic dolphins, a resident sperm whale and a migratory Baleen
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    Sophie J
    London, United Kingdom
    40
    They send you out no matter the weather
    My father and I went out in mid August using this company. We had the morning slot and on arrival the forecast was
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    JOBYDUP
    Deale, Maryland
    30
    Sperm Whale Sightings!
    We loved our whale watching excursion! The boat was comfortable and after about an hour cruise to sea we saw a
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    longhaulfromlondon
    Teddington, United Kingdom
    337457
    A great morning seeing whales and dolphins
    Booking this trip was easy, we called into the Futurismo office in Ponta Delgada and were immediately helped by
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    Do6321
    Madalena, Portugal
    4021
    well no whales
    tried futurismo from pico this time had great fun on the zodiac saw rizzos dolphins spotted dolphins and pilot
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