Family swimming with dolphins in the Azores

On our only family-focused dolphin swimming vacation in the Azores, you'll create magical memories with our marine biologist, excellent guides - and the playful dolphins themselves.
Mask and snorkel training Three or five half-day trips to swim with dolphins Marine biologist on board Kids' activity pack Optional: dolphin and whale watching trips, cycling tours, nature walks, kayaking, geyser and thermal lake tour, jeep tour of island
Price
835 excluding flights
Duration
7 Days
Countries
Azores, Portugal
Type
Small group
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Includes 3 half day trips to sea, 7 nights 4* family friendly hotel BB with indoor/outdoor pool, all airport transfers.
Opportunity to learn from Marine Biologists, educational presentations/talks.
Reduced child/teen prices.
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Description of Family swimming with dolphins in the Azores

Price information

835 excluding flights
Includes 3 half day trips to sea, 7 nights 4* family friendly hotel BB with indoor/outdoor pool, all airport transfers.
Opportunity to learn from Marine Biologists, educational presentations/talks.
Reduced child/teen prices.
Make enquiry

Check dates

2022: 3 Apr, 10 Apr, 17 Apr, 29 May, 16 Jul, 23 Jul, 30 Jul, 6 Aug, 13 Aug, 20 Aug, 27 Aug

Travel guides

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Vacation information

Dietary requirements:
We do not provide meals as part of this tour, only breakfast and an occasional evening meal, however vegetarian and vegan options are available in both cases. We can also recommend the best specialist restaurants that serve very good vegan and vegetarian food in the Azores/Portugal, which is rare but increasing.
LGBTQIA+
Our partners behind this vacation promote inclusivity on all their trips and across their business and we are all committed to ensuring travelers face no discrimination on any part of the trip they control.

Reviews

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Reviewed on 03 Sep 2020 by

A profoundly beautiful experience. My daughter and I can't stop talking about it. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2017 by

Swimming with wild dolphins in the clear blue sea was just amazing! The rib trips were well organised and friendly, and the sea-life co-operated! truly fantastic. The jeep trip to the volcanic springs was also really well worth doing. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2017 by

We enjoyed watching the dolphins in their natural habitat. Read full review

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

The way the boats approach the dolphins follows 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. They follow responsible practices and official regulations which are standard in the Azores. 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. The Dolphin and Whale Connection and our boat operators are members of the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) working together to protect whales and dolphins.

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.

People

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.

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