Azores whale and dolphin watching holiday

“Many voyage to the Azores to witness the incredible marine life - then wish they'd stayed longer to explore the fascinating landscapes. On this tour, you'll be enjoying both.”

Highlights

Three boat excursions | Visits to three islands | Bird watching | Full day tour of Faial Island | Crater lakes and Fire Lake | Hot springs | Guided tour of Horta | Scrimshaw Museum | Briefings by local biologists | Optional extras: swimming with dolphins, wine tasting at vineyard, zodiac boat tour with snorkelling

Description of Azores whale and dolphin watching holiday

You cannot beat whale and dolphin watching in the Azores with a bounty of lush volcanic foliage complementing fascinating island heritage and excellent accommodation to ensure this small group holiday places you right at the heart of the region's wildlife watching hot spots.

The marriage between marine adventure and cultural insight is made to last with travellers invited to watch whales and dolphins between the islands of Sao Miguel, Pico and Faial as well as being able to explore on land and savour the beaches for swimming and snorkelling.

Every island in the Azores has its very own unique character and youíll be presented with plenty of opportunities to find out more about conservation projects as well as meeting local people in order to find out more about life on the islands.

From whale and dolphin watching to bird abundant locations and UNESCO listed vineyards, the Azores is simply captivating with white sand beaches and exciting thermal activity adding to an exotic adventure thatís as naturally insightful as effortlessly relaxing.

Please note: if youíre thinking about signing up for this Azores whale and dolphin watching holiday after June 2018, please get in touch with regards to changes to the current itinerary. Thank you.

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Our top tip:
Some whale species are resident year-round, while others migrate - speak to the company to discover the best time to see the species that interest you most.
Trip type:
Small group, usually 4-16 people, min. age 16.
Activity level:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
7 nights in two 4* hotels, one with a pool, both with central locations.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available with surcharge.
Included:
Accomm., transfers, internal flights, international flights if booked, tour guide, listed activities inc. 3 boat excursions.
Meals:
All breakfasts, 5 lunches.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Azores whale and dolphin watching holiday

UK office
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies in place, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Leaders & local suppliers
Both companies used for our whale and dolphin watching tours respect the animals during times of feeding or resting by maintaining a distance and avoiding any interference. We use a small family-run company in Ponta Delgada who use small boats and in Horta the company plants a tree every time they go to sea to help reduce the carbon impact. Our hotels source as much local food as possible and conserve energy where possible. Leaders and biologists are employed locally and are very conscious of environmental concerns so they ensure clients follow them in the best practices to reduce our footprint.

Group size
We operate small group tours that have a low impact on the communities we visit and we always ensure our operations do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. This allows us to stay in unique and characterful accommodation that would not have benefitted from tourism due to their limited size.

3 Reviews of Azores whale and dolphin watching holiday

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Reviewed on 19 Jun 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


See whales, dolphins, turtles at sea together with the beautiful scenery

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for changing weather. There is a local saying that you can experience all four seasons in one day, which is true, so pack for fog, rain, wind, sunshine, hot and cold weather

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, on all the trips at sea, bird watching or botanic gardens the guides explained the conservation work that is on going locally and were very passionate about it. The current issue of plastics being eaten by fish, mammals and birds was explained so that everyone on the trip was aware and will hopefully look to reduce their use of plastic.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A highlight and recommended

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing a blue whale from our catamaran!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Even though the Azores doesn't get sunshine all day at this time of year, it is still possible to get a 'sea' suntan when out on the water so bring a sunblock if you burn easily.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, because we we had lunch in a variety of local restaurants throughout the week and the dishes were prepared using local ingredients. Small tour operators were used for both the sea trips and the land trips.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?



Reviewed on 15 Jun 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing the whales and dolphins, of course! I also really loved the hot springs. And the botanical gardens.....and the tea plantation.......and the food and the great group and Nunu- what an incredibly knowledgeable guide!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Some people were seasick. I took a Kwell, used travel bands and chewed ginger gum and I was fine. I might have been fine without all that - I'll never know.
Take clothes for all weathers.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, tourism is a very important part of the Azorean economy.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I enjoyed it very much. It was all very interesting and I learned a lot. The food was exceptionally good. The people we met were all charming. The amount of whale watching and other activities was just right.
The hotel on Faial was perfect. The hotel in San Miguel was sadly, lacking. Several of our party had ants in our rooms which was very unpleasant especially when they they got in the bathroom, bed and my bag! I would not have called it a four star hotel.
I have been on trips with other companies and the one thing that I found really beneficial was that they gave us a bottle of water every morning. There were some quite long periods when we did not have access to water.
All in all however, it was very good.

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