Azores family adventure holiday, whales and dolphins

“A week long, family adventure holiday with two half day dolphin and whale watching trips, and a full day trip to Furnas. Accommodation in 4* hotel in Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel.”

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Holiday with Azores whales and dolphin experts | Two dolphin and whale watching trips | Option for full day on water with marine biologists | Family friendly 4 star hotel in Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel | Furnas geothermal sites

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2019: 13 Apr, 25 May, 20 Jul, 27 Jul, 3 Aug, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, 31 Aug, 25 Oct
2020: 4 Apr, 11 Apr, 18 Apr, 23 May, 25 Jul, 1 Aug, 8 Aug, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, 29 Aug
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Responsible tourism: Azores family adventure holiday, whales and dolphins

Environment

The way the boats approach the whales follow 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. 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. All this moves us closer to protecting them and the marine environment in a more knowledgeable, effective way.

Guests are encouraged to send in any photos they have taken on the whale watching 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.

Community

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 whale watching boats and work within the small scale tourism.

Our whale watching 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. We donate 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 whale watching 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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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The whale and dolphin watching trips - the full day marine biologist trip on the RIB was the best of all of the trips.

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


The trips on the RIB boats were much better than on the catamaran as the boat is much smaller and closer to the water so you get closer to the animals.

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


Yes

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


It was fantastic - a brilliant family holiday with two children (6 and 9)

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