Blue whale watching in the Azores, Pico Island

A week of splendid whale watching, in a small group, with a whale researcher guide. With five half day trips in May, best time for Blue Whale sightings. A wildlife trip of a lifetime.
Pico Island, Azores Five half day Blue Whale watching outings Expert whale researcher guide Guided tour of Pico Island Learn about marine wildlife research techniques Fin Whales Humpback Whales Dolphin watching
£990 excluding flights
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8 Days
Azores, Portugal
Small group
Group size
Up to 14 people
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7 nights 3* harbour hotel.
Exclusive small group tour on Pico Island with services of tour guide and expert marine biologists.
Participate in research onboard and have a unique opportunity to see Blue Whales as they migrate past the Azores islands.
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Treat yourself to a last minute break. Limited to 14 people per tour. Book now to avoid disappointment 29 April - 06 May 2023 06 - 13 May 2023
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Description of Blue whale watching in the Azores, Pico Island

This Blue Whale, Fin Whales, Sperm Whales exclusive small group tour on Pico, Azores is a stunning May event, as this is the best time for seeing migratory Blue Whales off the Azores. Your base will be the Azorean island of Pico, a third of which is a nature reserve, with a volcano at its core. You can choose to stay in 3*** harbourside hotel, a charming 4**** upgrade hotel surrounded by lush gardens or our guest house villa with pool, all with stunning sea views.

The main focus of the week is to see Blue Whales of course, and you will have exclusive guide services of a tour leader. On each sea trip you will have marine biologist presentations and services. Your whale watching excursions will be on board a RIB Zodiac research boat, which travels comfortably in choppy waters and also able to stay clear of the busier tourist vessels. You will have a chance to become totally immersed in the whale research process during this exciting Blue Whale during May, learning about data collection, whale behaviour, feeding habits and also get to hear the sounds of the Blue Whale using hydrophones. Our guests are always bowled over and inspired by the expert marine biologist knowledge as well as their commitment to responsible whale watching.

We have a great record of whale sightings, not only of Blue Whales but also Fin and Humpback Whales, as they are attracted to the nutrient rich waters around Pico during this time. We have also been lucky enough to see an Orca pod on one trip and other wildlife wonders include seven species of dolphin, turtles and Manta Rays.

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£990 excluding flights
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7 nights 3* harbour hotel.
Exclusive small group tour on Pico Island with services of tour guide and expert marine biologists.
Participate in research onboard and have a unique opportunity to see Blue Whales as they migrate past the Azores islands.
Make enquiry

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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.
Our partners behind this holiday promote inclusivity on all their trips and across their business and we are all committed to ensuring travellers face no discrimination on any part of the trip they control.


5 Reviews of Blue whale watching in the Azores, Pico Island

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 08 May 2022 by

Absolutely loved it...Seeing the whales, Hump back, Sperm Whales, Sei whales and Fin Whales. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 May 2022 by

The daily encounter with whales and dolphins are memories I shall carry with me always. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Jun 2022 by

Getting to ride in the RIB (so much fun!) and seeing plenty of whales and dolphins. Sadly didn’t see the big Blue which was the main aim of the trip, we just weren’t in the right place at the right time! Read full review

Reviewed on 11 May 2021 by

Seeing a blue whale for the first time in my life - and then for the second time and the third time and so on. Because there is more than one boat trip, you really get the chance to encounter them many times. Some were fluking, one changed direction and came towards the boat - it was absolutly fantastic. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 May 2018 by

Truly amazing with many sightings of Blue, Sperm and Fin Whales Read full review

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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.


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 our 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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