TAILOR YOUR ITINERARY
With additional whale and dolphin watching trips to sea.
Choose from our:
- Full day “Be a Marine Biologist for the Day” full day whale and dolphin research trip
- Full day whale and dolphin watching and snorkelling in the reef at the Islet of Vila Franca Marine Reserve
- Half day whale & dolphin watching trip to sea (3hrs) on either our hard hulled RIB or sturdy catamaran
“Be a Marine Biologist for the day” full day at sea whale and dolphin research tour
Adult price: £120
All of our holidays offer the once in a life time opportunity for you to “Be a Marine Biologist for a Day” – the perfect program for those with a keen appetite to learn. You will enjoy a fun filled classroom presentation from one of our marine biologist before spending a full day with them on a small RIB learning research
techniques such as data collection, photo ID and listening to underwater acoustics using the hydrophone. You will get away from the main tourist trail and have opportunities for a lot more contact with the animals. This a fully immersive day allowing you to step inside the shoes of our marine biologists and assist them in their research. This activity can be added onto the week program or exchanged for 2 half day regular whale watching trips.
“The whale and dolphin watching trips were brilliant – the trips on the RIB were great as we were close to the animals. The special tour “Be a Marine Biologist for a Day “ trip on the RIB was the highlight…We saw Sperm Whales, Fin Whales and a Humpback and Common and Bottlenose Dolphins. On the full day trip we were often the only boat around as we had more time and other trips aren’t out on the sea at lunchtime. ” Purslow family May 2018
Full day whale and dolphin watching & snorkelling in the reef of the Islet of Vila Franca Marine Reserve
Adult price £95
Please note: This excursion is only available between mid June and mid September
Before your board our RIB zodiac boat, our marine biologists will give you a briefing to explain which cetacean species can be observed, safety measures aboard, how we respect the animals and rules of observation at sea. You will then be taken along the coast to Vila Franca, seeing whales and many species of dolphins together with turtles, seabirds and other marine life. You are also going to be away from the main tourist boats as you will travel further along the coast. After the 3 hour tour you will stop in Vila Franca do Campo to have lunch in a local restaurant. You will 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 where the sea is calm and there are some beautiful coral, colourful fish and a magical underwater world to explore. The islet is a natural reserve, so here you will be able to view the diversity of fish species that have been preserved due to this protection (masks and snorkels are provided).
Half day (3hrs) whale and dolphin watching trips to sea
Adult price £60
Tailor your itinerary as you wish by adding on more trips to sea to whale and dolphin watch (half day, 3 hours duration, morning or afternoon departures).Our boat company use a large stable catamaran with excellent viewing platforms and toilet facilities or our RIB hard hull boats with comfortable seats for an exhilarating ride to get you close to the action. The boats are very sturdy and can move easily even if the sea is choppy.