Arrival day – You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
After a leisurely morning exploring the local town with its stunning architecture and walking around the botanical gardens, head down to the boat base for your first half day whale and dolphin watching trip to sea. You will be given the onboard briefing all about Marine life in the Azorean Ocean, how we work and how best to spot the whales. With help of land based lookouts we see whales and dolphins on 98% of our trips to sea! Listen out for the latest sightings of Blue whales, Fin whales and humpbacks as you are visiting at the time they pass the Islands.
Today you have a choice. You can do the full day “Be a marine biologist for the day” whale and dolphin research tour led by our resident team which includes learning about the whales and dolphins and observing research techniques used by the scientists. If you prefer to just take a half day to see the big whales in their ocean habitat you can opt for that with another half day later in the week.
Free day – Have a relaxing morning in the hotel pool or browse some of our on line resources to learn about whales and dolphins. Watch our on line presentation “Discover Sperm Whales” where you will learn fascinating facts about the lives of these incredible mammals who are resident around the Islands and dive deep to find prey ( squid) and also learn about the challenges facing the world’s Oceans and some conservation efforts.
Free day to add on an activity that suits you. Join a walking or mountain bike tour, try kayaking or SUP on the lake, or take the plunge and go canyoning.
Full day Geothermal tour to Furnas : You will be collected at your hotel and taken to see the Island’s hot springs, geysers & hot bubbling mud. You will learn about the volcanic origins of the Island. Take a dip in the hot thermal lake surrounded by the tropical exotic plants and trees of a magnificent botanical Garden which was planted by Kew gardeners 100 years ago!
Free day or take another half day at sea whale and dolphin watching giving you more chances of sighting the giant whales or visit the local lava caves.
Departure. If you have time before your flight you can do some souvenir shopping. You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the airport.
Activity level: Medium