BLUE WHALES, FIN WHALES, SPERM WHALES
OCEAN GIANTS OF THE AZORES
EXCLUSIVE SMALL GROUP TOURS
APRIL AND MAY 2019
Pico Island and Horta, Faial Island, Azores
“We were on the cat and a huge gasp went up from everyone on board; a fin whale had swum in front of the boat and opened its mouth out of the water to feed. It was only a few seconds but that sight is engraved on my memory“ Margaret Merris
Join us on these very special small group tours to visit the unspoilt Azores Islands of Pico and Faial. We will take you to the unspoilt remote Islands of the Azores, Faial (Horta) and Pico. Blue whales are drawn here in huge numbers in the spring to feast on the nutrient rich waters and the sightings are spectacular. This is the reason researchers choose these locations as there are so many whales and these Islands are quieter with less tourists. We are often the only boat on the water with the Ocean Giants all around us. All our tours are led by expert whale researchers and guides.
Choose from our tours: Pico Island or Horta, Faial Island
“This was certainly the best place to fulfil my dream to see Blue Whales . The size of these creatures is astonishing and our boats approached with such sensitivity. You could see the “blue” colour in the skin and smell the fishy breath as they exhaled! The accommodation was excellent and peaceful with lovely gardens and views of the Ocean. We loved every minute of this special tour “ Julia Peterson
There has been a dramatic increase in the great Baleen whales around the islands in recent years and The Azores is rapidly becoming known as the “go to place” to see these magnificent creatures. All our tours are guided by expert whale researchers and we get so many amazing comments from our guests saying how much they enjoyed being with the experts and that they felt very privileged to see so many whales.
“Our tour was lead by an expert guide and whale researcher who gathers data about the Azorean whales in order to collaborate with other researchers around the world for the enrichment of wider knowledge and species protection. This passionate, hard working, sharing and kind approach sums Rui up to a tee. He is literally the nicest guy you will ever meet and if you ever fancy learning what Rui doesn’t know about whales, forget it because you will discover it to be a minuscule amount of knowledge. The guide and the local team were always caring, smiling and super enthusiastic. The 3 hour trips out to sea were truly amazing with many sightings of Blue, Sperm and Fin Whales together with several dolphin and turtle species. There were numerous other creatures to be expertly described by Rui ( the mans knowledge is unbelievable) therefore these trips were simply out of this world and went by like a flash. We were also educated as to the role of the spotters (and were fortunate to meet one spotter) who guided us to the animals, again learning how all this is achieved was a real pleasure.
Regarding going out on the boat, I was very worried about getting seasick as I’m not good on the water, however just taking some travel sickness pills sorted that out and I didn’t have any issues at all. We were also given short seminars after the trips recapping on what we had seen and allowing us time to consider and ask questions as he was passionate about sharing his fascination for these animals and all things nature in general“ Richard Christie