Family Adventure Whales Dolphins & Volcanoes Azores

There are phenomenal numbers of dolphins and whales in the Azorean waters. The islands are a major meeting place for both humans and cetaceans & attract scientists, naturalists, international photographers and divers as well as some tourists. It is also a port of call for transatlantic yachtsmen.

Blue whale and calf ( calf foreground mother mouth behind)

Blue whale and calf ( calf foreground mother mouth behind)

 

The Azores is one of the best places in the world to see an abundance of dolphins and whales – the many different resident and transient species of dolphin are seen here in what is sometimes referred to as “The Cetacean cross-roads of the world.” It is not uncommon to meet pods of dolphin of between 50 and 200, leaping with exuberance and vitality around the boats or meet 5 different species on one trip!

 

When to go

The Special Family Group Tours only run over 3 weeks in the summer:

27th May – 3rd June

29th July – 5th August

5th August – 12th August

Other than the Special Family Group Tour there is no ‘best time’ to see whales and dolphins in the Azores as many species are encountered year round, school holidays do get very booked up so it is advisable to book early.  The large Baleen Whales (Blue, FinBlue Whale from the Air and Sei whales) migrate past the islands in the spring. Statistically, over the last few years most of the sightings of Blue Whales and Fin Whales have been in April and May. You also have a good chance to see them in June. We offer 2 tours in early May (The Blue Whale Tour ‘Ocean Giants Azores’) which you can join if you want to be part of a group with a UK expert group leader. Or you can visit any time in April, May and June.

Sperm whales are resident around the Azores Islands and it is considered one of the best places in the world to sight them. They feed on squid which are in abundance here with perfect conditions close to shore for diving in the deep water. They are often seen in large groups with their young and stay on the surface breathing for up to 20 minutes before they make the iconic tail fluke dive  ( the moment that everyone is poised with cameras at the ready! )

“The isolated archipelago of the Azores has a well-deserved reputation as one of the best whale watching destinations in the world. Lying about a third of way across the Atlantic between Portugal and North America, its permanent or temporary home of more than a quarter of all known cetacean species”

Mark Carwardine, whale watching specialist

Late July and August are peak season in the Azores, so prices rise and tourist numbers increase, but great encounters can be had throughout the summer.

What happens if my whale and dolphin watching trip is cancelled due to bad weather?

If weather or sea conditions restrict your dolphin and whale watching programme, you will be offered a sea trip on another day or a land based tour instead. If we are unable to reschedule or rebook another trip (either sea or a land based alternative) you will receive a refund of the money you paid for your sea based tour.

What if I do not see any dolphins or whales from the boat?

In the unlikely event that you do not have any sightings during your trip to sea you will be offered another trip free of charge by our local boat company.

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