When to go
There is no ‘best time’ to see whales and dolphins in the Azores as many species are encountered year round. The large baleen whales (blue, fin 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 two 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. Alternatively, you can visit any time in April, May and June.
Sperm whales are resident around the Azores Islands and this 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, it is the 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. Many of our clients choose to visit the islands out of high season, either to see the migrating whales in the spring, or in September and October when prices drop but sightings are still great.
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.