FAMILY ISLAND EXPLORER
Sao Miguel Island, Azores
Prices from: Adult £665, Teen £575, Child £385
Prices based on a child sharing a room with 2 adults. Child age 12yrs and under
04 – 18 April (Easter) 23 – 30 May (Half term) 25 July – 29 August (Summer term)
- Full day geothermal tour to Furnas (includes swimming in hot thermal pools and lunch cooked underground!)
- 2 half day whale and dolphin watching trips to sea
- Half day to Sete Cidades lakes adventure centre (kayak, SUP or cycling)
- Talks and presentations from local marine biologists
- Choose from our family friendly accommodation options (4****, budget, boutique/5*****)
- All airport transfers included
“I want to do this for the rest of my life!” Connor age 12, London
The Azores are one of the world’s top destinations to see whales and dolphins: blue whales; hump back whales; fin whales and 7 species of super pods of up to 200 dolphins, however, did you know that the Azores are also bubbling with geo thermal activity, awash with lakes and adorned on all sides by mountains?
This exciting escorted family adventure takes you into the interior of the island, our local guide will take you on day trips of discovery to the truly fascinating geysers, bubbling with the geo thermal activity that created these islands in the middle of the Atlantic ocean over 20 million years ago, enjoy time on the lakes where you can kayak and try your hand at Stand Up Paddle boarding, as well as experiencing seeing whales and dolphins at sea in their natural habitat.
Stay in one of our superb family hotels and have free time to play in the pools, make play dates with your new friends, don hiking boots or take a ride around the island. Additional sea voyages are also available. Leaving no stone unturned the variation of activities on this holiday will keep your intrepid explorers engaged and excited at all times, making for great stories and happy memories for you all to enjoy for a long time to come.
“One of the best places in the world to see whales and dolphins”
The Azores archipelago is renowned as one of the best places to see dolphins and whales in the wild. Throughout the year, March to October being the best time to visit for abundant sightings and diversity of species.
The temperate spring waters of the Gulf Stream create a phytoplankton bloom attracting a unique gathering of huge, ravenous blue, fin and humpback whales, the largest baleen whales on the planet. These whales migrate past the islands and can be seen in April, May and June, close to land as they stop to feed on their way to the northern Atlantic. This is one of natures great events, the whale equivalent of an all you can eat buffet – this is why we call it the “Gulp Stream”.
The whale numbers and sightings seem to be increasing around the Azores, as are the super pods of various species of dolphins riding in the bow wave of the boat and leaping and twirling with joy.
All our trips are with responsible operators who have sensitivity and respect for the wellbeing of the whales and dolphins. The ethos on the Islands is to preserve the natural environment and develop responsible and sustainable tourism that contributes to conservation.
“It was a magical moment as the children squealed with delight as the largest animal on the planet broke the surface of the water. They won’t stop talking about it!”
Rosie De Vier
You will be accompanied by our expert local guides and marine biologists who love to share their extensive knowledge on the whales and dolphins you’ll meet – what they don’t know isn’t worth knowing.
Our whale-watching company has a research base offering a wealth of information and resources and it is possible to learn about the many research projects being conducted around the Azores. 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. Lookouts, the “Vigia” on the shore guide us by radio contact to direct the boats to the whales and dolphins. This makes for consistently excellent sightings, the best in the world some say! Our guests are very impressed by the high standard offered by our boat company who are dedicated to offering you the best experience, nothing is too much trouble.