The Dolphin and Whale Connection are excited to be introducing this fun and educational family holiday. It offers you and your children the opportunity to be part of something incredible – learning about whales and dolphins, seeing them from the boats and the chance to help preserve our oceans!
Led by our very own dolphin and whale superhero – Russell Arnott MSc. You will get the chance to ask your own questions and learn some truly fascinating facts about sperm whales, dolphins and the oceans that they live in. Russell will accompany you out on the boats and there will be presentations and workshops given throughout the week which will be fun and educational.
This special holiday is suitable for children of all ages (workshops for different age groups) and will only be available on:
27th May – 3rd June
29th July – 5th August 2017
5th – 12th August 2017
WORKSHOPS AND PRESENTATIONS:
Learn more about these Ocean Giants and how they eat, live and why they set up home in The Azores
- How deep do they dive?
- How do they do it?
- Why do they stay in the Azores?
The largest animals on the planet feed on the smallest! Large baleen whales (Blue, Fin and Humpback whales) feed on the microscopic phytoplankton/krill.
- How do they do that?
- How much do they need to survive?
- Why is phytoplankton so important for our marine ecosystems?
The science of bubbles! A workshop that explores the wonder of bubble making.
- Ever wondered why bubbles appear to be rainbow coloured?
- Is it possible to make different shaped bubbles?
- Why do bubbles pop?
- How and why do whales blow bubble rings?
Here you will look at the geology of The Azores and analyse different types of volcanic sand and perhaps make your own fossils to take away!
- What causes volcanoes?
- How did the Azores form?
- What are fossils?
- Is all sand the same?
Dolphins are noisy animals, they whistle and click and make a lot of noise but they have a terrible sense of smell!
- How do dolphins use sound to locate their prey?
- How do dolphins communicate?
Russell Arnott MSc trained in the marine sciences at Southampton University and then went on to work as an oceanographer for a number of years. He is a qualified teacher and worked as a secondary school science teacher in London during which time he was involved with science outreach in the local community. Having organised all-ages workshops and talks for Brighton Science Festival, Cheltenham Science Festival, The Big Bang Fair South East, Lewes STEMFest and Elderflower Fields festival, Russell now works as Education Consultant and Presenter for WhaleFest: Incredible Oceans for which he visits schools around the UK, supporting the curriculum and educating pupils of all-ages about the marine environment.” He is also engaged in further oceanography studies and research.
The holiday also includes a land tour to learn about the island’s geothermal activity, see hot bubbling mud and geysers followed by a swim in a hot thermal pool. You can add on extra island tours if you wish.
SAMPLE INTINERARY FOR FAMILY SPECIAL WEEK
Day 1: Arrival in the Azores and transfer to your family room in our hotel. Welcome briefing and introductions, orientation in the local area.
Day 2: AM After breakfast your schedule of whale and dolphin watching boat trips will be discussed and you will have a chance to meet the whole team.
Audio-visual briefing about the whales and dolphins of the Azores, with lots of fun child friendly visuals and information about the history of whaling and whale watching in the Azores. Children will be given their whale and dolphin activity packs.
Light lunch included
PM Boat trip Whale and dolphin watching trip to sea
( 3 hours).
Day 3: Breakfast. Morning boat trip 2 – Family whale and dolphin watching. The afternoon can be spent swimming in the hotel outdoor pool, on the beach or snorkelling practice together in the lagoon.
5-6pm – Workshop on one of our key Marine themes
Day 4: Breakfast. Morning swim in the hotel pool. 9am workshop on one of our key marine themes
Morning additional whale and dolphin watching trip. Optional half day cycling tour. Late afternoon visit to the Vigia, the lookout who can spot the whales from 30 km. Children can try their own spotting skills! Nature walks, exploring the wildlife inland, or free time by the lagoon relaxing.
Day 5: Breakfast. Morning boat trip 3 – Family whale and dolphin watching. Optional afternoon family Jeep tour of the Island to see the islands stunning scenery, lakes and forests.
Day 6: Breakfast. Relax or take an additional whale and dolphin watching trip or half day kayaking or land tour to see hot thermal activities,: geysers spurting hot mud and swim in the hot thermal lake. Afternoon exploring and swimming in the lagoon and sea. Afternoon – presentations of whale watching certificates to children and family group guide final audio visual presentation and photo sharing to group.
Late afternoon/evening – final party – dolphin disco and movement games.
Day 7: Breakfast. Depending upon the time of your flight you may have time for some souvenir shopping with the family. Departure with transfer.