FLEXIBLE YEAR ROUND

WHALE AND DOLPHIN WATCHING HOLIDAYS

Sao Miguel Island, Azores

Prices from £582 to £780 pp

2019 AVAILABLE DATES: 

Year round 7 night holidays – option to stay for more/less than 7 nights – arrive/depart any day of the week.

“One of the best places in the world to see whales and dolphins”

We offer excellent value year-round flexible whale and dolphin watching holidays in addition to Special Group Tours and Set Itinerary Holidays

A flexible holiday is about freedom and flexibility to tailor your own Itinerary. This is your holiday – you will not be part of a small group. Departure dates and duration are flexible – choose activities to suit your preferences.

The suggested basic itinerary on the water is the start! We plan your boat trips to see the whales and dolphins with the experts and you choose where you stay and how you explore the Islands.

You can then choose your activities and when to do each one or tag on a few days on the same island or visit another Azores island. Our experienced holiday advisers will guide you and help you plan the perfect holiday for you!

Create your own Itinerary for freedom and independence with a holiday that truly reflects your travel passions and your pace where everything works seamlessly and all logistics arranged by our local team. We will ensure you get what you want with excellent local customer service if you have questions and want to change anything.

  • 3 half day whale and dolphin watching trips to sea (3hrs) on either hard hulled RIB or sturdy catamaran
  • Talks and presentations from local marine biologists
  • Choose from our accommodation options (4****, budget, boutique/5*****) 
  • All airport transfers included
  • Tailor your itinerary with exciting activities, land tours to explore the island and extra trips to see the dolphins and whales.

 

“The numbers of boats are well regulated and the animals are approached responsibly with minimum disturbance”

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.

“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 split second but that sight is engraved on my memory.” Margaret Merris May 2018

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.

Add on our “Be a Marine Biologist for the day” full day at sea whale and dolphin research tour

Adult price: £120 pp

All of our holidays offer the once in a life time opportunity for you to “Be a Marine Biologist for a Day” –  the perfect program for those with a keen appetite to learn. You will enjoy a fun filled classroom presentation from one of our marine biologist before spending a full day with them on a small RIB learning research
techniques such as data collection, photo ID and listening to underwater acoustics using the hydrophone. You will get away from the main tourist trail and have opportunities for a lot more contact with the animals. This a fully immersive day allowing you to step inside the shoes of our marine biologists and assist them in their research. This activity can be added onto the week program or exchanged for 2 half day regular whale watching trips.

“The whale and dolphin watching trips were brilliant – the trips on the RIB were great as we were close to the animals. The special tour “Be a Marine Biologist for a Day “ trip on the RIB was the highlight…We saw Sperm Whales, Fin Whales and a Humpback and Common and Bottlenose Dolphins. On the full day trip we were often the only boat around as we had more time and other trips aren’t out on the sea at lunchtime. ” Purslow family May 2018 

We highly recommend adding land tours and activities to your holiday to explore this stunning island. Find out more about the land tours you can add onto your itinerary here


Sample itinerary

Day 1: Arrival day
Day 2: PM half day whale and dolphin watching (RIB boat)
Day 3: AM half day whale and dolphin watching (Catamaran boat)
Day 4: AM: half day whale and dolphin watching (RIB boat)
Day 5: Free day – option to add our land tour to Furnas (swim in hot thermal pools and eat lunch cooked underground!)
Day 6: Free day – option to add our “Be a Marine Biologist for the Day” full day whale and dolphin research tour 
Day 7: Free day – option to add a half day tour to Sete Cidades lakes adventure centre (bike, kayak or SUP)
Day 8: Home

Activity level: Medium 


2019 prices and accommodation options

We have chosen good quality accommodation below for our guests that offers great service, have excellent reviews, excellent facilities and are all within a short walk (10-15mins) of our boat base at the harbour. They are also a short walking distance to good restaurants and shops. 

Choose from

our urban guest lodge (with outdoor pool) more…

Adult £589 (Easter) £635 (May-Sept)

or

our 4**** hotel including buffet breakfast (with indoor and outdoor pool) more…

Adult £755 (Easter) £829 (May-Sept)

Upgrade accommodation options

If you would like that little bit more in terms of luxury, facilities and style we have our 5***** accommodation upgrade options. Please ask us for details and prices. 


What’s included

All airport transfers
7 nights accommodation in either our urban guest lodge or 4**** hotel BB (both with outdoor pool)
3 half day whale and dolphin watching trips to sea
Full services of our local guide at the boat base
Talks and presentations from our local marine biologists
Full welcome pack

Not included

Flights (guidance on booking these can be found here) additional excursions, meals (except breakfast in our 4**** hotel) and beverages. 


More information and booking

MAKE A BOOKING ENQUIRY HERE or call us on 01273 882778