hotelfaialOur 4**** accommodation with trips to sea on a Catamaran offers a comfortable and relaxed upgrade option. This holiday is based in the Faial Resort Hotel overlooking the international harbour of Horta. During the week you will take 3 full days out to sea on our large, well equipped Catamaran hosted by expert guide Lisa Steiner, who is a resident marine biologist in the Azores. Lisa shares her wealth of whale research here both onboard and with talks and presentations. Ideally located, everything is within easy walking distance from where you can explore the delights of this lively harbour town which is an international port of call for transatlantic yachts.

Hotel Faial, recently refurbished enjoys beautiful views of the sea, Mount Pico and neighbouring islands. Its elevated position, set in charming gardens with stunning scenery makes it a perfect choice for a peaceful, relaxing stay, that is close to all the action.

Whales and the Boat


Onboard the Catamaran, which takes 12 people, you can enjoy excellent sightings from the high viewing platform and relax on the comfortable decks and loungers. Lunch is served in between exciting sightings on this stable boat. There are toilet facilities onboard with a walkway to board the boat. We have chosen these dates in May to offer you the best chance to see the migrating baleen whales, a unique gathering of huge, ravenous Blue, Fin and Sei Whales who are attracted to these nutrient rich waters by the spring phytoplankton bloom! They stay in the area to feed and our expert land based lookouts can direct our boats to the action!

Location and getting there


Fly to Horta on Faial Island and you will be transferred to your hotel and welcomed by our guide. The town of Horta has a classic ‘maritime feel’ and you will have plenty of time to explore local attractions. A visit to Horta is incomplete without a visit to the famous “Peter’s Bar” frequented by transatlantic yacht crews offering colourful tales of their time at sea! These crews paint momentos of their journey on the harbor walls.

Costs and Booking


£950pp includes airport transfers, 3 full day trips to sea with lunch onboard, 7 nights 4**** hotel accommodation with breakfast included, full guide services, marine biology talks and presentations Extra activities that can be enjoyed include Island tours, the “Caldeira” or canyon,  ramatic geological formations, the ancient buried city ruins and vineyards. The guide will accompany the group on trips to local restaurants on a few evenings to contrast eating in the hotel.

View our costs and dates for more information about our Blue Whale Tour in the Azores with accommodation at this hotel.

Check availability online or call 01273 882778 for more information.