AZORES OCEAN DISCOVERY
Join us on this fascinating adventure seeing Dolphins and Whales and learning about their under sea world!
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel Island, Azores
From £690 to £850 pp
Price based on 2 adults sharing a double/twin room.
April – October 2019/2020
7 night holidays – option to stay for more/less than 7 nights
- Full day “Be a Marine Biologist for the day” whale and dolphin trip to sea (or if you prefer, take 2 half day whale and dolphin watching trips to sea instead)
- Full day geothermal tour to Furnas (includes swimming in hot thermal pools and lunch cooked underground!)
- Half day whale and dolphin watching
- Talks and presentations from local marine biologists
- Choose from our accommodation options (4****, budget, boutique/5*****)
- All airport transfers included
Take a voyage of discovery above and beneath the ocean and cultivating your thirst for knowledge. This holiday doesn’t just take you out to the open seas to meet our resident whales and dolphins you will learn about these creatures and their ocean habitat. You will also learn about the creation of these volcanic islands and their geothermal activity.
Our “Be a Marine Biologist for the Day” programme includes talks and presentations before heading out to sea to put into practice all that you have learnt. Our local guide will take you to the geysers deep in the islands interior and teach you about the geothermal activity and free time can be spent exploring the island at your leisure, on foot on bike or by kayak, visiting the stunning Botanical gardens, enjoying presentations from our marine biologist or simply relaxing by the pool.
“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 and our kids loved it. 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. All in all we had a fantastic time…” Purslow family May 2018
You’ll all come away bursting with facts about the world’s largest whales and the unique biodiversity of the islands, a passion for the natural world and more importantly memories that will last a lifetime.
“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.
““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.
“Be a Marine Biologist for the day” full day at sea whale and dolphin tour
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 is 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.