OCEAN GIANTS BLUE WHALE TOUR HORTA
Whales and the catamaran
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.
Vigia “look out”
Whale-watching in the Azores is unique and offers some of the best sightings in the world not only because of the location but also because we are assisted by the Vigia, local land-based lookouts. Sighting the dolphins and whales is easier in the Azores than many other locations due to the assistance of the Vigia. These are the men who traditionally used to act as land-based lookouts for hunting whales. Now they use their remarkable tracking skills to scan the sea, identifying and locating different species, and, through radio contact, direct our boats to them. We are lucky to have some of the most skilled and experienced Vigia working with us to help find the dolphins and whales quickly. This guarantees more opportunities to encounter the animals and spend time with them. This is very exciting – we see dolphins and whales on 99% of our trips to sea.