FAMILY OCEAN DISCOVERY
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel Island, Azores
From: £690 adult, £595 teen, £425 child
Prices based on children sharing a room with 2 adults. Child age 12yrs and under.
2020 DATES: 04 – 18 April (Easter) 23 – 30 May (Half term) 25 July – 29 August (Summer term)
2021 DATES: 03 – 17 April (Easter) 29 May – 05 June (half term) 24 July – 28 August (Summer term)
- 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 family friendly accommodation options (4****, budget, boutique/5*****)
- All airport transfers included
“I want to do this for the rest of my life!” Connor age 12, London
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 “mad scientist” 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 and the children absolutely loved it.” Purslow family May 2018 (children aged 7&9)
Make play dates between your little explorers and catch up over breakfast with others from you group as you all stay in our family friendly accommodation. 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.
“It was a magical moment as the children squealed with delight as the largest animal on the planet broke the surface of the water. They won’t stop talking about it!”
Rosie De Vier
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
All of our family holidays offer the once in a life time opportunity for you and your children to Be a marine biologist for a day this is 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 your children to step inside the shoes of our marine biologists and assist them in their research. Imagine the stories your children will tell when they get back to school (min age 7). This activity can be added onto the week program or exchanged for 2 half day regular whale watching trips.