FLEXIBLE FAMILY YEAR ROUND
DOLPHIN WATCHING HOLIDAYS
Sao Miguel Island, Azores
Prices from: Adult £589 Teen £515 Child £390
Prices based on children sharing a room with 2 adults. Child age 12yrs and under. Teen age 13-16 years.
2019 AVAILABLE DATES:
Year round 7 night holidays – option to stay for more/less than 7 nights – arrive/depart any day of the week.
- 3 half day whale watching trips to sea (3hrs) on either hard hulled RIB or sturdy catamaran
- Talks and presentations from local marine biologists
- Choice of family friendly urban guest lodge or 4**** hotel BB (both with outdoor pool)
- All airport transfers included
“I want to do this for the rest of my life!” Connor age 12, London
We offer excellent value year-round family dolphin watching tailor-made holidays in addition to Special Family Group Tours that operate during school holiday times.
Our attractive family prices include substantially reduced costs for children for our basic holiday package of accommodation, transfers and three dolphin watching trips to sea with local guide services and talks. You are free to create your own itinerary by adding on land tours and additional dolphin watching trips to sea.
You will stay in our superb family accommodation and the children will have free time to play in the pools, make play dates with new friends. You are free to tailor make your itinerary by adding on extra boat trips to sea or land tours – don your hiking boots or take a ride around the island.
“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 dolphin and 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
£120 adult £75 children (aged 12 years and under)
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.
“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)
Day 1: Arrival day
Day 2: PM half day dolphin watching (RIB boat)
Day 3: AM half day dolphin watching (Catamaran boat)
Day 4: AM: half day 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 family 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.
our family friendly urban guest lodge (with outdoor pool) more…
Adult £589 (Easter) £635 (May-Sept)
£325 child (0 – 5yrs) £390 child (6-12yrs) £515 teen (13-16yrs)
our family friendly 4**** hotel including buffet breakfast (with indoor and outdoor pool) more…
Adult £755 (Easter) £829 (May-Sept)
£325 child (0 – 5yrs) £390 child (6 – 12yrs) £552 teen (13-16yrs)
All prices based on children sharing a room with 2 adults. Child age 12yrs and under. Teen age 13-16 years.
Upgrade accommodation options
If you would like that little bit more in terms of luxury, facilities and style we have our 5***** family accommodation upgrade options. Please ask us for details and prices.
All airport transfers
7 nights accommodation in either our family friendly 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
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