FLEXIBLE FAMILY YEAR ROUND
WHALE & DOLPHIN WATCHING HOLIDAYS
Sao Miguel Island, Azores
Prices from: Adult £555 Teen £490 Child £350
- 3 half day whale & dolphin watching trips to sea (3hrs) on either hard hulled RIB or sturdy catamaran
- Talks and presentations from local marine biologists
- Choose from our family friendly accommodation options (4****, budget, boutique/5*****)
- All airport transfers included
Prices based on a child/teen sharing a room with 2 adults. Child age 12yrs and under.
2019 DATES: 13 – 20 April (Easter) 25 May – 01 June (half term) 27 July – 31 August (Summer term)
2020 DATES: 04 – 18 April (Easter) 23 – 30 May (half term) 25 July – 29 August (Summer term)
Year round 7 night holidays also available – option to stay for more/less than 7 nights – arrive/depart any day of the week.
A flexible family holiday is about freedom and flexibility to tailor your own Itinerary. This is your family holiday – you will not be part of a small group. Departure dates and duration are flexible – choose activities to suit your family preferences.
The suggested basic itinerary on the water is the start! We plan your boat trips to see the whales and dolphins with the experts and you choose where you stay and how you explore the Islands.
You can then choose your activities and when to do each one or tag on a few days on the same island or visit another Azores island. Our experienced holiday advisers will guide you and help you plan the perfect holiday for you!
Create your own Itinerary for freedom and independence with a holiday that truly reflects your travel passions and your pace where everything works seamlessly and all logistics arranged by our local team. We will ensure you get what you want with excellent local customer service if you have questions and want to change anything.
“I want to do this for the rest of my life!” Connor age 12, London
This flexible family whale and dolphin watching holiday offers a simple itinerary of trips to sea to which you can add additional land tours
Join a Special Family Group Tours (set itinerary) 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 whale and 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 whale and 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 whale and dolphin 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 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)