Family Adventure Whales Dolphins & Volcanoes Azores


Led by our very own dolphin and whale superhero – Russell Arnott MSc. You will get the chance to ask your own questions and learn some truly fascinating facts about sperm whales, dolphins and the oceans that they live in. Russell will accompany you out on the boats and there will be presentations and workshops given throughout the week which will be fun and educational.

  • Dolphin and Whale watching trips to sea with expert guide.
  • Specific school holiday dates with other families.
  • Fun, educational talks, activitities and presentations.
  • Option to add our Swimming with Dolphins Program.

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Russ with hand on head with mic

This special holiday is suitable for children of all ages (workshops for different age groups) and will only be available on:

Week 1: 27th May – 3rd June

Week 2: 29th July – 5th August

Week 3: 5th August – 12th August.

Outlined below are some of the workshops that Russell will be leading to really enhance your time with us and to make sure that you get an indepth knowledge of the Azores and the amazing animals that live there.


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sperm whale

Sperm Whales 

Learn more about these Ocean Giants and how they eat, live and why they set up home in The Azores

  • How deep do they dive?
  • How do they do it?
  • Why do they stay in the Azores?

blue whale and calfMarine Microbiology

The largest animals on the planet feed on the smallest! Large baleen whales (Blue, Fin and Humpback whales) feed on the microscopic phytoplankton/krill.

  • How do they do that?
  • How much do they need to survive?
  • Why is phytoplankton so important for our marine ecosystems?

sperm whales pedro madrugaBubbleology

The science of bubbles! A workshop that explores the wonder of bubble making.

  • Ever wondered why bubbles appear to be rainbow coloured?
  • Is it possible to make different shaped bubbles?
  • Why do bubbles pop?
  • How and why do whales blow bubble rings?

azores mapMarine Geology

Here you will look at the geology of The Azores and analyse different types of volcanic sand and perhaps make your own fossils to take away!

  • What causes volcanoes?
  • How did the Azores form?
  • What are fossils?
  • Is all sand the same?

dolphins swimming slderDolphins 

Dolphins are noisy animals, they whistle and click and make a lot of noise but they have a terrible sense of smell!

  • How do dolphins use sound to locate their prey?
  • How do dolphins communicate?

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girl with orca

    Russell Arnott MSc trained in the marine sciences at Southampton University and then went on to work as an oceanographer for a number of years. He is a qualified teacher and worked as a secondary school science teacher in London during which time he was involved with science outreach in the local community. Having organised all-ages workshops and talks for Brighton Science Festival, Cheltenham Science Festival, The Big Bang Fair South East, Lewes STEMFest and Elderflower Fields festival, Russell now works as Education Consultant and Presenter for WhaleFest: Incredible Oceans for which he visits schools around the UK, supporting the curriculum and educating pupils of all-ages about the marine environment.” He is also engaged in further oceanography studies and research.


These holidays do not have specific guides but you will be given regular briefings, presentations and assistance from the local team.  They will ensure your holiday runs smoothly and you are given lots of information. For more information about our local guides look at our Whale and Dolphin watching pages.