OCEAN GIANTS BLUE WHALE TOUR HORTA
Whales and the catamaran
On our sturdy catamaran boat with spacious viewing decks, tiered seating and toilet facilities, your small group will be accompanied by your guide onboard the large boat ( 40-60 capacity) There will be other passengers onboard this boat who will not be part of your small group. Your guide will exclusively be with your small group onboard and will ensure you get the best experiences and information. We have chosen this boat as it is very stable in the water for your comfort and you are less likely to feel seasick as on smaller boats that roll around more on rough seas. There are numerous vantage points and excellent viewing opportunities to see the whales
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.