Cetaceans are drawn to the Azores by the fertile waters, rich in phytoplankton.
For the past three years, a spring phytoplankton bloom warmed by the temperate waters of the gulf steam around the Azores archipelago has resulted in a unique gathering of huge, ravenous Blue, Fin, Sei and Baleen whales (largest whales) on their migration routes to the feeding grounds of the northern Atlantic. Their numbers are increasing around the Azores.
We have chosen May dates as statistics show that this time will offer you the best chance to see these migrating whales where they spend a few days to feed on the rich food source here, something unique in the whole of Europe! Our look outs can spot them from land and direct the boats as they pass close to the volcanic islands. The abundance of dolphins are a delight riding in the bow wave of the boat and leaping and twirling with joy! It is also possible to observe Short Finned Pilot Whales, Orca, 7 species of dolphin and of course Sea Birds, and Marine life, such as Turtles and Manta Ray 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. The Base use Rigid Hull Inflatable boats with comfortable seats to get us close to the action quickly. The boats are very sturdy and can move easily even if the sea is choppy. Lookouts, “the Vigia” on the shore guide us from the local harbour out into the ocean on the south side of the Island. They direct the boats by radio contact to locate the whales. 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.