Azores Island Wildlife Cruise Tours
Join exciting Azores Island Cruise Tours with Terra Azul, a marine eco-tour operator since 2001, specialising in Whale Watching and Wildlife Tours, daily at the Marina of Vila Franca do Campo in São Miguel – Azores Islands, the heart of the Atlantic.
The Azores Islands are a Top Green Adventure Holiday Destination, as well as one of the best-known spots in Europe for Whale Watching and Dolphin Swimming! A magnificent archipelago in the midst of the Atlantic, 2 to 3 hours away from the UK and EU, and 4 to 5 hours away from the US and Canada, a gorgeous island with the most spectacular natural wonders.
Responsible Ecotourism with Scientific Education, Research Contribution, Wildlife Conservation, Local Culture – and the highest respect for Nature.
A unique place to observe Marine Wildlife – 98% spotting chance for Cetaceans, in average 3 different species per tour. 4 resident species (including Sperm Whales), and from March up to 24 species, including Blue Whales, Fin Whales, Sei Whales, and many many Dolphins, many Birds and marine Wildlife!
Tourists, students, and residents from all over the world come to our whale lookout to get a firsthand view at the Azores Islands’ ancient whaling culture. Visitors may learn about the Azorean Whalers’ locating skills. To converse with our boats at sea, use our strong binoculars and radio.
We’re honored to be collaborating with specialists in marine biology and cetaceans. We think that the greatest way to achieve successful sustainable tourism and conservation education is to have a joyful, competent, and trained hands-on crew giving a unique experience to all tourists.
We employ two RIBs, also known as Zodiacs, to get us to the spotted Cetaceans fast (12 pax and 28 pax), which allow us to give a more exciting trip, customized service for small passenger groups, and close approach to the Whales with little environmental disruption.
According to the tight restrictions of the local Maritime authorities, all vessels are outfitted for optimal efficiency, passenger safety, and comfort.
Terra Azul is involved with all local university scientific project towards research and conservation of wildlife in the Azores Islands, networking internationally with other universities and research centers worldwide.
Field data and media are collected in every tour for research, in wildlife expeditions where visitors are welcomed to participate.
The main projects Terra Azul is associated with are Monicet- Cetaceans Research and Conservation of which is co-founder, Costa- Sea Turtles Research and Conservation, and SPEA Portuguese Association for the Study of Birds, amongst other projects and databases worldwide.
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