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Azores Whale Watching & Islet Boat Tour

Azores Whale Watching & Islet Boat Tour
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Magnificent Whale Watching and Islet Boat Trip in the Azores

This leisurely-paced half-day Blue Whale Watching Azores Trip is available daily all year round. Our experienced biologists and naturalists will help you to explore the island's scenic coastline, sandy beaches and the Princess Ring Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, along with all the wide diversity of  sea life in the heart of the Atlantic.

It's possible to observe more than 25 cetacean species on this Blue Whale Watching Azores trip, as well as sea turtles, fish and birds. Sperm Whales are resident in the region, as are three species of dolphin. There is also a chance to see Blue Whales, Fin Whales, Sei Whales, Humpback Whales, Sowerby's Beaked Whales, Blainville Beaked Whales, Short-finned Pilot Whales, Atlantic Spotted Dolphins, Common Dolphins, Bottlenose Dolphins, Risso's Dolphins and Striped Dolphins.

All of our Blue Whale Watching Azores trips are operated by a professional skipper and crew. Lookouts high inland assist in locating marine life and provide guidance via VHF radio to navigate the boat to the prime whale watching sites. Our expert guides will keep you informed of progress, collect field imagery and data for local research and can answer any specific questions about the Azores and its rich marine biodiversity.

Azores Blue Whale Watching Trip highlights:

  • The opportunity to observe more than 25 cetacean species, as well as sea turtles, fish and birds
  • Visit Vila Franca do Campo's picturesque coastline, sandy beaches and the Princess Ring Islet
  • Professionally skippered boats guided by expert spotters inland
  • Biologists and naturalists share their insight into marine diversity and conservation

Please note: You are advised to eat light and bring a personal water supply, sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses and warm clothing. Light food is permitted on board, but please take care to protect camera equipment. The trip is not advisable  for anyone pregnant, with a weak back, in a wheelchair, in delicate health or under the age of 4.

Alternative Tour Name: Whale Watching & Azores Islet Boat Tour
Day 1
Half Day Trip

Meet us at the Marina of Vila Franca do Campo for check-in at the specified time. The journey starts with a short briefing introducing Cetacean (Whales and Dolphins) local species, their migration and behavioral patterns, and onboard safety.

Follow the Guide and Skipper to your designated boat, and go out to sea. Lookouts high inland help locate our friends and provide directions via VHF Radio to where the boat will travel, initially at high speed. Carefully approaching our friends, your Guide will keep you informed, collect field imagery and data for local research, and is always available throughout to provide answers to any

specific questions - feel free to ask.

Upon return to the Marina, the boat will tour around the Princess Ring Islet of Vila Franca does Campo, for a close look at the volcanic marvel and resident wildlife.

Wildlife species expected to see:

Sperm Whale, Blue Whale, Fin Whale, Sei Whale, Humpback Whale, Sowerby’s Beaked Whale, Blainville Beaked Whales, Short-finned Pilot Whale, Atlantic Spotted Dolphin, Common Dolphins, Bottlenose Dolphin, Risso’s Dolphin. Striped Dolphin. All with surprise Sea Turtles, Fish, Birds, and more.

What is included?

  • Knowledgeable Wildlife Guide
  • Experienced Skipper
  • Zodiac RIB Boat (12 or 28 pax)
  • Impermeable Full Suit and Life Vest
  • Insurance

What is not included?

  • Hotel Pickup and Drop-off
  • Personal Water supply
  • Anything that is not mentioned in the itinerary and "what is included"

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Why book with Terra Azul?

Terra Azul is a 20+ years experienced marine Eco-tour operator in the Azores Islands, specialized in Whale Watching. All tours guided by Marine Biologists or Naturalists contributing towards wildlife research and education, with the the highest local conservation standards, and a deep rooting to the local Whaling culture, adopting the authentic azorean techniques used for Whaling until 1984, for an even better chance to see marine Wildlife.

The Best Time of the Year for Whale Watching in Azores Islands?

Anytime - there are 4 resident Cetacean species (including Sperm Whales), and from March up to 24 species, including Blue Whales, Fin Whales, Sei Whales, and many many Dolphins, with a 98% spotting chance for Cetaceans in average of 3 different species per tour.

The Best Time of the Day for Whale Watching in Azores Islands?

There is no actual difference. In the morning the sea is usually calmer, allowing for better water travelling.

Do I need to take protection for seawater and rain?

No. Terra Azul provides all equipment necessary. However, if you decide to bring any personals or equipment to sea, you are responsible for safeguarding your belongings from the water. We are experienced not to cause a splash, but when at sea, this can happen.

Is it always possible to see Whales?

Unfortunately, as in any wildlife tour, it is not possible to guarantee that we will see specifically Whales, or any specific species at a specific time frame. We only go out when there is good chance for sightings, but even with fast Zodiac boats and our Whale lookouts placed high inland, our friends move fast and it is not uncommon for them to dive and disappear into the deep Ocean.

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This tour is operated by: Terra Azul

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Tour Facts

  • Marina of Vila Franca do Campo 4, 9680-187 São Miguel - Azores Islands, Portugal
  • Half Day Trip
  • Available Daily
  • Mammals
  • 3 Hours
  • Leisurely
  • 6 to 28 pax
  • English, German, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian
  • +4 years
  • No
  • Lisbon Airport or Contact Us to Know
  • Lisbon Airport or Contact Us to Know