Whale and Dolphin Watching

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During this activity you will have the opportunity to watch whales and dolphins (cetaceans) in their natural habitat. The main Whale Watch season in Faial Island goes from Abril to October. You can go on a whale watching trip regardless of your age and physical status, everybody is welcome! If you have any disability that requires special assistance, prior notice is needed.

We work with the traditional lookouts (that stem from the whaling era) located in Faial and Pico Islands. They look for whales daily, to make sure that you can see the cetaceans successfully in every trip. The one thing we cannot assure you are the weather conditions that sometimes unable us to go to sea, so it is best to book your trip in advance so we can choose the best day.

Did you know that some of the most amazing species in the World can be found in the Azores?

We have resident species that we can observe throughout the year like the Sperm Whales (Physeter microcephalus), Common Dolphins (Delphinus delphis), Rissos’s Doplhins (Grampus griseus) and Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncates), as well as some migratory species that we can observe during the Spring time: Blue Whales (Balaenoptera musculus), Fin Whales (Balaenoptera physalus), Sei Whales (Balaenoptera borealis),  Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaengliae) and during the Summer, some groups of Spotted Dolphins (Stenella frontalis) and Striped Dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba).

Unpredictable sightings of False Killer Whales (Pseudorca crassidens), Pilot Whales (Globicephala) and Beaked Whales (Hyperoodontidae) can happen at any time! Also to make the trip even better, sometimes we are able to see turtles as well as some seabirds.

We have two types of trips:

 

Half Day Trips

Daily trips from March to October with two schedules at 8:30h and 14:30h. We mainly use zodiacs but if you prefer the catamaran, prior notice it’s required. The trips last between three to four hours depending where the animals are and the weather conditions.

Includes

  • Briefing about the species and the activity
  • Waterproof jackets and pants
  • Life jackets
  • Marine biologist or naturalist guide aboard
  • Water
  • Sunscreen

Prices

Adults (over 12 years) 60€
Groups (from 4 to 9 people) 58€
Groups (more than 10 people) 55€
Students (with student ID) 40€
Children (from 5 to 12 years) 40€

*The minimum of people to run the trip is 4.

Full Day Trips

Trips from March to October, from 9:00h to 16:00h, by previous booking of the pre-established dates (you can find on Whale Watch Azores). For this tours we use a 12 meter catamaran. It has toilet facilities, lots of space and a comfortable platform. This format allows us to spend more time with the animals.

Includes

  • Briefing about the species and the activity
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Life jackets aboard
  • Marine biologist or naturalist guide aboard
  • Sandwiches, potato chips, water, tea/coffee, fruit and cookies. 
  • Sunscreen

Prices

Price per person 110€
Couple 190€
Students (with student ID) 60€
Children (from 5 to 12 years) 60€

 *The minimum of people to run the trip is 6.