3 independent reviews for Azores whale and dolphin watching holiday

Reviews for Azores whale and dolphin watching holiday

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review 19 Jun 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

See whales, dolphins, turtles at sea together with the beautiful scenery

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Be prepared for changing weather. There is a local saying that you can experience all four seasons in one day, which is true, so pack for fog, rain, wind, sunshine, hot and cold weather

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, on all the trips at sea, bird watching or botanic gardens the guides explained the conservation work that is on going locally and were very passionate about it. The current issue of plastics being eaten by fish, mammals and birds was explained so that everyone on the trip was aware and will hopefully look to reduce their use of plastic.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

A highlight and recommended

review 12 Jun 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Seeing a blue whale from our catamaran!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Even though the Azores doesn't get sunshine all day at this time of year, it is still possible to get a 'sea' suntan when out on the water so bring a sunblock if you burn easily.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, because we we had lunch in a variety of local restaurants throughout the week and the dishes were prepared using local ingredients. Small tour operators were used for both the sea trips and the land trips.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


review 15 Jun 2014

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Seeing the whales and dolphins, of course! I also really loved the hot springs. And the botanical gardens.....and the tea plantation.......and the food and the great group and Nunu- what an incredibly knowledgeable guide!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Some people were seasick. I took a Kwell, used travel bands and chewed ginger gum and I was fine. I might have been fine without all that - I'll never know. Take clothes for all weathers.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, tourism is a very important part of the Azorean economy.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

I enjoyed it very much. It was all very interesting and I learned a lot. The food was exceptionally good. The people we met were all charming. The amount of whale watching and other activities was just right. The hotel on Faial was perfect. The hotel in San Miguel was sadly, lacking. Several of our party had ants in our rooms which was very unpleasant especially when they they got in the bathroom, bed and my bag! I would not have called it a four star hotel. I have been on trips with other companies and the one thing that I found really beneficial was that they gave us a bottle of water every morning. There were some quite long periods when we did not have access to water. All in all however, it was very good.

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