Family whale & dolphin watching vacation, Azores

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2021: 29 May, 24 Jul, 31 Jul, 7 Aug, 14 Aug, 21 Aug, 28 Aug
2022: 2 Apr, 9 Apr, 16 Apr, 28 May, 16 Jul, 23 Jul, 30 Jul, 6 Aug, 13 Aug, 20 Aug, 27 Aug
Dietary requirements:
We do not provide meals as part of this tour, only breakfast and an occasional evening meal, however vegetarian and vegan options are available in both cases. We can also recommend the best specialist restaurants that serve very good vegan and vegetarian food in the Azores/Portugal, which is rare but increasing.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

The way the boats approach the whales follow local regulations to protect the marine life. We only use licensed boat operators who are very sensitive to the well-being of the dolphins and whales. There is a good spirit of cooperation amongst the boat companies and agreements to respect the animals as a priority.

Research is ongoing on the boats, so these trips are helping to build our knowledge of these fantastic animals. Many of the skippers are professional photographers and maintain a comprehensive photo ID database, in particular sperm whales, bottlenose dolphins and pilot whales. The more we can learn about the whales and dolphins of the Azores the better we can understand things like their migrations and social structures. All this moves us closer to protecting them and the marine environment in a more knowledgeable, effective way.

Guests are encouraged to send in any photos they have taken on the whale watching trips that can be used in the ongoing photo identification projects. Every trip has a huge emphasis on conservation and sustaining the marine environment so future generations may also have the privilege of seeing marine mammals in the wild.

The Impacts of this Trip

We only work with local suppliers who employ at least 80% local people which means financial benefits to families here. The land based lookouts whose immense skill at tracking the animals previously earned money from whaling now earn money from tourists - an enormous change that we are passionate about supporting. Many of their adult children now skipper the whale watching boats and work within the small scale tourism.

Our whale watching company offers presentations in local schools to educate the children about the marine life on their doorstep with an emphasis on conservation. They are also planning to host an Azorean Whale Festival to promote the islands as one of the key locations worldwide to see whales. The Dolphin and Whale Connection donates a percentage of it's profits to the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA), helping to protect whales and dolphins worldwide.

All the activities we recommend locally are run by Azoreans and are designed to maintain good relationships between visitors and the local people. For example, we sell and promote only local crafts to our guests to support local craft makers and artisans and to spread tourism income to many islanders. Our favourite restaurants are all run by Azorean people, and we do recommend that our visitors try the delicious local cuisine while supporting sustainable local fishermen in particular.

As well as whale watching we offer geological and cultural tours hosted solely by experienced local guides with an in-depth knowledge of their island and its landscape. We support the local vineyards where guests can sample the fantastic Azorean wine and take these locally produced gifts back to people at home.


2 Reviews of Family whale & dolphin watching vacation, Azores

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 05 Aug 2019 by

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

Friendly, helpful and welcoming people throughout! Dolphin Swimming.

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

Learn snorkelling before hand - we had a much nicer experience compared to other travelers who were not familiar with snorkelling yet.

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

I hope it benefited local people. Not sure about environmental impact or conversation.

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

Great family vacation!

Reviewed on 03 Aug 2019 by

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

A group of 7 sperm whales diving one after the other

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

If going on a whale watching trip in the morning, you need to get a boarding ticket for the boat you will be on. Try and get to the office early, have your name printed on something and be patient ??. There will be about 100 other people of several nationalities. all trying to get sorted

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

We stayed at a family run hostel and ate out at local restaurants, so yes to the first. The care for the cetaceans shown by Futurismo to support conservation would meet the third point

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


Read the operator's response here:

Dear Mike
Thanks for your review and so glad you had such a wonderful vacation. Sorry you had a bit of a wait on the first day, it was the busiest time of the year, so unusual. We do recommend our
pre booked guests visit the office before the busy time to avoid waiting and a fast track system for our guests also tends to speed things up.

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