Azores tour, island explorer

The Azores is one of the best places to see whale and dolphins in the wild and this is one of our bestselling trips, combining time at sea guided by cetacean specialists with locally-led geothermal adventures on land.
Price
915 excluding flights
Duration
7 Days
Countries
Azores, Portugal
Type
Tailor made
Reviews
More info
Based on 2 adults sharing 1 room.
2 half day whale watching trips Full day geothermal tour with lunch Full day jeep and activity tour to Sete Cidades with lunch in local restaurant 7 nights 4* hotel BB with pool Airport transfers
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Description of Azores tour, island explorer

Price information

915 excluding flights
Based on 2 adults sharing 1 room.
2 half day whale watching trips Full day geothermal tour with lunch Full day jeep and activity tour to Sete Cidades with lunch in local restaurant 7 nights 4* hotel BB with pool Airport transfers
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Departure information

This is a set itinerary with flexible start dates from April through October.

Travel guides

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Vacation information

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.

Reviews

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Reviewed on 01 Nov 2023 by

5 stars Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2023 by

Sao Miguel is a beautiful island and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2023 by

Swimming with a pod of up to 50 wild common dolphins! Seeing whales and dolphins in their natural habitat... Absolutely superb and well worth the journey to this unique and beautiful island! Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Jun 2023 by

Excellent Read full review

Reviewed on 29 May 2023 by

Seeing a blue whale with its calf and a humpback with calf and then a pod of orcas was something I will never forget... The marine biologists and all the whale watching staff we met were amazing. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 May 2023 by

Excellent! Read full review

Reviewed on 23 May 2023 by

Excellent, one of the best vacations both at sea and touring the island. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2023 by

It was all excellent, but the rib boat and encountering whales was probably the most exciting. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2023 by

Whale watching. Seeing the enormous pod of Atlantic spotted dolphins. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2023 by

The Island has many secret plays like beaches, little side roads. Ask locals what are their favorite places and discover sides you won't see unless taken by a local. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Jun 2023 by

Seeing a sperm whale.. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 May 2023 by

4**** Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Apr 2023 by

Bathing in the hot springs, seeing the calderas and driving along their rim [] great hotel, great tours. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Aug 2022 by

Saw sperm Whales, a Sei Whale, Beaked Whales, Bottle Nosed dolphins, Common Dolphins, and Atlantic Spotted dolphins... Excellent. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Jul 2022 by

It really was just sometimes breathtakingly beautiful and wonderful to be so close to such a natural beauty. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Jun 2022 by

The whale and dolphin watching is a must. I would highly recommend booking with this company, they were superb on the water. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Apr 2022 by

Excellent and would certainly recommend to others. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2022 by

We were very lucky with the weather and most of the guides on the tours were excellent, so we really enjoyed the week. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2022 by

The whale and dolphin watching trips were excellent. Female sperm whales and a baby, a male sperm whale showing his tail on a deep dive and an amazing acrobatic display of wild dolphins. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Jun 2022 by

The operators staff were lovely... The trip to Sete cidades was great, we could have spent a whole day there! Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2021 by

Excellent! Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Nov 2019 by

The most exciting part of the vacation was seeing the whales & dolphins. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Jun 2019 by

The whale and dolphin viewing was great, and the land tours were very interesting. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2019 by

4**** Read full review

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

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 accommodations we provide reduce, reuse and recycle - for example they use a water bottle refill scheme and are committed to using up to 25% renewable energy in their new projects.

People

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. This is financed by tourism.

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. These trips include climbing the volcano (Portugal's highest peak!) and exploring the underground caves. We support the local vineyards where guests can sample the fantastic Azorean wine and take these locally produced gifts back to people at home.

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