An absolutely fantastic thank you for organising such an amazing holiday. It was a holiday of a lifetime.
Mrs Scott, Morpeth
We're passionate about sustainable, low impact tourism. We believe it's vital to keep the islands an unspoilt, special place for wildlife, local people and visitors alike.
We contribute annually to SPEA, an organisation on Sao Miguel whose projects include the conservation of the natural vegetation in the Pico da Vara area.Through this they hope to ensure the survival of the many endemic species on the island. They are also responsible for the excellent Priolo (Azores Bullfinch) Environmental Centre where visitors learn more about this unusual bird and its habitat.
Together with a local conservationist on Sao Miguel, Archipelago Azores is helping to raise awareness among local schoolchildren of the precious marine life around the Azores and more general environmental issues. Initially, our donation is funding the production of colouring in booklets about the whales and dolphins around the islands.
We also support Whale Watch Azores, a marine-life research organisation funded through the paying guests on their whale and dolphin research holidays which you can book through us .Their main research project is compiling a photo ID catalogue of sperm whales around the islands; to date they have identified over 1100 individuals making it one of the largest catalogues in the world.
As a member of AITO (the Association of Independent Tour Operators), we've achieved the highest 5 star award for our responsible tourism efforts.
You can help too. We offer you the chance to offset the carbon emitted during your flight, by supporting projects which will lead to significant carbon dioxide reductions across the globe. We do this through the Tourism Industry Carbon Offset Service.
Read our environmental policy opposite for more information on what we can all do to help.
Financial protection : "All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate"
All holidays sold outside of the ATOL scheme are covered under our International Passenger Protection (IPP) insurance policy.
24 hour support
When you are in the Azores you will have 24 hour support so, in the unlikely event you have a problem, we will always be here to help.
Archipelago Choice has been a member of AITO since 2006. This is an association for independent and specialist holiday companies for companies, usually owner managed, who strive to create overseas holidays with high levels of professionalism and a shared concern for quality and personal service. The association encourages the highest standards in all aspects of tour operating.
All member companies adhere to the AITO charter.