Our whale and dolphin watching research holidays provide a fascinating insight into the cetacean populations of Azores.
With the help of resident biologist Lisa Steiner, you’ll observe whales and dolphins in their natural environment, discovering how individual animals are identified, how population data is collected, and how whale tourism helps to support study and conservation. Lisa’s been researching Azorean cetaceans for over twenty years, collating sightings date year-on-year to give a unique record of the lives of the resident populations – and of the larger migratory species which pass through in the springtime. Lisa talks about her life in the Azores on our Archipelago Choice website.
Our whale and dolphin watching holidays are based on the island of Faial in the main harbour town of Horta. You’ll be heading to sea on the Physeter: a specially converted motor-catamaran. On-board lunches are provided and Lisa will arrange dinner at one of her favourite restaurant in the town on sea days. You’ll also have days ashore to allow you to explore the wonderful landscapes of Faial – meals aren’t included on shore days; on the five night whale and dolphin watching research trip there’s just one shore day, and for seven and nine day trips we’ll have two shore days (although this can change depending on the weather and conditions at sea).
Here’s the schedule for 2021:
Saturday 15th to Monday 24th May
Wednesday 26th May to Friday 4th June
Saturday 24th April to Saturday 1st May
Saturday 1st to Saturday 8th May
Saturday 8th to Saturday 15th May
Saturday 5th to Saturday 12th June
Saturday 12th to Saturday 19th June
Saturday 26th June to Saturday 3rd July
Saturday 3rd to Saturday 10th July
Saturday 11th to Saturday 18th September
Saturday 15th to Thursday 20th May
Wednesday 19th to Monday 24th May
Wednesday 26th to Monday 31st May
Saturday 30th May to Thursday 4th June
April, May and early June are usually the best months for the larger migratory species such and Blue and Fin whales. The weather and sea conditions tend to be most stable in June and July, when trips concentrate on the resident species of dolphins and Sperm whales. The maximum group size on our whale and dolphin watching research holidays is twelve. For groups of six or less, Lisa will switch from the Physeter to a smaller Rigid Inflatable Boat – with half-days at sea and lunches in Horta.
From £2,200 per person (7 nights)
We can create a tailor-made holiday to suit your budget.
INCLUDED: accommodation on a B&B basis in a twin/double shared room, lunch and evening meals on sea days, airport transfers, flights from London to the Azores. Lunch and dinner are not included on shore days.