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 2020:
Sunday 1st March to Tuesday 10th March
Wednesday 11th March to Friday 20th March
Saturday 21st March to Monday 30 th March
Wednesday 22 nd April to Friday 1 st May
Saturday 16 th May to Monday 25 th May
Saturday 5 th September to Monday 14 th September
Saturday 2 nd May to Monday 25 th May
Tuesday 26 th May to Tuesday 2 nd June
Thursday 4 th June to Thursday 11 th June
Saturday 13 th June to Saturday 20 th June
Saturday 27 th June to Saturday 4 th July
Saturday 4 th July to Saturday 11 th July
Saturday 16 th May to Thursday 21 st May
Wednesday 20 th May to Monday 25 th May
Saturday 5 th September to Thursday 10 th September
Wednesday 9 th September to Monday 14 th September
April and May 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.