Not only are our Whale and Dolphin Research Holidays a fascinating adventure, but they can make a real difference to the welfare of the whales and dolphins around the islands, as your booking cost directly funds the important research carried out on board during your tour. This is not a working holiday though – the atmosphere on board is very relaxed but learning is on the agenda. You will get first hand knowledge of the whale and dolphins’ behaviour, a slide show, plus talks about the creatures and the research.
The Whale and Dolphin research holiday trips are guided by the leading Azores cetacean biologist, Lisa Steiner, who has spent the last 20 years researching and studying Azorean cetaceans, and Lisa will be on board whenever you are at sea. You will watch the whales and dolphins in their natural environment, find out how individual animals are identified, and see scientific data being collected on the various species. Your vessel for these trips is Physeter, a specially converted motor catamaran that provides shade from the sun, hot and cold drinks, toilet and full safety equipment. Her 4 tiered decks provide guests with a variety of excellent whale and dolphin watching view points.
Based at the port of Horta, Faial’s capital, the 5 night Whale and Dolphin research holiday (there is also a 9 night option) includes 3 full days whale watching and researching, plus 1 day in port (depending on weather and sea conditions) for island exploring at your leisure.
Meals – all meals are included in the Whale and Dolphin research holiday, except for lunches and evening meals on shore days. You will normally have 1 shore day depending on the weather. All included meals are taken at local restaurants or on board Physeter.
Please note that the maximum group size is 12 but for groups less than 6 the boat may return to Horta for lunch, with a second trip in the afternoon.
To learn more about Lisa and her research, see our interview with her on our blog page.
Price Per Person
We can create a tailor-made holiday to suit your budget.
INCLUDED : accommodation on full board (except on shore days) twin sharing basis, airport transfers, slide show and talks, all boat costs, guide services, flights and airport taxes (guide price only), pre-departure information booklet EXCLUDED : prices do not include meals as above, excursions on free days, travel insurance, single supplement (cost is £175 in the high season and £95 in low season). Please note - prices are inclusive of flights from the UK based on standard economy fares/seats which are subject to limited availability. Prices may increase based on availability when booking. 2017 DATES : there are set departure dates for these holidays which are : 21 May, 25 May, 31 May, 4 June, 11 June, 15 June, 5 July, 9 July, 16 August, 20 August, 8 September, 12 September.
Your accommodation is at Hotel do Canal, a comfortable 4 star hotel, just next to Horta port.
In the company of our marine biologist, Lisa Steiner, you will be out whale and dolphin watching for three full days.
This holiday is based in the cosmopolitan town of Horta on Faial island.