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 Azores, 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, this 7 or 9 night Whale and Dolphin research holiday (there is also a 5 night option) includes 4 or 6 full days whale watching and researching, plus 1 or 2 days 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 or 2 shore days depending on the weather. All included meals are taken at local restaurants or on board Physeter. On the 7 night trips, 5 evening meals are included and 7 evening meals on the 9 night trips.
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.
2018 dates :
9-18 March – BALEEN BONANZA* – 9 nights
20-29 April – BALEEN BONANZA* – 9 nights
20-29 May – BALEEN BONANZA* – 9 nights
29 May – 7 June – Whale and dolphin tour – 9 nights
9-16 June – Whale and dolphin tour – 7 nights
16-23 June – Whale and dolphin tour – 7 nights
30 June – 7 July – Whale and dolphin tour – 7 nights
7-14 July – Whale and dolphin tour – 7 nights
8-17 September – Whale and dolphin tour – 9 nights
2019 dates – these are selling quickly so do enquire asap if you are interested…
Sat 18 – Mon 27 May BALEEN WHALE BONANZA
Tue 28 May – Thu 6 June BALEEN WHALE BONANZA
Sat 7 – Mon 16 Sept Whale and Dolphin Tour
Sat 20 – Sat 27 April BALEEN WHALE BONANZA
Sat 8 – Sat 15 June Whale and Dolphin Tour
Sat 15 – Sat 22 June Whale and Dolphin Tour
Sat 29 June – Sat 6 July Whale and Dolphin Tour
Sat 6 – Sat 13 July Whale and Dolphin Tour
*on the Baleen Bonanza tours, you have a higher probability of seeing blue, fin, Sei or humpback whales as well as sperm whales and dolphins.
PLEASE NOTE THAT this is the 9 night itinerary - the 7 night itinerary is the same, just shorter.
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 £270 in the high season and £165 in low season - 7 nights, £220 - 9 nights). 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.
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 four to six full days.
This holiday is based in the cosmopolitan town of Horta on Faial island.