Horta, Whale & Dolphin Watching
3.5 HoursModerateWildlife | Boating | Outdoors | Essentials Collection
Lying in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, the Azores islands are a permanent home or point of passage for more than a third of the world´s whale and dolphin species. Sperm whales, common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, and Risso´s dolphins are present all year round. Other species visit or pass by during specific seasons. Summer months are the best time to see Atlantic spotted dolphins, pilot whales and striped dolphins, while the spring months are the time to see migrating baleen whales such as blue whales, fin whales, and Sei whales. The whale watching activity, which takes from 2.5 – 3 hours, is done with a professional team of lookouts, skippers and biologists on rigid inflatable boats. Before you leave to the ocean, the whaling company will make a briefing including information about the species you may see, and the Azorean Whale Watching code of ethics.
Please note: Wear comfortable clothes, rubber-soled shoes and waterproof jacket; This activity depends 100% on the weather conditions, so it can be cancelled or postponed in case the conditions are not favorable. This activity takes place with animals in their natural habitat, therefore the possibility of sightings is totally dependent on their behavior. This tour is not recommended for children under 8 years old, pregnant guests or guests with back, neck or joint problems. Participants have to be able to walk from the jetty to the embarkation ( no access stairs nor ramp).