Giants of the Sea - Pico Island (Azores, Portugal)

Meet the gentle giants of the sea: the Baleen Whales

THE TOUR IN BRIEF

Experience the emotions of special encounters with the legendary giants of the sea; animals such as the Blue whale, Fin whale, Sei whale, Humpback whale and the Sperm whale. You will encounter lots of dolphins too, feel their energy and the excitement they bring.

Although Spring is traditionally the low season for tourism in the Azores, it is one of the best times to visit us and very high season for the whales. This is when the greatest variety of species can be encountered and when most baleen whales pass by our shores. It is also the peak of our activities, when we run the special Giants of the Sea programme, but also conduct much of our research. Our aim is to not only provide opportunities to see whales and dolphins but to also educate; to combine the unique feelings obtained at sea watching the animals with knowledge.

The program also includes activities such as museum tours and the visit to the famous Vigia or lookout, along with presentations and demonstrations about the various techniques we use to identify and study each species of cetacean.

All participants have the opportunity to be present whilst we conduct our research activities, particularly on the boat when we record behaviour as well as gather photographic evidence that can be used in the photo-identification of individuals.
Our aim is to leave all participants with not only great visual memories of their encounters but also a greater understanding of these incredible animals, their ecology and conservation needs.

While on Pico Island you will be with us while we perform the following tasks:
  • Photo identification of baleen whales
  • Collecting krill samples
  • Collecting baleen whale faecal samples for genetic analysis
  • Collecting behavioural data

ACCOMMODATION & FOOD

MADALENA DO PICO
4-star Hotel (double room with private facilities).
Breakfast is included. Lunches and dinners are not included in the price.

Wildlife

CETACEANS
(whales, dolphins, porpoises)

AVIAN REPTILES
(birds)

  • Cory's shearwater
  • Atlantic gull
  • Common tern

NON-AVIAN REPTILES

  • Loggerhead turtle
  • Leatherback turtle
This tour is no longer available and we are currently in the process of setting up new or extra tour dates.
Please contact us and let us know you are interested in this destination, so that we can assign a high priority to your request once a new tour is launched.

How to get there

The best routes to join us on Pico Island are the following:
Your origin Lisbon (LIS), Portugal Horta (HOR) - Azores, Portugal
or
Your origin Lisbon (LIS), Portugal Pico (PIX) - Azores, Portugal

Flights to Horta are more frequent. We will take care of all transfers from/to either airport.


WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 7-nights accommodation
    (double room with private bathroom, breakfast included)
  • 5 Whale Watching trips (3-4 hours per trip)
  • 2 Presentations covering whale and dolphin biology, behaviour, conservation and identification
  • 1 Guided visit to the 'Vigia'
    (the lookout used to spot whales and dolphins from land)
  • Transfer to/from the airport
  • Welcome and assistance throughout stay in Pico
Please notice
Since boat tours are weather/sea dependent, the exact schedule for all activities included in the program will be released on a daily basis.
This tour is no longer available and we are currently in the process of setting up new or extra tour dates.
Please contact us and let us know you are interested in this destination, so that we can assign a high priority to your request once a new tour is launched.