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
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.
How to get there
The best routes to join us on Pico Island are the following:
Lisbon (LIS), Portugal
Horta (HOR) - Azores, Portugal
Lisbon (LIS), Portugal
Pico (PIX) - Azores, Portugal
Flights to Horta are more frequent. We will take care of all transfers from/to either airport.