Realm of the Sperm whale - Pico Island (Azores, Portugal)

Sperm whale social groups call Pico Island home

THE TOUR IN BRIEF

Sperm whales are the largest toothed cetaceans and have the biggest brains of all animals.
Pico Island is probably the best place in the world to observe these animals and their intriguing sociality.
Although the Sperm whale is a year-round resident in our waters and can be observed throughout the Whale Watching season, this special program only runs from beginning of June to mid-July and specifically focuses on the biology, behaviour and culture of Sperm whales.

To ensure you will get the most out of your Whale Watching trips, we strive to provide you with all the information needed to interpret the behaviour of the animals and appreciate how much evolution has taken over millions of years to make today's Sperm whales so well adapted to life in the ocean - an environment only a few mammals have successfully exploited.

While on Pico Island you will be with us while we perform the following tasks:
  • Photo identification of Sperm whales
  • 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)
  • 3 Whale Watching trips (3-4 hours per trip)
  • 2 Presentations on Sperm whales
    (covering biology, behaviour, conservation, identification and transition from whaling to Whale Watching in the Azores)
  • 1 Guided visit to the 'Vigia'
    (the lookout used to spot whales and dolphins from land)
  • 1 Guided visit to Malcolm Clarke's Sperm whales & Squids museum
  • 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.