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Whale and Dolphin Watching Holiday

Experience the natural world up close on one of our 7-night whale and dolphin watching holidays on São Miguel. Top of the list for most visitors to the Azores is whale and dolphin watching. Twenty-four of the planet’s 80 species of whales and dolphins have been sighted off the coast of the Azores making this one of the best places in the world to whale watch. The most frequently spotted cetaceans are Sperm whale, Short-finned pilot whale, Common dolphin, Bottlenose dolphin, Atlantic spotted dolphin and Risso’s dolphin. Our whale and dolphin watching suppliers on São Miguel are partners on a research project called Monicet. The project aims to build a long term database of cetacean sightings.

7 Nights

From: £993 per person (Marina Atlântico Hotel) or £907 per person (Quinta dos Curubás)*

Departures: Daily (April-October). Flights from London Gatwick to Ponta Delgada, São Miguel. Transfers (Marina Atlântico Hotel) or car hire (Quinta dos Curubás). 7-nights Marina Atlântico Hotel, Ponta Delgada (BB); Or 7-nights Quinta dos Curubás, Vila Franca do Campo (SC). Four 3-hour whale and dolphin watching trips including a briefing by a marine biologist.

The most frequently spotted cetaceans are Sperm whale, Short-finned pilot whale, Common dolphin, Bottlenose dolphin, Atlantic spotted dolphin and Risso’s dolphin. Our whale and dolphin watching suppliers on São Miguel are partners on a research project called Monicet. The project aims to build a longterm database of cetacean sightings. For further information on Monicet and to view sighting statistics and maps, please visit www.monicet.net

The whale and dolphin watching season runs all year, with the main season being between Apr-Oct. Although dolphins can be seen all year round, whales are seen less frequently during the winter months.

Each excursion starts with a 10-minute briefing by a marine biologist, introducing the cetaceans of the Azores and discussing their habitat, communication and behavioural patterns.

Day
1

On arrival transfer to the Marina Atlantico Hotel in Ponta Delgada or alternatively, collect your hire car and drive to the Quinta dos Curubás in Vila Franca do Campo (see note below).

Day
2

Whale & Dolphin Watching - Morning whale and dolphin watching trip (3 hours). Free afternoon - explore the cobbled streets of Ponta Delgada.

Day
3

Whale & Dolphin Watching- Morning whale and dolphin watching trip (3 hours). Free afternoon - participate in a swimming with dolphin’s excursion (3-hours), pre-book through Sunvil or book and pay locally through our ground agent.

Day
4

Day at leisure. Take an escorted island tour or your self-drive vehicle to Sete Cidades, the extinct volcanic crater which has two lakes - one blue and the other green. The best place to enjoy the majesty of the lakes is from the view point ‘Vista do Rei’ which offers spectacular panoramic views. 

Day
5

Whale & Dolphin Watching - Morning whale and dolphin watching trip (3 hours). Free afternoon – time for a round of golf at Batalha (27 holes) or Furnas course (18 holes). Both courses are beautifully landscaped and offer challenging fairways in stunning surroundings.

Day
6

Whale & Dolphin Watching - Afternoon whale and dolphin watching trip (3 hours).

Day
7

Day at leisure. Book a fascinating Geological History Tour, which offers a unique insight into how the diverse landscape of the islands was formed. See, touch and learn the secrets of this volcanic archipelago in a fun and entertaining day trip around the island.

Day
8

Transfer to Ponta Delgada airport for your flight home to the UK.

Notes:

  • Ponta Delgada departures at 08:30 or 13:00; Vila Franca do Campo departures at 08:30 or 12:30
  • Transfers to and from the whaling bases are not included
  • Zodiac boats (small, rigid hull inflatables carrying up to 24 people) are used
  • Minimum child age is 4 years (accompanied by a parent or guardian)
  • We cannot guarantee that you will see a cetacean but it is unlikely that you should be so unlucky
  • Pre-booking in July and August is recommended
  • Children aged 3yrs or under, pregnant women or any person suffering from back problems are not allowed on the Zodiac boats

To book this itinerary, or discuss a tailor-made alternative, call one of our Sunvil experts on:

020 8758 4722

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