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Whale and Dolphin Watching

Whale & Dolphin Watching Trip

A mere glimpse of a dorsal fin can have you beaming for hours. So why not hop on a Zodiac or Catamaran in search of cetacean activity – 24 of the planet’s 80 species of whales and dolphins have been sighted off the coast of the Azores.

By Zodiac (rib boat)
Price is £50 per adult and £25 per child (4-11yrs) – all year
From Ponta Delgada with Futurismo or Picos de Aventura*

Price is £52 per adult and £36 per child (4-10yrs) – all year excluding 16Dec16-14Feb17
From Vila Franca do Campo with Terra Azul – recommended if staying in Caloura or Furnas
 
Notes for Zodiacs (rib boats)

  • Excursion provider: Picos de Aventura (Ponta Delgada base) or Terra Azul (Vila Franca do Campo base) or Futurismo (whaling base no.26)
  • Picos de Aventura: Meeting point is Portas do Mar Marina (whaling base) in Ponta Delgada departing at 08:30  (daily) or 13:00 (daily)
  • Terra Azul: Meeting point is the whaling base in Vila Franca do Campo departing at 08:30 (daily) or 12:30 (daily)
  • Futurismo: Meeting point is Portas do Mar Marina (no.26) in Ponta Delgada departing daily at 08:30 or 12:30 (Nov-Mar) and 08:30 or 13:00 (Apr-Oct)
  • Duration: 2-3 hour excursion with a pre tour briefing (c.10-minutes) by a marine biologist
  • 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
  • Recommend that you take a raincoat, cap or hairband, sun cream, trousers (rather than a skirt), flat shoes and a bottle of water

Important: Children aged 3yrs or under, pregnant women or any person suffering from back problems are not allowed on the Zodiac boats

*Note (Picos de Aventura only): Should you be unlucky enough not to see any whales and/or dolphins on your excursion, then you can book another day with the local supplier (free of charge and dependent on availability) or claim back a full refund which Sunvil will provide on your return to the UK.

 

By Catamaran
Price is £50 per adult and £25 per child (6-12yrs) and FREE for children aged 5 years or under – all year
From Ponta Delgada with Futurismo

Notes for Catamarans

  • Excursion provider: Futurismo (Ponta Delgada base)
  • Meeting point is Portas do Mar Marina (no.26) in Ponta Delgada departing daily at 08:30 or 13:00 Nov-Mar and 09:00 or 13:30 Apr-Oct
  • Duration: 2-3 hour excursion with a pre tour briefing (c.10-minutes) by a marine biologist
  • Two Catamarans - Cetus (max. capacity 77 people) and 4 Ventos (max. capacity 65 people), are used and both have toilets onboard
  • Children aged 5 years or under go free of charge
  • 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
  • Recommend that you take a raincoat, sun cream, flat shoes and a bottle of water

 

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

020 8758 4722

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