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Azores Whale Watching Expedition Tour

Highlights
  • 3-hour Azores Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise
  • Cruise around the beaches and islets of Vila Franca do Campo on an RIB
  • Enjoy spectacular views across the Atlantic Ocean
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Azores Whale Watching Expedition Tour
From US$63.42
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MorningMost Popular
08:30 Stable weather and smoother water travel.
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Early Afternoon
12:30 The Sun is up.
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Mid Afternoon
15:45 May 1st to Sep 30th.
From US$69.18
Overview
With sightings possible all year round, the Azores Islands are one of the best places for whale watching in the Atlantic. Set sail around the Princess Ring Islet of Vila Franca do Campo on a 3-hour cruise, accompanied by a marine biologist guide, and look out for sperm and pilot whales, bottlenose and Risso’s dolphins, sea turtles, and other marine life.
What to Expect

You will meet us at the Marina of Vila Franca do Campo for check-in, at the specified time.

The journey will start with a short informative briefing introducing you to Cetaceans (Whales and Dolphins), local species, their natural habitat, communication, migration, behavioral patterns, and onboard safety.

Everyone will follow the Guide and Skipper to board their designated boat, and go out to sea. Our lookout high inland will then locate our friends, and provide directions via VHF Radio to where the boat will travel - initially at high speed, so hold on and enjoy the ride!

While approaching our friends slowly, and very carefully, your Guide will keep you informed on what you are observing, and is always available throughout the tour to provide answers to any specific questions - please feel free to ask anything at any time.

Upon return to the Marina, the boat will tour around the Princess Ring Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, for a close look at the volcanic marvel and resident wildlife.

Know before you go:

  • Eat light, and bring your personal water supply, sunscreen and chap-stick for the Sun, and warm clothing since temperatures may vary. Light food is permitted onboard, and a Camera is essential, specially for photography lovers. Please protect any electronics and personal equipment.
  • This tour is inappropriate and inadvisable for anyone pregnant, with weak back, in wheelchair, or in delicate health condition.
Reviews (53)
1 - 5 of 51 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Must do!

Incredible trip! Small boat allows you to get up close to the beautiful animals. Our guide was very friendly and very knowledgeable. Even in the off season we saw so many resident dolphins only feet away from our boat. The 5 star reviews hold up....More

Thank CrazyUncleLew
Filipe S, Public Relations Manager at Azores Whale Watching TERRA AZUL, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Friend, Thank you for your visit and for your kind words. We hope to have you back for another tour! :)

Reviewed 16 September 2018
Absolute professionalism…

We booked a 3 hour whale watching tour and although we did not see any whales we had a great time and we did get to see a large pod of dolphins. We checked into the Terra Azul office at Vila Franca do Campo for...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank FMtravel
Filipe S, Public Relations Manager at Azores Whale Watching TERRA AZUL, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2018

Dear Friend, Thank you for your visit and for your kind words. We hope to have you back for another tour!

Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile
Amazing experience of the marine life

My family liked this boat trip, which offered us a unique experience, enormously. We've seen many dolphins as well as whales and enjoyed every single wave. The staff was kind and what I personally liked was their approach to nowadays situation of water pollution. It...More

Thank Bibiana B
Filipe S, Public Relations Manager at Azores Whale Watching TERRA AZUL, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

Dear Friend, Thank you for your visit and for your kind words. We hope to have you back for another tour! :)

Reviewed 13 August 2018
Excellent tour, well organized, nice crew, lots of dolphins and a couple of whales

We had great weather; booked the early morning tour online well ahead of time. Boats are fast and in good condtion. Nice crew, lots of explanations in multiple languages. Saw lots of dolphins and a couple of whales. Great memories and great photos. Would definitely...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Dirk N
Filipe S, Public Relations Manager at Azores Whale Watching TERRA AZUL, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2018

Dear Dirk, Thank you for your visit and for your kind words :) Please do come by for another good time!

Reviewed 7 August 2018
5 stars is not enough!

Took the whale and dolphin watching tour this afternoon...Nature does not need people...thats for sure. These species are spectacular. Afterwards got a phenomanal explanation about whales and dolphins from the owner and were impressed what is done to preserve this wildlife so we can learn...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Philippe V
Filipe S, Public Relations Manager at Azores Whale Watching TERRA AZUL, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2018

Dear Philippe, Thank you for your visit and for your kind words :) Please do come by for another good time!

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lbosh123
30 June 2018|
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Response from Filipe S | Property representative |
Dear Friend, Other than better sea conditions for better boat travel, there is actually no significant difference between mornings and afternoons :) Cheers
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lilianl2018
4 June 2018|
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Response from Filipe S | Property representative |
Hi Lilian, Yes, pickup service is available on most hotels in sao miguel island. Please be sure to add your pickup request in the when booking, specifying your hotel and room number. Cheers!
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cheryl d
12 April 2018|
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Response from Filipe S | Property representative |
Hi Cheryl, This tour includes a round-trip by boat around the islet of Vila Franca do Campo. Between June 15th and September 15th (approximately), it is possible to visit the islet on foot after your tour. It is right next... More
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