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Aqua Acores

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Lajes do Pico, Portugal
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About Aqua Acores
Established in 1996 by a local family, Aqua Acores offers visitors a rare glimpse into the world of enigmatic cetaceans and the abundance of marine wildlife living in the Azorean waters. Aqua Acores continues as a family business and strives to offer high quality whale watching, based first and foremost on the welfare of the animals and their environment. We are passionate about our island and culture. We hope to inspire people from different cultures and backgrounds to share the wonders of our ocean so as to bring awareness in order to protect the home we share with these beautiful animals.
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The Azores are in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, where it is possible to observe about 27 different species of cetaceans.
Come and live close up this experience with a professional team of skippers, biologists and “Vigia”, who will guide you on this journey to meet these fascinating animals
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Cloë S wrote a review Sep 2020
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It was such a nice trip! The guide gives a lot of information. You must do this when you are in Pico. We loved it!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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beentheredonethat02 wrote a review Jun 2019
surrey7 contributions2 helpful votes
My friend and I had a magical experience seeing sperm whales, a turtle, seabirds and four species of dolphins on our trip to Pico. We were lucky with the weather so it was a wonderful experience, out on the wide open sea - seeing these incredible creatures in their nature environment. Our tour guide was highly informative and gave us a briefing before we went onboard, warning us we might not see any whales (which is obviously just a question of luck, as nature does not exist for us humans)! However, we did see sperm whales. If you get motion sickness then be aware that you are out on the water for about three hours, and the guides are keen for you to see as much as you can. The boat often picks up great speed and when it is stopped to observe the animals, you may feel ill if you are prone to motion sickness. Our guide, whose name I have unfortunately forgotten, was clearly passionate about the animals, her job and the island...An infectious enthusiasm that almost made me want to move to Pico myself. She was also very keen to answer any questions we had. When we returned, we got free tea, water and crackers and lazed about by the port in the sunshine, and we didn't feel hurried on at all. All in all, an incredible experience that will live for a long time in my memory. Indeed, I feel emotional writing about it days later.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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ajpalmer91 wrote a review Jul 2018
Highland, Utah2 contributions3 helpful votes
I visited Pico at the beginning of June 2018. I was solicited at the airport with a 20% coupon to use their services. I booked myself the following morning on the 9:30 am tour. Showed up for the 3 hrs tour. 2 hrs into the tour and not a single whale, lots of dolphins but no whales. There was another couple there who had been on the tour the day before who had not seen a single whale and returned at a discounted rate hoping to see some. We were at end of the tour when Sara the guide shouted out that she could see a whale in the midst. I was sitting towards the front of the boat at the time. With no warning whatsoever the boat accelerated so fast it started to create massive waves. The boat went over the wave and I shot up into the air about 2 ft and landed on my arm breaking my radius. There was nothing to grab on to when I landed. I also bruised severely my tailbone. 2 month laters I am still in a cast and have problems sitting in a car or in a chair. Sara took me to a clinic to be checked out and Paula their office administrator came to the hospital. Paula told me that their insurance would take care of everything and asked me for copies of the bills that I incurred for the accident along with my bank account as they would be reimbursing me with a bank transfer. As of today, 7-20-18 I had not been paid so I followed up with Paula only to get an email from her stating that their insurance would not cover the accident. The amount was so reasonable that the company should have just paid it rather than involve the insurance and string me along for 2 months promising me I would get reimbursed. The dishonesty in all of this is that Paula had the 2nd hospital in Horta bill their insurance directly but yet had me pay for the first clinic in Pico, the ferry and the prescription with the impression that I would be reimbursed promptly after sending her copies of the invoices. Why pay for part but not all? There were so many other companies along Lajos for the same price with no need for a coupon and safer boats. The coupon at the airport was just a scam to get you to sign up. Shop around and find a company with a boat where people actually have a seat and something to grab on to to feel safe at all times. Breaking my arm ruined my vacation and I was no longer able to climb the Volcano which was the real reason I went to Pico in the first place! Spent 2 whole days between Pico and Faisal (going back and forth on ferries) to be seen by a doctor, specialist and to get a cast on. DO NOT RECOMMEND!
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Date of experience: June 2018
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Morag V wrote a review Jul 2018
Ladner, Canada118 contributions37 helpful votes
While staying on Pico, my husband I went on the 9:00am whale watching tour out of Lages. We were on the Oceanos inflatable, that only had nine of us aboard. We were only out of the marina maybe 10mins, when we came across a pod of approximately 150 Spotted Dolphins. They were absolutely amazingly fast! The captain gave them a lot of space, but the dolphins wanted to play with us! Although we were hoping to see some Sperm Whales, we were not disappointed. The crew on board are really knowledgeable and explained in detail what we were seeing. I would highly recommend this excursion with the very professional team at "Aqua Acores".
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Nuno B wrote a review Jun 2018
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We enjoyed our first whale watching at Azores near pico island but we bought the tickets in BelaVista because they have a partnership with aquaacores and they were very helpful!
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Date of experience: June 2018
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