Dive into our site and find out about: the whales and dolphins of the Azores
Tours operate from March to October and are of either 5, 7 or 9 nights duration. No two tours have the same itinerary since we go where the whales and dolphins are! No two days are the same. And sometimes we are restricted by the weather. We try to visit different areas around the coasts of the islands during the tour and would expect 3, 4 or 6 full days whale watching and 1 to 2 shore days, depending on the tour. We leave port at 09:00 each morning and get back around 4pm each day, so you will have a chance to explore on land before and after dinner, as well as on shore days.
DATES & PRICES 2020
|Date||Cost (€)||Duration in nights||Tour Type|
|SU 1 - TU 10 MAR||€1,595||9||Early Spring Special|
|WE 11 - FR 20 MAR||€1,595||9||Early Spring Special
|SA 21 - MO 30 Mar||€1,595||9||Early Spring Special|
|WE 1 - FR 10 APR||Reserved||9||Expedition|
|SU 12 - TU 21 APR||Reserved||9||Expedition|
|WE 22 Apr - FR 1 May||€1,925||9||MIGRATING GIANTS|
|SA 2 – SA 9 MAY||€1,575||7||MIGRATING GIANTS|
|SA 9 – SA 16 MAY||€1,575||7||MIGRATING GIANTS|
|SA 16 – MO 25 MAY||€1,975||9||MIGRATING GIANTS|
|TU 26 MAY – TU 2 JUNE||€1,625||7||MIGRATING GIANTS|
|TH 4 – TH 11 JUNE||€1,675||7||Whale and Dolphin Tour|
|SA 13 – SA 20 JUNE||€1,675||7||Whale and Dolphin Tour|
|SA 27 JUNE – SA 4 JULY||€1,675||7||Whale and Dolphin Tour|
|SA 4 – SA 11 JULY||€1,675||7||
Whale and Dolphin Tour
|SA 5 – MO 14 SETPT||€1,975||9||Whale and Dolphin Tour|
|Date||Cost (€)||5 Night Short Break Tours||Tour Type|
|SA 16 -TH 21 MAY||€1,175||5||MIGRATING GIANTS|
|WE 20 – MO 25 MAY||€1,175||5||
|SA 5 – TH 10 SEPT||€1,195||5||Whale and Dolphin Tour|
|WE 9 – MO 14 SEPT||€1,195||5||Whale and Dolphin Tour|
Early Spring Special tours, anything could happen: humpbacks on the way down the breeding ground or blue, fin or Sei whales starting their migration north as well as sperm whales and dolphins.
Migrating Giants tours have a higher probability of seeing blue, fin, Sei or humpback whales as well in addition to sperm whales and dolphins
Remember, these are wild animals and sightings can vary from trip to trip!
If you will just be in Horta for a few days, give us a call or send us an email.
We offer day trips from 9am until around 4pm. Price - €110 per person or €190 for 2 if there is space on the boat during a tour or a minimum of 6 at other times.
Full details of our holidays are given in our brochure (please email us for a copy) but above prices include en-suite accommodation for the tour, Horta airport transfers, slide show, skipper and Lisa's services as tour guide. On the nine night tours, six days whale and dolphin watching (and 2 shore days to explore the islands), all meals from dinner on day one to breakfast on day ten (excluding 2 evening meals and 2 lunches on shore days), tea and coffee. On the seven night tours, four days whale and dolphin watching (and 2 shore days to explore the islands), all meals from dinner on day one to breakfast on day eight (excluding 2 evening meals and 2 lunches on shore days), tea and coffee. On five night Short Break Tours we include 3 days whale and dolphin watching (and one shore day) and all meals except 1 evening meal and shore day lunch.
Flights are not included in the tour price or things of a personal nature such as sightseeing on the islands, souvenirs, personal laundry, gratuities and canned and bottled drinks. As a guide, return flights from UK are generally between £290 and £370 pp including taxes. As soon as you have reserved a space with us, you should contact Azores Airlines to book these (www.azoresairlines.pt ). We are based at Horta and the airport code is HOR. As well as return flights from the UK with Azores Airlines/TAP via Lisbon, it is also now possible to book the UK to Lisbon section with Easy Jet (www.easyjet.com - Luton, Gatwick, Liverpool and Bristol) and then use Azores Airlines from Lisbon to Horta, which may save some money. Make sure you allow time for the transfer in Lisbon. Occasionally an overnight stop is needed in Lisbon but most tours have same day flights connections. There are also some direct flights from the UK to Sao Miguel, another island, but then you will need an inter-island hop to Horta.
The deposit is £150 pp and can be made by bank transfer. We will email you our bank details to do an online bank transfer. Your tour balance is due 70 days before departure. Your booking will be confirmed within 21 days of receipt of your deposit.
During 9 night tours we average 6-7 species (4-6 on the Short Break Tours) of whale and dolphin, including sperm whales and several species of dolphin. Air temperatures range from 17-26C during the season with mainly sunshine but occasional rainy days should be expected throughout the summer. We are at sea for around 7 hrs each sea day. It is a condition of travel with us that all clients must have insurance that covers them for personal accident and death (the latter to an equivalent of £15,000 UKP/ 20,000€), repatriation and health expenses. Other cover such as loss of bags, cancellation, delays, missed connection etc. is strongly recommended.
BOOKING A TOUR
Once we have answered and sent you a booking form, please confirm you want space(s) held and then you can go ahead and book your flights.
Please then return the booking form (either by email or post) together with your deposit (bank transfer) of €150 pp and we will confirm the holiday and send you our extensive pre departure information booklet.
The balance cost of your tour is due 70 days before you join us. We require a minimum of 6 people to run a tour.
We work with Hotel Horta