2 recommended wildlife locations.The species listed below are just a selection of those you may see.
Faial Island is part of the “Central Group” of the Azores archipelago. Just 21km in length, its narrow lanes are lined with colourful hydrangeas and the views from the caldeira – the extinct volcano that created the island – are spectacular. It’s a great place to walk and several routes are waymarked.
Ideal for viewing: Bottlenose dolphin, Pilot whale, Risso’s dolphin, Sperm whale, Sei whale
Excellent for: Just Conservation, Whale watching, Dolphin watching
Pico Island, named after the impressive volcano of Pico Alto (2351 metres) that dominates it, is one of the most beautiful of the Azores archipelago. The village of Lages de Pico is worth a visit to learn about the island’s whaling history, otherwise it is a pleasant place for walking or birdwatching.
Ideal for viewing: Sowerby’s beaked whale, Spotted dolphin, Blue whale, Minke whale, Orca
Excellent for: Whale watching, Dolphin watching
This Portuguese mid-Atlantic archipelago is a haven of calm. Lush volcanic islands are surrounded by ocean that is home to an exceptional variety of whales and dolphins. No fewer than 26 species have been recorded in recent years, and almost any outing usually reveals six to eight different species.
1 recommended trip.Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
Help a team of researchers and scientists in the Azores with an ongoing study of sperm whales, and learn more about these mysterious creatures as they migrate north, as well as the behaviour of the charismatic and intelligent bottlenose dolphin. The trip also offers the chance to dive with blue sharks.
Trip type: Just Conservation Group tour
Duration exc. international flights: 6 to 11 days
When to go
Although the Azores are a year round destination, the whale-watching season from May to October is dictated more by weather than the migration patterns of whales and dolphins.
Nov to May: The climate is fairly mild year-round, but heavier rainfall and higher seas can be encountered.
Jun to Oct: The summer months are the best time to visit the Azores, with warmer temperatures and calmer seas
Nov to Oct: Sperm whales, bottlenose, striped and Risso’s dolphins
Mar to Apr: Baleen (blue, fin and sei) whales pass through
Jul to Aug: Beaked whale (Sowerby’s, Cuvier’s and Blainville’s)
1 recommended place to stay.
This four star hotel is conveniently located in the historic port of Horta, the principal city on the island of Faial. Situated just across from the marina from where whale watching excursions start, the hotel has breathtaking views over the bay and the mountain of the neighbouring island of Pico.