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Wildlife Locations

2 recommended locations:

Faial Island

Faial Island is part of the central group of the Azores, and offers good walking trails. The views from the caldera – the extinct volcano that created the island – are spectacular. The capital, Horta, is a base for whale watching trips to see species which include sperm and fin whales, plus bottlenose and Risso's dolphins.

  • Where: Central Islands
  • Ideal for viewing: bottlenose dolphin, pilot whale, Risso’s dolphin, sperm whale, sei whale
  • Excellent for: Just Conservation, Whale watching, Dolphin watching

Pico Island

Pico Island, named after the impressive volcano of Pico Alto that dominates it, is one of the most beautiful of the Azores archipelago. Over 20 species of cetaceans have been recorded off the island's coast, with whales and dolphins either inhabiting these waters or passing by on their migrations.

  • Ideal for viewing: sperm whale, spotted dolphin, blue whale, minke whale, Sowerby’s beaked whale
  • Excellent for: Whale watching, Dolphin watching

View trips to these locations

Wildlife trips

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.

Sperm Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins

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.

  • When to go: May-Sep
  • Duration inc. flights: 6 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,525 pp
  • Trip type: Just Conservation Group tour

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.


  • Winter

    Nov to May: The climate is fairly mild year-round, but heavier rainfall and higher seas can be encountered.
  • Summer

    Jun to Oct: The summer months are the best time to visit the Azores, with warmer temperatures and calmer seas

Wildlife events

  • 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)

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