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Azores Whale Watching & Islet Boat Tour

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Vila Franca Do Campo, Portugal
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Azores Whale Watching & Islet Boat Tour

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 6 more
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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 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.
  • Cruise around the beaches and islets of Vila Franca do Campo on an RIB
  • Enjoy spectacular views across the Atlantic Ocean
  • Spot whales, dolphins, and sea turtles in their natural environment
  • Choice of departure times throughout the day
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Knowledgeable Wildlife Guide
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Zodiac RIB Boat (12 or 28 pax)
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This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Azores Whale Watching TERRA AZUL™ , Marina de Vila Franca do Campo 4, 9680-187 Vila Franca Do Campo, Portugal

From Ponta Delgada city center by auto, head East along the coast and follow directions to Vila Franca do Campo. Once in Vila Franca do Campo, descend towards sea level and the Marina where our Base and Yellow Boats are stationed, and Free Parking can be found.

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This activity will end right where it started.All pickups are charged separately, are subject to availability, and commence prior to designated time. Contact us to book and confirm your exact pickup time.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT it is not possible to control animals' behavior in the wild, or to guarantee that you will see a specific species at a specific time frame.
  • English is the official language, but our team is multinational and will do their best to accommodate your preferred language (this is not guaranteed).
  • Service animals allowed
  • No Children under the age of 4
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Azores Whale Watching TERRA AZUL
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Azores Whale Watching & Islet Boat Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Azores Whale Watching & Islet Boat Tour.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Azores Whale Watching & Islet Boat Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Azores Whale Watching & Islet Boat Tour.
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What is the social distancing policy during Azores Whale Watching & Islet Boat Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Azores Whale Watching & Islet Boat Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Azores Whale Watching & Islet Boat Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Azores Whale Watching & Islet Boat Tour.

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  • "Do not go expecting to see everything you want because the tour really depends on what nature has to throw at you." See review
  • "The tour company will provide transportation from Ponta Delgada to their harbor at an additional cost." See review
  • "It was easy to find parking by the marina in the morning." See review

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star-5
Amazing whales and dolphins
Kieran_V
, Jul 2022
Seeing all the whales and dolphins was amazing. We had an awesome trip with Terra Azul. The guides were amazing and we are thankful to Filipe for spotting our whales.
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star-5
Great day
Leah_T
, Jul 2022
Amazing experience! Saw 8 sperm whales and 3 species of dolphins!! The boat goes fast but is comfortable and safe. Tour guides were great!
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star-5
Great company - would recommend!
Samantha_M
, Jul 2022
While we did not see any whales, we saw two types of dolphins and our guide was wonderful! She was so knowledgeable, and we really appreciated that the company takes special care to be kind to the animals and the planet.
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Wasted day for a cancelled trip
Anthony_D
, Jun 2022
Despite the listing showing hotel pickup at the time we booked, we were told we would have to meet at marina. We took a cab to arrive, sat through the safety video, waited for 30 minutes, then we were told that the spotters could not see any wildlife, so the trip was cancelled. All in all, we spent 50 euro in cabs and wasted half a day to have a cancelled trip. What was surprising was that they didn’t even take the boat out to attempt to spot dolphins, or at least ride around the islet area. We booked with a different whale/dolphin watcher and they were very surprised and stated, “that never happens with us.”
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star-5
Worth it! We learned a lot.
Marc_G
, Jun 2022
We had a great time - Anna was a wonderful tour guide. The boat ride was worth the trip - it was beautiful to see the island from the sea. We were able to see multiple dolphins and even a sperm whale. The stop by the lagoon and island was a nice addition. It was great to learn about the relationship between the dolphins and birds - and all of the different types of birds. The group also does some scientific work while you are traveling so it is nice to see they are doing more than just tours. They took a lot of effort to ensure we stayed a safe distance from the animals and did not crowd them. Would definitely recommend it. The transportation to the site was a great addition.
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star-5
A must when visiting Azores!
Kathi_C
, Jun 2022
Ana, our guide, was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Each dolphin sighting was like her first, and she made sure we had many opportunities to see them. We had a full Zodiac boat of people, with about 20 of us. The tour was a full 3 hours. Admittedly, I was sore after sitting for 2. I recommend sitting in the front for unencumbered views. The bonus was a final loop around Princess Ring Islet, which was also spectacular. Highly recommend!
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star-5
Awesome trip
Joana_C
, Jun 2022
Great crew, great boat, amazing experience! Recommended for families with young children. Awesome!!!
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I canceled my tour in the...
Christopher_M
, Jun 2022
I canceled my tour in the morning because I was feeling ill. I'm hoping to qualify for some type of refund. Christopher Mandel
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star-5
Unforgettable experience!
Susana_F
, May 2022
Amazing experience and company tour. Thanks so much to make us something to remember forever. The girl was lovely
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star-5
Excellent trip
Jo_D
, Apr 2022
I really enjoyed this trip. The boat was great and the guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. We were lucky enough to see sperm whales and dolphins as well as some interesting bird species close to the Islet.
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star-5
An unusual trip
STEFANO_T
, Apr 2022
It was an Aamazing experience I haven't felt. The staff was kind and happy. The whales I've seen were fantastic.
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star-5
Very well run tour. We were lucky enough to see 50+ dolphins!
Daniel_K
, Feb 2022
Saw an unbelievable amount of common dolphins. The briefing is very well done and the staff are very knowledgeable. Obviously they can't guarantee whale sightings, but it's worth it regardless.
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star-5
Great whale trip
Jimmy_M
, Feb 2022
Brilliant guides and excellent trip and saw a lot of whales and dolphins . We were very lucky as not normally happen
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star-5
Great Trip!
Manuela_O
, Nov 2021
All information about whales + dolphins + biodiversity + small Island and all the breathtaking views!
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Unforgettable experience out at sea
Jordan_K
, Oct 2021
This experience was something we will never forget. The tour itself lasted 3 hours and was on a small boat with a capacity of approximately 12-15 people. The introduction and initial information were comprehensive but not too long. Life jackets and waterproof coats were provided. On the day, we reached over 5 miles out from the shoreline and observed common dolphins, sperm whales and even a sea turtle. This was despite difficult conditions with higher winds and rougher seas leading to some big waves (and wet participants)! We had a fantastic time and would have loved the entire tour even without the exciting sightings of the marine life. The tour guide was an excellent and very knowledgeable host who spoke over 3 languages in order to make all participants comfortable. The entire tour was led in a very conscientious and inclusive manner that highlighted the importance of sustainable living and treated the wildlife in a caring and respectful way. We would definitely recommend warm and waterproof clothing and footwear (flip-flops are a must)! Take as little as you can, perhaps only a camera or phone, sunglasses and tissues. Remember to put on suncream before you leave. Overall, this is a must-do when visiting the island of Sao Miguel and was certainly one of the highlights of our trip. The tour was excellent value for money and will be something we will treasure for a long time.
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Not worth it
Peggy_L
, Sep 2021
We saw a few dolphins and then drove around seemingly haphazardly on the sea without stopping anywhere. It was cold and windy. It wasn't fun.
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star-5
Great experience
Daniel_d
, Aug 2021
We saw sperm Wales and Atlantic spotted Dolphins and the staff were really friendly and knowledgeable
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star-5
Good experience with kind people
mercedes_m
, Oct 2020
We watched dolphins and wales. Spoke our language (Spanish). Wery kind with us They gave us te when we finished
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star-5
Amazing Views
Godwin_T
, Mar 2020
Beautiful views and a really nice boat. Do not go expecting to see everything you want because the tour really depends on what nature has to throw at you. On our tour we were able to see dolphins jumping over the waves, two sea turtles, ad some jelly fish. Would not recommend for people who get seasick very easily. Overall a great experience.
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Beautiful day on the water
Karen A
, Sep 2019
This excursion was both fun and educational. Our tour was hosted by a knowledgeable marine biologist, Lorenzo, who seemed to enjoy himself as much as we did. The boat was comfortable and equipped with underwater microphones, so we were able to both see and hear the sea life. We saw many, many dolphins and a pod of sperm whales. Lorenzo educated us about the life of these beautiful animals and the importance of respecting both them and the environment. Please know that this tour does not leave from Ponta Delgada, but from the nearby town of Villa Franca. The tour company will provide transportation from Ponta Delgada to their harbor at an additional cost. I used this service and greatly enjoyed the pleasant conversation with the staff.
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