Dive into our site and find out about: the whales and dolphins of the Azores
Tours operate from April - June and are of either 5 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 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 2023
|Date||Cost (€)||Duration in nights||Tour Type|
|SUN 23 April - TUE 2 May
|SUN 7 - TUE 16 May||
|SUN 21 - TUE 30 May||€2,075||9||MIGRATING GIANTS|
|SUN 4 - TUE 13 June
||€2,075||9|| Sperm Whales and Dolphins
|SUN 18 - TUE 27 June||€2,250 (H)
||9|| Sperm Whales and Dolphins
|Date||Cost (€)||5 Night Short Break Tours||Tour Type|
|Sun 7 - FRI 12 May||€1,235||5||MIGRATING GIANTS|
|THU 11 - TUE 16 May||€1,235||5||
|SUN 21 - FRI 26 May||€1,235||5||MIGRATING GIANTS|
|THU 25 - TUE 30 May||€1,235||5||
|SUN 4 - FRI 9 June||€1,235||5||Sperm Whales and Dolphins|
|THU 8 - TUE 13 June||€1,235||5||Sperm Whales and Dolphins|
|SUN 18 - FRI 23 June||€1,350 (H)||5||Sperm Whales and Dolphins|
|THU 22 - TUE 27 June||€1,350 (H)||5||Sperm Whales and Dolphins|
Migrating Giants tours have a higher probability of seeing blue, fin, Sei or humpback whales in addition to sperm whales and dolphins
Remember, these are wild animals and sightings can vary from trip to trip!
LOW Season €190 (5 night tours) €299 (9 night tours) HIGH Season €250 (5 night tours) €430 (9 night tours)
If you will just be in Horta for a few days, give us a call or send us an email. We offer day full day trips. Price - €140 per person or €230 for 2 persons (or multiple days) 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 (B&B basis) 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 (weather permitting) and 2 shore days to explore the islands, 7 evening meals from dinner on day one, lunch on sea days (2 evening meals and 2 lunches on shore days are at your own expense), tea and coffee on the boat. On five night Short Break Tours we include 3 days whale and dolphin watching (weather permitting) and one shore day, 4 evening meals from dinner on day 1, lunches on sea days (1 dinner and 1 lunch on the shore day are at your own expense).
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 alcohol or soft drinks. As a guide, return flights from UK are generally between £350 and £400 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 before the tour.
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