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Azores Whale Watching & Islet Boat Tour provided by Azores Whale Watching TERRA AZUL

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
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Updated 20-07-17 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Azores Whale Watching & Islet Boat Tour
Breathing mask usage is mandatory at all times. Disposable breathing masks available for sale at minimum cost. If you feel sick, fever, sore throat or cough, please inform us as soon as possible.
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Updated 20-07-17 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Set on an Atlantic marine migration route, the Azores are a world-class whale-watching destination. Enjoy a high chance of seeing cetaceans, such as sperm whales and/or dolphins, with the help of biologist guides supported by spotters operating from inland. Your tour is by speedy, easy-to-maneuver RIB boat—lifejackets and waterproof jackets are included—and finishes with a look at the volcanic Islet of Vila Franca do Campo.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Azores Whale Watching TERRA AZUL™
    Or, you can also get picked up
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    Azores Whale Watching TERRA AZUL™
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    The journey starts with a short informative briefing introducing to Cetacean (Whales and Dolphins) local species, their migrational and behavioral patterns, and onboard safety. Follow the Guide and Skipper to your designated boat, and go out to sea. Our lookout high inland will locate our friends, and provide directions via VHF Radio to where the boat may will travel initially at high speed. Marine Wildlife can be observed yearlong. Sperm Whales are resident alongside 3 additional cetacean species and an abundant marine biodiversity. While carefully approaching our friends your Guide will keep you informed, collect field imagery and data for local research, and is always available throughout the tour to provide answers to any specific questions - feel free to ask. Upon return to the Marina, the boat will tour around the Princess Ring Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, for a close look at the volcanic marvel and resident wildlife. Know before you go - eat light, bring your personal water supply, sunscreen and chapstick, and warm clothing. Light food is permitted , and camera is essential, especially for photography lovers - protect any personal equipment.
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    Islet of Vila Franca do Campo
  • You'll end at
    Azores Whale Watching TERRA AZUL™
    R. da Marina 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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Highlights
  • Look for sperm whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and more with biologist guides
  • Inland lookouts direct the boat for a high chance of cetacean sightings
  • Lifejacket and waterproof top keep you safe and snug aboard your RIB boat
  • Finish up with a look at the “Princess Ring” islet (Vila Franca do Campo)
Important Information
Departure Point
Azores Whale Watching TERRA AZUL™, R. da Marina 4, 9680-187 Vila Franca Do Campo, Portugal
Duration
3h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Knowledgeable Wildlife Guide
  • Experienced Skipper
  • Zodiac RIB Boat (12 or 28 pax)
  • Impermeable Top and Life Vest
  • Insurance
  • Entry/Admission - Azores Whale Watching TERRA AZUL™
Exclusions
  • Hotel Pickup and Drop-off
  • Personal Water Supply
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Milou wrote a review Nov. 2020
Azores, Portugal10 contributions3 helpful votes
Terra Azul is one of the top whale watch companies around here. I have worked for this company for many years and it is not because of this that I am saying that. But, today was the first time since 2 years that I went out with them again, and instead of a worker I came as a
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from Filipe S, Public Relations Manager at Azores Whale Watching & Islet Boat Tour
Responded Nov. 9, 2020
Dear Milou, Thank you for your visit and for your kind words. We hope to have you back for more good times! :)
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Jackie Algar wrote a review Oct. 2020
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We saw 3 types of dolphin, a Sei whale & a Loggerhead Turtle, a really good tour. Finished the tour with a trip around Islet of Villa Franca do Campo, which was very impressive.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from Filipe S, Public Relations Manager at Azores Whale Watching & Islet Boat Tour
Responded Oct. 6, 2020
Dear Jackie, Thank you for your visit and for your kind words. We hope to have you back for another good time! :)
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Fatima da Ponte wrote a review Oct. 2020
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I finally made the time to go check this out. Although not accompanied by anyone, the trip was great! The staff are courteous, friendly and knowledgeable all made the experience a huge success. Saw 3 species of dolphins as they danced and followed us around. Also they toured
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Responded Oct. 6, 2020
Dear Friend, Thank you for your visit and for your kind words. We hope to have you back for another good time! :)
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Simba wrote a review Oct. 2020
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Baby dolphins = Trip made 🙌🙌, super friendly team and knowledgeable. Great value and would recommend to anyone!! Use the hotel pickup, it’s cheap as chips 😜
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from Filipe S, Public Relations Manager at Azores Whale Watching & Islet Boat Tour
Responded Oct. 6, 2020
Dear Friend, Thank you for your visit and for your kind words. We hope to have you back for another good time! :)
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Fatima K wrote a review Sep. 2020
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The Terra Azul team is very experienced and passionate about their work. Great, responsible approach by the captain, in-depth knowledge of the guides and plastic was fished out of the sea. A nice experience all round! Definitely to be recommended!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Dear Friend, Thank you for your visit and for your kind words. We hope to have you back for another good time! :)
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Freedom02048988057
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Fun experience
The staff was very nice and gave information about all the animals we might see and we ended up seeing a lot of dol
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Mitch672L
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no whales but dolphins
Unfortunately we didn't see whales. But the team tried everything to find them and we saw some dolphins at least. I
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Clara P
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An extraordinary morning
After a brief briefing, we left early in the morning in a small boat to observe the marine fauna. We had the chanc
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diogosclopes
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Great sightings
The team was very nice and they were actively trying for us to see animals - and we did! They took us 20 nautical m
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Senor_Esteban
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Highly recommended Tour
The guides' knowlegde was impressive. Unfortunately wo didn't see whales but a lot of dolphins (100+). It was a sma
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lisa g
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a good experience
even though we have not seen the wales because of the fog in the island, it was a good experience, i suggest to eve
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gabrielcruz306
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Good experience but no whales though
We didn’t see any whales and understood that it’s not that common to spot them. This was only revealed when we were
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Ringelblume11
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Four great trips - responsible and soft encounters!
The Terra Azul team is very experienced and passionate about their work. Great, responsible approach by the captain
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Z2668ZNoliverm
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Fantastic swimming with wild dolphins experience!
It was a fantastic experience, truly once in a lifetime! The tour was very professional and transparent. Walked thr
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arlettebollier
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Excellent
We loved this tour! Friendly staff. Interesting explanation about Whales and Dolphins. We really recommend this Wha
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am_liahelenar
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Excellent organisation
My trip has been rescheduled various times, but the pick up service was very helpful. We saw lots of dolfins of all
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customer36b2dmtm2020
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Great explanation and tour
Very special moment in Azores. We were able to see 3 different species of dolphin, which was amazing. I was expecti
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Alexander H
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Flotsam, gulls and dolphins - no whales!
This was not our first „whale-watching-tour“, which in the end turned out to be rather disappointing. Thrilled by t
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pedro454
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Very pleasant experience
Wonderful sea tour in the translucent waters of the Azores, which allows us to observe several marine species (name
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AudreyCD31
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Excellent outing
Friendly staff, good explanations, several languages available. We did the full day tour with the stop at the beaut
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Key Details
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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  • Languages Offered: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
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