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Whale Watching in the Azores


Watch for whales and dolphins on this special holiday in the Azores

Fin whales, humpback whales, sperm whales and dolphins are just some of the wonderful cetaceans that you'll be watching out for on this magical wildlife holiday in the unspoilt islands of the Azores.

Set off with your expert host for three half-day whale watching trips in the waters of three of the islands that make up this North Atlantic archipelago. Spring and early summer are good times for spotting both migrating and resident whales and dolphins. You may even be fortunate to see blue whales in the spring as they make their annual migratory journey northwards.

You'll also visit Pico island's whaling museum and cetaceans observation base, and discover the island of Terceira on a full-day tour. The islands of the Azores are also a Geopark – a nationally protected area which works closely with UNESCO – and recognised as an important area for whale and dolphin watching with some 25 different species passing through or frequenting the waters. If you’ve always longed to see these stately and increasingly rare inhabitants of the deep then join us for a chance to perhaps make that dream come true.


Hands shakingIncluded travel insurance

Dinner plate26 meals: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 12 dinners

PersonSaga Host

  • Expert Host
  • Included themed activities
  • Expert Host Talks
  • Hosted welcome drinks reception
  • Meet and greet with expert host
  • Leisure time
  • 20kg checked-in luggage
  • Free hotel Wi-Fi
  • Hotel porterage
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Five wildlife talks from your host

MapIncluded excursions and visits

  • Three half day whale watching trips
  • Full day tour of the island of Terceira with lunch
  • Full day visit to Pico island, the whaling museum and cetaceans observation base
  • Full day tour to Furnas and Nordeste with lunch

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Day 1 UK-São Miguel

Amazing view at Ponta Delgada

Depart the UK for your flight to Ponta Delgada on the island of São Miguel. Continue to the locally rated 4-star Hotel Marina Atlantico (4Q) for a four-night stay.

Day 2 São Miguel

Whale watching

After a morning welcome meeting, look forward to your first whale watching trip this afternoon in the waters off Ponta Delgada. São Miguel is the largest island of the Azores and its capital, Ponta Delgada, lies on the southern coast. Cruise the clear waters of its bay as you embark on your first quest for sightings of whales. Humpback and fin whales have been sighted off Ponta Delgada as well as the lesser known sei whale, bottlenose and common dolphins, so have your binoculars at the ready. B, L, D

Day 3 São Miguel

Sao Miguel

Enjoy today at leisure or perhaps join an optional half-day excursion to the Sete Cidades lake. B, D

Day 4 São Miguel

Furnas fumaroles, hot water spring in Sao Miguel

Head into the beautiful Furnas valley to visit the village of Furnas and Nordeste, an attractive town with a famous seven-arched bridge built in 1883. Lunch is included. B, L, D.

Day 5 São Miguel-Faial

Town of Horta on the island of Faial

Today, travel to the airport for your flight to the island of Faial. Continue to Horta where you stay four nights at the locally-rated 4-star Hotel do Canal (4Q). Horta became an important port and whaling centre during the 19th century. Look out for the seawall decorated with paintings by seafarers who visited the port. B, D

Day 6 Faial


Look forward to a morning whale-watching excursion when you visit the feeding grounds of humpback, sei, fin, pilot, sperm and blue whale, the largest mammal on earth. After your trip take time out with an afternoon at leisure, and a talk from your expert host to look forward to this evening. B, D

Day 7 Island tour


Join an optional full-day tour of this island including Capelinhos Museological Nucleus and the crater, or perhaps explore the island independently. B, D

Day 8 Pico


Travel to neighbouring Pico Island, home of Portugal's highest mountain. It's also where you'll visit the cetaceans observation base and Pico's whaling museum, with its three nineteenth-century boat houses and fascinating range of exhibits. This evening look forward to a talk from your host. B, L, D

Day 9 Faial-Terceira

Travel to the airport and fly to Angra do Heroismo on the island of Terceira, where you stay four nights at the locally rated 4-star Terceira Mar Hotel (4Q). B, D

Angra do Heroismo Terceira Azores Portugal Europe

Day 10 Terceira tour

Your day starts with a whale watching trip when you'll take to the waters around the island. Keep a lookout for sperm whales, as well as dolphins and fin whales, which may be frequenting the waters. Afterwards enjoy the afternoon at leisure, when you might like to explore the town. Angra do Heroismo was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, reflecting its importance as a port of call for some 400 years, as well as its impressive military fortifications. This evening look forward to a talk from your host. B, D

Day 11 Terceira

Explore the island on a full-day tour, taking in rural scenery, the Monte Brasil peninsula and the summit of Serra do Cume. You'll see the Monte Brasil peninsula, the port of Praia da Vitória and the summit of the volcanic crater of Serra do Cume, plus look forward to an included lunch in the village of São Sebastião. B, L, D

Day 12 Terceira


Enjoy a day at leisure or perhaps join an optional half day tour that visits the volcanic cave of Algar do Carvão. B, D

Day 13 Terceira-UK

Travel to the airport for your flight back to the UK. B

While we hope you will be fortunate to see an exciting variety of whales and marine life on this holiday, we obviously cannot guarantee sightings and sailings are dependent upon weather conditions.

Whale Watching in the Azores