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Whale and Dolphin Watching Trip from Ponta Delgada

Product ID: 75560
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Head out from Ponta Delgada on a whale-watching boat to spot some of the Atlantic Ocean's most magnificent mammals. You’ll be on the lookout for mink whales, dolphins, turtles and more. A marine biologist on board will provide commentary.
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Experience

Highlights
  • Join a whale-watching excursion off Ponta Delgada
  • Be on the lookout for over 25 cetacean species that can be found in the Azores
  • Listen to the commentary and historical information provided by the biologist on board
Full description
Set off on a 3-hour whale-watching excursion to see some of the most magnificent marine mammals in the Azores. You’ll be on the lookout for mink whales, dolphins, turtles and more. The marine biologist on board will provide historical information and commentary.

Begin with a briefing by a biologist, who will explain how local people have converted whale hunting to whale watching in the Azores. You’ll also receive information about safety, rules of observation and respect for the animals and an overview of what may be sighted during the tour.

Leaving from the Ponta Delgada harbor, you’ll sail in style out onto the Atlantic. Qualified biologists and nature guides will provide detailed explanations and collect scientific data during the tour.

Situated in the Atlantic Ocean between Portugal and North America, the Azores are a permanent home or point of passage for more than a third of the world’s whale and dolphin species. Sperm whales, common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and Risso’s dolphins are present around the Archipelago of the Azores throughout the year.

Other species visit or pass by during specific seasons so that the sightings vary considerably during the year – and often from day to day! Summer months are the best time to see Atlantic spotted dolphins, pilot whales and striped dolphins, whereas the spring months are the time to see migrating baleen whales such as blue whales, fin whales and sei whales.

Although nature offers no guarantees, whales and dolphins are regularly seen during the tours, along with turtles, seabirds and other marine life.
Includes
  • Pre-tour briefing
  • Raincoat and pants
  • Life jacket
  • Marine biologist or nature guide on board
  • Refreshments after the trip
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off

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Meeting point

Ponta Delgada Harbor Portas do Mar – Shop 26 9500-771 São Miguel – Azores – Portugal.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Trips can be done on the catamaran or on a rubber boat, according to availability
• Please note that trips are subject to cancellation due to weather conditions and if minimum numbers are not met
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