From April to October, the seas surrounding the Azores swell with the gentle motion of giant creatures gliding along their migratory paths. Just beneath the ocean’s surface, the water pulses with the chatter of bottlenose dolphins, the flash of a fin whale in pursuit of a squid, and clicks so loud they could burst a human eardrum—the sonar-like sounds emitted by passing sperm whales. On this nine-day journey, we’ll make our way across the Azorean islands of São Miguel, Pico, and Faial, delving into the rich marine life that surrounds them and local history and culture on shore and at sea. We’ll take to the seas almost every day, keeping our eyes peeled for dorsal fins and breaching bodies. Along the way, we’ll meet marine biologists, conservationists, local historians, and former whalers who will introduce us to the long, turbulent history of whaling in the Azores, and how the relationships between humans and cetaceans have evolved. Back on land, we’ll survey the rolling green landscapes of Nordeste, marvel at the towering Pico Mountain, and explore volcanic islands—sipping on wine from lava stone fields and munching on freshly caught seafood as we go.
The listed price of the trip is per person based on double occupancy.
You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you:
Shared Room: You’ll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.
Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $825. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance.
Our trip begins with an orientation walk and welcome dinner on Day 1. You may book your international flight for arrival any time on Day 1. You’ll meet up with your guide and group at the hotel lobby around 4:30 p.m., then head out for a walking tour of the town leading to dinner at a local restaurant. Our trip concludes in the morning on Day 9. If leaving Ponta Delgada directly after our trip, we recommend departing any time that day.
Travelers should feel comfortable walking two to four miles over the course of each day, spending time in nature, remaining on their feet for long periods of time, and sometimes walking on uneven terrain. Travelers should also be comfortable spending time on boats, in the water, and around waterfalls.
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, though in most cases ingredients can't be substituted or omitted from particular dishes. If you have a severe allergy, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.
Visa requirements for the European Union vary depending on traveler citizenship. Please check requirements for travel to the European Union and any countries passed through in transit. A passport is required for international travel. We recommend your passport expire at least six months after your return home.
On the inter-island flights within the Azores, luggage is restricted to one carry-on (8 kg max) and one checked bag (23 kg max).
In addition to contributing to local economies in an outermost, archipelagic under-touristed area, your trip helps a project that, for 30 years, has been combining tourism with science and culture, contributing to both the acquisition and sharing of scientific data, education of both children and college students and the valorization of the regional tourism. Besides that, you'll be able to support the bullfinch project, a unique bird of a very specific area, as well as support very small, family-owned businesses across the itinerary.