Do you want to experience of having a whale next to your yacht? The Azores are currently one of the world’s largest whale sanctuaries. Among resident and migrant species, common or rare, more than 20 different types of cetaceans can be spotted in the Azores. It is an impressive figure and it corresponds to a third of the total number of existing species. This is an an ecosystem with unique characteristics. With majestic whales and friendly dolphins, the blue Atlantic Ocean becomes even more magic around these nine islands. And it brings to the present, when preservation is the keyword, an old cry: “How she blows!”
Best time of the year to watch Dolphins and Whales
Whale and dolphin watching is possible throughout the whole year due to the great number of species existing in the waters of the archipelago. In addition to resident species, such as common dolphins and common bottlenose dolphins, with which you can swim, there are also the whales that pass through the Azores in their migration routes. Spotted dolphins are more common during the summer, while blue whales can be easily spotted at the end of the winter. Sperm whales, sei whales and bearded whales are frequent in the summer. One thing is for sure: regardless of the season, there are always new things to discover.
There is no age limit to enjoy watching Dolphins and Whales. Having in mind that each trip to the sea lasts for about three hours, the recommended minimum age is five. A calm sea for an adult may sometimes be difficult to bear for a very small child.
Cameras are a must. During cetacean watching, there are moments that only happen once in a life time. An image is essential to help keeping the memory of a unique meeting. For those who are not used to travel by boat, taking anti-nausea medication may be a way of guaranteeing that the journey remains pleasant. You should take with you water and light food, such as fruit, sandwiches and energy bars.
Were there no Whales?
This rarely happens. Whales or dolphins are spotted in 98% of the trips, regardless of the time of the year. The number of times you come across these sea creatures is so high that some operators will refund your ticket when either dolphins or whales are not, in fact, spotted.