Whale watching in the Azores

Although the Azores are home to a number of wildlife species throughout the year, May is particularly popular with the Sperm Whales, who gather in their masses during the month.



The best place in the world to go whale watching

Some of the greatest migratory cycles of the natural world come to the protected Atlantic islands of the Azores every year, in late spring and early summer.

Over that period, the island archipelago of the Azores is among the best places in the world to go whale watching. And when you see these vast noble creatures up close, it is truly unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime stuff.

Take to sea on expert guided trips to witness resident and migrating sperm whales, humpback whales, fin whales, sei whales, pilot whales and dolphins with all their grace and majesty.

The best chance to see a blue whale?

If you’re really lucky, too, you may even get to see blue whales as they plough the waves on their migratory journey north.

There are never any guarantees of spotting these elusive cetaceans, of course. But a trip to the whales’ feeding grounds at Faial turns the possibility into a probability.

Another essential part of a whale watching trip in the Azores should be a visit to the nearby mountainous Pico Island, with its cetacean observation base, 19th century boat houses and whaling museum.