DOLPHINS, WHALES & MEN
8 DAYS • 7 NIGHTS | DEPARTURES: MAR 24 – NOV 04, 2018
- 7 nights in a 2** hotel accommodation, bed & breakfast – Whale’come ao Pico
- Arrival & departure transfers between airport of Faial or Pico & accommodation in Lajes do Pico
- Welcome drink and briefing. Farewell meal “Caldo de Peixe”
- 5 boat excursion, depending on weather condition
- Access to the services of the BOCA: mountain bike, kayaks, library, …
- Entrance to the whaler’s museum
- Insurance (general assistance, illness, accident, cost of rescue operations)
Price does NOT include:
- Upgrades to superior rooms
- Supplements to reservations in hotels other than those mentioned
- The whale watching package runs weekly from saturday to saturday. Extra charge when arriving and/or departing on another day than saturday, 45 euros per pax only from faial airport.
DAY 1 – FAIAL OR PICO
Welcome and transfer from Faial or Pico airport to hotel in Lajes do Pico.
DAY 2 to DAY 7 – PICO
5 boat excursion, depending on weather condition. Access to the services of the BOCA: mountain bike, kayaks, library. Entrance to the whaler’s museum (1 per person). To be in the Azores and especially in Lajes do Pico, undoubtedly one of the 10 best spots for whale watching in the world, and for sure the best in the Azores. Still little tourist frequentation, high quantity and diversity of Wales observed, little visual pollution, with the mountain of Pico as background. Multimedia Briefing – before we embark on each whale watching trip – of approximately 30 minutes: biology and animal behavior, whale hunting story, ecology, legislation… Small boats equipped with an hydrophone, not only to help locate the animals, but especially to supplement the visual observation with an acoustic meeting are used in order to limit the impact on the animals, driven by 4 stroke engines: less noise and chemical pollution… “Size matters”! Using the original look-out system called “Vigia”, a surveyor observes the sea, with the help of binoculars, on the lookout for cetaceans and guide the whale watching boats in order to minimize the negative impact on the animals: manage the number of boat around the same group, manages boat speed and angles of incidence. The Sperm Whales, the largest and most numerous in these waters are readily identified throughout photographs taken of the undersides of their flukes when diving. The other toothed whales frequently sighted are Northern Bottlenose Whales, Pilot Whales, Orcas and Sowerby’s Beaked Whales. The dolphins sighted regularly in these waters are Common Atlantic Bottlenose, Risso, Atlantic Spotted and Striped Dolphins.
Departure transfer to airport.
The whale watching boats are fast and drawn for active voyages. Unfortunately cannot accommodate persons with reduced mobility, pregnant women, or persons with osteoporosis, sciatic, …
MAR 24 – NOV 04, 2018 DEPARTURES:
RATE | DOUBLE from $945 to $1,325 | SINGLE / TRIPLE On Req. |
Prices are in CAD Dollars, per person for specified package, in specified room type.
DOUBLE: Based on 2 adults sharing one room (1 Queen/King -OR- 2 Individual Single/Twin Beds as per clients request)
TRIPLE: Based on 3 adults sharing one room (1 Queen/King + 1 Individual Single Bed OR 3 Single Beds as per clients request)
SINGLE: Based on 1 person sharing the room (1 Single Individual bed OR 1 Double Bed depending on availability)
OUR HOTELS (OR SIMILAR)
PICO: Hotel Whale’come Ao Pico
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Guaranteed Departure with minimum two passengers traveling. Rates include all local taxes and are based upon the prices of suppliers, the exchange rates, taxes and other fees in force at the time of publication of this package. Subject to availability. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply as published catalog tour. Click here for full booking details, policies and terms and conditions.