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BLUE WHALE MIGRATION
Special Whale Watching & Research program for March 2018
Blue Whale Migration off Pico Island - Azores Close encounters with the mighty Blue whale Blue Whale Migration - your mid-Atlantic adventure in March 2018

DID YOU KNOW?

The Blue Whale Migration Program was first launched by CW Azores in 2013 and since then over 90% of the guests that took part enjoyed close encounters with blue whales.

BLUE WHALES OFF PICO ISLAND - THE TRUE STORY

Data collected from our land-based lookout show that Blue whales start passing by our waters earlier than other baleen whales during their northbound spring migration. They are sighted on a regular basis in February and their presence peaks in March.

The outstanding opportunity to witness the migration of the biggest animal ever to inhabit our planet corresponds to a time of the year when weather and sea conditions on Pico Island can be at times challenging, and this is why we ask you to plan a 10-day long stay, so that you will get the most out of your dream-come-true holiday.

While the program focuses mainly on the Blue whale, the list of other cetaceans you are likely to see during your stay on Pico Island is remarkably long. Here is a list of the most likely:

COMMON NAME SCIENTIFIC NAME
Blue whale Balaenoptera musculus
Fin whale Balaenoptera physalus
Sei whale Balaenoptera borealis
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus
Humpback whale Megaptera novaeangliae
Common dolphin Delphinus delphis
Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Risso's dolphin Grampus griseus
Striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba

SEE MORE AND PAY LESS

By joining the 2018 Blue Whale Migration Program you will be helping the progress of our research project on baleen whales.

Despite being a Whale Watching company, scientific research is a priority to CW Azores and we are ready to offer you a very special price for this program so that we can spend a significant amount of time out at sea in March while still covering boat and fuel costs.

Blue whale side-fluking



Blue whale surfacing (Balaenoptera musculus)



Mother & calf Common dolphins

THE MORE YOU LEARN, THE MORE YOU ENJOY

ASSIST SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

Recent studies (including our research) support the evidence that baleen whales do not just use our waters as a navigation cue on their way to higher latitudes; they also use our study area for feeding on krill and/or fish.

The preliminary results of our studies were presented at the 2011 European Cetacean Society Conference and the support of our guests allowed us to achieve significant scientific results, such as the identification of the krill species our baleen whales feed upon and the observation that some individuals linger here for weeks rather than just passing by.

Please click below to download the publication (434KB, PDF):
While on Pico Island you will be with us while we perform the following tasks:
  • Photo identification of baleen whales
  • Collecting krill samples
  • Collecting baleen whale faecal samples for genetic analysis
  • Collecting behavioural data
ENJOY A RICH EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

How does the ocean work?
What makes its inhabitants so intriguing and mysterious?

With a strong focus on whales and dolphins, our educational program will allow you to get the most out of your Whale Watching trips, by helping you look at the animals with new eyes and from different perspectives.

It will be a lot of fun. We promise!

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE "BLUE WHALE MIGRATION PROGRAM"


Krill - little shrimp-like crustaceans that many whales feed upon
Fin whale feeding on krill at the water surface
Baleen whale faecal sample
The program Blue Whale Migration 2018 includes:
  • 10-nights accommodation in Bed&Breakfast
    (double room with private bathroom, breakfast included)
  • 5 Whale Watching trips (3-4 hours per trip)
  • 1 Guided visit to the 'Vigia' (the lookout used to spot whales and dolphins from land)
  • 1 Full Educational Program:
      Session 1 - How the Ocean works
      Session 2 - Understanding whales and dolphins: biology and evolution
      Session 3 - Understanding whales and dolphins: identification and behaviour
      Session 4 - Whale and dolphin conservation
      Session 5 - Research programs at CW Azores: theory and training
  • 2 Documentary venues (followed by a discussion section with one of our scientists)
  • 1 Guided visit to a museum focusing on cetaceans
  • Transfer to/from the airport
  • Welcome and assistance throughout stay in Pico
699 Euro/person

(Prices based on double room occupancy. Please contact us for single room or extra bed quotations)


SUPPLEMENTS FOR OTHER LODGING OPTIONS

Hotel Caravelas (4 stars) + 65 Euro/person
Baia da Barca (4 stars) + 90 Euro/person


OPTIONS FOR FAMILIES

Our accommodation offer for families includes the following options with kitchen and private bathroom:
Rural lodging Houses and apartments

Please fill in the text area at the bottom of the page to let us know about any special requirements regarding your accommodation and/or post any questions about the program.

The blow of the mighty Blue whale

Contact us and check space availability

OUR GUARANTEES

CHOOSE YOUR ACCOMMODATION

The Blue Whale Migration program includes 5 scheduled trips to sea.
We can guarantee 3 of these trips and, if the weather or sea conditions do not allow us to complete all the planned trips within the available time, we will replace the 2 lost trips with land-based activities. These include island tours, nature treks, birdwatching excursions and snorkelling trips.
For a two-week stay (i.e. a 4-day extension of the program) we will guarantee all 5 sea trips. and, when conditions allow, offer an additional trip. If guaranteed trips cannot be undertaken, then we will reimburse their full price.






CHOOSE THE DATES OF YOUR STAY

NEED HELP WITH FLIGHTS?



By booking your flights with a reasonable advance, you will be able to get to Pico island from mainland Europe for about 350-400 Euro/person.

We will be very happy to advise and help you getting the best fares!

NUMBER OF GUESTS (ADULTS AND CHILDREN)

No. of adults: No. of kids under 3 years old: No. of kids from 3 to 11 years old:
Boat trips can be inappropriate for children under 3 years old. For parents peace of mind we can provide excellent babysitting services.

Striped dolphin

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Sperm whale spy-hopping

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