Rafael H - 25 aug 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Best whale watching ever in Sao Miguel ”
Fantastic experience! A very professional and well organised team, good job of the vigia locating whales and dolphins, a powerful speed boat and the complete explanation of Lorenzo, the biologist on board, assures the best experience watching whales.
Much better than other company we hired in Faial some days before.
Venture708642 - 25 aug 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Thanks you! ”
A perfect boat trip, a team at the top and an awareness of the environment. thanks again. We saw many dolphins and two sperm whales!
TakingUThere - 21 aug 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Great Experience!!! ”
We made this tour in July and it was very, very well organized!
In terms of initial information of what we where going to do, then regarding safety all was well done.
The trip itself was amazing and we where lucky enough to have seen dolphins and also humpback-wales. All went smooth and we highly recommend this experience in the Azores!
And to be honest, if you are in the Azores and don´t go whale watching, you are not in the Azores!! ;-)
All the best for Miguel and his team and Warmest Regards,
Joao Dickmann (TakingUThere)
LBuettner - 21 aug 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Thanks for a great whale watching tour! ”
I can surely recommend Terra Azul. Based on superb infrastructure, the team is trying hard to make this trip fully enjoyable and unforgettable to you. Nonetheless, the company strictly takes care about the main actors - whales and dolphins - and leaves space to respect this wonderful animals. There is a marine guide on the boat to tell the important biological facts. After wildlife, the tour leads you around a small island next to the coastline - a nice bonus after a great trip. Enjoy!
sofiaaeeriksson - 18 aug 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Didn’t make it but.. ”
Due to the weather our tour was cancelled (safety first, always!) & we could book another day that suited us.
When that day arrived my friend was really sick & we needed to cancel the tour.
But we are SO grateful for how Terra azul handled it & we got 100% refund. This time we couldn’t make it but we will come back & book a tour with Terra Azul again!
Gaetan D - 16 aug 2019, TripAdvisor
“ What an experience! (Even after being cancelled two times because of bad weather conditions) ”
Bottom line, the experience was amazing.
Terra Azul is very professional when it comes to communication.
Our "trip" was cancelled twice because of bad weather conditions.
Both times we got a telephone call and a proposal for a new time slot.
A company you can trust!
Philippe R - 14 aug 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Whales watching ”
Very nice moment seeing whales and dolphins with super guide (Anaïs). Super memories for thé whole family
SaraB4215 - 11 aug 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Amazing ”
Once in a lifetime experience. few people on the boat, an experienced biologist explaining It all, and good práctices such asremoving plástic from the ocean while doing the watching. Totally recomended
uwlenz - 09 aug 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Get familiar with the ocean's world ”
A unique experience not only because we saw about 9 or 10 sperm whales - one even jumping out of the water, another young one playing with his flapper - and hundreds of dophins but most of all because of the wonderful team of Terra azul who make the whole trip exciting and comfortable in all aspects. If you normally feel a little bit nervous with that kind of trips because of seasickness or kind of timidity - no problem with Terra azul, you don't have to be embarassed about anything. A pity that I didn't know before otherwise I would have encouraged my wife to try it one last time (after a couple of terrible experiences).A unique experience not only because we saw about 9 or 10 sperm whales - one even jumping out of the water, another young one playing with his flapper - and hundreds of dophins but most of all because of the wonderful team of Terra azul who make the whole trip exciting and comfortable in all aspects. If you normally feel a little bit nervous with that kind of trips because of seasickness or kind of timidity - no problem with Terra azul, you don't have to be embarassed about anything. A pity that I didn't know before otherwise I would have encouraged my wife to try it one last time (after a couple of terrible experiences).
yorks_nameless - 07 aug 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Whale watching ”
Enjoyed our trip with terra Azul. Saw lots of dolphins but sadly no whales. They lowered a hydrophone into the water at one point so you could hear the dolphins. Staff looked after our daughter when she felt ill on the boat whilst at sea. Provided life jackets and waterproof tops which were good out on the water. Would recommend.
Dena D - 05 aug 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Amazing TERRA AZUL ”
It was very easy to spot the Terra Azul base as there is an enormous whale tail on the roof.
After an informal information and safety talk we were given life jackets and shown to the Zodiac boat which was a nifty little vessel - all seats give a good view, even the middle seats which are raised higher than the outside seats. The front seats are great fun but come with a health warning if you suffer with a bad back etc.
Crew were fabulous, friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Learned a lot about the wonders of the ocean.
Saw Whales in the distance, identified as Sperm Whales by their blow and an exciting gang of leaping dolphins so close you could hear them snort (probably not a technical term).
Good idea to take a jacket, water and well fitting sunglasses. I managed to keep a sunhat on by securely pinning it to my plaits but it really needs to be unmovable as the zodiac zips about between sightings and then there is also the gusts of wind. Cameras are a must for the fabulous photo opportunities. We were lucky enough to go on the trip twice so on the second I didn't take photos just so I could 100% focus on the experience which was the absolute highlight on the most amazing holiday.
After the trip we were offered locally produced tea and made to feel welcome to hang out and chat which was a lovely touch.
Upon returning to our hotel I was inspired to head of to the small cove close by and pick up a bag full of plastic washed up by the ocean. If all of us reviewers did this after our brilliant time with Terra Azul I'm sure each little bit would make a difference. Let's do this!
Michelle R - 02 aug 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Great tour! ”
Great tour and knowledgeable guides. We saw lots of sperm whales and in general had a wonderful day. We took the morning tour and the water was nice and calm. I would highly recommend it!
Marie-Clotilde R - 01 aug 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Whale watching ”
Really kind team and a super multilingual skipper. We were lucky to see dolphins and sperm whales.We just regret that for the price, there is not a kind of breakfast or other meal included as we have experienced in other similar tours elsewhere in the world.
Purdycat - 30 jul 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Great experience ”
We were so glad to have taken this trip - my partner suffers from motion sickness badly so we both took tablets and sea sickness patches and wore seabands(!). We were absolutely fine and my partner had almost zero symptoms even when the boat stopped and started rocking while we observed the whales. Dolphins were most fun to watch as they were playful. The staff were friendly and efficient. The skipper invited me to stand at the back to get better views, which was excellent. Highly recommended.
pthatcher2018 - 28 jul 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Fun sea hunt for whales, dolphin, and turtles! ”
Nuno and our Marine Biologist out of Terre Azul whale watch in Villa Franco do Campo were amazing spotters of sea life. We saw two types of whale, Sperm whale and Beaked Whale, pods of dolphins and sea turtles!! Worth a half day or even a full day!!
Mactavish58 - 26 jul 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Excellent tour with an excellent company ”
The crew gave us a full safety briefing and then allocated life jackets before setting off for a 3 hours trip, our first sightings came after around 30 mins, that was some Risso's dolphins quickly followed by some Sperm Whales, then more and more. Vanessa gave us the information and the captain did an excellent job of spotting the whales and dolphins. We saw around 10 whales in three different groups, some sharks, several Loggerhead turtles and more dolphins playing before finishing it off with a trip around the island off Vila Franca de Campo. As we arrived back at the harbour the captain had a bit of fun with the boat. The crew are very responsible stopping where possible to pick up rubbish. Excellent, well worth the money for the trip.
Avaawa - 25 jul 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Guide was great, captain not so much ”
This was a dream of mine, to go whale watching in the
Azores. We were very fortunate to see a pod of sperm whales, dolphins and a sea turtle! Our guide Vanessa was wonderful!
However the captain of our boat ruined the trip for me. He drove extremely fast so that we constantly hit the bottom of swells hard. He did this for extended periods of time as we went from where we saw the whales to the other side of the bay to a rock formation. He was forced to stop several times as children and adults became seasick. Then as we were returning to the dock he sped up the boat and did arcs causing the boat to tip from one side to another. He was smiling the whole time! Not fun or funny!
MilanBrussels - 23 jul 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Whale and dolphin watch with speed boat ”
We went out for a whalewatch with Terra Azul, overall the boat was convenient and extremely fast (max 60 km/h). The company has wtacher crew on the island which are spotting the areas with whales so that the boat capatin knows where to go. Overll we saw 3-4 whales and numerous dolphins. In the end the small island opposite to Villa France de Campo was also presented.
tflaherty2008 - 19 jul 2019, TripAdvisor
“ A Whale of a Trip ”
Sperm & Humpback whales, dolphin acrobatics, crew professional and knowledgeable, an enchanted journey into the blue with a majestic view of the island. Not to be missed.
Marc K - 11 jul 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Whale watching ”
Very friendly rereception confortable boat.. good value ... saw ddolfins and whales so very happy...
katmariewells - 10 jul 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Excellent Wildlife Viewing ”
I had been told by several people who have gone whale watching that the chances of a seeing a whale are very rare. I am not sure if we just got lucky, but we saw so many whales, dolphins, a sea turtle and Portuguese man of war. It was a highlight of our time in the Azores. The guides were great at explaining the different species and getting us close enough, but were also respectful and gave the animals space so we didn't stress them out. I think we saw about 6-8 whales including a calf and a male that jumped out of the ocean about 6 times so close to us! We saw hundreds of dolphins swimming around our boat and got to listen to them communicate. The ocean was calm, weather was beautiful and the animals magnificent. Highly recommend!
TravelsConAmor - 06 jul 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Best layover ever ”
Returning from Lisbon back to the US, I found myself with a ~12h layover in Ponta Delgada. The 2.4h whale watching expedition was the perfect way to take advantage of the most beautiful of afternoons. The guides were knowledgeable & engaging — and the hot tea (locally produced) offered at the end was a nice touch after a breezy day. Also included were waterproof windbreakers, which most of the group took advantage of. I learned so much about sperm whales.. and more!!
David P - 05 jul 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Whale watching ”
The staff were very knowledgeable, friendly, and passionate about sighting animals. We saw dolphins and sperm whale within 1/2 hour. Also, very eco-conscious.
939AnnaC - 05 jul 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Perfect amount of time and really well done ”
We had a great time on this trip. For those wondering about seasickness, we all took Dramamine beforehand, and my husband, who’s the most susceptible, felt a little bit queasy at times but did not get actually sick. As others have mentioned, the staff are passionate about the animals and ocean conservation. The captain was almost psychic in his predictions about when the whales were going to breach or fluke, and although this was out of their control, we were fortunate enough to see many dolphins and whales.
The only reason I’m not giving it five stars is that we sat at the back of the boat, and between engine noise and the captain communicating with the spotters on land, we missed a lot of what the guide said—which made me sad because it seemed interesting. It would be really helpful for the guides to use some sort of battery-powered mic so everyone on the boat can hear.
Jodie0 - 04 jul 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Great company ”
Excellent experience. We was a little unlucky on the whale front but saw hundreds of dolphins all bow riding the waves which was brilliant to watch. Excellent briefing beforehand, felt in very safe and professional hands. They provide waterproofs which I highly recommend using if you wish to sit at the front of the boat, sitting at the front is so much fun but not if you have a bad back. We was the only boat out in the water. Their priority is the conservation and protection of the sea.
michael_atack78 - 03 jul 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Amazing experience!! ”
Went whale watching with Terraazul and the whales didn’t disappoint!! Saw a pod of 5 sperm whales including breaches and a baby whale! Also saw pilot whales and Reese dolphins Gorgeous day on the water!!
N K - 01 jul 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Recommend! ”
After reviewing multiple companies, comparing boats, and googling best time of day to see the whales, we settled on an afternoon tour with Terra Azul and could not have asked for a more magical experience.
Check in was incredibly organized. Safety briefing was concise and informative. We had a biologist on board with us who gave us information about the whales and dolphins. The boats are small enough and seating is arranged in a way that EVERYONE has a great view.
We had time with the sei whales to ourselves before Futurismo got word and came in with their gigantic boat.
3 sei whales and hundreds of dolphins and a super fun speed boat! Could not ask for more!
MelaneyA4 - 01 jul 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Great experience ”
The whale watch tour was a great experience. We were staying in Vila Franca, so the walk to the marina was very easy. The building is clearly marked and there is a lot of staff to help with registration and to answer questions. If you are there early, there is an icecream shop, a souvenir shop and a bar/cafe all right next to the Terra Azul front. The staff is very friendly and clearly passionate about the work they do. They are knowledgeable about the sea life and really work hard at making sure that everyone on the watch gets to see all different kinds of wildlife. On the day we went, we saw a sea turtle, two species of dolphin, and a squid that had floated up the surface of the water. I know that within the next few days of our watch, there was a sperm whale sighting. You will definitely see all types of wildlife!
The only word of caution I will give is that the seating on the boat is a bit different - you sit on a bench "horse riding" style. The boat is very stable, but for those who get sea sick, I am not sure that it would be a pleasant ride.
418olgao - 29 jun 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Amazing experience! ”
We had the most perfect day out on the water today. The water was calm and glassy. As soon as we left the port we came across a risso dolphin. We then encountered two curious sperm whale calves. We saw more sperm whales close to us and on the horizon. We came across two bottlenose dolphins and then a pod of 16 pilot whales including calves. We loved hearing the whale clicks on the radio. To top it off we saw a loggerhead turtle, beautiful shearwaters and Portuguese man o war jellyfish. The staff were incredibly knowledgeable about marine life, friendly and passionate. They respected the whales / dolphins by not getting too close and also made sure to pick up plastic bags that we unfortunately encountered. Very professional and well run tour! We had the most magical time and feel very lucky! Thank you! Definitely book tours with this company!!
andalona - 28 jun 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Saw whales and porpoises ”
We were lucky and got to see sperm whales (males and females, a calf) as well as bottlenosed dolphins. The crew was conscientious about explaining the concept of responsible viewing, and also picked up some plastic debris that was floating. They took care not to get too close to the animals. The crew took good care of our safety. They spoke English, Portuguese and German. The amount of time was perfect.
Niki S - 27 jun 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Amazing experience ”
This was an amazing experience for my partner and I. We've seen whales off the coast of Iceland before but never had we seen dolphins so close. There was first a pod of common dolphins feeding and we were so close we could almost touch them. Then we saw some bottle nosed dolphins jumping more out of the water, and then we sped off quite a long way to see a sperm whale. The speed of the boat going over the waves took a while to get used to, and it may not be for people who get sea sick easily. My advice: Don't eat much for breakfast and go for a wee before you get on the boat as you may be out for quite a while! Still, worth every single cent and I wholeheartedly recommend it. The guide especially was excellent and spoke in both Portuguese and perfect English.
sophiecanada4 - 26 jun 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Amazing tour!!! ”
This was a fantastic whale watching tour. The staff were extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife and our guide spoke so many languages - it was really amazing. We saw two dolphin species, one of which swam within feet of the sides of the boat and a sei whale. Really amazing!!
maven1234 - 20 jun 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Great, knowlegeable staff ”
Trip was fine with a staff member who spoke excellent English and was able to provide a lot of information. They promise 98% percent chance of seeing dolphins and we saw several. No whales. That happens. Can't criticize the provider because the whales were hiding.
Sue B - 13 jun 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Excellent Staff but no whales ”
We came to the Azores spefically to go whale watching and picked this particular company as they advertise a 98% chance of seeing whales. We came in the migration season, giving oursleves the best possible chance, unfortuately there were no whales around to see that afternoon yet they still took us out having spotted none fron their spotters - asked for a discount for a second trip but were refused. Hope you have better luck.
GlowNY - 08 jun 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Saw Bottleneck Dolphins and Sperm Whales ”
We did a morning tour (told to be the calmest waters) and it was delightful. The guide and skipper provided tips on how to avoid/deal with sea-sickness but it wasn't a problem at all during the trip. We saw a pod of over 100 dolphins and two sperm whales. The company cares a lot about conservation and part of the profit goes towards those efforts.
Pedro P - 04 jun 2019, TripAdvisor
“ We saw whales and dolphins! ”
On the 4th of June we did a sea tour to observe some wildlife.
The land briefing about the environment and safety were very professional. Not only they explained the different species but also kept expectation low as nothing is guaranteed in nature.
We were assigned in a 28 pax, 600hp, boat with a experienced skipper and Vanessa as a guide.
Both performed top notch explaining all the procedures and even collected one piece of plastic drifting offshore from the middle of the ocean.
We were quite lucky to see common dolphins, roazs and a group of 3 Sui whales.
Before going back to the port we did a tour around the Ilheu.
Loved the experience and the professionalism of the crew both inland and on the boat was key.
am2nd2 - 03 jun 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Best Half Day Whale Watching & Islet Boat Tour ”
I have never been on a whale watching tour so I don't have a point of reference but everything was magnificent with this company. The boat was in excellent condition.
The team was super friendly and knowledgable. Our guide had over 15 years of experience and had only be in Azores for 5 months but seemed to have been there his whole life! He was also very kind to the family with a little girl in the back who was struggling as the boat goes very fast which I can see being scary for small children. He even translated in Spanish for the little girl. The skipper was also very helpful in finding the marine life.
We saw 3 bottlenose dolphins pods, one was even a large group of many pods and over 100 individuals, plus there was a couple calves as well! On top of dolphins which were the most fun too see, we saw 1 sperm whale, 1 loggerhead turtle and many jellyfish that looked like plastic trash. The guide & skipper also picked up actual trash on the way back. They also said they would keep an eye out on a dolphin showing ribs and were very respectful, keeping their distance and leaving when the marine life didn't want to interact with us.
What also sets this tour apart from the rest, is that it goes around the Islet of Vila Franca vs. the rest depart from Ponta Delgada aka no Islet. This is a very small portion of the tour but very interesting to see & learn about.
I learned so much whole time and couldn't have been happier with this tour!
Kirsten T - 10 may 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Perfect ”
Good introduction about the importance of the eco system in the ocean Profession guidance by Jesse and her Italian collegue Respectful approach of the animals Saw whales an dolphins Nice education for the children on the boat Nice cup of the tea Perfect morning
Lut M - 10 may 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Splendid whale watching tour ”
A 2,5 tot 3 hour whale watching tour, with a rib out on the Atlantic.
Thankful tot see Bottlenose dolphins, Blue whale and fin whale, thé largest mamal on earth.
Great to see how respectful, the skipper approaches the whales. Pleasure tot hear how enthousiast and knowlegeable the guide and skipper are when talking about the whales and dolphins. A Big thank you to the team.
Guide51974371881 - 10 may 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Whale Watching ”
We had an amazing experience. The talk beforehand was informative and instructions were given clearly. We saw common dolphins and three blue whales! An incredible sight. The large Rib boat was great fun too!
Florence A - 09 may 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Amazing crew and marine life!! ”
Great whale watching operation! The zodiac was a lot of fun, the captain was excellent and we couldn't have asked for a better guide! I've been on several similar tours in Canada and this was one of the best I've done. First, the location in Vila Franca is, in my opinion, better than the ones in Ponta Delgada: less crowded and the coast is nicer, plus you get to see the islet, which is not accessible otherwise off season. Then, the guide: very knowledgeable, helpful explanations but never disruptive so you can enjoy the view, and she spoke at least 4 languages! Finally, the animals: we got to see a sea turtle, a very playful pod of common dolphins and a more quiet one of bottlenose, and a sperm whale that graced us with a beautiful dive in the end. You are almost guaranteed to see dolphins, but whales is never a 100% guarantee. The crew really try their best though, and they coordinate with watchtowers on land to find them. There are many whales that are residents all year round, like the sperm whale, and you can also see other species that migrate through the area from April to October, like blue, fin and sei whales. All in all, you can't go wrong with this tour! I'd go back in a heartbeat :)
Explorer01929839391 - 08 may 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Great Trip ”
The crew is very nice and they explain very good. We were very lucky and saw dolphins and whales. Definitly recommend it
Culture39044507408 - 08 may 2019, TripAdvisor
“ What a great experience!!! ”
Friendly, concerned, funny, charming, wise, experienced: that's the crew of Terra Azul! My sister and I had great hours at sea, saw dolphins and 2 times 3 sperm whales: spectacular!!! It was exciting, totally no regrets to have done this trip!
Connector21002477714 - 08 may 2019, TripAdvisor
“ I was satisfied, ”
helpful staff, we got the maximum possible in 3 hours of whale trip, the guid explained everything about whales and their lifes
Freedom00659497238 - 06 may 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Great and spectacular! ”
If you want so see whales and dolphins go to Terra Azul for the best experience! With the Zodiac boats you can’t get any closer :)
kmorsch - 06 may 2019, TripAdvisor
“ A rough ride and big fun ”
We did two trips with Terra Azul. On both trips the sea was very rough and the waves were quite big.
We got sprayed by the waves several times, but had great fun. It is wise to use the raincoats and trousers that are supplied. We saw lots of common delphins. They were jumping. That was great. We didn't spot any whales. That was a little bit disapointing, but we are aware of the fact that they are wild animals and that sightings can't be planned.
The crew was very friendly.
Explorer46127252213 - 06 may 2019, TripAdvisor
“ A great tour ”
Staff was very knowledgeable and we had a great time. The boat was comfortable and they provided rain gear as well. I highly recommend them.
NAskoo - 06 may 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Could be better ”
Ok, but we saw just dolphins and did not see any whales although in their high migration season. The guides on the boat could have explained more about dolphins, whales, interesting facts about the animals etc. as well.
hilaryr358 - 06 may 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Fabulous ”
The staff are wonderful and so knowledgeable, passionate and caring about the fragile marine life. We went out twice in one week and saw common and bottle nosed dolphins, Blue Whale and Fin Whale, which was magical. I can not recommend this company enough and look forward to my next visit, in the meantime I look forward to reading their very informative blogs on their website.
christelleo554 - 05 may 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Whale Watching ”
Very good tour with many explanation on how the animal live and behave.
This is a small company taking care of the nature and contribute to university research.
Mathvw - 04 may 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Great staff and great tour ”
We were lucky enough to see 2 blue whales! The staff is really friendly, professionnal and formed in marine biology. So on top of seeing the cetaceans, we have learned a lot about them.
Hoerning - 04 may 2019, TripAdvisor
“ EVERTHING WAS PERFECT ”
We had a transportation from port Ponta del Garda to the base. It was a very interesting tour, we saw dolphins and even a Blue Wale! At all we had have a nice ride in that rubber boat. We can fully recommend this tour!
Fairweather_gardener - 02 may 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Excellent staff and great experience ”
This organisation is professionally run with passionate knowledgeable staff who genuinely want to make your trip the best it can be. Most importantly for me they are conscientious about the environment and the well-being of the sea-life they encounter. I went out 5 times in the week I stayed and each time the staff made sure I was well looked after. The first 3 times I saw Common and Bottlenose Dolphins and the last two times I saw Blue Whales, and the staff could not have been more pleased for me.
663nib - 30 apr 2019, TripAdvisor
“ They have not put enough effort to find a whale at all ”
I am whale lover from my childhood and I know a lot about them. This is why we came to Azores in the time when the whales are actually here - April and May are the most popular months for them to passing by.
We enjoyed Azores a lot and would recommend visiting it to anyone. But if you are coming with an intention to see a whale especially then this organisation may not be the best.
- not enough info provided about the whales - differences about them, behaviour, psychology
- driving with a speed boat across will reduce the opportunity to see a whale
- they don't use any radar or sonar - after asking them how they find whales they said they have a method of observing the ocean from the pick of the mountain by two guys (so the whole trip depends on these two guys who fall asleep I guess on our tour since the microphone they are using to communicate with the boat was silent for the whole tour)
- after finding a group of dolphins we just stayed there for 30 min. 30 min of a time on a trip where you are 2 hours on the water is a lot (1 hour is preparation - watching a movie, providing info about the boat by skipper).
- we drove long the beach - too close to the coast - whales never come that close or very very very rare
- after seeing dolphins I've asked a lady if they have any spots to see a whales regularly and she replied: "That is the nature, they can be anywhere".. - obviously I know that :), my question relied on her skills but then I realised that not seeing whales is totally normal for them and they do not even try to find them! After 30 min on that boat I realised I made a mistake and that this trip is more for ones who are 1) first time on the boat, 2) for ones who do not have a whale watching experiences, 3) who are satisfied with seeing a cost from the sea and some birds, dolphins maybe.
- the crew felt "no sorry" for us (or my 110€ for couple) after seeing us unhappy with the tour, they could apologise or showed some effort again in order to "clear the air"
- our weather conditions were fine, the sea was calm so even with the help of these two guys sitting on the rock and observing the sea I believe we could find a whale if the whole team would be eager to find them. I know the nature is unpredictable but what is sad is that they do not put any eagerness in what they do (probably because of mass of people coming there).
So, everything depends on your expertise and wishes. If you are satisfied with the cruising on the sea and relying on the nature - go ahead. There are actually few % to see a whale, of course.
Becky N - 30 apr 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Amazing experience!! ”
Marine biologist tour guide was brilliant, they really cared for the wildlifes wellbeing. We saw 10 sperm whales, dolphins and a turtle. A beautiful experience to share with my partner on our holiday. Definitely reccomend this company. A great exmaple of eco tourism!
Isaacevansfhdjdrj - 11 apr 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Cancelled!!! But Good service. ”
Sadly after great anticipation, a long safety breifing, fitting the life jackets and Queing, the trip was cancelled, They said the weather was bad and the whales weren’t near the shore. Luckily we got a full refund and amazingly got our pick up to Terra Azule refunded which I thought was very nice of them and still took us back to the hotel in which we were staying at, the hotel we were staying at wasn’t even close so it wasn’t like it was a quick journey for them. All in all I think it’s quite annoying that they got us to watch the safety breifing, put on the life jackets and even cue up ready to get in the boat only to tell us we can’t go but there service was good and if you were staying longer you could have changed the date to a day when it was good wether instead of getting a full refund.
harsh2day - 27 dec 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Good ”
Considering offseason of December and rough windy sea condition, we were fortunate to spot dolphins and sperm whale. The ride can be bumpy on a rough day and cause seasickness. Knowledgeable marine wildlife guide.
CrazyUncleLew - 23 nov 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Must do! ”
Incredible trip! Small boat allows you to get up close to the beautiful animals. Our guide was very friendly and very knowledgeable. Even in the off season we saw so many resident dolphins only feet away from our boat. The 5 star reviews hold up. The boat trip alone was worth the minor cost. Thank you for the great experience!
withemies - 09 nov 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Knowledgeable guide and great boat ride ”
The guide was very knowledgeable and we were able to see lots of dolphins. Unfortunately this was not the season for whale watching. We were with 2 kids - 10yo and 4yo and they enjoyed the boat ride. I would recommend bringing light snacks and water as well as light windbreaker. The boat is moving at high speed but at times stopping to wait for the animals to show up, so it could be too hot or too cold.
acorinho - 09 nov 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Best whale watching company in the island ”
Good boats, excelent crew! Highly recommended. They have the best knowledge of the coast and always find all kinds of marine life.
OnAir03964134669 - 02 nov 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Whale and dolphin watching ”
I was a perfect organized tour even never can predicted if one can see the animals. But in case of cancellation one can repeat the tour the next day or days
RuteD121 - 21 oct 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Awesome trip ”
On the 18th of October we bought a trip in azores whale watching Terra Azul and guys we loved it!!! It was an awesome trip in soo many ways. The tour guides were awesome: Milu and Tim! The weather was amazing, and we saw a few species !It was my sister's bday and they even prepared a surprise! I would totally recommend this experience to anyone visiting S.Miguel! I'll be back guys :)
Csaba Krisztián P - 18 oct 2018, TripAdvisor
“ title of review ”
I was on 2 tours, swimming with dolphins and whale watching. First one was awesome, they really know and love these animals. At whale watching we didn't see any animals, but we searched them for like 4 hours long and even after that they refunded all costs.
nilsgrab - 10 oct 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Good Tour, but not the best ”
We did the whale watching tour. It was Nice. They gueranty you’ll see three different species. (We saw the three most common dolphins) On the one hand thats Nice, on the otter hand it means they Will be hasty to find a third at the end. After the third one it’s basta. I liked the Tour and the people are young and friendly. But If i compare this one to the other one we did; on a larger slower boat, i prefer the other one. There were moet knowlageble people and most important: the animals reacted better to the larger wooden boat, they came closer. Of course racing on the ocean in the terra azul boats is verry nice to do as well
Donna L - 09 oct 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Amazing Day in San Miguel ”
This was one of the top days we had went visiting San Miguel. Terra Azul is not only a whale watching attraction, but an educational amazing adventure. Their staff is so knowledgeable and shows so much respect for marine life and the ocean.
The boat is very comfortable and you feel totally safe while enjoy the magic of this amazing tour.
lazybrilliance - 23 sep 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Great whale watching trip ”
Very professional and friendly trip. Briefing before leaving was good. Slick process to organise several boats. Small fast boats. Excellent guides, very informative and helpful. Saw whales, dolphins and turtles.
vivihave2018 - 23 sep 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Whale/dolphin watching ”
We spent a fantastic time with a group of 150 Atlantic spotted dolphins😊Babies, pregnant females, young and adults. So great!
Getaway404226 - 22 sep 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Whale Watching ”
Very professional, interesting, friendly, a little maniac regarding plastic bottles in the see :)
Happiness111291 - 17 sep 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Very good whale-watching company ”
I went two times with this company. They are very well organized and the staff is much more competent than in other Whale Watching companies on the Azores. During both tours we saw Sperm Whales and Risso's Dolphins, during one tour also Blainsvilles Beaked Whale. It was a wonderful trip. I can fully recommend it. I also liked that they collected rubbish that they found during the trip and brought it back on land.
FMtravel - 16 sep 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Absolute professionalism… ”
We booked a 3 hour whale watching tour and although we did not see any whales we had a great time and we did get to see a large pod of dolphins. We checked into the Terra Azul office at Vila Franca do Campo for the late afternoon tour. We were greeted happily by a nice young woman who took the time to chat with us. After check in, the marine biologist and skipper went over what to expect, safety procedures and how to put on the life jackets; we also saw 2 very short films. After the life jackets were distributed it was time to get on the boat, we stayed near the back for a little less action than the front of the boat and also so my husband could take pictures without disturbing others. Miguel our skipper showed my husband where to stand to get the best shots. We saw lots of dolphins up close and we motored all around the outside of Princess Ring Islet. The marine biologist told us facts about the Islet and the marine life around us. We were very happy with our Terra Azul experience and will definitely use them again when we visit Sao Miguel in the future. We highly recommend Terra Azul.
Barbara A - 14 sep 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Fantastic adventure! ”
We booked the whale watching Tour 2 times, because the whole Team was very friendly, funny and professional. They know what they do and try to protect the nature and sea. We saw 5 Whales (Mother with calw) and Dolphines.
Thank you for this unforgetable experience.
We will come back again!
271astridg - 12 sep 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Superb whale watching ”
We saw 7 giant whales and many dolphins. Great speedy boat. A life time experience. The guide tells a lot about biology, nature of the animals.
mifa68 - 09 sep 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Excellent boat trip ”
We joined a whale watching tour last week. Very good briefing, very nice team, good organization, small boat (zodiac) with good viewing possibilities for everyone. We saw two different kinds of dolphins during the tour and were able to watch them for quite a while. Can definitely recommend Terra Azul.
ulfbehlen - 09 sep 2018, TripAdvisor
“ trip makes a lot of fun. staff is very kind. ship is fast, skipper very good. we have seen sperm whales and dolphins. ”
Very impressive. Ship drives fast, makes a lot of fun, staff is very friendly and competent. Skipper very good. Only disadvantage. Too much ships for whale watching and no day per week without whale watching (stress for the animals)
Manuel_Sanchez_Moren - 04 sep 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Crear experience ”
We hired the full-day activity, which included whale watching, an awesome lunch at a restaurant located in the Vila Franca port and tickets (with snorkeling gear) to visit the islet in front of Vila Franca. We actually thought of repeating the activity before leaving Sao Miguel. Thank you guys!!
Timandkids - 30 aug 2018, TripAdvisor
“ whale watching at Vila Franca do Campo ”
Terra Azul were recommended by Paulo from Fun activities. Very glad we asked. They were very helpful and great communicators. Even though we only saw dolphins on the day (Seems wales are seasonal) the trip was fun and educational and they even booked us the Vila Franca do Campo Islet tickets for 2 days later which incidentally get booked out early in the morning! thoroughly recommended.
153bibianab - 28 aug 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Amazing experience of the marine life ”
My family liked this boat trip, which offered us a unique experience, enormously. We've seen many dolphins as well as whales and enjoyed every single wave. The staff was kind and what I personally liked was their approach to nowadays situation of water pollution. It is very responsible of them that they are raising awareness amongst people all around the world, which I am thankful for. I would highly recommend this experience for people of different ages.
PS Keep the oceans clean! This is our planet and we have to take care of it.
Explore795448 - 25 aug 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Whale watching ”
Trip from vila franka da campo on sao miguel, azores, excellent guides, respectful vs whales and dolphines
andreagZ9857NS - 21 aug 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Whale and dolphin watching trip ”
We saw three different types of dolphin and had a great explanation of what we were seeing and the differences between the types. Our sighting of the pod of common dolphins is one of my best experiences ever!
Marisol V - 20 aug 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Professional & best whale watching ”
I strongly recommend them as they compromise to take you to another trip in case you don't see any dolphins or whales. There's always a biologist accompanying and explaining the animals and birds behaviour. We had the company of a Danish biologist (sorry I don't remember her name) who gave us lots of information. Captain Miguel was also really nice and chatting. We saw three different families of dolphins, greatfull experience as they were really amusing. We also saw 2 whales which are difficult to be seen, we were really lucky.
434lucia - 20 aug 2018, TripAdvisor
“ excellent experience ”
such a nice experience of whale watching. The crew was very friendly and professional; the whole family was happy.
Clive G - 16 aug 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Great experience ”
We did 2 trips with Terra Azul, the first was whale and dolphin watching and we were lucky enough to see 4 Sperm whales including a calf and too many dolphins to count. Our second trip was swimming with dolphins was an absolutely amazing with us entering the sea with snorkelling gear and seeing and hearing the dolphins in their natural environment. Not so much a close encounter but certainly felt they were willing to share their world with us. All the staff were great and really cared for the animals and environment. Both children (11 and 13 thoroughly enjoyed too).
Lubo V - 12 aug 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Professional service, great experience ”
We found Azores Whale Watching TERRA AZUL on the internet recommended by many customers, We trusted the revues on Tripadvisor and we were not disappointing at all .
The staff is professional and friendly, with a sense of humor and flexibility when needed. We were lucky to see sperm whales and sie whales together with a couple of dolphin types including a large gang of them.
Great value for money.
Nate W - 02 aug 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Full day whale watching tour ”
Amazing tour! Our guides were knowledgeable, friendly and funny! The boat ride out was so much fun. We were very close to the dolphins. Excited to see a couple whales too, as it was the end of their migration season. Had lunch and took the ferry to beautiful islet of rings where we spent the afternoon snorkeling! Such a great experience. Highly recommend this tour.
thomas m - 01 aug 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Good organisation - little success ”
Good organisation. Instead of whale watching - it was dolphin watchin - and the guide knew it from the very beginning. At least you get some suggestions about how not to pollute the sea and you get to see some of the spactacular landscape in the area,
Some thing that upset me most, was the permanent advertising on my mobile phone while reading facebook and one newspaper. There must have been a cookie set. And this was very upsetting, since I have already visited the whalewhatchin - and I stil got all the ads.
Smokey1901 - 30 jul 2018, TripAdvisor
“ An Awesome Experience! ”
We loved Terra Azul. Loved their passion for the environment. Our guides were exceptional and provided an amazing experience. We did not see any whales, but saw three different types of dolphins, which were explained in great detail by our guide and/or driver. Price was reasonable. Would highly recommend them for your whale watching experience!
debbykunterbunt - 29 jul 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Whale Watching with Terra Azul ”
Awesome and unique experience. we are so happy to start this trip with the team of terra azul! They are so friendly and we fell very comfortable and safe during the whole trip. we see so many dolphins and sperm whales until they are sleeping, we are so impressed. everyone should do this once in a lifetime and we will come back for sure!!!!
230sabrinak - 28 jul 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Responsable compact with experienced and friendly staff ”
We went on a whale watching trip at the end of July. Saw a lot of spermwhales and 2 types of dolphins. The sea was calm and the sky was clear. Perfect circumstances for a trip on the ocean! Small, fast boat. They only go out when the sea is safe
MathiasK906 - 28 jul 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Whale watching guiding ”
Very interesting trip with good educational guide and skipper. Boat trip itself was also nice. We apreciate very much
Poppy M - 28 jul 2018, TripAdvisor
“ A highlight of Azores! ”
We swam with dolphins in the morning & went whale watching in the afternoon. Swimming with dolphins was worth every penny - to see them so close up and hear their echolocation was an incredible experience. The tour guides were really fun & friendly too which made the whole day even better! Highly recommend, thank you
Marieanne729 - 21 jul 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Whale watching ”
I went with my 15 year old son and we had a blast - apart from a very fun boat ride we did see whales and dolphins .. the boats are low and one feels very close to the animals
phildl - 19 jul 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Terra Azul Whale watching ”
Great experience! The staff is super friendly, extremely knowledgeable, and accommodating of most major languages. The price is reasonable given the duration of the tour and expertise of the captain and mate. Would do it again in a heartbeat!
CasaMaa - 15 jul 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Amazing, unique and so much fun ”
We did the whale watching and swimming with dolphins. The whale watching was great. We were on a brand new boat with the Dutch guide Milou. She's a marine biologist, so she could tell a lot about the dolphins and whales we were seeing. We even saw pilot whales! We learned a lot about the marine wildlife. The dolphins would swim along with the boat, like it was a game for them. It was so much fun. After this trip we went swimming with dolphins. It was amazing, it was such a great and unique experience. Our skipper Tiago knew how to handle the boat so you could easily get into the boat after the snorkeling. Also, Tiago did his best to get us to the best places for seeing and swimming with dolphins. Milou was very patient with us and helped us looking the right way so we could see the dolphins while being in the water. Thank you so much for the great experiences!
erichgulbins - 15 jul 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Excellent whale watching ”
This was an excellent trip. Very friendly team. We have seen 5 sperm whales. Very competent guide. Has my highest recommendation
PeterEhr - 12 jul 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Whale watching trip ”
Nice tour with a friendly, motivated and competent team. Good preparation and Information before and during the trip. Although we have not seen whales ( however lots of dolphins) I enjoyed the trip and can recommend Terra Azul!
nerijuskruopis - 10 jul 2018, TripAdvisor
“ family whale watching tour ”
Although we didn't meet whales on our way, in general the tour was amazing and we really enjoyed our time. Our guide had excellent communication skills.
ruthmollema - 09 jul 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Best day of our entire trip! ”
Amazing experience! In the morning we did the whale watching; very kind crew with a lot of knowledge. Also, very respectful to nature. In the afternoon we dis the swimming with dolphins. This was a truely amazing experience. Our guide Tim was so kind and made us at ease before we got on the boat. On our way to dolphins we stopped several times to pick up some plastic waste which was floating around: so nice! The swimming itself was really special: we had a great day considering weather. It was sunny and the sea was calm. There was a lot personal attention because it was just a small boat. We were really lucky to see two seaturtles as well + they brought us up to an extra snorkling sight! 5/5, our best day of the entire trip!
Experience412208 - 07 jul 2018, TripAdvisor
“ The best whale watching experience ever! ”
The best whale watching experience you may have! In an almost hidden paradise in the middle of the truly blue Atlantic ocean, tens of different whales and dolphins to watch, and the best, funniest and most expert skippers and biologists you may want! Thank you Miguel, Arianna and Bravo for this unforgettable afternoon! We and the kids will never forget! Um abraço grande.
Ramona S - 06 jul 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Great experience :) ”
It was one of the biggest experiences we ever have.
Nice giude and a really cool skipper (wavesurfing).
They were very interested in that we saw whales and dolphins and we noted their enthusiasm for the animals and nature and the respect for those.
When we saw rubbish in the ocean we took it in the boat...really attentive.
Driving with the boat is much fun and watching these incredible creatures is so stunning.
Thank you so much guys and keep it up :)
Ramona & Thomas
NatalieMallett - 03 jul 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Whale watching ”
Breath taking experience. Recommend it to everyone visiting the islands of the Azores. The staff were determined to give us an unforgettable experience. Skipper excellent. Marine biologist very knowledgeable. A truly memorable experience..
Happyfeetboy76 - 02 jul 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Whale watching ”
Very nice and friendly team, we saw a lot of dolphins and a few little whales (pilot whales), we weren’t so lucky and haven’t seen any big whales. It was an exciting tour anyway. The company is very professionnal and respectul of the sea and the animals. I recommend this to everyone who wants to live a wildlife experience.
Craig K - 01 jul 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Great Times with A Great Company! ”
My wife, son (10), and I enjoyed two separate trips with TA. First, a whale and dolphin watching tour where we were fortunate to see several juvenile sperm whales and three different species of dolphins. The skipper did a great job keeping us and the marine life safe, and our onboard biologist was very knowledgeable. Our second adventure was a dolphin swimming tour, which was a blast. We were able to experience a pod of 250+ common dolphins feeding and doing what dolphins do. A big thanks to the TA staff!!! We can’t wait to come back.
H8041TWlindab - 30 jun 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Good staff, disappointing tour ”
I booked two days of dolphin swimming in the morning and whale watching in the afternoon. The first day got cancelled due to bad weather conditions. This is always a possibility of course, though I find it strange that when I walked into the harbor of Ponta Delgada all the other tour companies went whale watching. Luckily I could go with one of them. The second day started bad with the company forgetting they were supposed to pick me up from my hotel (45 minutes late!). The dolphin swim was a bust, though at no fault of Terra Azul, as I got stung by a jellyfish. They responded adequately, brought me back to the harbor and treated the sting with ointment. In the afternoon I was thankfully fine and joined the whale watching tour. I hate the zodiacs. They're the same for every company I have been with, but not comfortable AT ALL. The waves were quite high, we got soaked and we had no way to protect sensitive equipment (even though they do have water proof bags which were used for the dolphin swim). I had to protect my camera by wrapping it in my coat and practically hunching my entire body over it in order to prevent it from getting wet.
The spotted dolphins were cute and awesome, but I would prefer a bit more comfort.
Rytis B - 30 jun 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Adrenaline rush ”
I had a chance to go whale watching with Terra Azul and it was amazing. We left the port and swam away from the shore for about 10 minutes until we started seeing dolphins swiming around us and it's quite a sight to see. Another great thing about this trip was the speed of the boat and how it was jumping on every wave (props to the driver). Trully an adrenaline rush
Pantony85 - 29 jun 2018, TripAdvisor
“ A bid disappointment ”
Whale watching is a misleading statement. After we paid we were told the whales pass April and may. There was meant to be native sperm whales but even before the boat left we were told we wouldn't see them as they were the other side of the island. We saw dolphins but all on the opposite side of the boat with 2 rows of heads in or view and the pilot wouldn't turn the boat. But we didn't go to see dolphins. I doubt they often see whales so it's a 60€ con. They dress it up in the name of caring for the ecology. But they happily take payment to let people swim with dolphins and yet our guide told us it upset the dolphins as they had young. It was a massive disappointment and waste of €120. If you don't see whales please let others know. So they can decide if they want to pay that much just for dolphins.
Stefan B - 27 jun 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Whale watching ”
We saw three kind of dolphins, Sperm whale, Sei whale. They know what they do, was a nice trip, thanks a lot!
chrismO8964UV - 20 jun 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Whale watching with islet and lunch ”
The whale watching part of the trip was brilliant, we saw 4 sperm whales, all of whom breached so we got some great photos. The crew were very respectful of the whales, keeping their distance and waiting. We also saw 4 species of dolphins, which were very playful. The trip to the isn’t was also great and definitive must, especially snorkelling!
The lunch at the local restaurant was good but there no choice of entree or dessert, which was a bit disappointing!
BrklynTravel - 18 jun 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Great experience ”
Professional and personable staff. Enjoyed the first whale watching trip so much I went back a second time. Boat driver and naturalist were great. Saw sperm whales and dozens and dozens of dolphins. I would recommend getting the boat to the small nearby island to go snorkeling after your trip and just make a whole day of it.
knpk2018 - 18 jun 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Azores Whale Watching TERRA AZUL ”
It was perfect, super weather, very friendly assistants. I see the employees love their job and look after the wahles and dolphins
Pathfinder185172 - 17 jun 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Great team, awesome experience! ”
Doing whale watching was a great experience. The team was very friendly and very good informed about whales. It was a day to remember.
DCannuck - 15 jun 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Fantastic whale & dolphin watching + trip to the Ilhéu de Vila Franca ”
My partner and I had a fantastic time having booked the full day tour on the 10th June. In the morning, we were part of a larger group that all went out for 3 hours on the boat. They had staff on the shore as lookouts so the staff knew where the whales and dolphins were currently located. We got to see sperm whales, a fin whale, bottle nose dolphins and a sea turtle. The guide was very knowledgeable and the skipper was great too. It was fast and bumpy at times, but we didn’t find this a problem at all. On the way back, the skipper did a full circle around the Ilhéu de Vila Franca as well. Because we had booked the full day, we were then directed to a restaurant nearby where we had a 3 course meal, before returning to the marina to pick up snorkelling gear and tickets for the ferry to the island. We could stay as long as we liked as long as we got back before the last ferry at 6pm. All in all a brilliant day. The staff were lovely and would highly recommend their tours!
Patrick V - 14 jun 2018, TripAdvisor
“ highly recommended ”
we won't forget our whale watching trip - we got to see tons of dolphins and many sperm whales up close - very impressive!
Brabgang - 29 may 2018, TripAdvisor
“ If I Could Give This Company More Stars, I Would! ”
We booked a whale watching trip with this company, before travelling to The Azores.We went out for 3 hours in a Zodiac type boat( not for more infirm people, as it is a small boat and can be bumpy in rough weather.Also you may feel sick, so pills recommended!)We quickly reached the whale area and were so lucky to see sperm Whales, fin Whales and even blue whales.Amazing.We saw lots of blows and a couple of dives.We also saw a turtle, which they tagged.They are a very ethical company, who never harass the animals and have marine biologists, who have animal welfare at heart.The sheer joy and enthusiasm of the guides made this a stand-out experience.We were so glad to go with them. This was an amazing trip, which was worth every penny.
Natasha R - 14 may 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Natasha ”
We have got whales watching trip with my kids 7 and 9yo. It was just amazing adventure full of fun and bright emotions. Thanks to Terra Azul for having us and being such a professional team which opened us magical whales world! we will be back!
fioravante l - 12 may 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Outstanding whale watching ”
Very well organised and providing breathtaking experiences with information on the species likely to be seen, and on their living environment.
Nabokovski - 11 may 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Excellent whale watching tour ”
Thank you Terra Azul for this amazing experience! The staff was very, very friendly en helpfull. They also seem to know everything there is to know about marine wildlife. Our children, aged 6 and 7 had the best time. We were lucky to see a blue whale and lots of dolphins (common dolphins and bottelnose dolphins) and Portuguese man o’ war. The boat Terra Azul uses is a fairly big Zodiac. It’s fast but also relatively comfortable (no seasickness for anyone aboard) and comes highly recommended for family’s with children: the boat really allows you to get close and personal with marine wildlife and the speed makes the trip exciting for children. The staff was constantly checking everyone was ok.
ginaalina - 03 may 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Highly recommended! Great experience ”
My boyfriend and I joined the Terra Azul whale watching tour in April 2018.
While the boat ride is thrilling in itself - chapeau to the skipper - we also saw lots of dolphins and 2 blue whales, which came out of the water 3 times in a row!!!! It was absolutely amazing.
The guide was extremely informant and ready to help anyone at any moment, if there was the need for.
We had to travel and wait a bit for the whales, but the stuff did their best to locate them while being very cautious to keep enough distance and not disturb the animals. The staff is very aware and protective of the sea and its inhabitants. They have great respect for it and I love that they made us aware as well.
We will never forget this experience.
AnaBeatrizVenancio - 30 apr 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Atlantic adventure ”
Fantastic morning in the Atlantic watching the whales <3 The team at Terra Azul was friendly and always secure, knowing exactly what to do and where to go. An awesome experience to keep - for life x
Irene W - 29 apr 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Eco-friendly whale watching ”
I was lucky to see blue whales, fin whales and dolphins. The guide and skipper were very knowledgable and the tour was great fun! I will definitely come back for the dolphin swimming.
Debilana - 17 apr 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Whale watching with Terra Azul ”
We saw Fin whales and common dolfins, two hours and half on the sea
This is worth to do
Sara-Yvonne F - 15 apr 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Very helpful and friendly staff, great experience! ”
The staff was really friendly and helpful. They often asked if we needed anything or if we understood everything they said. They told us a lot about the animals we saw. This was really interesting! During our tour we spotted two fin whales! This was so exciting! Driving with the speedy boat was also a funny experience! I really loved that they acted so carefully with the animals in their natural habitat.
I can highly recommend doing the whale watching tour with Terra Azul! Thank you for the great time on the ocean.
Bertie500 - 10 apr 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Highly recommended tours ”
We went to the Azores with Whale watching as a priority , I booked this company and one other in advance, the other wrote a few days before the holiday to say his boat had no permit to go out, so we stayed with Terra Azul. One the day of our trip the weather wasn't great and the spotter could not see anything so we were cancelled. No problem, we were automatically booked to the next day and an option on the day after that as well.
The next day it was all good, we had good weather and saw Fin Whales, but it was the skipper and the guide that made it special. They worked very hard to find animals and we travelled many miles searching and listening to the spotter on land and eventually found two Fin Whales, awesome. The boat ride its self is a great thrill and the skipper NueNue? was great. We enjoyed it so much that we went the next day as well, different team this time but again searched until we found a load of Common Dolphins. Their knowledge and very friendly approach is so nice, the safety is spot on and you get a cup of local Green tea on your return ! we were staying in Ponta Delgarda , but its only a 25 minute drive and easy. These are the guys to go with.
CazJBee - 04 apr 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Wonderful whale watching - and dolphins too! ”
Such a fabulous experience. The staff were extremely knowledge about the whales and dolphins and were so helpful in ensuring we spotted them. The trip was informative and FUN. Can't wait to do it again.
Tour758295 - 04 mar 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Great guide and boatdriver ”
We saw several fin whales, common dolphins and a turtle. I can highly recommend this whale watching company.
vma08 - 02 mar 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Best Whale Watching ”
The weather was nice. Crew, boat, and office services excellent.
Very pleasure tour and excellent catches, we found dolphins, fish ball, turtle and 4 whales! Really great and enjoyable!
Tour around the small island where we can see crabs and a local tea taste and the tour end.
misicak - 26 feb 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Amazing ”
Amazing 5 hours long trip to watching doplhins and whales. We saw small group of dolphins and then sperm whale family :)
AvidTravs - 29 dec 2017, TripAdvisor
“ A bit disappointing ”
We were really excited about this excursion, as we had been whale watching on a zodiac before and loved it.
Our day started out a bit stressed as we had a hard time finding the Terra Azul location (we booked through email and there wasn't much direction). Once there, the zodiac wasn't exactly what we expected; it was sort of like a banana boat where you straddled a seat.
We saw a few dolphins feeding during the first half hour, but they disappeared and the guides decided to take us further out into the ocean to find whales. At this point the ocean became ROUGH; of course, this wasn't the guide's fault, but we felt that we were pushed too far. The little zodiac went straight out for about 45 minutes nonstop, crashing over huge waves. People were vomiting over the side of the boat. I never get seasick, but I felt so ill that I couldn't wait for the trip to be over. After all that, we didn't even see anything. No sounds on the radar....nothing. So we turned around and made the long trip back to the dock.
Again, the ocean conditions were not the guide's fault (and I will say that the guide still provided good nature interpretation despite the lack of whales). However, I do feel that we should not have gone so far out into the ocean when many people were clearly sick. Perhaps before we went out they could have warned us that the conditions were poor. We spent a lot of money on this, and my eyes were shut the whole time trying to will myself to feel less nauseous.
We definitely felt that we were being taken advantage of a bit as tourists. There were a lot of other whale watching boats out at the same time as us, and it all just felt a bit fake. My advice would be to think twice before booking a whale watching trip in any touristy location, because you'll likely end up a bit disappointed.
Brock B - 28 dec 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Whale watching Success ”
We made the reservation online through email and then when we got to Ponta Delgada we made our way to Villa de Franco to confirm. It was a good thing we did because there was a little confusion on the dates that we were going. It was all worked out very smoothly and they were very helpful! The whale watching trip itself was amazing! Our guide was bouncing all over the place answering questions and giving us information on the different animals we got to see. We saw two types of dolphin and a Brydes whale and her calf which is rare that time of year.
After the tour, our guide recommended restaurants for us to go to and they were great! I would definitely recommend!
Verena S - 21 nov 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Great experience! ”
The whale watching trip was awesome. Terra Azul is very professional and gives many information during the trip. Our guide, Milou, was very experiencend, friendly and multilingual (English, dutch and German). We saw many spotted dolphins and sperm whales. We enjoyed the trip a lot! Thank you guys!
caterinafockenbrock - 31 oct 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Great Tour with very experienced guides and respectful for the animals ”
The Tour with Terra Azul was a very great experience. We could see dolphins and whales. The boats the company are small speed boats, so we were about 22 people on the boat and everybody had a great view. If you get sea sick easily- try to sit more in the back of the boat.
The company works together with professional spotters, so they are informed where exactly the animals can be found.
The guide was a marine biologist, so she could tell us a lot about the whales and dolphins.
To not disturb the animals, they wouldn't go too near to the animals with the boat and we went off to another spot, when a second ship arrived.
First our trip was planned for another day, but the weather was not good enough, so resceduled for another day. Therefore it is alwaus reasonable to book the whale watching at one oF the first holiday days, in case this happens.
Galle - 18 oct 2017, TripAdvisor
“ At Last ”
We have been whale and dolphin watching for well over 30 years and have seen a wide range of animals. During this time we have longed to see sperm whales to add to our sightings. This team went out of their way to provide their customers with the best that could be achieved. Whereas we had been led to expect a tour of about 2 hours, what we actually experienced was almost 4 hours of enchanting and exciting sightings, including sperm whales. When, towards the end of our expected tour sperm whales had been spotted, they did not hesitate to extend things to include this. In the we had a tour that needed us to call in at Ponta Delgada to refuel. We are very grateful to the team for this.
anjah51 - 17 oct 2017, TripAdvisor
“ perfect whale watching tour with very friendly staff ”
perfect wheather and a big sperm whale in August, we all enjoyed tthe trip on calm water with huge dolphin groups hunting and playing around. We will be definately again on Acores islands and maybe do the swimming with dolphin tours in another year....
Dee A - 16 oct 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Birthday surprise was wonderful! ”
The whole experience was very good, from the booking at the shop the day before to the trip itself. We were given a briefing just before we set out on what we might encounter and, while we didn't spot any whales, we did see four different types of dolphin. Our on-board guide was helpful and enthusiastic, providing detailed background info about the different species and their habits, and the team appeared keen that we should see as much as possible. But what really made our day was the surprise birthday treat for my husband three-quarters of the way through the trip. I won't give away what it was (in case it's repeated for other visitors!) but it was a very special addition that we really appreciated, and demonstrated Terra Azul's willingness to go that extra mile. We talk about it a lot! Thanks again for making our whale watching trip so wonderful.
Andras49 - 16 oct 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Whale watching without whales aware... ”
Good folks, good service. No issues with how they are prepared or presented. Only that whales do not know when humans want to watch them... Seen dolphins, wanted to swim with them however got advised against it by the crew, seen and captured a tortoise which was nature's surprise and compensation for whale non-watching. Would have been a five-star rating if it weren't for the missing whales...
320williamtrip - 14 oct 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Dolphin & Whale watching at its best ”
we selected this company based on multiple feedback we have received from our hotel and also from other guests. The experience by farm at all even exceeded expectations. Starting with the welcoming reception on the phone by Ana as well as the customer oriented service when we got there. Our driver Nuno and our guide Joyce from the Netherlands- on an internship here and studying to be a marine biologist were both exceptional. If you enjoy high speed and safe boat trips - which are the best vessels - even if you suffer from sea sickness - coupled with the best chance of seeing whales and dolphins - THEN this is the place to BOOK :-)
flaviaf217 - 12 oct 2017, TripAdvisor
“ One of the best experiences at the Azores ”
I highly recommend you Terra Azul if you are passionated about the sea and curious about animals.The whale watching tour was great, the staff was not only competent but even nice and friendly.
Despite the fact that we did not spot whales that day, we managed to see dozens of dolphins.
In any case the most exciting thing is just to realize the luck in being there, in the middle of the Ocean, in one of the best place on earth looking for animals.
So let's do the tour with the best attitude and mood ever and ENJOY IT!
Flavia from Italy!
Pablo G - 11 oct 2017, TripAdvisor
“ WHALE WATCHING ”
It was a terrific experience. I would repeat again. Great experience, better people working on it. You shoud do it, no doubt.
Henry M - 10 oct 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Whale watching ”
Very friendly and informative crew. Multi lingual and very friendly. Great trip would recommended it for any couples visiting the island.
neleh67weston - 10 oct 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Azores Whale Watching Terra Azul ”
Fantastic day whale watching. They promise if you don't see anything that you can rebook. You have Marine Biologist on the boat with you that are so passionate about the whales and get just as excited as yourself when you see dolphins and whales. We even stayed an hour longer than our trip because they spotted a whale. Highly recommend.
ChristineG4uk - 08 sep 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Whale watching in a rib boat ”
This was a fantastic experience. We booked before we left the UK, were collected as promised from our hotel and taken to the port. The trip was very safely and well organised and the marine knowledge extensive. The rib boat offered the opportunity to respond to sightings very quickly which increased the excitement! On the return we detoured for some sightseeing and history about the area, which just added to a very enjoyable day. Highly recommend.
Wouter G - 04 sep 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Whale watching with low ecological footprint ”
Great company to do a whale watching tour. They try to limit the ecological impact by using rather small boats (10 pers) and donating (i.e. each tourist doing the watching) for tree plantation/sustaining at the portuguese mainland as well as a bee-population cultivation program. Each boat has a well-educated maritime biologist on board for providing in-depth information. We saw 2 kinds of dolphins (a lot) and 5 spermwhales, the only whale species frequently around this time of the season. Enjoyed it, especially knowing you're impacting the environment as low as possible doing this kind of activity! Keep on going guys!!
milan0069 - 03 sep 2017, Tripadvisor
“ Very competent and great boat ”
We went whale watching with Terra Azul. The crew was very competent and told us a lot about the different species that we saw. They were able to locate a brydes wahle and four different kinds of dolphins. The boat is a larger zodiac type speedboat, compared to the slower two story boat of the other company. Even when my girlfriend became sea sick the crew were taking care of her and let her sit at the back of the boat.
I highly recommend to choose them for you whale watching in sao miguel!
Daphne V - 29 aug 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Four fantastic experiences with Terra Azul!! ”
We went three times whale watching and we swam on time with the dolphins. All four tours were fantastic! Being on the water surrounded by dolphins or spotting a glance of whales is an undescribable feeling! Moreover, the employees at Terra Azul are very kind and passionate about nature and conserving sea wildlife, They collect whale and dolphin data and they share their knoweledge with their clients. Although it could happen that for example whales are difficult to find, I think you should realise that that's nature;)
Thierry B - 23 aug 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Unforgettable ”
Swiming with dolphins and going for whales with Terra Azul is a must if you go to Sao Miguel. These two trip we did with them will last in our memories. We had lot of fun and emotion in the water with 300 dolphins, and during our second trip we have observed 5 different species of dolphins, pilots whales and sperm whales. We've gone for whales watching before with other companies elsewhere but Terra Azul is really different with very good skils, enjoying team and perfect place. We deeply thank Marine for his enthousiasm and to jump in the water with us Miguel for his friendly behaviour, Rebecca, her happiness to see all these species was a true pleasure for us. Nuno for the excellent drive and fun he provided to us ! Grear team ! We highly recommend Terra Azul
BackPacker728185 - 22 aug 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Whale watching ”
Fantastic company! Very safe and also very informative. Saw 2 types of dolphins, turtles and a Brydes whale. Brilliant! Would recommend.
sgU792JM - 03 jul 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Very good ”
Heard great things about this company and wanted to check it out. Really enjoyed the small group size and boat-style, though it was more sporty than some of the other options. Line up early so you can get an outside seat. Saw a few whales, lots of dolphins. Highly recommend for whale watching. (Swimming with dolphins, however, seemed to be more challenging bc once the swimmer jumped into the frigid water, the dolphins would swim off. So I was glad we just did the whale watching.) *Visited late June/early July 2016 but trip advisor didn't have that date as an option anymore.
sjr627 - 02 jul 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Amazing times with amazing people! ”
I've been on several Whale Watching tours in my day. Some tend to stand out because of the people that work there. Terra Azul had to be the best company I have ever gone with. Not only were they located very close to where the animals were, but the staff was warm, friendly, and very knowledgable. They made sure every one was able to see and had a good time. They respected the animals when other boats approached, we headed away as to not add stress to the animals. I can't wait to go back to Sao Miguel and go back out on the water with this fabulous company!
Iwan L - 02 jul 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Great way to spot whales and dolphins from up close ”
We were led by a small team of enthusiastic people, some of which are also employed as professional oceanic researchers. They have a LOT of knowledge about sea life are also very passionate about it.
The sea trips are all done in small boats, which keep radio contact with special whale watching outposts on the shore to get the whale's most recent locations. This was working pretty well for our group, although it did take some time before we actually encountered some whales.
The boat ride was a bit bumpy, since the driver needs to act quickly every time a whale location is being updated. But for us it only added to the fun and it's absolutely safe too. In our opinion this is the best way to view everything from as close as possible. Highly recommended.
wrhoades4321 - 26 jun 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Ultimate whale watching tour ”
A great morning on the water with this knowledgeable crew! We saw multiple types of dolphin and 2 types of whales. Fin and Sperm and it couldn't have been a better experience. Not one complaint about this outfit.
A couple things to know though that might be worth while, it is an inflatable boat that holds 20 to 30 people? So for those who tend to get seasick or motion sickness you will definitely FEEL the ocean more on these. But nowadays with motion sick pills that don't make you drowsy, like Dramamine's ginger based pill, I would just take 2 before heading out.
Once you book online they ask you to make a bank transfer to secure the reservation, I thought that was a little weird with credit cards and all being so easy to use these days. The lady i emailed back and forth with was fantastic and she assured they do this for all clients and so we did it and no problems at all.
The crew was amazing, the captain was in constant communication with the spotters who put us right on the whales and the guide was very knowledgeable on all the species we encountered. Great experience for all ages
Cassie M - 26 jun 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Great dual experience! ”
We did the whale watching and island visit tour and had a great time! Saw whales and tons of dolphins on the tour without ever leaving sight of the island. The snorkeling off of Vila Franco de Campo was also one of our favorite experiences of our trip.
ren_taj2017 - 12 jun 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Whale watching ”
It was a really great experience. Even the boat trip itself was amazing. We were really lucky as well as we saw 2 kinds is whales and 4 kinds of dolphins and a turtle. The guides were well prepared and really kind. We also got a present for our honeymoon (message in a bottle) that was very sweet. Guys pls continue what you are doing, cause you are awesome.
TristanHe - 07 jun 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Bring waterproof trousers ”
After we had a great time whale watching on Faial, we also decided to try it on Sao MIguel. Terra Azul seemed like a good company especially after we saw the endorsement video by Prof John Lawton.
The organization at the start was a bit patchy. Health and safety advice as regards the boat and suncream was good, but clothing advice was off the mark. It's always cold at sea and can (obviously) be wet. No waterproof trousers were provided at the start because 'you wont get wet' and we were not encouraged to use the waterproof coats that the company made available. Needless to say it was a bit choppy, and we got absolutely soaked at the front. There was also a good deal of milling around at the start and finally we went out even though I don't think any whales had been sighted at that stage. Another spotter might have helped to increase the sea coverage.
The boat is a largeish RIB which allows you to get close to the whales quickly before they dive. Seating is pretty comfortable but the seats are in rows of 3 rather than pairs throughout most of the boat, meaning you don't always get the best view of the whales. The skipper was very good at manoevring the boat and we got some very close views. Unfortunately the whales (3 fin whales - ok by Azorean standards) were always on the opposite side of the boat to me, meaning that viewing and photographing them was often tricky.
Staff were knowledgeable and gave good information, but were often difficult to hear towards the front of the boat.
So, a good experience but could have been better in several areas.
75philippl - 02 may 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Great company for Whale Watching! ”
Joined Terra Azul for a trip end of April. They have very friendly and competent staff, giving a short introduction before the tour. Speaking German, Dutch, English and Portuguese and probably many more languages. We were lucky on our trip seeing Orcas, Blue and Fin Whales as well as dolphins. Their marine biologist on board told us more about the whales and their behavior when we saw them! Would absolutely recommend Terra Azul!
SteveandLilian - 30 apr 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Loved the passion of our marine biologist guide ”
We saw a blue whale a couple of times, not so close up but enough to get a sense of awe just from the sheer size of those animals. Then on the way back we encountered a pod of bottlenose dolphins who swam all around and with the boat, which was really amazing.
Milou, our marine biologist tour guide, was really lovely, with this quiet passion for marine biology. She told us all about the animals in a way that felt fresh and direct, as if telling it all for the first time, which is so nice compared to the canned briefings you sometimes get on tours like this. Then back on land she took lots of time - like more than 30 mins - to answer all our many questions.
We chose Terra Azul because they looked like the least commercial outfit on the island, and that's how it felt on the tour. Highly recommended!