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Azores Whale Watching

Wheles with seabirdsWe offer Whale Watching packages

Weekly departures April  -  October     

Cost 7 nights from £490 - Saturday to Saturday

Our trips are arranged from The base for observation cetacean’s in the Azores.

You will be hosted by the local team including the resident marine biologist and be part of a group on the boats. This holiday adventure is with one of the most established whale and dolphin companies on the islands They have been taking groups to see the whales and dolphins on the Azorean Ocean for 20 years and offer a high standard of professionalism and expertise.

The accommodation for these groupis in the 2** Eco-Hotel (or upgrades available)

Costs  2014

 

 
Whale watching, transfers and B&B accommodation
   
   
   
   
   

Single supplement add £130

Sea view Room - 80% of rooms have sea view , but to guarantee you have one, you need to pay a supplement of £45 to request a sea view room in the 2** hotel on harbour .

Upgrade to charming 4***star Nature hotel with landscaped gardens, fabulous ocean views and an excellent restaurant

What is Included?

  • Airport transfer to the hotel. Airport transfer (Transfers PIco and Horta airport are included in price on the saturday arrival. If your transfer time is NOT a saturday we can arrange a transfer which you will need to pay directly to the taxi driver) ) Boat transfers are included if required   Boat transfers are included if required.
  • Full services of local boat team who attends to all practical arrangements and any additional requests
  • 7 nights Accommodation and breakfast in hotel **  Family prices and single supplements available.
  • Five Whale watching trips  (3 Hours) with expert skipper and guide. Snorkelling in the lagoon.
  • Whaling Museum visit ( 5 euros). Presentation on the geology of the Island with expert Island guide
  • Orientation, Marine biologist talk about the marine mammals of the Azores, audio-visual presentation and information about the migrations of dolphins and whales through the Azores.   Introductory meeting. Each week there is a program of specialist presentations on marine life, conservation and photography.

UPGRADED ACCOMMODATION

  • Upgraded accommodation ias available to a beautiful nature hotel set in charming gardens with a top class restaurant- or private house ( sleeps 4-6  price on application)  See accommodation page and ask for prices

Optional Extra Activities (additional cost)

  • Cultural tour, Jeep tour about the geology of the Island, lakes caldeira, vineyards, wine tasting and history of the island. ( 4 hours 45 euros )
  • local walks, local fauna, observation of the sea from land,
  • Visit to the Sperm whale museum ( taxi transfer extra) with marine biologist) +     walk to the "vigia" (expert lookout for sighting the whales)
  • Exploring the underground caves ( 3 hrs, 15 euros) or climbing the volcano Optional extra excursions require additional cost
  • Climbing the volcano ( 4 hour ascent, day and night climbs with specialist mountain guide 50 euros )  
  • Horse riding

The guide/ hosts are there to make sure everything runs smoothly and to make extra arrangements that clients require such as climbing the volcano with an expert guide if requested.

Please remember these are wild animals of the open ocean. Sightings are not guaranteed, however the Azores is one of the most abundant sightings record for dolphins and whales in the world!

To book this holiday :    see  Booking  page 

Flights 

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Cost £260- £350 from London and also from most european cities

Why choose us?

  • Our team have 20 years experience with expert friendly skippers and marine biologist offering talks about research projects and life in the Azorean Ocean.
  • You will be hosted at our base ( BOCA ) where we offer talks and audio-visual presentations. You can learn about marine conservation in the Azores. There is also a shop selling dolphin and whale souvenirs and useful items for your trip.
  • Resident lookouts or vigia to locate the whales and direct boats to the action by radio contact,thus guaranteeing more sightings.
  • Boats are maintained to a high standard by in house boat engineers and are never more than 3/4 years old thus we offer a very reliable service with high safety standards which is important for our guests
  • English, French, Portuguese, German and Dutch spoken

To confirm booking

These trips are very popular and early booking is recommended. You can email us or call to discuss the availability and the accommodation options. Also we can send you a booking form with which you can send a deposit.

To reserve a place, send a £250 non- refundable deposit. This can be paid by credit card or cheque

Send cheque by post payable to:

The Dolphin Connection and send to: 111 Carden Hill, Hollingbury, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 8DA

Payment by credit card can be made via Paypal, please ask for details

Payment by bank transfer, credit card over phone or Cheque

Call us to pay by credit card over the phone

United Kingdom, Barclays Pounds sterling account

Account Details: The Dolphin Connection   

We will send details to you on booking

United Kingdom Barclays Euro account

Account Details:  The Dolphin Connection   

We will send details to you on booking

On receipt of the deposit we will send you a booking confirmation and booking conditions. The balance is payable 8 weeks before departure.

Booking Conditions

Contracts

Your holiday booking is only made when The Dolphin Connection Limited has issued a confirmation invoice. This takes place after we have received a completed and signed booking form, you have read the full terms and conditions, completed health declarations and sent payment of the relevant deposit.

Deposit

An initial deposit of £250 per person is required together with the signed and completed Booking Form. If booking is made less than 8 weeks prior to departure the full amount is payable. Cheques should be made payable to Dolphin Connection Limited.

Cancellations by you

You may cancel your holiday at any time, provided that the cancellation is confirmed in writing by the person signing the booking form. The following scale will apply to cover administration charges and pre-payments for accommodation and boat charter undertaken by us:

Period before departure

  • More than 70 days - Loss of deposit
  • Between 69 to 43 days - 50% of the holiday cost
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Less than 42 days - 100% of the holiday cost

Cancellations by Dolphin Connection

A minimum number of 6 holiday makers is required for each holiday (unless otherwise stated) and if this minimum requirement is not reached we will, subject to 30 days warning, either cancel the departure, offer a full refund, or supply an alternative independent holiday, subject to your approval.

Holiday Details

Because of the nature of our holidays it is not possible to include all information concerning holiday details in our brochure. All arrangements for your holiday will be included in your confirmation invoice and you will be sent full terms and conditions to sign and send back to us.

Insurance

Because of the physical nature of our holidays it is an essential condition of your booking that there is adequate holiday insurance in place for each member of your party, to our reasonable satisfaction and in accordance with our recommended levels of cover. We will ask you to let us have written evidence of the insurance at least eight weeks prior to the commencement of the holiday ( or at the time of booking if made less than eight weeks before commencement) and we reserve the right to terminate any holiday if adequate insurance cover is not in place by then.

Complaints

If you have any complaint you should make it known at the earliest opportunity to our local representative. You will be asked to complete a complaint form which, must be signed and returned and you will be given a copy. If the representative is unable to resolve the problem to your satisfaction you should contact our head office as soon as possible. If at the end of your holiday you feel that your complaint has not been properly dealt with you must first notify us in writing within 15 days of your scheduled date of return and we will do our best to resolve the problem.

Financial Protection

All monies received from you are held in a Trust Fund to comply with the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Tours Regulations 1992. This means that any money paid to us is not released until your holiday is completed thus providing you with financial security in the unlikely even of our insolvency.

Health and Emergencies

Because our holidays involve travel in small boats in the open sea as well as swimming with dolphins the holidays can be physically strenuous. It is therefore vital and a condition of your booking that that you truthfully complete a medical declaration in respect of the health of each member of your party to enable us to give guidance on the advisability of taking any particular holiday or our supervision and making special arrangements for their safety and comfort while they are on holiday.If the sea conditions are too rough we will advise against entering the water or even going out on the boats. This decision is also made by the skipper and his word is final. If there are any changes to the health of any member of your party between the date of the health declaration and departure you must inform us immediately.We have the right to advise against participation in any of the activities if we consider your physical state to be unsuitable at any time during the holiday. This includes hangovers, sudden symptoms and in any way that you seem to be unwell. If you fail to comply or fail to fully inform us of the medical condition of any person we reserve the right to terminate the booking or holiday of that person without compensation.

Visas and Passports

No special requirements apply to persons travelling to the Azores on full British Passports; however, if this does not apply to you or any member of your party you must inform us.

 

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Testimonials

***** I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on! do it and enrich your life! I returned home feeling more alive and inspired than ever before.

Dawn McClean, London

****"The Dolphin Connection team were great, the skippers had a lot of sensitivity to the animals and guided us to have some sensational encounters underwater and from the boats with so many dolphins and whales. I will be back!!" The company has a very responsible ethos and this this precious, unspoilt part of the world is being well preserved.

Howard Brown- Cheltenham

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