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Rabo de Peixe: Sperm Whale Sanctuary Expedition by Speedboat

Rabo de Peixe: Sperm Whale Sanctuary Expedition by Speedboat

From US$ 61.98 per person

Embark on an ocean adventure as you tour the coast and observe sperm whales and other cetaceans in their natural habitat. Learn from marine biologists about the sperm whale sanctuary by São Miguel.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Portuguese


  • Experience breathtaking views of a marine wildlife oasis
  • Encounter sperm whales, the largest cetacean species in the world
  • Embark on a boating expedition in the deep blue Atlantic Ocean
  • Learn from a team of professional marine biologists about these great creatures
  • Learn about marine life conservation efforts in the Azores
Full description

Set out on a speedboat expedition to see sperm whales, the largest of the cetacean family. On this learning adventure, explore the northern coast of São Miguel and its diverse flora and fauna. Discover facts about sperm whales from marine biologists as you look for them in their protected habitat. 

Your tour begins with a briefing from marine biologists at the yacht club on the northern side of the island. You'll find out about the different species you might see, learn about the whale watching history in the Azores, and understand how biologists and whale watchers respect the animals.

Next, board the boat and set out for the Atlantic waters. Enjoy the beautiful coastal landscape and keep your eyes peeled for marine life. On the coast, you may see dolphins, Portuguese man-o-war, or turtles. As you enter the deeper waters of the sanctuary, stay on the lookout for sperm whales. 

Finally, return to Rabo de Peixe Harbor. The team of marine biologists will tell you more about the species you just saw. Hear more about the cetaceans, their habits, and their routes to round out your tour.

  • Pre-tour briefing
  • Raincoat and pants (if necessary)
  • Life jacket
  • Marine biologist guides
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Meet the guide at the harbor outside the Naval Club.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • High-heeled shoes
  • Drones
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • This activity requires good weather
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What joy and emotion to come across all these dolphins jumping around the boat. We saw twice a sperm whale which said goodbye to us with a flick of its tail. The trip was splendid, the boat comfortable and the crew very friendly. Only small downside for our taste, the guide who spoke non stop… in these magical moments we sometimes want silence to hear the breath of the animals.

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August 23, 2022

Product ID: 417921