Ecotourism Tour Operator
Terra Azul Azores is an Ecotourism Tour Operator, fully licensed to operate year-round Whale Watching & Swimming with Dolphins tours, Family & Private tours, Marine Birdwatching tours, and Scientific Expeditions for fellow researchers, photography, and video professionals.
Our company is officially established since March 2000, and in 2003 the Ponta Garça Whale lookout, used for Whaling up to 1984, was rebuilt adding radio support to our Skippers onboard ever since.
Our priority goes to Comfort and Security, and nothing but memorable lifetime experiences for all our Guests. All tours are always accompanied by skilled Crew and knowledgeable Naturalist / Marine Biologist Guides. We daily aim towards and encourage the best practice regarding environmental responsibility and cetacean conservation.
Certainly, an in-touch-with-nature experience, organised by a passionate-about-nature, warm & caring team. This was, undoubtedly, the best experience of our trip to the Azores.
Great experience!!! Very fair people who only go out when the chance is almost 100% for spotting animals.
Amazing trip. Well organised with Land based lookouts guiding the boat. Knowledgeable and lovely tour guide. Definitely a must do.
The team at Terra Azul are knowledgeable and expert in their field. Trips are well organised and value for money.
The staff were friendly, knowledgeable of the marine life and even named the different whales and dolphins in all the different languages of the guests.
… boats and equipment are new and safe and the guides and drivers extremely knowledgeable and great fun!
Our Whale Lookout
Our Whale Lookout “Vigia da Furada” is located close to our base, and is now considered a cultural landmark in Ponta Garça – Vila Franca do Campo.
It is regularly visited by Tourists, Students and Residents, looking for a first-hand experience on the historic tradition of Whaling in the Azores Islands. Visitors can learn about location techniques used by Azorean Whalers. Try our powerful binoculars, and radio to communicate with our boats at sea.
To take us quickly to the spotted Cetaceans location we use 2 RIB, commmonly known as Zodiacs (12 pax and 28 pax), which better allow us to provide an adventurous expedition, personalized service for small passenger groups, and proximity to the Whales with low environmental disturbance.
All vessels are equipped for maximum efficiency, passenger safety and comfort, and in accordance to the strict regulations by the local Maritime authorities.
We take pride in working with experienced experts in the fields of Marine Biology and Cetaceans.
All team members are selected by their personality, knowledge and educational background.
We believe a happy, knowledgeable team best work together towards effective sustainable tourism and Cetacean conservation education, adding value to the experience of our Guests.