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Address: Cais de Santa Cruz | Marina da Horta, Horta, Faial Island 9900-172, Portugal
Phone Number:
+351 965 251 322
08:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Azores Experiences is the result of a rebranding of "HortaCetaceos...

Azores Experiences is the result of a rebranding of "HortaCetaceos Whale & Dolphin Watching", island of Faial, city of Horta. Our goal is to to deliver our guests amazing life changing experiences. And, as complement we offer also land based activities, such as Jeep Tours, Hiking Tours and City Tours around Horta. Harmony within the Nature, deep and real connection with the surrounding wild, is reached by shear passion and love. At Azores Experiences, we simply do our best to surpass our customers' expectations... so don't wait anymore, take the gap leap and join us for an unbelievable adventure, in Land or out on the Ocean!

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Excellent whale watching experience

I would say this is the best whale watching trip of all the ones i have been on. We had 2 trips out with Pedro. Both were amazing. He maximises the chances of seeing whales by... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jessica R
Wilmslow, United Kingdom
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Wilmslow, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I would say this is the best whale watching trip of all the ones i have been on. We had 2 trips out with Pedro. Both were amazing. He maximises the chances of seeing whales by using spotters in land. If it is unlikely that you will see any or the sea is too rough he will give you the... More 

Thank Jessica R
pfzeca27, Owner at HortaCetaceos, responded to this review

Dear Jessica It was great having you with us, and I am so glad you enjoyed the trips. Thank you for the kind words, they mean a lot to me and the whole team working here. I look forward to seeing you guys again, soon. Best wishes, Pedro More 

St Andrews, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The main reason my wife and I came to visit the Azores was to experience the incredible marine life around the islands, and we are so happy that we chose to spend our time on the water with Pedro, Ana and Andrea from Horta Cetaceos (shortly to be re-named Azores Experiences). This fantastic company has it all. Passionate and knowledgeable... More 

1 Thank Richard B
pfzeca27, Owner at HortaCetaceos, responded to this review

Dear Kelly and Richard, I could say that it is not everyday we meet people as commited as you two, when it comes to whale watching. Your motivation and desire to always try and go out, drove us to some of the best sightings of the season so far. Many thanks for your choice and these kind words, we really... More 

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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 November 2016

we were in Faial in September and chose HortaCétaceos because of their good rate, and they deserve it! Before you go, they tell you honestly how much chance you have to actually see something. It is up to you to choose whether you go or not. If you don't go, you don't pay. it's that easy. They want to share... More 

1 Thank Xenfie
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Pedro and his team gave us a fantastic trip. Despite conditions initially not looking good due to poor visability we quickly found the pod of 40 false killer whales that had been seen by the spotters. Then Pedro and Nacho used the hydrophone and found sperm whales after a long hunt. We saw a small sperm whale breach and then... More 

1 Thank Yvette G
Cologne, Germany
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016

On the day that we went out, the crew had not spotted a whale so far. They were completely honest and open with us and told us the chances of seeing one were very very slim. They even offered to cancel the tour if we wanted - of course free of charge. They did see some dolphins though and we... More 

1 Thank Michelle M
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

If you happen to find yourself on this gorgeous island of Faial and you want to go snorkelling with dolphins or whale watching then there is only one place to go...these guys are passionate, caring, hilarious, professional and above all else true to their word. It's not a guarantee you'll see anything but they have the best of the best... More 

1 Thank Gasflash
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016

We went on 3 whale watching trips when we were in the Azores. This was by far the best. We started with a briefing that was incredibly informative. then out on a rib, accompanied by a marine biologist. We were unlucky on the north side of the island, but not daunted, we sped to the south where we had very... More 

1 Thank Christine S
Brasilia, DF
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95 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2016

Once in the Azores we could not miss the cetaceans spotting boat trip. Azores Experiences provided us a professional and entertaining service. It called my attention their concern in avoiding disturbing the animals in their own environment. Booking was easy. First, I wrote them emails requesting information, which were timely responded to. No advance payment was necessary. The meeting point... More 

1 Thank Bacuri
Sint-Amands, Belgium
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19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2016

Responsible organisation; animals come first ! If they have no confirmation from their observers they don't leave and you can rebook or cancell the trip. Thanks to Pedro and his team

1 Thank Hilde V
Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

We had booked a swimming with dolphins trip but, thanks to the work of the spotters, we ended up seeing a pod of sperm whales as well. When we arrived I mentioned that we'd been on a whale watching trip on Sao Miguel but had not seen any whales, so when their spotters found sperm whales, the skipper Pedro asked... More 

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