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Azorean Whalers Heritage Tour

Azorean Whalers Heritage Tour

From US$ 41.17 per person

Learn about ancient Azorean whaling traditions on this day tour from Vila Franca do Campo. Visit an old whaler lookout and lighthouse and see an authentic whaling boat from 1945.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Portuguese, English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish
Small group
Limited to 7 participants


  • Enjoy spectacular island and ocean views from the Ponta Garça lighthouse
  • Admire the “Senhora de Fátima,” an authentic 1945 Azorean whaling boat
  • Visit Vigia da Furada, an authentic lookout once used by Azorean whalers
  • Peer through a pair of long-range binoculars and search for whales
  • Learn about the lighthouse from the keeper on a guided tour of the building
Full description

Enjoy a van tour of the Azorean coast from Vila Franca do Campo as you discover the area's rich whaling history. Tour an old whaler lookout and lighthouse and see a historical whaling boat.

Start your tour at the marina. Listen to a short briefing and presentation about local Whaling culture.

Then, visit the authentic 1945 whaleboat “Senhora de Fátima.” This is the only sea-worthy example of this kind of boat still around. Next a van tour to the whaler lookout “Vigia da Furada.” Learn about old whale spotting techniques used by Azorean whalers. Experience what searching for whales is like using specialized long-range binoculars. Finally, visit Ponta Garça’s 1957 Lighthouse and take a guided tour with a lighthouse keeper. Find out interesting facts about the building and its importance and take in picturesque island and ocean views. Return to the marina at the end of your tour.

  • Guide
  • Whaling boat visit
  • Lighthouse tour
  • Van tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Water
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

From Ponta Delgada city centre by auto, head East along the coast and follow directions to Vila Franca do Campo. Once in Vila Franca do Campo, descend towards sea level and the Marina where our Base and Yellow Boats are stationed, and free parking can be found. (GPS: 37.715780, -25.429745) Directions from Google Maps: https://g.page/azoreswhalewatching

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  • Tours may be rescheduled due to bad weather or safety concerns

Product ID: 431429