Did you ever imagine yourself having the chance to observe the largest animals of the planet in their natural habitat? You can make this dream come true with our blue whale expedition on Narobla or Blue Bay, our exclusive motor yachts for groups of up to 6 guests.
Each day of the cruise starts early in the morning in Madalena, Pico, in which we start to look out for the whales in the waters between São Jorge, Graciosa and Terceira islands. In the last 10 years these waters have become a very popular meeting point for cetaceans and a perfect place for whale-watching. The main objective of this program is to find and observe the blue whales, which can be identified by their gigantic blow from a distance. Further species like fin whales, humpback whales, sei whales and sperm whales are regular companions of our boats. On our expedition to see the large whales we can also observe pods of common dolphins, Risso´s dolphins and bottlenose dolphins.
Under perfect conditions and a flat sea we might even spot very rare sea mammals like northern bottlenose whales, Sowerby´s beaked whales, long-finned pilot whales or false killer whales. In the waters around the central Azores, up to 28 species of cetacean can be sighted.
You will be accompanied by our experienced whale watching skippers and a guide aboard the expedition, in which we will spend a time in paradise with the whales. In the evening we are back on land where you can have dinner at a restaurant and go for a walk if you want to.
Please note: if the weather conditions prevent us from going out with the boat you will have the opportunity to explore the Island instead. Our team can help you to organize onshore activities.
Catering aboard the Boat:
In the morning there will be a self-served breakfast. For lunch we will provide snacks for you and we will serve fruits, water and non-alcoholic beverages as well as coffee, tea and biscuits all day. In the evening the Narobla will anchor in a safe harbour or in marinas where you will have dinner on the island. The restaurants will offer you a wide variety of Azorean specialities. The Crew will reserve a table and organize the transfer to the restaurants according to your request.
About the Narobla:
The Narobla is a vessel of the series of Princess 60 and gives credit to this name. It belongs to the upper class of the small luxury yachts. There are three cabins, two smaller eating areas with TV and stereo, a Flying bridge with plenty of seating areas, and a kitchen. With a length of 18.5 meters the Princess 60 has enough space to sleep 6-7 guests in three cabins. There is a master cabin with a double bed with its own bathroom, a standard-double cabin with 2 beds and a three-bed cabin which share a second bathroom. Additionally, all cabins have a small closet. For the Blue whale expedition, we offer the three-bed cabin as a 2-bed cabin unless otherwise requested, e.g. for a family. In the cabins there is a plug socket to recharge your electronics during our stay in the harbour, where we are connected to the electricity of the marina. There is also a generator on board which will allow you to charge offshore if necessary. We provide multiple-plugs and extensions to a limited amount but please bring those if desired. The cabins have AC and heating, which can be used as long we are connected to the electricity in the harbours. The Narobla has a 700-litre fresh water tank. We are usually anchored in the marinas overnight, so we can fill up this tank daily for you to take a shower.
About the Blue Bay:
The Bayliner Blue Bay is 14.5 meters long and thus offers enough space for six divers in three cabins with three bathrooms. Dive spots which are located more distant can be easily reached by night. During the cruise we offer a rich breakfast to start with good energy into our diving days. At lunch we we offer you snacks and for the whole day you can choose between a variety of fruits, cookies and coffee or tea. The Dinner during the 2 days on the sea will be freshly served.
There are three cabins available:
1 master cabin with double bed and private bathroom
1 cabin with bunk bed and shared bathroom
1 double cabin with shared bathroom