Best time for whale watching in the Azores
Four of the 25 species can be found year round in the waters around the Azores. The common-dolphin, bottlenose dolphin, Riso dolphin and sperm whales are generally easy to spot. But if you want the highest chance to spot the most species and especially whales, then the spring and summer months, April, May, June and July are the best. Because it is mating season in spring the whales are extra active. You might even see one jumping out of the water!
We had our whale watching tour in September during our visit to São Miguel island. The weather was good although unfortunately, we didn’t see many different species but it still was an awesome half day tour on the Atlantic Ocean!
If you’re looking to spot the biggest animal in the world, the blue whale, then you have to go in March, April, May or June. Also the second largest animal, the Fin whale, can be seen in these months.
If you are really really lucky, you might even have a chance of spotting orcas and humpback whales!! But the chances are very small. At most, these whales are only spotted about once or twice a year.
The best period for whale watching in the Azores is March until June