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Naturalist Science & Tourism

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Largo Doutor Manuel de Arriaga | Horta Harbour, Horta, Faial Island 9900-026, Portugal
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Great experience

Very knowledgeable, caring, and friendly guides. Saw a bunch of sperm whales, a couple varieties of... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
GSauce82
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New York
Whale Watching and Azores Nature at its best!

Absolutely brilliant people - welcoming, with loads of knowledge to share and absolutely engaged in... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Gonçalo C
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Almada, Portugal
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We are a team of Researchers, Field Biologists from the Univ. of Lisbon and the Azores and local Nature Guides, working on land and marine environments for more than 10 years. We found a way to stay close to wildlife, and improve tourism experiences, bridging Science & Tourism. Azores Naturalist Team is based Faial, operating Faial, Pico and Sao Jorge Island where the natural history and the local culture speak for themselves. Whale watching, Bird watching, Hikings, Jeep or Van Tours, private or large groups, tell us what you have in mind, our job is to help you have a great vacation! Every ticket contributes 0,5€ for the local community (APADIF & AFAMA) Environmental data is collected on every tour (bats, sharks, seabirds, etc).
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Largo Doutor Manuel de Arriaga | Horta Harbour, Horta, Faial Island 9900-026, Portugal
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Very knowledgeable, caring, and friendly guides. Saw a bunch of sperm whales, a couple varieties of dolphins, and Cory's shearwaters. The guides really know their stuff. It's great that the tours double as research trips. They seem very sensitive to the animals and encourage responsible...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Absolutely brilliant people - welcoming, with loads of knowledge to share and absolutely engaged in preserving the wonders of Azores wildlife. Yes, Azores is an Eden and you could almost discover it on your own. Almost. You will be much better of with these good...More

1  Thank Gonçalo C
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Professional crew and managers, know what they are talking about - honest predictions about what we can see in the season and how the different animals behave -we saw whales, dolphins, turtles, Portuguese man of war, flying fish and intriguing marine birds. The kids (5...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Wonderful, kind and smart guides. We saw a blue whale, sharks, dolphins, flying fish, Portuguese Man of War jelly fish, lots of pelagic birds, visited a cave...and took a bunch of water samples. Learned a lot! Highly recommendable for kids and oceanographers! Obrigadissimo, definitely coming...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Honest predictions of what might or might not been seen. These are very enthusiastic people who are passionate and knowledgeable about their work. We saw a group of three Sei Whales and numerous groups of Risso dolphins. The tour was excellent and I would definitely...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Extremely professional, knowledgeable staff including well educated marine biologists. We truly enjoyed our 3 days on a zodiac chasing sperm whales, Portuguese man of war, turtles, birds, risso, striped, bottlenose and common dolphins. This group is the best, profits going to fund research. Gisela was...More

Thank postal49740
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Gisela, José and all the staff including the visiting scientists are amazing, friendly, helpful, funny, and very knowledgeable! NATURALIST is a spin out off from the University of Lisbon, and your fees will support their research. Highly recommended!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This company and their tours are a must! They are the only one at the azores and portugal that do collect data’s and do a scientific research on each execution! Their main intention is not commercial but scientific research. they are a team of Biologie...More

1  Thank Athanasios V
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic 4 hour outing with marine scientists who run the tour. Extremely knowledgeable and cordial people who got us to the whales! Humpback, Blue and Sperm whales as well as Bottlenose and common dolphins. Yes, remember that dolphins are “toothed whales” and are mammals. I’ve...More

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Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

We had the most perfect trip with Naturalist. They were really friendly providing us with information about how they work. We booked only a day before through the internet, but this was no problem. Paying was very easy through PayPal. The tour was amazing. We...More

1  Thank Lotte V
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Nanner08
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Response from JoseNunoGP | Property representative |
Hi! Thank you for your question! Yes, Azores Naturalist provides waterproof clothing for boat tours in Faial and Pico – jackets and trousers. Going on a zodiac is like going on a convertible car, even if in land is warm, we... More
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