Naturalist - Science & Tourism

Naturalist - Science & Tourism

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours • Boat Tours • Hiking & Camping Tours • Dolphin & Whale Watching • Nature & Wildlife Tours
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8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
About
We are a team of Researchers, Field Biologists from the Univ. of Lisbon and the Azores and local Nature Park 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 are live. Whale watching, Bird watching, Walking, 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 10% for the NGO AtlanticNaturalist.org and environmental data is collected on every tour (whales, bats, sharks, seabirds, etc).
Horta, Portugal
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2022

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Rosie Livingstone
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Sep 2022 • Solo
Whale watching with Naturalist was a revelation of the teeming ocean, thanks to this first class team of biologists. Not only did we see the animals close to but we learnt a lot about them. We passed through a large school of bottle nosed dolphins, first the males, then the females and young. Spotters from land helped us to a sperm whale cow and her calf, magic to know she was breastfeeding the calf while resting at the surface then watch her dive with iconic tail leaving her young above for safety. Then a school of smaller spotted dolphins, then on to a sei whale, and finally a lone, probably male, sperm whale. The albatrosses and shearwaters all added to the atmosphere.
Written September 21, 2022
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AlexCro75017
9 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
I went with my family for a whale watching trip in Faial with Naturalist Science and Tourism. It was a fantastic experience and we particularly appreciated to be accompanied by dedicated and experienced scientists. The staff was not only passionate, professional and extremely knowledgeable, but they are also very kind and take the time to provide very interesting information. We also appreciate their very sustainable and respectful approach. They are doing a great job at transmitting their love for the ocean to their clients. Part of the resources they collect through the whale watching trips also serves to fund scientific projects. So if you are interested to watch whales and dolphins, and learn more about their lives and environments, I highly recommend you to book a trip with Naturalist Science and Tourism. It was the highlight of our 3 weeks in the Azores.
Written August 17, 2022
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Lycia M
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Dec 2021 • Family
Our family did a private tour with Marco and Josue, and we were not disappointed. We picked this group because they offer the opportunity to do research if it presents its self. They are more than just a boat, and company making money off tourists. They are marine biologists from the University in Portugal, it’s educational, mixed with your vacation. They talked to us about what we could possibly see, sperm whales, and common dolphin. Going with low expectations as it was migrating season yet we still saw 8 sperm whales, swam with a pod of 150+ dolphins and THEN came across a sea turtle. Here’s where it go incredible...we got to bring her into our boat, measure her shell, and head, tag her and then released her back home. They will now be able to study Lucy, and see where the Atlantic takes her. Truly incredible, and educational experience. HIGHLY recommend.
Written November 6, 2022
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kterziyski
Plovdiv, Bulgaria49 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
It was a full day tour of Faial island. Everything was perfect - the tour program, the food, and especially the guides, who were not only informative but also super friendly and smiling, which enchanted the weather to also be perfect, so we could see everything without a cloud, even the Caldeira. The tour builds up very nicely and culminates with what is believed to be the newest European land - the moonlike landscape of Capelinos. I highly recommend this tour! Special thanks to our guides Pedro and Ana!
Written July 24, 2022
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Pille L
Tallinn, Estonia20 contributions
May 2022
I had several adventures with Naturalist while my time in Faial.
Saw a blue whale and fin whale during one trip!!! And many different dolphins. Recommend booking several whale watching trips to increase your chances of seeing all the animals. My two trips out on the ocean were something I will never forget. Thank you marine biologists Sara and Gisela and the rest of the team!

Also, went on a land tour. Visisted the volcanoes, learned about local plants (and invasive ones), about the history of the island and saw all the main sights - all in one day! Loved the warm personality and humor of tour guide Pedro.

Thank you Naturalist for having me. 10/10 recommend!
Written May 21, 2022
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Cres
Lisbon, Portugal514 contributions
Jul 2022
Awesome boat trip. My family and I loved the trip. We were lucky to see Sperm Whales & Dolphins & Portuguese man-of-war. Staff are great with a vast amount of knowledge and more than able to answer all questions. This makes a huge difference to other trip providers; they are all Biologists and have massive respect for the animals. Remember, we are in their habitat. Recommend booking a few days in advance. 10/10 recommend!
Written July 12, 2022
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NoCouchPotatoLady
Switzerland49 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Great excursion, learned new things about sea life and contributed to research funds. These expeditions are carried out by scientists from the University of Lisbon. The explanations regarding whales and other sealife was very interesting. You go on a small boat so make sure to travel light as you will not be able to take much with you. Make sure to have pockets on the clothes you are wearing (or a small waterproof backpack), sunglasses and a cap. The company provides jackets against the water splashes and life jackets. And then it's adventure time and try to spot the whales :)
Written July 24, 2021
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Arkaney
Rimini, Italy7 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
Amazing experience! The Naturalist’s staff is very qualified and they pay attention to the sea’s health environment. We booked online a tour for a specific day but the weather conditions didn’t permit the tour. The staff helped us in order to plan another day for the tour when the weather was in the best condition. Observing the local marine fauna while respecting the environment made the experience truly unique. The guide spoke perfect English and in a clear and simple way.
Very recommended.
Written August 5, 2021
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Laura R
6 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
We did 2 tours full day one to Faial and next day to Pico. It was an amazing experience! Our guide Pedro was super good, he explained so many things and he has a big knowledge about the islands and the nature, we learned a lot with him. If you are in those islands we recommend you this company 100% and also the guide.
Written August 10, 2021
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Olivier H
10 contributions
Jul 2021
As I was staying on Pico, I was picked up at the marina at 8.00am by our guide in a private car with two tourists from Faial. The tour was comprehensive and informative as we got to see so many beautiful locations both on the coast and high up in the mountains. I enjoyed every moment and appreciated the unrushed nature of the trip.
Written July 16, 2021
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