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Sea Colors Azores

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Ponta Delgada, Portugal
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About Sea Colors Azores
Sea Colors is a high quality operation dedicated to marine wildlife conservation. With spirit of mission we perform expeditions for observation and scientific research in the Azores, a mid-Atlantic wildlife treasure to be enjoyed, shared and protected, a vast number of species, all in a set of blue shades, the unique Azorean sea colors.
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jeroen wrote a review Jul 2022
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Great place! As every whale/dolphin company claims but not deliver: these guys really care about the animals. Swimming with dolphin is possible, but only when they see the animals are at ease. Did a great trip on the ocean with them and experienced an unbelievable encounter of 6 spermwhales. Multiple breaches out of the water and up & close meeting the animals, swimming towards us, we got it all. I stuck my camera in the water and got these amazing shots. Oh, I forgot the 100 dolphins playing around our boat..
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Andrew Jackson wrote a review Jul 2022
Solihull, United Kingdom1 contribution
We did several trips over our week in Ponta Delgarda and this was definitely the best one.   If you want to do a whale and dolphin watching trip I would really suggest doing one with Sea Colours.   We did the whole day trip that is a split of a sailing trip (with Paulo) and time on a rib (with Jasmine).   It was pretty calm on the day we went, so the sailing was a bit slow but it meant that the rib trip was fairly calm.   Obviously seeing anything from a boat under sail is pretty hit or miss (we saw a shy beaked whale from a distance, but not much else) but it was still enjoyable. On the day we went, a small group went sailing first and another group went on the rib first - we then met up at sea and swapped boats.  The advantage was that when we met up with the rib at lunchtime we were able to go straight to the area where Jasmine had seen whales that morning (and be the only boat there for quite a long time).  We saw sperm whales, Atlantic Spotted dolphins, Bottlenose dolphins and lots of playful Risso dolphins, and a couple of shark dorsal fins. While we did a full day trip, I think that the shorter half-day trip that they also do would also be an excellent experience.   Jasmine was great at being in touch before our visit and we really liked the ethos of the company - these are people who do research about the whales and dolphins, and going with them funds this as it allows them to undertake research on the day of the trip (identifying which individual whales are seen) and provides revenue for their ongoing research. This is different from the other commercial boats.   If you are interested in supporting this work, and want to go on a trip with really lovely knowledgeable people then we would recommend this trip.   When we re-visit the Azores we will book with Sea Colours again and would genuinely recommend them to anyone visiting.  
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Date of experience: July 2022
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PaulaHM wrote a review Jul 2022
Somerset, United Kingdom113 contributions72 helpful votes
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We wanted to see whales in a respectful way and this tour did just that. We saw this company mentioned in a guide book, looked at recent reviews and emailed them. Janice wrote a lengthy and informative reply and arranging the trip was easy. Janice gives a little talk at the beginning of the trip on land, you get kitted out with waterproof jacket and trousers and life jacket, dry bags are also available. Opportunity to use the bathrooms and off we went. It’s a small RIB and a max of 12 people so not crowded and excellent to be low in the water for great viewing of the wildlife. Crashing through the waves was great fun as we went out to sea, everyone on the lookout for that first glimpse of whales. We were not disappointed. Around 8-9 sperm whale were lazing around, enjoying a Tues afternoon doing what whales do. We must have spent around an hour or so watching this group; the boat not getting too close, being respectful at all times and not cutting across the path of the whales. Plenty of opportunity to ask questions and take photos. Janice is very informed and you can tell the wildlife is her absolute passion. I would recommend this trip without hesitation to see whales with a company that respects their habitat.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Leonie S wrote a review Jul 2022
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Sea Colors is the only company you should consider going out with for dolphin / whale watching in Sao Miguel. We booked two trips with them because we were coming to the Azores specifically for cetaceans and they did not disappoint. In addition to taking us on two exceptional trips on which we saw sperm whales It’s also clear that this company is more ethical and conscious of the animals than others. We saw other boats drive directly in the path of the animals and sort of chase them down - this was not at all the vibe with Sea colors who were instead careful to give you an amazing view of the animals but also incredibly careful to give the animals space to exhibit their natural behaviours. I hope we come back to The Azores soon and go out with them again.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Paolo wrote a review Jun 2022
Bordeaux, France36 contributions26 helpful votes
The whale watching experience with Sea Colours in Ponta Delgada was an amazing experience. Sea Colours personnel is highly professional, nice and respectful. Sea Colours differs from other whale watching services as the personnel is highly motivated and you can feel the passion for the sea and nature they are able to share. During our whale watching, today almost 9 sperm whales altogether, Sea Colours has always been very respectful of the sailing rules sailing at very low speed near the coast and always respecting the whales keeping the appropriate distance. Before boarding the rubber boat you are provided with water proof trousers, jacket and bag in addition to the life vest. Sea Colours does not use big boats with many passengers on board but only rubber boats with a limited number (max12) which is the best way to fully appreciate the experience respecting the whales. Super recommended. If you are in Ponta Delgada you can't miss the Sea Colours whale watching experience!
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Date of experience: June 2022
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