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Azores Safari

This week long trip focuses on the natural history of the Azores and we will explore for Whales and Dolphins and rare endemic birds, plants and other wildlife. The trip is suitable for both beginners and experienced naturalists. In addition to enjoying a relaxing tour of the best the Azores has to offer, experts on the tour will also be carrying out scientific recording and previous trips have discovered species never recorded on the Azores before. Funds raised from this trip will also contribute to further research and nature conservation. 




Day One

Arrive in Sao Miguel international airport and if time allows an evening walk

along Ponta Delgada’s harbour to see the first local seabirds. In the evening we 

will enjoy an evening meal in a local restaurant.


Day Two

Today we will be spent with an expert volcanologist for an introduction to the

geologic and volcanic setting of the Azores which forms the foundation for the

flora and fauna of the archipelago. Visiting the central and western parts of

Sao Miguel island we will (depending on weather) visit local features including

Lava Caves, steaming Caldeiras, lava flows and crater lakes. 


Day Three

Today we will travel to the eastern part of Sao Miguel and visit the Priolo Centre

and look for the endemic Azores Bullfinch, one of  the world’s rarest birds.

We will also begin  learning about the Azores native forests, endemic plants and

the endemic wildlife that it supports. 

Day Four

Today we will transfer from Sao Miguel to Terceira, one of the islands in the

central group of the Azores.  On our first day we will visit the wetlands of Terceira

to explore this habitat and particularly it’s wetland birds. With luck we will

probably see some American vagrants in the Cabo da Praia quarry and learn

about how birds and other wildlife first colonised the Azores. 


Day Five 

Our second day on Terceira will be the first of two days of exploring the marine

environment for whales, dolphins and other marine life. The mid-Atlantic position

of the Azores, the warm Gulf Stream, geothermal gradients and underwater

topography makeshe Azores a global hotspot for cetaceans. 

Day Six

We will continue to explore the marine environment from Terceira.  

Day Seven

Today we will travel back home.  On return, group participants will receive a full

trip report, with photographs and a list of all the species recorded as a souvenir

and science report of their adventure. 


Azores Bullfinch
Sperm Whale
Common Dolphin
Azores Bellflower
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