The Azores, an archipelago in the Mid-Atlantic, are often overlooked for their amazing whale watching potential. So much so that those of us in the know often have the whales all to ourselves. I'd definitely like it to remain the case, so if I tell you about the Azorean magic will you promise to keep it to yourself?
This year the Azores were witness to possibly the largest baleen whale migration in recent history. Think of the rich Azorean waters as a whale snack shop, where they stock up on nutrients before heading north to the cold feeding grounds. Late April and early May tend to be the best times to catch the whales hanging out having a nibble or two. This year unprecedented numbers of whales were observed and they stayed way past their usual curfew.
If you're keen to have quality sightings of multiple species of whales the Azores has got to be the place to go. During my trip in May I observed blue whales, fin whales, sei whales, humpback whales and sperm whales. Most of these species were ticked off my list in 24 hours, but for me it's the behaviours that I love observing most. As I was usually on the only observation boat out with the whales their behaviours weren't disturbed and were as natural and amazing as one would ever see.