Whale Conservation in the Azores

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Whale Conservation in the Azores

from £605
Duration: from 1 week to 12 weeks
Countries: Portugal
Help support a team of marine biologists in vital whale and dolphin conservation in the stunning island archipelago of the Azores.

Whale Conservation in the Azores

Start Dates are the 1st and 15th of every month. 

Faial Island is one of the best destinations for encountering whales and dolphins in not only the Azores, but also in the entire world!

The Great Whale Project combines a touristic whale watching operation with whale and dolphin conservation research, involving guests and volunteers in a philosophy of sustainable, research supportive Eco-tourism. This whale and dolphin conservation project is run by a team of marine biologists who have been conducting whale photo- ID studies in the Azores for over 10 years and focuses mainly on the individual identification of blue and sperm whales.


Day 1

On arrival from your original destination to Faial you will transfer to your accommodation and will get settled in, before meeting project facilitators Joana and Tiago as well as your fellow volunteers.

Day 2-13

During your time here, you will be involved in a range of activities every day, including whale and dolphin photo ID-ing; collecting invaluable research data on sperm whales; and also collecting data on fin, blue, and sei whales. You will also conduct cetacean surveys from land look-outs, and assist with boat duties. You will also have free time based on your weekly workload. (Please note that all of the activities mentioned are subject to the season, time of year, weather and other incidental factors.)

Day 14

Unfortunately today is your last day, and you will head back to the mainland for your connecting flight or commence onwards travel plans.  

Project Activities 

On this project, you will get the chance to take part in a wide variety of exciting activities. Below are examples of some of those included in this project.

You will spend time on the boat photo ID-ing whales and getting experience of field work and collecting research data. You will be conducting cetacean surveys from land look-outs and help in important blue whale research

Marine Knowledge
Gain knowledge and experience on cetacean biology, whale conservation and
identification at sea.

Boat Skills
Learn basic boat skills and assist with boat duties, including boat checks and post-trip cleaning

Work with tourists
Developing whale watching naturalist skills and help assist in the education of the whale species to tourists on board and the general public

Data Analysis
Conducting office-based work cataloguing and analysing collected data. You will also assist with the day-to-day operation of our station, including cleaning, taking bookings and assisting guests where needed.

Photo opportunities
Enjoy unique wildlife encounters and have the opportunity to take great pictures

Interested in this; ready to enquire?

Apply now by clicking the button below and filling out the application form on gapyear.com. The Great Projects should then be in touch shortly to help with your enquiry.


Further Details

More information about this gap year opportunity...

Price details:

from £605

What's included?

• Airport transfers
• Accommodation (on a twin shared room in an apartment or house with a kitchen and only a short walking distance from our station)
• Tutoring and all project activities
• Welcome and farewell dinners
• Couples, friends or families volunteering together who wish private accommodation should let us know in advance so we can arrange it (with additional costs or even a reduction of price, depending on the type of accommodation chosen).

What's not included?

• Flights (internal and external)
• Food and living expenses (apart from the welcome and farewell dinner)
• Travel insurance (though this can be provided by us here at The Great Projects at an extra cost)


Visa requirements in the Azores are the same as for mainland Portugal. Citizens from the UK, the EU, the USA, Canada and Australia are not required to get a visa in advance for stays of up to 90 days. Nationals not referred to here are advised to contact their Portuguese embassy/consulate to check for their visa requirements. Please note that ALL citizens travelling to the Azores are required to have a passport with six months validity.

About The Great Projects

Here at The Great Projects we believe that there is a better way to holiday. Our award winning wildlife volunteer projects and signature tours present you with a truly life changing experience alongside the chance help animal conservation efforts all around the world. Whether you want to work with Orangutans in Borneo, Cheetahs in Namibia, or Tigers in India, we have the perfect project for everyone, and with donations made for each trip, your travel with have a lasting impact on local wildlife and the communities living alongside it.

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