Responsible whale watching in the Azores since 1989
Azorean unique wildlife
Walks, talks & whales
The Azores are a magnificent playground for sea lovers and also for walkers. This trip invites you to discover Pico landscapes and its culture, to meet the inhabitants of the Azorean sea and learn about Pico volcanoes, cetaceans, photos...
Since 1989, Serge Viallelle has trailed the Azorean sea, discovering and getting to know the impressive community of dolphins and whales that frequent the middle of the Atlantic.
In 1991, thanks to his ever-growing passion, he created the first sustainable tourism base dedicated to the observation and research of cetaceans in the Azores, Espaço Talassa... the original !
Choose the original whale watching tours !
Each whale watching boat trip is not just an occasion to encounter one of the 28 species of marine mammals identified in the Azores (98% success rate on average), but to also actively participate in the study and protection of them.
At sea, in accordance with the animals and Espaço Talassa's code of ethics, you will help collect the data needed to continue their research, such as the species observed, photos, underwater recordings...
On land you'll have access to Espaço Talassa's specialist library in addition to their biologists and cetologist guides, and before boarding, a small briefing will take you deeper into this still relatively unknown world.
& solidary travels
Whales and Dolphins of Queimada
Day charter. Ideal for a stopover in Pico for one day or two, alone, in a group, to observe whales and dolphins
What A Fluke !
For more than a decade of whale watching in the Azores the Espaço Talassa team have collected hundreds of sperm whale tail photographs.
Hopefully by comparing your photos with those in our catalogue we will be able to identify new animals...
the Great Whales
In 2015 we have identified our hundredth blue whale migrating through the Azores. During 3 weeks research, we have met 6 calfs and there mothers…
2016, A new "match", a female blue whale sighted south of Pico, was also seen in Spitsbergen, in 2008 ! Here she was with her calf. Richard also satellite tagged another individual, see the first tracking map.
In 2017, join Richards Sears, his team and our biologists for 8 very special days where tourism, research and education embark together.