Responsible whale watching in the Azores since 1989

Azorean unique wildlife


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Walks, talks & whales

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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...

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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 Azores whale watching company !

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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.

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Ethical Whale Watching trips with Espaco Talassa

We believe that Espaco Talassa offer the very best whale watching experiences in the Azores and here's why :

  1. We have almost 30 years of experience of whale watching in the Azores.

  2. We are based in Lajes do Pico, recognised as one of top 10 best spots for whale watching in the world

  3. We use small and efficient boats with limited size groups in order to limit the impact on wildlife.

  4. Our whale watching trips have a strong educational element with multimedia briefings before each trip and debriefings on return to shore.

  5. We have our own exclusive lookout post, the Watchtower of Queimada, directing a maximum of 4 whale watching boats.

  6. Espaco Talassa is an ethical company with a responsible travel policy that works to limit their ecological footprint & with social programmes designed to benefit young and underprivileged local people.


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 2018, join Richards Sears, his team and our biologists for 8 very special days where tourism, research and education embark together.

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Birds, whales,

“Bird watching” and uncovering the natural heritage of Pico Island

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