Certified by World Cetacean Alliance

Ilha Blue is one of a special group of the world’s leading responsible whale and dolphin watching tour operators delivering wildlife friendly encounters and outstanding customer experiences. To achieve this, we are certified by the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) – the world’s largest marine conservation partnership! WCA

The WCA’s Responsible Whale Watching Certification Programme is the only global certification for whale and dolphin watching tourism. It represents the international standard for responsible whale watching, developed by the industry, for the industry.

The World Cetacean Alliance is the world’s largest network of experts on whale and dolphin watching. Our partners include whale watch tour operators, NGOs, scientists, and educators, all focused on respectful, responsible and sustainable whale watching
tourism.

Certification is based on the WCA’s Global Guidelines for Responsible Whale and Dolphin Watching, overseen by an international panel with specialist knowledge. Global Guidlines

Customers of WCA certified responsible whale and dolphin watching tours can be confident they are travelling with the very best whale and dolphin watching experiences in the world! Not only do these tours operate with the utmost care for local wildlife, sustainability, and the customer experience, they also donate essential funds to whale and dolphin conservation and community awareness projects run locally and
internationally through the WCA.

Together we have the potential to reinvest millions of tourist dollars to protect our oceans. Why would you travel with anybody else?
Find out more at www.worldcetaceanalliance.org

Whale watching has huge potential for people and whales, but it needs to be undertaken responsibly, following an approved code of conduct.

Our Code of Conduct for Responsible Whale Watching

After consultation with partners from the World Cetacean Alliance, Ilha Blue has adopted a code of conduct that puts the needs of the whales first. Key elements include:

  • Allowing the whales to control the interaction
  • Observing recommended safe distance
  • Never chasing whales or blocking their path
  • Avoiding whale pods that have recently been visited by another boat
  • Ending an encounter if there is any sign of stress or agitation from the whales
  • Staying up-to-date with scientific /industry recommendations and best practiceEducating clients about whales conservationContributing to scientific research

Caution is required when approaching whales by boat. The rules are:

  • Approach from the side
  • Keep at least 100m away (but whales may come closer to you)
  • Go slowly. With motor under 6knots max (no wake)
  • Allow the whales to come to you and to leave when they have had enough
  • Don’t block their path
  • Don’t approach them from behind
  • Don’t crowd, no more than 3 boats in the 100m zone at any time

“When you go whale watching with Ilha Blue you can be confident you are with people who are passionate about the whales”