Every morning in August and September you can join us to watch the whales as they move around the islands of Cobras, Sete Paus and Goa lighthouse.
Morning tours begin at 8:00 with a full briefing in our shop. This covers everything from whale behaviour, migration, conservation and an outline of the days planned route. We use maps, info-graphics and models to best explain this.
At 8:30 we set off, ideally under sail but if conditions require it we can use the motor instead. Depending on where Abdul thinks the whales are likely to be it takes around 45 minutes to get into the zone.
Usually you will see whales breaching in the distance, leaping clear out of the water and crashing back down with a tremendous white splash. This is often in the first 30 minutes and makes a very exciting start. Under sail we can glide parallel with the islands. Our aim is to get an unforgettable encounter, and this is achieved by recognising their behaviour and maneuvering into the best position, something we do without blocking their path or disturbing them in any way. As with all wildlife spotting, patience, respect and experience are what’s required.
Around 11:30 its time to set off back to Ilha, arriving by 12:30
Morning Discovery includes:
- Fun and Informative briefing
- Knowledgeable crew, English and Portuguese speakers
- Morning whale watching
- Traditional dhow with sail (motor used as back-up)
- Life jacket (toddlers up to XXL)
- On board reference material
- Clean drinking water and simple snack
Price 1800mzn p.p. The tours go every morning unless the boat has been pre-booked by a group. As part of our Covid 19 plan we take a max of 8 passengers, there is no minimum number
“Every whale watching day is different and no two whale encounters are ever the same”
The whales can always be seen close to Ilha at this time of year (if you know how to look), some days closer to the islands and at other times further out to sea. They migrate here from Antarctica to give birth – it really is a very special place.
Abdul is in charge, he has years of whale watching experience. Plus he talks to the returning fishermen early in the morning to get the latest updates on where the whale pods are most likely to be. Add to this an uncanny ability to spot whales long before anyone else can and you have everything you need for whale watching success.
Trust in Abdul and the crew, be patient and you may be rewarded with an encounter you will remember for the rest of your life. It’s not unusual for whales to breach up close, pass just meters beneath the boat or swim across to check us out. If there is a calf present we keep a greater distance from the pod, but calves are inquisitive and may come to us. All of this is permitted, the key is to ensure that the whales are in charge of the encounter, they are free to come and go as they please.
We have a hydrophone – a very sophisticated/expensive submersible microphone. Lowered over the side it allows us to listen to the mezmerising sound of the humpback whales singing to each other.