This is the whale watching trip designed exactly to your desire. Good for 1 or 2 people, couples or a group of friends who want something very special. Its based on the trip we’ve been perfecting over the past 5 years but with your own particular twists. It can start and finish at any time and you are free to direct where you go, and how much time you spend at any one place. Could also be suitable for a film crew, professional photographer or total whale enthusiast. (Check out our Group “Classic Encounter” and talk to us for more ideas of what else is possible, we can even do an overnight camp)

It includes:

  • Informative briefing
  • Knowledgable crew, English and Portuguese speakers
  • All day whale watching with maximum flexibility
  • Traditional dhow with sail (motor used as back-up)
  • Life jacket (toddlers up to XXL)
  • On board reference material
  • Binoculars
  • Clean drinking water
  • Hydrophone
  • Telescope for viewing whales from beach or lighthouse

Cost begins at $250 for a group maximum of 8 of any age. All aspects of the tour can be customised to your needs and a quote will be provided to you. The tours go only when pre-booked and paid for. As part of our Covid 19 plan we take a max of 8 passengers, there is no minimum number

Optional extras

  • Island stop with shade, Seafood BBQ, lunch soft drink
  • Alternative lunch, vegetarian or vegan
  • Wine, champaign or beer
  • kayaks
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Tents and mattresses
  • Additional meals
  • 2nd boat with motor
  • Additional shade

“Every whale watching day is different and no two whale encounters are ever the same”

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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 Antartica 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 his 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. Its 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 bigger distant 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 mesmerising sound of the humpback whales singing to each other