Azores Explorer

The Azores archipelago, a group of nine islands some 800 miles from mainland Portugal, ranks as one of the world’s top whale and dolphin-watching destinations. One third of all cetacean species either inhabit or migrate through Azorean waters.  The islands themselves are a nationally protected area designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2009. In addition to prime wildlife viewing close to shore, visitors to the Azores can expect gorgeous beaches, dazzling blue lakes, bubbling hot springs, scenic waterfalls, active volcanoes, and sprawling green pastures.