Who we are

The company was founded in 2012 by Filipe Ávila. He has a great passion for the Azores which results to the best and most authentic experiences for customers. 

Filipe has been working in tourism for quite some time now, guiding visitors, uncovering secrets and telling stories. By chance, he met Pedro – from Portugal mainland, passionate for the Azores and a “whale geek” – who he found to be the perfect partner to start this company.

Filipe mostly works on land, and Pedro on the ocean, which is the perfect combination.The mission is simple: to provide the best experiences possible. We wish to show everyone who joins us our knowledge and passion for the islands. 

Team

Pedro Filipe Manager and Skipper

Pedro Filipe

Fell in love with an Island girl, and has lived in Faial since 2003. The whales are his life, and you can tell by the way he talks about and executes his job. He has had many jobs prior to this one, but now he has “the best job in the world!"

Filipe Ávila Manager and Land Guide

Filipe Ávila

Born and raised in Faial, he his the brain of the operation! Not only does he have great organising skills, he has a deep and proud knowledge about his Island and it's traditions. He is also an amazing storyteller, he loves nature and the outdoors. He is the main guide on our land activities.

Marc Perussel Guide, Naturalist and photographer

Marc Perussel

Marc is a french experienced sailor and photographer. By chance (a happy one!) he crossed paths with us and his passion for the whales and dolphins became common ground. A gentle man, great listener and great friend.

Carla Gomes Marine Biologist and Marine Educator

Carla Gomes

Carla is Pedro´s wife. She is a Marine Biologist and a native of Faial, she dedicates her life to her project Oceans-on® which she founded and developed. Loves the Ocean and the Children! Carla believes that, on the Ocean, the animals are watching us!

Fátima Patrocínio Designer

Fátima Patrocínio

Fátima is our designer, she is in charge of the most creative parts of the operation. Always available to help in all situations, her presence and kindness are noticeable.

Our team is dynamic! Filipe and Pedro are always present and available, but every year , new members join us,
adding value, passion, action and quality to our work.

If, like us, you are passionate about the ocean and nature, you wish to learn more and acquire experience in the tourism industry,
you can join our team via internship applications or volunteering.

Internships

We value a dynamic and diverse team, and we always look forward to teach as well as learn, and grow with everyone who joins us. We firmly believe that learning within a work environment is a fundamental tool to those who graduate from highschool, university or even to someone with a masters. So, we wish that our interns become more qualified, learn new concepts and techniques, allowing them to become an added value to our team.

At the moment, our main areas of interest are:

You can look up these internship programmes:

EURODISSEIA | www.eurodyssee.eu
this is a European programme, providing 3 to 7 months internships to foreign youngsters, between 18 and 30 years of age, looking for a job. It allows the students to acquire professional experience, simultaneously allowing the opportunity to learn a foreign language and improve their knowledge of it.

PROGRAMA ESTAGIAR |  www.estagiar.azores.gov.pt
This programme is aimed at Azorean youngsters, recently graduated from technical courses or university, that wish to begin their professional career.

Volunteering

A volunteer is someone who “freely, responsibly and without mental reserve, commits to, according to his or her personal ability and free time, develop volunteering activities within the organization promoting the activities”.

In Azores Experiences, we provide training to all volunteers, hoping that in the end of the period, they leave enriched with the experience and spread the word about their time with us!

So, we are looking for volunteers that are:

Duration of the volunteering:
June, July and August | minimum: 1 month
Rest of the season | minimum: two weeks

Our Customers!

Throughout the years, from all over the world, many people have already experienced adventures with us. Some of them, more than customers, became friends! Staying in touch and having returning customers, showing that they did not forget us, helps us realise our work is really worth the effort and means a lot to so many!

Licenses and Registries

Registo Nacional de Agências de Viagens e Turismo – RNAVT 4185
Registo Regional de Empresa de Animação Turistica – 10/2017/RAA
Registo de Empresa Maritimo-Turistica – MT 8/2017
Direcção Regional de Turismo – Licença para Observação de Cetáceos