Sustainability – We offer an excellent and professional service with a qualified crew, impeccable equipment and an elaborate scheduling with a lot of know-how. Furthermore we work sustainably, we worry about the ocean and its creatures as well as about our environment.
Code of Conduct for Whale Watching
Pico Sport has been running sustainable whale watching tours, both at Pico and in Patagonia, for more than 20 years. Regulations for whale and dolphin watching were introduced to the Azores a number of years ago. Those laws dictate specific rules for boats which do whale watching. We strictly abide by these rules. All our boats are operated by Portuguese skippers as it is important to us to integrate the local community. Our experienced guides on board give expert insights into the life of marine animals around Pico. We aim to collect garbage that we come across during our tours and bring it back with us for recycling on land. Because even a small piece of garbage can be hazardous to marine life. The archipelago of the Azores are green islands and we want to keep them as they are: The island world in the Atlantic Ocean as one of the few oases left on our planet which we should preserve.
Gesellschaft zur Rettung der Delfine (association for the rescue of dolphins)
Pico Sport / Scuba Azores cooperates with Gesellschaft zur Rettung der Delfine and with Dolphin Watch Alliance. Our tour „Delfinkontakt spezial“ is conducted under the direction of leading biologist Angela Ziltener. She is president of the Dolphin Watch Alliance. The organisation has its origins in the project “Dolphin Watch – Natural Underwater Science” which actively campaigns for the research and the protection of dolphins in the tourism hot spot Hurghada/Egypt.
Planting trees with “plant for the planet”
For each litre of consumed fuel at the Azores Pico Sport/Scuba Azores plants trees at the equator in Kenya. Our daughter Maisha Wirth is “ambassador for climate justice” and representative of “plant for the planet” in Kenya. Together with the initiator of the organisation Felix Finkbeiner, Pico Sport/Scuba Azores conducted the first tree academy in Kenya in July 2011. Among the audience were high-ranking UN environmental representatives and the Kenyan Minister of Forestry and Wildlife. The picture below shows Maisha with the musician Ayub Ogada who composed the music for the tree academy in Kenya. Ayub took part in Peter Gabriel’s world ensemble and wrote the theme music for the movie “The Constant Gardener”. Here you can have a look at pictures of our planting activities in January 2013 during the Rhino Camp 2013.
Photographer credits: Elke Hermann, Hugo Marques and Ben Schilling.