The Azores were named one of the top 10 whale watching sites in the world. But whale watching in the Azores doesn’t involve sitting on a dock with a pair of binoculars. Instead, visitors hop aboard a small, semi-inflatable motorboat that zips through the seas in search of Willy and Moby. It's not for the faint of heart… there’s definitely a thrill to this chase! While an experienced guide pilots the boat on water, on-shore spotters, situated high up on the seaside cliffs, keep an eye out for whales while directing him on where to go. The good news is, sightings are almost guaranteed considering species in these waters include sperm whales, northern bottlenose, finned, humpback, pilot, beaked whales and, occasionally, orcas. One of the best times to see any of them is in the spring, when they tend to congregate in the Azores.