Humpback mother and calf, with a snorkeler, in Tonga.



The Solar Branco Eco Estate is a proud socially responsible business. As part of our commitment to the environment and to the Azores where we live we have created The Ocean Azores Foundation. It is early days as we build our hotel but we aim to start in the right way and move forwards step by step with our hotel as well as the environment around us.

The Ocean Azores Foundation will look to fund ocean based research and conservation projects based on all islands of the Azores. The aims are to give back to the community and environment that we now call home.

About The Foundation

The Ocean Azores Foundation is one of 5 focused on the Azores. We aim to invest our resources in selected community projects that will help drive lasting social and environmental change, focusing on the protection of the waters that surround the Azores Islands. This will be achieved through multi-year partnerships and providing funding for organisations that promote marine sustainability and sustainable tourism.


Drinks Event

We host a drinks event to raise funds and awareness of The Ocean Azores Foundation at The Gin Library. Net proceeds are donated to the foundation.



Guest Donations

The Ocean Azores Foundation does not solicit funds from the Azorean or Portuguese governments. Donations are kindly received from individuals, guests staying with us and local businesses. These donations will go directly to helping support the preservation of all cetations that call the waters of the Azores home.


Baleia Gin Tasting

From the ocean. For the ocean. Baleia Gin is designed to be a simple, carefully and perfectly balanced gin. Created with local, endemic seaweed distilled with a mix of citrus, mint and juniper. Baleia stands out with its commitment to the whales of the Azores. Every bottle sold supports marine conservation projects in the region.


Baleia Bars

We thank the following bars, hotels and restaurants for their support in serving Baleia Gin and donating €1 from each drink sold to The Ocean Azores Foundation. You can find a list of the places to enjoy Baleia Gin on the link below.