Whales in the Azores



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 created in 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.

How the Solar Branco Estate & Boutique Hotel supports the Ocean Azores Foundation: While the Solar Branco Eco Estate might be located on the island of São Miguel, our aim is to support all the islands and the ocean that surrounds us.

Our Eco Estate supports the foundation in a number of ways. We ask guests to make a donation for each night that they stay with us. We have produced a guide to the island that outlines sustainable whale and diving companies, so you can choose to spend your money with those that truly care for the ocean. We also run frequent events, helping to raise money for the foundation and local charities.