- ABOUT US -
How everything started...
(read me like a Irish story teller)
Once upon a time there was a boat called Gigante, it was the biggest in the harbour and everyday it sailed across the Azores seas for professional fishing.
It performed its duties for more than 58 years!
It was a hero for the fisherman´s community, while navigating around it discovered and named fishing points in the middle of the ocean, caught a great deal of fish and feed many many people! It has of course several unique adventures to tell!!
Until the time came when Gigante was no longer the biggest boat in the harbour, it was put for sale and forced to stay onshore.
Days passed... and Gigante was still out of the water...
Years passed... and Gigante continued without feeling the taste of salt water in his soul...
Gigante's life was arriving to an end.
Somewhere else there was a boy who dropped his job in the city and decided that he want to be a fisherman! And so he went to the most typical and charismatic harbor of the island looking for a fishing job.
While unravelling nets, playing with hooks and struggling with waves he started learning everything about fishing from the locals and from the old experienced Azorean fisherman!
One day something called his attention to a certain corner of the harbor.
There it was! The hopeless, incapable of life -- Gigante — doomed to sink the stories of its adventures in the bottom of the sea.
The city boy looked at it and immediately decided to give Gigante a new life!
And so he bought it and during a whole year he dedicate his life to rebuilding it by himself. He disassembled it till the hull, changed the old and rotten woods, made it bigger and safer, equipped it with the best high technology safety programs, making it ready to face all kind of waters; but also preserving its personality, the old and original lines as well as the most unique feature of Gigante that had remained alive — what the Azoreans call: The Duck Aft!
They were now ready for action!
The boy and Gigante were starting a new adventure!
Meanwhile the city boy brought his wife to live in the amazing islands of Azores.
Together they would leave in the middle of the night through the darkest waters and traveled for hours to a fishing point. There they would wait for the beautiful first ray of light of light brought by the sunrise to start fishing.
They made some really nice fishing trips and travelled trough the islands completely alone in the ocean.
Only in company of the unique birds from the Azores, dolphins and whales that would come up once in a while for a visit!
What great moments they were having together with Gigante!
But despite all the efforts and all the love for the ocean,
fishing life, it's a very, very hard life. They liked fishing a lot, but not in a professional/industrial way.
They felt they could preserve traditional fishing techniques that were getting lost among the fisherman's,
and most importantly fight against the overfishing, and so
they decided to only catch small amounts of fish.
What's better than sharing that almost lost knowledge with others?
Gigante Expeditions were born!
The company was born from a nature project whose main goal is to protect the traditional fisheries and fight overfishing. It's highly aware of marine life and environmental protection while providing you with unforgettable experiences in Nature:
- In the Ocean or in the beautiful Land.
Our concept is to offer an 100% Portuguese experiences with a relation to nature and our origins!
We want to Welcome You!
We give you ideas.