Do you like to go for memorable whale-watching tour? Observing these giant mammoth sea creatures in their natural habitat is truly something that you can’t forget in your lifetime. Though whales can be easily seen in oceans yet there are some locations that offers unforgettable experiences such as
1. Vancouver Island, Canada
Located between mainland Canada and Vancouver island, Johnstone Strait is a perfect destination to enjoy whale-watching tour. There are around 250 orcas, also called killer whales, in this area and you can view them through various ways but the most prominent one is kayaking. You can see orcas just a few distance away from a kayak.
2. Reykjavik, Iceland
It is one of the best whale-watching destinations in the world as here will get a chance to see different types of whales like blue whales, orcas, humpback whales, minke whales etc. You can take whale-watching tours from many places besides Reykjavik such as Hauganes, Dalvik and Husavik. Watching these giant sea creatures in the midnight sun is really indelible.
3. Baja California, Mexico
Baja California is known for watching grey whales in their breeding lagoons. Magdalena Bay, San Ignacio Lagoon and Scammon’s Lagoon are the three major lagoon where you can see grey whales with their babies. The best time to watch them is between the months of January and April. Apart from grey whales, sperm whales, finback whales and blue whales can also be spotted.
4. Azores, Portugal
Situated nearly 850 miles from west of Potugal, Azores is a home to many whale species like blue whales, northern bottlenose whales, pilot whales, Sei whales, baleen whales etc. You can catch a glimpse of these whales during the peak season i.e. from March to May. Boat rides allows the occupants to have a closer look of whales. Many bird species like storm petrels, kittiwakes, Egrets etc are also found here.
5. Hervey Bay, Australia
Hervey Bay is popular for watching humpbacks. These whales usually come here between mid-July and October and after that, they move back to Antarctic waters. Surely, you will enjoy a lot during whale-watching tour because the underwater windows and special viewing platforms equipped within the boat offers amazing experiences.
6. Kaikoura, New Zealand
It is one of the world’s best places to see sperm whales that can grow up to 18 meters and survive for 70 years. The sperm whales get attracted to this place due to nutrient-rich marine environment. Apart from watching sperm whales, you can also New Zealand fur seals, hectors dolphin and dusky dolphin. Light-aircraft flyovers are also available here in addition to boating tours.
7. Antarctic Peninsula
Orcas, minke whales, southern right whales and humpbacks congregate together in Antarctica Peninsula in large numbers during summer season, so you can easily watch them between February and March. Watching whales among the ice with beautiful scenery as backdrop is really a memorable experience, thus must include Antarctic Peninsula in your itinerary.
So, these were the some of the best whale-watching destinations, which one did you like the most.