Sighting an animal in the wild- No other spectacle can give the true taste of nature’s harmony. And nothing in the world can beat the experience of seeing the most majestic mammals in the wild. If you have been looking for a sight that will never leave your mind- Whale watching has to be it!
Wondering about how to be a part of this experience? Well! there are loads of astonishing places to spot these miraculous giants, and many of them are within comfortable reach of fascinating countries. So, here is a list of some of the best whale-watching places in the world.
Hervey Bay, AUSTRALIA
Yes! Did you always think one had to go far-off places to admire the gentle giants? Well, Hervey Bay in Australia gives you an excellent opportunity to see the Humpback whales, who come here with their calves every year. On this migration route to Antarctica, whale calves and mothers enjoy the peaceful waters with no dangers. There are many boats offering whale-watching tours, which last an average of four hours. As a special treat, during this season there are whale-watching opportunities in Sydney too. Be a part of Whale-watching cruises here between June and November.
Kaikoura | New Zealand
New Zealand is a stunner and Kaikoura here is loved by the whales. Kaikoura is a paradise where Sperm whales are seen easily all around the year because of the abundance of food. In the migratory season, one can also see humpback whales, pilot whales, blue whales, and southern right whales.
October to May is a great time to spot humpback whales in Wailuku. The tropical warm Hawaiian waters host whale breeding during these months. One can see humpback whales here between January and April. Witness the Giants slap the water with their tails and hop out of the water to interact with each other.
Reykjavik is visited by some of the most beautiful whales in the world that come here to enjoy the calm and quiet waters. Iceland has remote sea areas that attract minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, blue whales, and orca whales. Whale watching in Iceland is almost magical as the tours offer the sights of northern lights combined with the beauty of the whales. April to November is the best time for whale sightings.
Georgia Straight, B.C., Canada
The country offers some of the best whale-watching experiences. Besides many beautiful species, Georgia Strait is a hub of the orca whales AKA the killer whales. Take boat trips from Victoria and Vancouver to see the very interactive orca whales in their natural environment. With the orcas, one can also see humpback whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, and sea lions in abundance here. You can also witness killer whales hunting sea lions for food on this trip. The best time for whale watching in Georgia Straight is between May and October.
Baja California, Mexico
Baja California in Mexico is the favorite winter hangout of the beautiful gray whales. The calm and serene waters of Baja California are home to grays that grow can up to 15 meters long. The grey whales mate and give birth in The San Ignacio lagoon which is a celebrated whale-watching destination. The best season to be here is mid-January to mid-April.
One can see here gray whales, orcas, and humpback whales in abundance in the Alaskan sea. Enjoy watching the whales sitting in a Kayak while the Gray Whales migrate between islands on the southeast coast. The Minke hunt for fish here while creating a powerful cyclone which is a phenomenal sight. Summer is the migratory season in Alaska when the humpbacks can be seen slapping the crystal clear waters with their tails. The whale watching season here begins in May and ends in September.
Rye, New Hampshire
Pilot Whales, Minke, Humpback, and the occasional Finback can be seen in this belt throughout summer. The humpbacks come here to enjoy the summer water and Minkes are here to hunt with their special technique.
If the ocean fascinates you and whale watching is on your bucket list. Now is the time to go for it. You don’t always have to go very far to enjoy the best of what nature has to offer.