At the top of every travelers itinerary should be whale watching, there isn’t much that compares to this experience! Take a guided tour with trained operators and safely view the magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Watch in awe as they breach, dive and care for their young – an experience sure to leave lasting memories. Listed below is the top 5 whale watching spots on the planet!
Kaikoura, New Zealand
Kaikoura is known as the whale watching capital of the world! There are several species of whales that visit the region each season, but the star of the show is the majestic Sperm Whales. These whales don’t migrate, enabling tours to run successfully throughout the entire year. The award winning ‘Whale Watch’ team are passionate about their job and provide a memorable and successful experience every time.
Hermanus, South Africa
It’s the Southern Right Whales that dominate Hermanus, frequenting the coastline whilst protecting and rearing their young. This whale watching experience is done from the cliffs and coasts due to whale protection laws limiting the access of boats to the area. There is still plenty to see, breaching is a regular and spectacular occurrence with the Southern Right Whales and you don’t have to pay a tour operator.
Kona & Maui, Hawaii
Between the months of January and April, Humpback whales visit Hawaii to spend their time calving, making an excellent opportunity to view both grown and infant whales. There are a variety of tour companies in the region that offer competitive services, but ‘Big Island Guaranteed Whale Watching Tours’ provides a 100% money back guarantee if you fail to see a whale on your tour.
Azores is a popular whale watching spot due the large variety of whales that frequent the area, including the rare Short-finned Pilot Whales. Although whales are present all year round, the tour season is limited to May through to October due to the weather conditions. The most popular tour company is ‘Whale Watch Azores’ who have been successfully been operating since 1993.
Vancouver Island, Canada
The Johnstone straight of Canada is renowned for the large pods of Killer Whales that frequent the area from July to September. The Orca’s crowd the coast when Salmon fill the straight during migration, providing the whales with an abundance of food. ‘Coastal Spirits’ offer a unique whale watching experience which is conducted in kayaks, you can’t get any closer than this!