Whale watching is a thrilling tourist activity. The chance to see these magnificent creatures of the sea is not to be missed. Whale watching trips are available in a surprising number of places around the world because whales are migratory creatures and many of them travel great distances between their feeding and breeding grounds. Here’s my 10 Top Destinations to go Whale Watching:
1 Kaikoura, New Zealand
One of the best places to see whales is New Zealand’s South Island. Kaikoura is a world-renowned spot for whale watching because large numbers are attracted here. The deep water where warm and cold currents mix creates a wealth of nutrients close to the surface and whales come to feed. Sperm whales are the most common sight here and also, the world’s rarest dolphin, Hector’s Dolphin, is only found here.
2 Lofoten Islands, Norway
3 Hermanus, South Africa
4 The Azores
You may never have heard of The Azores. They are a group of nine beautiful volcanic islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, about 1,500 hundred miles off the coast of Portugal, to whom they belong. Whale watching is a major tourist activity in The Azores where up to 20 species of whale and dolphin frequent the waters. This is one of the few places you stand a chance to spot the largest of the whales, the Blue Whale, along with orcas and plenty of dolphins. Between April and September is the prime time for whale watching in The Azores.
5 St. Lawrence River, Canada
6 California, USA
7 Husavik, Iceland
Home to Iceland’s Whale Museum, visitors to Husavik on the north-east coast of Iceland can enjoy whale watching trips on antique fishing boats that have been beautifully restored. Iceland is one of the countries that still hunts whales (to a set quota), but this is done way off shore so there’s no misfortune of you seeing this happening. The Icelandic waters are favorite feeding grounds of Minke, Humpbacks and White-beaked dolphins.
8 Hervey Bay, Australia
Hervey Bay in Queensland, North East Australia, vies regularly with Hermanus to be crowned the whale watching capital of the world. Fraser islands shelters the waters of Hervey Bay giving rise to perfect conditions for migrating whales between July and November. The Humpback is the predominant species and this is one of the best places to see whales with their young.
9 Alaska, USA
After spending winter in the warmer waters, California’s whales head north to Alaska for the summer feeding grounds. It is reckoned that some 20,000 grey whales make their way to the waters of Chatham Strait and Port Adolphus, in the stunningly gorgeous Glacier Bay National Park. There are plenty of lodges on the migratory path to view the whales, but getting out on the water to view on whale watching boat trips is a great experience.
10 Bay of Biscay, Spain
There are other terrific places to go whale watching in the world including Antarctica, the Galapagos Islands, Hawaii and even Scotland. If you are intending to go on a whale watching trip make sure you pick a reputable tour operator.
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