10 of the World’s Best Destinations for Whale Watching

Spotting a whale in a marine park and out in its natural habitat are quite different. It’s an amazing thing to see these huge creatures frolicking around in their natural habitat.These are some of the best locations in the world to spot whales enjoying themselves and entertaining us humans.

1. South Africa: The Whale Route

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The best season for whale watching on this wonderful route in picturesque South Africa is between July and November. You’ll be able to view just over three dozen species of whales here, such as orcas, southern rights, humpbacks, and Bryde’s whales.

2. Azores, Portugal

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The Azores are actually close to 1,000 miles off of the west coast of Portugal, out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. This makes it a prime location for spotting whales, especially from April until September. You’ll be able to see short-finned and Sperm whales.

3. Maui, Hawaii: USA

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In Maui, you’ll be able to see several thousand humpback whales that migrate there from the cold waters in the North Pacific Ocean between November and April. The whales travel about 3,000 miles to warm up in Hawaii to breed and calve.

4. Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

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The best time to watch whales in this west coast Canadian province is from May to October. You’ll see several types, such as humpbacks, orcas, and Pacific grey whales.

5. The Dominican Republic

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Anytime of the year is ideal for checking out whales in the Caribbean island of the Dominican Republic.You’ll be able to witness pygmy sperm whales, sperm whales, false killers, pilots, and several types of friendly, playful dolphins.

6. The Lofoten Islands, Norway

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These charming Norwegian islands are ideal for spotting sperm whales, orcas, and minkes. The besttime of the year to find them is from May until September.

7. Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA

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This famous American location is ideal for spotting humpback, minke, and finback whales. Cape Cod is a charming and very scenic New England destination where you can also find some of the bestseafood in the nation.

8. Kairoura, New Zealand

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If you’re interested in viewing whales in New Zealand, then Kairoura is definitely the place to be. You can see several species of whales here, such as pilot, humpbacks, sperm whales, and orcas. It doesn’t really matter what time of the year you visit as the whales are in the waters all year long.

9. California, USA

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You should be able to catch a glimpse of several types of whales all along the coast in this western American state. In addition, you can usually find them swimming around in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean all year round. Some of the species you’ll see here include gray, blue, orcas, andhumpback whales.

10. The St. Lawrence River, Quebec, Canada

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You don’t often get a chance to view whales in many inland rivers, but you can here in the St. Lawrence in Quebec, especially between the months of May and September. It’s also one of the few places where you’ll be able to get a good look at North Atlantic Right Whales and belugas.

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