Whales, the majestic creature that migrates the ocean, in search of temperate waters and food. These are the largest creatures on earth that exude a sense of innocence and beauty. Many individuals are naturally fascinated by these mammoth creatures, and currently petition and fight to save earth’s last few remaining whales from human destruction. The only opportunity whale enthusiasts have to view these creatures are either in captivity or nature. To see whales in their natural habitat, head to these locations to explore various species of whales.
Each winter, floods of whales flock to the warmer waters of Hawaii. Maui is considered the best spot throughout the Hawaiian Islands. The clear waters allow for 100 feet of visibility with peak whale season occurring between late November through mid-April. The main species seen are humpback whales, with the possibility of viewing dolphins, sea turtles and other tropical fish. These whales spend most of their time in southern or western Maui around the Wailea, Kihei,Lahaina and Ka’anapali shoreline.
Los Cabos, Mexico
Every January through April, visitors are invited to view whales migrating through the Baja waters and Sea of Cortez. The humpback is the most common, but whale watchers may spot a gray, blue or sperm whale. Keep your eyes pealed for nursing mothers and families playing with their newborn calf. This is common with gray whales who often court and birth in the shallow lagoons of San Ignacio, Magdalena Bay and Ojo de Liebre.
Known as, “The Whale Watching Capitol of the Caribbean,” the sperm whale is present year round. The humpback, orca and pygmy makes an entrance between late November to March. Many tour operators guarantee a 90% sighting rate. Scuba divers know Dominica waters a tropical paradise with a chance to come eye-to-eye with these 40-ton giants under the sea.
Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Tofino, beautiful by eye, whale-fertile by sea. Every spring, The Pacific Rim Whale Festival celebrates the migration of gray whales. Between May and September, more than 400 orcas visit the island’s shorelines. Visitors can also spot humpbacks playing near the shoreline. Pacific beach is a popular beach walk where spouts and blows are seen from the mainland. Many tour operators are located in Ucluelet and Tofino.
Glacier Bay, Alaska
This region and Point Aldolphus are humpback whale’s home to view the unique bubble net feeding behavior. This feeding behavior bundles the fish into a tight ball before gulping them for nourishment. Whether on a boat or a kayak, this is another area to view orcas, dolphins and porpoises. Best time to view these giants is June to early September.
Peninsula Valdes, a protected marine-rich sea, that is home to the sourthern right whale. July to November, especially September and October are the most abundant months. Orcas are present year round, but mid-February to mid-April is seal pup hunting season and may catch a glimpse at an orca hunting near shore.
Elizabeth is a fitness professional, workshop presenter and freelance writer. She is an active traveler who treks the globe looking for interesting stories to write and places to photograph. Her most significant travel achievements include living and volunteering in Australia twice and studied yoga in India.