Complete Guide to Humpback Whale Watching

It’s the puff of ocean spray that often signals its presence. The mystery of the Humpback Whale is also the reason it is such a sight to behold. Some people make it a life’s mission to watch these whales breach and lift their entire bodies out of the water in different parts of the world. Just so you know, Humpback whales are fantastic singers, creative hunters and fabulous acrobats. The good thing is, they are also big on migration and you’ll find them in many marine destinations of the world.whale watching

If you sail out on the ocean for a Humpback Whale Watching adventure, you’re likely to see these amazing creature up close. Good thing is, Humpback whales are also very curious, so they will come close to your boat to have a closer look at the vessel and those on board. But not to worry, they are also very friendly and can be very beautiful swimming pals in the ocean.

Male Humpback whales can be caught singing during mating season and these songs often last for about half an hour. You’ll find symphonic variations, complex vocalisations, whistling and sonorous calls. They are so good that their songs are featured on Spotify and Vimeo. We’ll now take a look at some of the best places in the world to catch a glimpse of Humpback whales doing their thing.

Humpback Whale watching location’s

  • Baja California Sur, Mexico

Fondly called Mexico’s aquarium, the sea of Cortez is not just a beauty to behold, but also one of the world’s most biodiverse water bodies. You’ll find local guides at your service, giving you a ride in small boats to catch a glimpse of a variety of whales, including the Humpback. You don’t even have to travel more than a few hundred meters to be joined by these gentle sea monsters. December to April is the best time for this adventure as they gather to breed and give birth.

  • Pacific Coast, Colombia

Again, this is another spot where Humpback Whales visit to breed and give birth, but this time, from the North and South. You can simply sit by the beaches of these tropical waters for the amazing sight or get up close on small boats organized by local guides. The best time to go Humpback whale watching here is June to October and you should visit spots like Tumaco, Bahia Malaga, Buenaventura, Nuqui and Gorgona Natural Park.

  • Reykjavik and Húsavík, Iceland

For 3 to 4 hours each day, especially during the peak season from May to August, local tour operators at these coastal cities of Iceland take visitors and tourists on a magnificent journey into the world of whale-watching, along with sights of white-beaked dolphins, harbor porpoises and orcas. These tours take place at 9a.m., 1p.m. and 5p.m. daily, as long as the weather permits it.

  • Western Cape, South Africa

One good thing about Whale watching in South Africa is that you’re allowed to get as close as 50 meters to the Whales on a tour boat. Boats tend to set out in the morning here and spend about 2 hours on the sea. Expect the tour guides to help you appreciate every move and breach of these wonderful sea giants.

  • Quebec, Canada

Ever heard of the St. Lawrence Marine Park? It is one of the world’s most popular destinations for Whale watching. Beyond whales, this area is home to at least 1,600 marine species. Of these are about 13 Whale species including the Humpback Whale. These whales visit the area to feed and gain energy for the long migration they have to undertake. So as not to disturb them, there is a required distance of around 200 meters. If you want the best Humpback Whale watching, you should visit between June and September.

Other known destinations for Humpback Whale watching Kauai Hawaii South Island in Newzealand, and Disko Bay, Greenland.

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