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Tips for Best Whale Watching Experience

Matt Thompson Nov 22, 2019
Around 15 million people go whale watching in a year. The activity of watching a fascinating mammal such as a whale is engulfing. The act of watching something as huge as a whale on their natural habitant sends goosebumps throughout our bodies. If the process of whale watching is done right it can be an inspiring, eye-opening experience.
Somethings are better seen with our own eyes. The sheer vibe it produces ascends most of our sensual experiences. Understanding the nature of watching this kind of things and to realize why people protect what they protect and love what they love, is invaluable.
Here are some tips for the best whale watching experience you can possibly have:
  1. You have to know the correct season
  2. Pick good weather for your whale watching
  3. Know where you can see the most whales
  4. Bring all the necessary gears
  5. Pick a good tour operator
If you didn’t know here’s a fun fact, whales are more closely related to giraffes rather than a fish.

So, When Are the Correct Seasons?

Whales are animals that migrate. They divide their time according to summer and winter and some Humpback whales of the north pacific spend their winter in Hawaii in-between November and May. The population of the whale is pretty big that the humpback whale population in different places in summer and winter.

The Weather

Be mindful to check the weather forecast before going to watch whales. In rough sea with high winds spotting whales are much more difficult and might take away from your experience of whale watching.

Where You Can See the Most Whales?

This is a Hawaii specific tip but places like the Big Island, the Kohala coast as well as the north Kona, Oahu’s north shore, Maui’s west coast, Kauai’s north, and west coast are great for whale watching. As for people not near Hawaii Reykjavik/Iceland, San Juan Islands/Vancouver, Hervey bay and the Azores are great places.

The Must-Have Gears and Accessories

Bring your sun protection, your camera, food & beverages, clothes, seasickness remedies and most importantly your binoculars. A good binocular can make or break your experience so put extra effort into getting a good binocular. Here are some Whale Watching Binoculars.

Pick a Good Tour Operator

Pick a tour operator that cares about the whales. An enthusiastic operator will make your experience much better.  They always put the whales first and have built their business around their passion. Great guides and tour operators will be like evangelists.
They will teach you about the whales and the environment they reside in. They will make you feel fascinated and teach you how to enjoy watching the whales.