THE BEST PLACES IN THE WORLD TO WHALE WATCH

Between May and June, the season begins to spot whales in many places on the planet. From Peninsula Valdés in Argentina to the Atlantic Azores Islands, many nature lovers go to see the largest mammals in the world do their thing.  Here are a few places where you will not be disappointed with whale watching.

ALASKA SIGHTING

Glacier Bay Alaska (United States). This one of the most advisable areas to watch cetaceans. This American nature reserve that stretches across Alaska for 105 kilometers, bathed by waters of the Pacific Ocean, is the place of passage of the famous gray whales that begin their migration in spring. From June to early September it is possible to observe a large number of specimens of whale humpback and killer whales.

Glacier Bay
Glacier Bay Photo: juneaushoretours.com

HERMANUS, SOUTH AFRICA

This small town located just an hour and a half from Cape Town is considered the best place in the world for whale watching. These are so close to the coast that it is not necessary or embark to see their huge silhouette, although the experience of watching them closely on the high seas is incomparable. Between the months of July and November is when hundreds of free whales reach the bay for mating.

HERMANUS, SOUTH AFRICA
HERMANUS, SOUTH AFRICA Photo: southernrightcharters.co.za

AZORES ISLANDS, PORTUGAL

Azores Islands, Portugal. The Azores are currently one of the largest whale sanctuaries in the world. 24 different types of cetaceans are seen here between resident and migratory species. Visitors can watch whales and dolphins from towers on the coast called lookouts from May to October and enter the sea in search of specimens of northern whales and bearded whales throughout the summer. The Azores are currently one of the largest whale sanctuaries. of the world. 24 different types of cetaceans are sighted here between resident and migratory species. Visitors can watch whales and dolphins from towers on the coast called lookouts from May to October and enter the sea in search of specimens of northern whales and bearded whales throughout the summer.

AZORES ISLANDS, PORTUGAL
AZORES ISLANDS, PORTUGAL

WHALE WITH WHALES IN PENINSULA VALDÉS

Valdés Peninsula, Argentina. Hundreds of southern right whales arrive every year, between June and December, to this hidden place on the coast of Argentina, in Patagonia, to fulfill their reproductive cycle. This territory declared World Heritage of Humanity is home to one of the largest populations of cetaceans in the world, consisting of about 2,500 specimens, among which the southern right whale, which can measure 15 meters long and weigh between 40 and 45 tons. Puerto Pirámides is the only town and service center of the Peninsula and the perfect starting point for whale watching.

WHALES IN PENINSULA VALDÉS
WHALES IN PENINSULA VALDÉS

HERVEY BAY AUSTRALIA 

Hervey Bay Australia. On the coast of Queensland between July and well into October, you can enjoy whale jumps of more than fifty tons in the calm waters of the Australian Bay of Hervey. From the coast depart the boats that are so close to the cetaceans that it is even possible to touch them.

HERVEY BAY AUSTRALIA
HERVEY BAY AUSTRALIA

BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO

Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico. These waters are the best place to see the famous gray whales. On the Baja California peninsula, there are saltwater lagoons surrounded by the desert where gray whales arrive to mate and breed. The best season to see whales in this place in Mexico is from January to April but during the rest of the year, you can also see blue whale specimens of more than 100 tons.

BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO Photo: hiltonloscabos.com

PRAIA DO ROSA, BRAZIL

Praia do Rosa, Brazil. In the south of the country, this beautiful beach washed by the waters of the Atlantic receives every year, from June to November, the southern right whales. These animals delight tourists with impressive jumps that show up to 75% of their body.

PRAIA DO ROSA, BRAZIL
PRAIA DO ROSA, BRAZIL Photo: scte-brazil.com

Now that you've seen where all the best whale watching in the world is, which spot are you adding to your bucket list?