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Where To Find Whale Watching Tours

By Adam Wheeler

Whale watching tours offer glimpses of the largest mammals to inhabit the Earth. Whether it’s a humpback’s tail or a fin slapping on the surface of the water, a gray’s big solemn eye gazing up at you or an orca breaching out of the water like an acrobat, you won’t soon forget your first encounter with a whale. A whale-watching cruise can depart from nearly any ocean in the world, but some places are better than others. You also have to know when the “whale watching season” begins and ends in certain regions, as whales are largely migratory opportunists. In this article, you will learn more about how to plan the best whale watching excursion.

Visit Iceland, Britain, Norway or the Arctic Circle to take whale watching tours based out of Europe. Grays, humpbacks, orcas and minkes are the most common varieties found regionally, but you will also see puffins, harbor porpoises, white-beaked dolphins, Arctic terns and giant fish as well. Hvalalf based out of Reykjavik, Iceland is one of the more popular operators of whale watching cruises in European waters, with a 100-person restaurant boat renowned for its fresh-grilled cod.

Hawaii is the most popular playground for more than 6,000 humpbacks from November through May, so check out operators like the Pacific Whale Foundation, Aloha Hawaii Vacations or Hawaiian Discount for more cruise information.

Popular tour operators in the Northeast include 7 Seas Whale Watch, Cape Ann Whale Watch, Yankee Fleet and Captain Bill and Sons based out of Massachusetts. In New York, try Acadian Whale Adventures or Whales R Us. In Maine, look up Bar Harbor Whales, Captain Fish’s Whale Watch or Odyssey Whale Watch. Rhode Island offers cruises by Frances Fleet and New Jersey offers whale watching by Cape May Whale & Dolphin Watch.

Keep in mind that the tour operator you choose should be a member of the Whale Watch Operators Association Northwest (WWOANW), which means the company adheres to the guidelines mandated by the whale watching industry.

If you’re looking for a fun outing that combines adventure and an appreciation of nature, whale watching cruises can’t be beat. Click here to find out more about different kinds of tours like California whale watching trips.

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