Top 7 places for whale watching
Journeys | 28.08.2019
The dream of many travelers is "to see a whale". It's hard to forget a huge animal as big as a five-story house gracefully swimming nearby. The impression will be remembered forever. We'll tell you where to go to see these magnificent mammals.
1. Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
A picturesque spot in the very east of Canada is famous for its incredible landscapes and drifting icebergs. The nature here looks like a mixture of the most epic places on the planet: Norway, Iceland and the highlands of Scotland. But the most impressive are the whales. Here is one of the largest populations of humpback whales. The representatives of tourism do not ignore this moment, therefore there are many excursions for observation. For example, you can take a tour in kayaks and not just look at the whales from the shore, but swim with them.
2. Shantar Islands, Russia
The foggy archipelago of the Sea of Okhotsk is not known to many travelers, and it is not easy to get there. First you need to fly to Khabarovsk, then get to Komsomolsk-on-Amur, and then go by boat. The Shantar islands is one of the few places on the planet with a big population of bow-headed whales. Near the islands, one can sometimes observe 30–40 individuals in the water at the same time. The spectacle is incredible and will surely become one of the most powerful experiences in life.
3. Husavik, Iceland
Travelers love Iceland so much for concentrating all sorts of impressions and new experiences: northern lights, geysers, volcanoes, glaciers and, of course, whales. To see the giant mammals, you should go to the north of Iceland to the fishing village of Husavik and take a boat trip to the Skjálfandaflói bay. Most likely you will see blue whales and even killer whales. This is also a good chance to enjoy the views of Iceland from the water. Husavik is called the Icelandic capital of whales, so there is a good chance of seeing the animals.
4. Disco Bay, Greenland
It is difficult to imagine a more severe landscape than this bay's: icebergs, the dark blue water of the Atlantic Ocean and the huge tails of whales. Here you can also take a kayak tour and swim between giant ice floes of various shapes. Greenland has over 10 species of whales. To see beluga, narwhals (whales with a horn) and bow-head whales, you should come in winter. And if you want to see humpback whales and minke whales – in summer.
5. Walker Bay, South Africa
It is unlikely that many people know that you can also go to Africa to look at whales. Mammals come to Walker Bay from June to October to raise offsprings. Whale watching is so popular here that at the end of September in the town of Hermanus a whale festival is held with lectures, concerts, film screenings and other events. Whales sometimes swim close to the shore and at such moments a special herald blows a horn to notify residents and visitors of the city.
6. Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand
Popular points for observing whales are often called the "Whale capitals of the world." Kaikoura is also called that way. This at least suggests that there are a lot of whales, and it is worth going here to watch them, but whether this is really the main place to observe them or not is not so important. Orcas can be seen here in the warm months, and blue and southern whales – in colder months. As elsewhere, you can take a tour by an autoboat or a boat. Travel companies work with observation centers or hire special staff to monitor the situation. The chance is never 100%, but still it's great.
7. The Azores, Portugal
An archipelago of nine islands in the Atlantic Ocean is one of the places on the planet that is rich in different types of cetaceans: there are more than 20 of them here. The Azores themselves are an amazing place: volcanoes, rocks, hot springs that are right in the ocean.

Blue whales can be seen here in winter, and minke whales and sperm whales – in summer. There are cetacean observation centers, ethnological museums, research institutes that study the behavior and migration of whales and much more on the islands. So, if you want to not only see the whales, but dig into the history of their study – it will be easy to do in Azores.
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