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  • Photograph of Humpback Whale

    A spectacular photograph of a Humpback Whale breaching in Antarctica by Marie-France Grenouillet.

    WHALE WATCHING

    The destinations listed and linked below are the ones we believe are the best in the world to see whales. Many of these are also the best in the world to see Dolphins.

    If there are any other destinations you think should be on the list then please Email us.

    The destinations are listed alphabetically. For more details click on the destination name.

    Alaska
    Belugas in Turnagain Arm, Humpbacks and Killers in Kenai Fjords NP, and Humpbacks in the remote Unimak Pass in the Aleutian Islands.

    Alaska - Southeast
    Humpbacks bubble-net feeding, as well as a chance of Killers.

    Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands
    Humpback, Killer, Fin and Sei, and a chance of Blue, Southern Right, Southern Bottlenose, Cuvier's Beaked, Gray's Beaked and Minke help make this A Top Ten Destination.

    Arctic Canada
    Beluga, Bowhead, Humpback, Fin, Minke and Long-finned Pilot, and a chance of Narwhal and Killer help make this A Top Ten Destination.

    Argentina - Southern
    Killer Whales 'beaching' in pursuit of sealion pups and close-up Southern Right Whales.

    Atlantic Odyssey
    Humpback, Killer, Fin, Sei, Sperm, Southern Bottlenose, Minke and Long-finned Pilot, and a chance of Blue, Southern Right and several beaked whales.

    Australia - Western
    Humpback and Southern Right in the Esperance area and Fitzgerald River NP.

    Azores
    Sperm Whales, and a chance of Blue, Fin, Sei, Cuvier’s Beaked, Sowerby’s Beaked, Northern Bottlenose, False Killer and (Short-finned) Pilot.

    Baffin Island - Canada
    The best place in the world to see Narwhals, plus a chance of Belugas and Bowhead Whales.

    Baja California - Mexico
    A chance to look Grey Whales in the eye and see hundreds of other whales including Blue, Sperm, Humpback, Killer, Fin, Sei, Bryde's, Dwarf Sperm, Minke, Pygmy Killer and Short-finned Pilot.

    British Columbia (Western Canada)
    The greatest concentration of Killer Whales in the world, plus Humpback and Grey Whales help make this A Top Ten Destination.

    California (Northern) - USA
    A good chance of Blue and Humpback, with Grey and possibly Killer and Fin.

    Canada - Eastern (New Brunswick-Nova Scotia)
    Fin, Northern Right, Minke and a chance of Humpback.

    Canada - Newfoundland
    The largest northern summer numbers of Humpback Whales in the world, sometimes very close inshore, and a chance of Fin and Minke.

    Chile
    A chance of Blue Whales off the Isla de Chiloe as well as Humpbacks.

    Dominica
    Sperm and (Short-finned) Pilot Whales, and a chance of Bryde’s, Cuvier’s Beaked, Dwarf Sperm, False Killer, Melon-headed and Pygmy Sperm Whales.

    Dominican Republic
    One of the few places in the world where it is possible to swim with Humpback Whales. Also a chance of seeing Sperm, False Killer and Pygmy Sperm Whales.

    Hawaii
    Humpbacks from land and sea, as well as False Killer and Short-finned Pilot Whales, and a chance of Sperm, Cuvier's Beaked, Melon-headed and Pygmy Killer Whales.

    Iceland
    Killer and Minke Whales, and a chance of Blue and Humpback.

    Kamchatka (and the Kuril and Commander Islands) - Russia
    A chance of Blue, Humpback, Killer, Sperm, Fin, Sei, Grey, Minke and Baird's Beaked Whales.

    Maldives
    Cuvier's Beaked, Dwarf Sperm and Short-finned Pilot Whales, and a chance of Blue, Sperm, Blainville's Beaked, Bryde's, False Killer, Longman's Beaked and Melon-headed Whales.

    Massachusetts - USA
    Lots of Humpbacks on the Stellwagen Bank, and a chance of Fin, Long-finned Pilot and Minke Whales.

    New Zealand
    Sperm Whales off Kaikoura, and a chance of Killers.

    Pacific Odyssey
    A long list of possibilities including Blue, Humpback, Killer, Sperm, Blainville’s Beaked, Bryde’s (Omaru’s), Cuvier’s Beaked, Dwarf Sperm, False Killer, Ginko-toothed, Gray’s Beaked, Hubb’s Beaked, Longman’s Beaked, Pygmy Killer and Pygmy Sperm Whales.

    South Africa - Western
    Southern Right Whales, often close inshore, and a chance of Bryde's and Humpback Whales.

    Sri Lanka
    Blue Whales, and a chance of Sperm, Bryde's, Dwarf Sperm and False Killer Whales.