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Best Destinations for Whale Watching


As you plan your vacations for the year keep in mind these seasonal whale-watching destinations

You'll likely spot orcas while whale watching in Vancouver.

Spring may have just begun, but many are taking the time now to plan summer destination vacations to escape the brutal heat that is typically felt from June through August. It’s the perfect time to visit places with a cooler climate and catch the intriguing natural migration of several whale species as they head to colder waters to stock up on food.

Slideshow: Best Destinations for Whale Watching

Throughout the year you’ll find pods of whales migrating from across the world to reach cooler or warmer waters for feeding and breeding, respectively. During the months between March and November, the most widely seen whales in the locations on our list are humpbacks, orcas, and sperm whales.

If you visit places like Kaikoura, New Zealand, or Orkney in the Scottish Northern Isles, you’ll find whales there year-round, but other places like Vancouver, British Columbia, and Juneau, Alaska, are best visited for sightings during the summer months and early fall. Check out the list below for other wonderful destinations where you can see these beautiful marine giants.


Alaska is beyond a doubt one of the best places to spot whales. The waters off its coast are home for humpbacks, orcas, belugas, gray whales, and even the incredibly elusive and endangered blue whale – the largest creature to ever live on the our planet. Head to the Inside Passage where you'll be able to take short excursions out onto the water or cruises lasting several weeks, giving you plenty of time to see these amazing creatures.

Best Time to Visit: May - August. Several species come and go during that time frame, but humpbacks and orcas are especially plentiful.


Alaska is beyond a doubt one of the best places to spot whales. The waters off its coast are home for humpbacks, orcas, belugas, gray whales, and even the incredibly elusive and endangered blue whale – the largest creature to ever live on the our planet. Head to the Inside Passage where you'll be able to take short excursions out onto the water or cruises lasting several weeks, giving you plenty of time to see these amazing creatures.

Best Time to Visit: May - August. Several species come and go during that time frame, but humpbacks and orcas are especially plentiful.


Alaska is beyond a doubt one of the best places to spot whales. The waters off its coast are home for humpbacks, orcas, belugas, gray whales, and even the incredibly elusive and endangered blue whale – the largest creature to ever live on the our planet. Head to the Inside Passage where you'll be able to take short excursions out onto the water or cruises lasting several weeks, giving you plenty of time to see these amazing creatures.

Best Time to Visit: May - August. Several species come and go during that time frame, but humpbacks and orcas are especially plentiful.


Alaska is beyond a doubt one of the best places to spot whales. The waters off its coast are home for humpbacks, orcas, belugas, gray whales, and even the incredibly elusive and endangered blue whale – the largest creature to ever live on the our planet. Head to the Inside Passage where you'll be able to take short excursions out onto the water or cruises lasting several weeks, giving you plenty of time to see these amazing creatures.

Best Time to Visit: May - August. Several species come and go during that time frame, but humpbacks and orcas are especially plentiful.


Alaska is beyond a doubt one of the best places to spot whales. The waters off its coast are home for humpbacks, orcas, belugas, gray whales, and even the incredibly elusive and endangered blue whale – the largest creature to ever live on the our planet. Head to the Inside Passage where you'll be able to take short excursions out onto the water or cruises lasting several weeks, giving you plenty of time to see these amazing creatures.

Best Time to Visit: May - August. Several species come and go during that time frame, but humpbacks and orcas are especially plentiful.


Alaska is beyond a doubt one of the best places to spot whales. The waters off its coast are home for humpbacks, orcas, belugas, gray whales, and even the incredibly elusive and endangered blue whale – the largest creature to ever live on the our planet. Head to the Inside Passage where you'll be able to take short excursions out onto the water or cruises lasting several weeks, giving you plenty of time to see these amazing creatures.

Best Time to Visit: May - August. Several species come and go during that time frame, but humpbacks and orcas are especially plentiful.


Alaska is beyond a doubt one of the best places to spot whales. The waters off its coast are home for humpbacks, orcas, belugas, gray whales, and even the incredibly elusive and endangered blue whale – the largest creature to ever live on the our planet. Head to the Inside Passage where you'll be able to take short excursions out onto the water or cruises lasting several weeks, giving you plenty of time to see these amazing creatures.

Best Time to Visit: May - August. Several species come and go during that time frame, but humpbacks and orcas are especially plentiful.


Alaska is beyond a doubt one of the best places to spot whales. The waters off its coast are home for humpbacks, orcas, belugas, gray whales, and even the incredibly elusive and endangered blue whale – the largest creature to ever live on the our planet. Head to the Inside Passage where you'll be able to take short excursions out onto the water or cruises lasting several weeks, giving you plenty of time to see these amazing creatures.

Best Time to Visit: May - August. Several species come and go during that time frame, but humpbacks and orcas are especially plentiful.


Alaska is beyond a doubt one of the best places to spot whales. The waters off its coast are home for humpbacks, orcas, belugas, gray whales, and even the incredibly elusive and endangered blue whale – the largest creature to ever live on the our planet. Head to the Inside Passage where you'll be able to take short excursions out onto the water or cruises lasting several weeks, giving you plenty of time to see these amazing creatures.

Best Time to Visit: May - August. Several species come and go during that time frame, but humpbacks and orcas are especially plentiful.


Alaska is beyond a doubt one of the best places to spot whales. The waters off its coast are home for humpbacks, orcas, belugas, gray whales, and even the incredibly elusive and endangered blue whale – the largest creature to ever live on the our planet. Head to the Inside Passage where you'll be able to take short excursions out onto the water or cruises lasting several weeks, giving you plenty of time to see these amazing creatures.

Best Time to Visit: May - August. Several species come and go during that time frame, but humpbacks and orcas are especially plentiful.


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