This wildlife travel guide is meant to be like a trailer for the new Attenborough series. Because we also have individual travel guides for more specific wildlife vacations, such as our safaris, bear watching and whale watching. The travel guide below gives you the perfect introduction to getting your head around the extraordinary life on earth, and where to go to find it.
Best time to go whale watching
Whales swim around the world, their movements following the seasons and availability of food, so you need to be sure you're in the right place at the right time.
Our chart below shows roughly the best time to go whale watching in each region, but consult individual tours for more detailed information.
Our Whale watching Vacations
If you'd like to chat about Whale watching or need help finding a vacation to suit you we're very happy to help.
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March: Hunting orcasStunning footage of orcas launching themselves onto the beach to hunt seals was captured in Argentina's Peninsula Valdes. This takes place annually in a particular channel, and if you buy a permit you'll be able to get right up close to the awesome action.
March-May: Bowhead whales
The best time to go whale watching is Greenland is springtime, when bowhead whales travel here to feed on krill. The bowhead has the most massive mouth of any animal, with baleen plates measuring over three metres long, and may also be the longest-lived mammal. Sadly, it's also one of the most endangered whale species as a result of harpooning.
You can swim with whales!
From late July-early October humpback whales travel from the Antarctic up to Tonga to give birth. They hang out in the tropical waters, suckling their immense babies, and if you're feeling brave you can snorkel with them. Trained guides will only let you into the water once they can tell the mothers are relaxed.
More about Whale watching
With whales in virtually every corner of the ocean, and so many species, how do you begin to plan a trip? Our whale watching travel guide reveals all...
Some places are far more reliable for whale encounters than others. Our interactive map reveals where to go whale watching - and also when.
When planning a whale watching vacation, a great way start is by finding out about the different whale species - and what you can see, where and when.
Whale watching with kids is a sure way to bring out your child's inner marine biologist, and plant a love of the ocean that could last a lifetime.
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‘Skipper Extraordinaire’, Charles Wara believes the Norwegian fjords north of Tromsø are the best place in the world to admire killer whales in the wild.
The southern coast around Galle and Mirissa is the place to go in search of responsible blue whale watching in Sri Lanka. Be prepared for magic.
We've spoken to whale watching experts around the world to learn their whale watching tips, and how to make the most of a whale watching vacation.
We've outlined the reasons why we think that keeping whales in captivity is wrong, in partnership with the World Cetacean Alliance.
How to pick an ethical operator? for a whale watching vacation? We discuss responsible tourism issues around whale watching in the wild.
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