Whale Watching Season Upon Us

Breaching Orca WhaleBreaching Orca Whale


Breaching orca whale

Each year various whale species make their migration from the cold waters near Alaska to warmer conditions.  Right now, we are in the midst of fantastic whale watching opportunities in different locations along the Pacific.

The whale watching season for gray whales is about to begin in Mexico!  This species makes a round trip of around 12,400 miles, making it one of the longest migrations by any mammal.  During their February-March visit to Baja, the gray whales calve and nurse in the shallow lagoons.  These grounds are protected by strict Mexican environmental and ecological legislation, and they provide a unique setting in which to observe this natural event.  Having access to both the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez, Mexico tours give travelers more opportunities to encounter these majestic creatures. 

Close encounter with a gray whale in BajaClose encounter with a gray whale in Baja (Jonathan Brunger)


Close encounter with a gray whale in Baja

Each winter, more than 6,000 humpback whales migrate to the warm waters around the Hawaiian Islands.  Here, the humpback whales mate, give birth, and care for their young until it is time to depart.  Hawaii's whale watching season begins in November, peaks in February and March, then concludes by mid-May.  By that time, almost all of the whales have migrated back to their feeding waters off Alaska.  Whales can be seen from shore from some locations on the islands, however ships offer the best observation point.  Check out which small ship cruise to Hawaii might be perfect for you here.

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Pair of orcas in Alaska


Enter the wild of Alaska to get up-close with these mammals that are indigenous to the area.  The season to see these magnificent creatures technically begins in April, however, whales may be sighted here year-round.  Explore the deep fjords and open waters for your chance to spot gray whales, orcas, and minke whales. 


Wherever you choose see them, you will be mesmerized by these giant mammals.  So, let the adventure begin!


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