A blue whale fluking off the Azores. Mount Pico in the back. Photo: Oliver Dirr / Whaletrips

Whaletrip SHETLANDS

Some juvenile Puffins playing around at the lighthouse of Sumburgh Head. Photo: Oliver Dirr / Whaletrips

Whaletrips SHOP

Our Travel Notes in green. Theresas favourite colour! Photo: Oliver Dirr / Whaletrips

Most common WHALES

A pilot whale off Madeira. No wind, light swell: perfect conditions. Photo: Oliver Dirr / Whaletrips
SPERM WHALES

Sperm whales dive deeper than any submarines. They can be spotted close to the coast in Norway, New Zealand and on the Azores.

HUMPBACKS

Humpback whales are gifted singers and tricky hunters: Singing takes place in the South Seas, hunting is done in the cold fjords.

FINBACKS

Finbacks are the second biggest whales in the world. The best places to meet them are Quebec and New England.

MINKE WHALES

Minke whales are curious, playful and widespread. They can be found everywhere, in Australia even while snorkeling.

BELUGAS

Belugas are very popular because of their facial expressions. You can often meet them in great numbers in Quebec, Manitoba and Nunavut.

RIGHT WHALES

Right whales are the bulkiest whales, but very agile nonetheless. Watch them breach in Australia, South Africa and Argentina.

BLUE WHALES

Blue whales are the biggest animals in the world – and extremely rare. You have good chances of spotting them in Iceland, Quebec, Mexico and Australia.

ORCAS

Orcas are the top predators of the world’s oceans. Especially in Norway and Canada, chances are high to come across them.

GRAY WHALES

Every year, gray whales migrate back and forth between Mexico and Alaska. At some places you can even see them from the mainland.

The best PLACES

Theresa at Mirador de Abrante in La Gomera. Photo: Oliver Dirr / whaletrips

Best places WINTER

Winter is coming. Maybe the best time of the year to go whale watching. Some ideas.

Best places AUTUMN

Humpbacks, orcas, gray whales: some ideas for winter.

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HAWAII

In winter, hundreds of humbacks gather off Hawaii to mate and give birth.

Winter Whale Watching in Norwegen: Blick über den Bergsfjord bis nach Andenes.

NORWAY

Fjords full of humpbacks and orcas: Northern Norway surely is the place to be in winter.

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NEW ZEALAND

The best time to explore the spectacular landscapes far south. Also a great time to meet the giant sperm whales.

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MEXICO

Between December and April gray whales gather at Baja California to mate and give birth.

The WHALE MAP

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