Most common WHALES

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.

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.

MINKE WHALES

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

HUMPBACKS

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

ORCAS

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

RIGHT WHALES

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

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.

BELUGAS

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

FINBACKS

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

The best PLACES

Best places SPRING

Orcas hunting close to the beach, blue whales right ahead and gray whale watching even from land: some ideas for spring.

Best places SPRING

Orcas, gray and blue whales: some ideas for spring.

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PATAGONIA

If you're visiting Patagonia you should also make a stop at Valdes Peninsula - the place where orcas hunt directly at the beach.

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OREGON

Spring is high season for whale watching in Oregon: Meet the gray whales migrating north - even from land!

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CALIFORNIA

California is a great place to meet the whales all year round. But during spring, the gray whales are traveling really close to shore.

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AZORES

During spring the Azores are probably the best place in the world to meet the giant blue whales while they are on their way north.

The WHALE MAP

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