On board of the Southern Star, somewhere between Skjervøy and Kvænangen. Photo: Oliver Dirr / whaletrips

Whaletrip AUSTRALIA

A late afternoon in Byron Bay. Sometimes you can see the whales even from the beach. Photo: Oliver Dirr / whaletrips

Whaletrips SHOP

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

Most common WHALES

The mighty fluke of a humpback whale diving directly in front of our boat. Photo: Oliver Dirr / whaletrips
HUMPBACKS

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

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.

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 in Kaikoura, New Zealand – they have some really nice murals there! Photo: Oliver Dirr / whaletrips

Tips for 2022

When traveling is hopefully fun again: some ideas for a beautiful summer full of whales.

Tips for 2022

To plan ahead: a few tips for next summer.

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ICELAND

Orcas in the west, humpbacks up north, even blue whales if you are lucky: Iceland is a magical place for summer!

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NORWAY

The islands of Lofoten and Vesterålen are most spectacular. During summer, they are also a great place to meet puffins and sperm whales.

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BRITISH COLUMBIA

Until the beginning of autumn, the north of Vancouver Island is a great place to meet the orcas.

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GREENLAND

High season in Greenland: In the Disco Bay area you will most likely encounter humpback and fin whales. And gigantic icebergs.

The WHALE MAP

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