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Whale Watching - Best Tours & Trips 2019

Nothing beats the thrill of seeing a majestic whale breach, soaring into the air and crashing back down into the ocean. It's a spectacular display, not to be missed and visible virtually all around the world. Optimize your chances of glimpsing this stunning creature in it's natural habitat by taking a guided tour that includes whale watching excursions. Your guide will know the best places to witness whales and be able to provide extensive information on the particular species.

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Trip Type Trip Type Classic Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Guided Experiences Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ocean Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Tour Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Independent Package A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ocean Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Solo Friendly Solo Friendly Good for Singles Trips that specifically cater to travelers looking to meet other singles.
No Single Supplement Trips where single supplement is usually not required for solo travelers.

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Top Whale Watching Experiences and Attractions

Top Whale Watching Experiences

Taking a sailing cruise in the Maldives and getting to see the more unusual species present in tropical waters

Going on a guided tour of the "Whale Route" in South Africa

Midnight sun whale watching in Iceland

Witnessing the spectacular "lunge feeding" display by enormous humpback whales in Alaska

Seeing the incredible variety of species in Baja, Mexico

Orca viewing in the Johnstone Strait area of Vancouver Island

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Whale Watching Trip Reviews

12 Whale Watching Tour Reviews - Summary 100% Recommend

4.9 out of 5
Excellent 11
Great 1
Average 0
Disappointing 0
Terrible 0
Value
4.9
Guide
5.0
Activities
4.9
Lodging
4.9
Transportation
4.9
Meals
5.0

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Excellent

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

The best in the business!

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Operator AdventureSmith

Trip of a Lifetime!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Absolutely loved this trip with ROW! It was my first time sea kayaking and the guides were very helpful with making me feel comfortable throughout the trip. The areas we visited were very beautiful and we also experienced such unique wildlife encounters! I have a new love for that area and a passion for the Orca's & Humpback whales. Can't wait to go again next year!

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Operator ROW Sea Kayak Adventures

Wonderful and very special

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

What a great trip! Warm people, fantastic ship, beautiful animals, great weather, wonderful nature, very friendly crew/staff.... This was a very special experience. Plenty of time to do whatever you want, take marvellous pictures, well experienced staff and vegan menus on demand.

I loved the zodiac trips, landings, guides and there was a wedding as well! I enjoyed it very much from beginning to end and if the opportunity arises I will definitely join the MV Plancius again! Thanks to all!

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Operator Oceanwide Expeditions

Great trip, great company

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 5.0

Despite the very windy conditions and therefore less paddling time than I would have liked, I had a great time. Our guides did an awesome job, were very concerned with safety, very knowledgeable and great cooks. One of them even caught fresh fish for dinner!!

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Operator ROW Sea Kayak Adventures

Whale Watching Tours and Travel Guide

Whale Watching Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Nothing beats the thrill of seeing a majestic whale breach, soaring into the air and crashing back down into the ocean. It's a spectacular display, not to be missed and visible virtually all around the world. Optimize your chances of glimpsing this stunning creature in it's natural habitat by taking a guided tour that includes whale watching excursions. Your guide will know the best places to witness whales and be able to provide extensive information on the particular species.

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All Whale Watching tours, river cruises, expedition cruises, and adventure trips. Find the best guided trips and expert planned vacation and holiday packages. Average rating of 4.9 for all Whale Watching trips.

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