There is nothing quite like the euphoria that comes from getting a close-up glimpse of one of the most magnificent creatures on earth, making it no surprise that travelers flock to all corners of the planet to access some of the best whale watching spots. Whether it be the tropical waters of Hawaii, or the shallow shores of South Africa, OROGOLD Cosmetics has put together some of the best destinations around the world for whale watching.
Hermanus, South Africa
South Africa’s position on the southernmost tip of the continent is ideal for viewing a wide variety of sea life. The whale route stretches for over 1200 miles, from Durban in the east to Cape Town in the west, but Hermanus, located just near Cape Town, is the best spot for shore-based whale watching. Thanks to the sheltered and shallow waters, Hermanus is where the whales migrate to each year, to mate and breed, with adults reaching a size of 17 meters long, and calves as large as 6 meters long. The 6-mile cliff-side walk has plenty of telescopes and benches to watch the whales, and there is even a town ‘whale crier’, who alerts people when whales have been spotted.
Each winter, from November to May, 10,000 humpback whales leave behind the icy waters of the Arctic and head to the Hawaiian islands. Although there are plenty of opportunities to whale watch from the other islands, the western and southern shores of Maui are considered to be some of the best. The whales mate near the islands, have their calves, and then return up north in the spring once the weather warms up. Luxury vessels, complete with fitted hydrophones, take people out to listen to the songs coming from the male humpback whales – songs which can each last up to half an hour. Thanks to the crystal clear waters around the islands, it is usually easy to spot the magnificent creatures down below.
Azores, Atlantic Ocean
The Azores archipelago is made up of 9 islands, and are some of the best whale watching destinations in the world. Its remote location means that it is a common stopover point for whales that are crossing the ocean, and as well as seeing Killer Whales and Pilot Whales, you also have the chance to see the blue whale – the largest animal on the planet, with a heart the size of a small car. There are lookout towers on shore where visitors can watch these beautiful animals, and there are also plenty of boat operators that take people out for a closer look.
When going whale watching, there are two essential requirements to ensure that you have a successful trip; planning and patience. Although most commercial whale watching trips have high rates of success, patience is usually necessary, as it can often be tricky to find the whales. Since there are also specific whale hotspots, and they don’t usually stay in the same place for more than a few months, some good planning is also needed, but, with more than 119 countries around the world that offer whale watching, you will no doubt be able to find somewhere at any time of the year.