Whale Watchers

Whale Watching

Whale watching off coast of Maui, Hawaii

Maui, Hawaii
Catch more than a glimpse of the iconic humpback as these majestic creatures seek warmer Hawaiian waters for breeding in the winter months. The fifth largest whale species in the world, their numbers have grown due to conservation efforts. See them breach and spray mist from their blowholes on a variety of whale watching boats in the clear blue water.

Jumping orca whale near canoeist

 

San Juan Islands, Washington
The San Juan Islands are the best place in the world to view Orca, or killer whales. These magnificent creatures live here year-round and can be spotted from a variety of tours from all three islands. You might also see sea lions, porpoise, bald eagles, harbor seals, as well as humpback and minke whales.

Whale of Virginia Beach

 

Virginia Beach, Virginia
Humpback and fin whales cruise through Virginia Beach waters in the winter, and there are many cruises offered that let you take advantage of the natural display. Every trip is different: you might see a humpback breach, some seabirds finding their prey, or a pod of dolphins following your boat.

Diving Humpback Whale-Kodiak IslandKodiak Island, Alaska
The Western North Pacific population of North Pacific humpback whale, known as a “stock,” migrates from the Alaskan Kodiak Archipelago to Japanese waters every year in search of breeding grounds in the warmer waters. Take part in this stunning display of nature by observing these beautiful mammals in their natural habitat.

 

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. His favorite RTX destinations are on the beach: Orange Beach, Alabama, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. .

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