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Whale Watching Cruises

By Viator, December 2010

Whale-watching cruises combine eco-friendly wildlife spotting and coastal sightseeing from some of the world’s most scenic ports.

Environmentally friendly and interactive, whale-watching cruises cast off from locations around the globe, including Boston, Reykjavik, Oahu, San Diego, Hermanus, Sydney and Los Cabos.

You can take to the water in a kayak, sailboat or Zodiac raft, or combine the experience with a relaxing lunch cruise aboard a luxury yacht with panoramic 360-degree views. And if you fail to spot a whale, most operators guarantee a complimentary repeat cruise.

As well as humpbacks, southern rights, minkes and orcas, you might spot spinner dolphins, porpoises, seabirds, seals and turtles. To enhance the experience, an onboard marine expert will share informative facts about the wildlife swimming by, answer questions and provide essential background to the area’s coastal environment.

Whale-watching tours operate seasonally. For example, they depart from July to November for whale-watching trips to Hermanus from Cape Town, or May to October for the Australian Whale Sanctuary near Brisbane.

Whale-watching cruises can be combined with complementary activities. Add a whale-watching cruise to your Boston day trip, combine wildlife spotting with a hot springs tour in Iceland, or include a cruise along the Gold Coast’s canals from Brisbane in Queensland.

To get the most from your whale-watching tour, come equipped with a weatherproof jacket, flat shoes, sunscreen, your camera and a pair of binoculars. Most cruises provide drinks and snacks.

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Boston Whale Watching Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 218 Reviews

Looking for a whale watch that requires less travel time, offers the most comfortable ride available and gives you more time viewing some of the world's most ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.35

Juneau Whale Watching Adventure and Mendenhall Glacier Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 56 Reviews

Escape to the Alaskan Wilderness on a small group Whale Watching Adventure from Juneau. This is your chance to see humpback whales, bald eagles, seals and ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: Whale Watching - 3 hours
With Mendenhall Glacier - 4.5 hours

From USD $125.00

Full-Day Whale Watching Cruise from Quebec

4.5 star rating: Recommended 68 Reviews

While you’re in Quebec City, don’t miss a chance to see some of Canada’s best wildlife on a whale-watching cruise! You’ll travel to Baie-Sainte-Catherine by ...  Read more

Location: Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.37

Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik

4 star rating: Recommended 49 Reviews

Board a whale-watching boat in Reykjavik and head out on an adventure to see the numerous whales of Faxaflói Bay. Stay warm on the boat with complimentary ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 2.5 hours or 3.5 hours

From USD $76.53

Napali and Ni'ihau 'The Forbidden Island' Kauai Snorkel Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 34 Reviews

Take the ultimate Kauai snorkeling adventure, departing daily from Port Allen Harbor, Kauai! You'll cruise the majestic Napali coast en route to Forbidden ...  Read more

Location: Kauai, Hawaii
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $191.09

Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise Including Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 37 Reviews

Enjoy Sydney sightseeing, a BBQ lunch and whale watching on the ultimate Sydney Harbour cruise. Relax while you see the sights of Sydney from the water as you ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.29

Best of Victoria Tour: Whale Watching, Butchart Gardens and Sunset Cruise from Vancouver

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Combine four great experiences for the ultimate Vancouver day trip! Take a whale-watching cruise, sightsee around Victoria at your own pace, explore the ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $307.31

Whale Watching & Wildlife Eco Tour from San Francisco

4 star rating: Recommended 90 Reviews

Join your captain for an enthralling San Francisco whale watching tour and catch incredible sightings of these magnificent creatures migrating through one of ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $79.00

Go San Diego Card

4.5 star rating: Recommended 36 Reviews

With access to nearly 50 attractions, activities and tours all around San Diego, the Go San Diego™ Card offers something for everyone! Visit the San Diego Zoo, ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 1, 2, 3, 4 or 7 days

From USD $79.99

Viator Exclusive: 2-day Victoria Tour from Vancouver including Butchart Gardens

4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

Want to spend more than a day discovering the delights of the capital of British Columbia? This tour includes a ferry to Victoria, a float plane flight back to ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $413.94

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