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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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