They are the majestic, gentle giants of the ocean and have long captured the curiosity and hearts of animal lovers the world over, making whale watching one of the most sought after holiday activities around.
WhichBudget flight search engine has devised a list of some popular whale watching destinations, to ensure a unique and hassle free experience.
Iceland, known for its natural wonders and Norse heritage, is also a premier whale watching destination, with trips on beautifully restored fishing vessels to see friendly minke, humpback and blue whales, offering a unique whale watching experience. Tours, which run from May to September, operate from Reykjavik, Breiddalsvik, Olafsvik and the Westman Island, however, Husavik, regarded as the ‘whale watching capital of the world’, is the most popular destination. For true whale lovers, a visit to Husavik’s fascinating Whale Museum, the first of its kind in Iceland and home to interactive displays on Iceland’s cetacean species, is a must.
2Bay of Biscay, Spain
As if Spain’s natural beauty, cuisine and culture weren’t enough, it is also a wonderful whale watching destination. The Bay of Biscay, off Spain’s northern coast, offers superb whale watching opportunities, with the magnificent scenic delights an added bonus. June to September is the region’s whale watching season.
The warm waters surrounding the Madeira Islands, off the coast of Portugal, offer a blissful paradise for whales, attracting over 20 species, including pilot, fin and sperm whales. A day spent sailing through Madeira’s beautiful waters as you explore deserted islands and seek out whales, will be a truly unforgettable experience. And, with frequent sightings, you wouldn’t want to forget your camera! The best time for whale watching around Madeira is from May to October.