It should come as no surprise that a ship-based holiday offers
the best way to see dolphins and whales in their natural setting.
If you want to maximise your chances of seeing these beautiful and
fascinating creatures, and to do so in comfort, then a dolphin or
whale watching cruise is the way to go.
Many adventure cruise lines travel to cetacean hotspots, and you
can choose between itineraries solely focused on wildlife, or more
wide-ranging expeditions where whale watching is just one of the
activities on offer.
Baja California and the Sea of Cortez, off the Pacific coast of Mexico, is
arguably the world's top whale watching destination. Between
January and March the lagoons of the Pacific coast provide the
breeding ground for calving grey whales, an incredibly friendly and
playful species, while further south off the tip of Baja California
you'll see acrobatic humpbacks breaching the surface. The Sea of
Cortez is also one of the best places in the world to see blue
whales, as well as being home to whale sharks, sea lions and
Further north, Alaska and the Pacific Northwest is another
whale watching hotspot, especially in summer, when you might spot
humpbacks, minke whales and orcas. In the Galapagos islands, better known for their land-based
species, you can see bottlenose dolphins, orcas and sperm whales,
while Antarctica is another option if you want to see whales
during our winter months.