Where can I see Whales for Free?
There are several locations around the world where you can watch whales from the shore – good news for landlubbers who get sea sick, as well as those travelling on a budget.
1. Inside Passage
Ferry journeys north from Vancouver are often accompanied by sightings of orca and humpbacks The Frederick Sound area in Southeast Alaska is particularly renowned for bubble-net feeding humpbacks.
Cruise Highway 1 following the grey whale migration, stopping at headlands like Point Reyes to check for spouts.
Stake out whale-watching viewpoints at Capde-Bon-Désir, Pointe Noire and Pointe des Monts on the St Lawrence River.
Once used by whalers, watchtowers on islands like Pico and Faial are now used by researchers and tourists.
5. Bay of Biscay
Catch a ferry between Portsmouth and Bilbao or Plymouth and Santander for a chance to spot up to 20 species of cetacean.
Island-hop around the Hebrides and Shetlands on CalMac ferries for a glimpse of orca and
7. South Africa
A 12km stretch of low cliffs at Hermanus provides one of the world’s best vantage points for land-based whale watching.
Bryde’s whales come close inshore at Ogata, March–October.
9. South Australia
Bunda Cliffs on the Nullarbor coast offer superb views of southern right whales in the sea
10. New South Wales
Humpbacks pass below the cliffs of Cape Byron, June–July.