Every year, at a time determined by nature, whales migrate to places designated by nature. US whale lovers look forward to the start of the whale watching season every year. For US residents, this includes the western coast of Mexico, southern California and the waters of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of the Dominican Republic.
🐳 Whales begin arriving in the Hawaiian Islands region in early December. The whales make this annual 3,000-mile journey from Alaska to the warm waters of Hawaii to mate, usually between November and April. (Season may vary slightly.)
The best time for whale watching is from January to April.
You'd better take a boat tour to see the whales. But in Hawaii there are places where you can watch whales right from the shore and for free.
On Oahu, for example, Makapuu Lighthouse Trail (east coast), Waianae coast (west coast) or Sunset Beach (north coast of the island).
On Maui: Kamaole Beach Park III, Kaanapali Beach (west side of the island) or Maui Ocean Center (Address: 192 Maalaea Rd, Wailuku).
🐳 This year, whales were sighted off the coast of Mexico at the end of November. The whale watching season at Bahía de Banderas starts at the very beginning of December and lasts until the end of March (2023). (The first whales have been spotted on 5 December 2021 near Oceanside. The season is expected to run until the end of March 2023.
Head to Puerto Vallarta for a whale watching opportunity.
Whale watching is a fairly popular activity, especially with North American tourists.
🐳 11 January 2022. Whale watching season has begun in the Dominican Republic. The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Dominican Republic officially began the humpback whale watching season (Megaptera Novaeangliae) 2022.
The Whale watching season will run from this Saturday, January 15 to Thursday, March 31, for the Bay of Samaná and until Friday, April 15 for the Banco de La Plata in Puerto Plata.
You can choose and book a tour in advance, online.
Oregon Spring Whale Watching Week Starts March 24, 2023. Oregon coast springtime whale watching week was canceled in 2022. Depoe Bay Whale watching center remains closed to the public. You can probably see whales elsewhere from the beach or from the ship.
🐳 It is reported that humpback whales returned to the shores of the Mexican state of Oaxaca at the end of December 2021. These huge animals can be seen on the Mexican Pacific coast, possibly even until the end of April 2022.
In early January 2022, whales migrated to the shores of Japan. Seasonal humpback whale watching tours began on January 4 in the area around Amami Oshima Island in southwestern Japan in Kagoshima Prefecture.
The beginning of the whale watching season can be expected in the very near future in the Dominican Republic. The whales will remain off the coast of the Dominican Republic until mid-spring. Whale watching trips and short cruises can be booked in advance, online.