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Whale Watching Holidays with Naturetrek
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Our Wonderful Whale-watching Holidays

A sighting of whales in their natural habitat is consistently rated in the top 10 wildlife experiences in the world. These gentle giants of the ocean hold a special place in our hearts. Our dedicated small group tours offer the thrilling opportunity of an up-close-and-personal encounter in the wild; scanning the water, waiting for the sound of a blow or the sight of a dorsal fin is both thrilling and addictive.

Why Choose Naturetrek?

Our dedicated small group whale-watching holidays encompass a range of destinations all over the world to offer the best chance of sightings on short trips or longer cruises. Whether it’s a day excursion in the UK or an extended 14-day cruise to an exotic far-flung location, we offer the chance to encounter these giant cetaceans in all of the world’s oceans, from the tropics to the Polar regions.  
Depending on the location, our itineraries can focus on one or several of the planet’s 86 key species, including Blue and Killer Whales, or form part of a broader wildlife-watching experience to encounter dolphins, birdlife and other marine species. Led by expert biologist or naturalist guides, our tours often allow participants to get thrillingly close to one of the most fascinating animals on Earth. We've been organising specialist wildlife tours for 32 years and our experience, passion and knowledge have earned us a reputation as the best in the business. Our range of whale-watching holidays is so popular that we are rapidly expanding our programme to include some of the most exciting, wildlife-rich places in the world.

Tour Highlights:

  • Day excursions on small boats (UK) & longer 14-day liveaboard cruises
  • Tours to Australia, New Zealand, Gibraltar, Spain, Iceland, Norway, Portugal (Azores & Madeira), South Africa, Canada, Mexico – Baja California, UK, Argentina, the Galápagos Islands & more
  • Possible sightings of a range of species including Orca, Bryde's, Humpback, Blue & Killer Whales
  • Expert biologist & wildlife photographer-led tours
  • Opportunity for sightings of dolphins, sea otters, seabirds & many other marine mammals
  • Small groups offer an intimate, friendly experience
  • Explore magnificent coastal scenery & cetacean-rich oceans


Our expert recommends …

"Within Europe, the Azores is hard to beat for Sperm Whale sightings and Madeira combines a lovely island setting with a chance to see both common and rarer species. While Sri Lanka is becoming a hot spot, the ultimate experience is our Baja whale-watching cruise."

Tom Brereton
Naturetrek Tour Leader

What You've Been Saying about our Whale-watching Holidays

I loved this holiday from start to finish (particularly the snorkelling). This was my first holiday with Naturetrek so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was very well looked after, right from the pre-departure information that was sent out, all the way through to the end of the tour.
A.M., Tyne & Wear

We saw so much and it was wonderful to share the enthusiasm and experience with fellow travellers and trip leaders alike. A special thank you to our leaders who went to great lengths to make sure we saw so much on our whale-watching cruise and share their knowledge with us.
P.D., Nottinghamshire

Highlights included: seeing the largest living animal on our planet for the very first time and at such close range; enjoying an incredible display by 250 or more dolphins one afternoon; gazing in wonder at a whale shark coming within arm's length of our skiff with its enormous mouth wide open as it fed; having glorious sightings of a black-footed albatross, a red-billed tropic bird, scores of storm petrels and terns, as well as nesting ospreys, egrets and herons, orioles and frigatebirds. Neither will I forget the spectacular sunrises and sunsets, nor the Milky Way that night when all the boat's lights were switched off. Magic!
I.B., Gwynedd