Have fun whale watching off the Perth coast, around Rottnest, leaving from B shed Fremantle
Picturesque views of Perth’s coastline
Expert commentary by knowledgeable guides
Large viewing decks and great photo opportunities
Free time to explore Fremantle
Swan River cruise between Perth and Fremantle
2-hour whale-watching cruise
Experience the largest whale migration in the southern hemisphere
Guaranteed whale sightings
With so many species of whales on the planet, it can be quite a task to witness all of them. From the rare North Atlantic Right Whale, all the way to the mythical Hump Back Whale – whale watchers everywhere are spoilt for choice. If you’re new to the activity however, then it’s a great idea to get to know a little more about these unique species. That way, you’ll know the traits that you’re interested in watching, as well as the locations and habits of these beautiful mammals.
The North Atlantic Right Whale
With only 250 of these whales left in the wild – it can be very challenging to see them in their natural habitat. Fortunately, they still call a particular region of Quebec their home. These huge creatures are instantly recognizable thanks to the unique white markings on either side of the tail fin, although approaching them may be a challenge, as they are a notoriously shy animal.
The Blue Whale
Coming in at a close second in notoriety to the Hump Back Whale, blue whales can go incredibly large – and the largest have grown to be even larger than ships! This gentle giant is incredibly approachable however – although a pair of binoculars may be required to appreciate the stunning blue hues of the whales’ skin. You’ll see them in most oceans, and all year round too.
The Hump Back Whale
The true champion amongst whale-kind – the hump back whale is the largest and heaviest of whales on the planet. They migrate often; searching for fresh food supplies to satisfy their enormous appetites. As a result, they can be seen in the Pacific, Atlantic and even the Mediterranean oceans throughout the year.
Whale Watching Hot Spots
When you think about mammals, there are often a selection of animals that spring to mind. Elephants, lions and even humans are top answers – but how about whales? They are the biggest creatures on the planet, and you’ll find them in oceans all around the world, but where can you go to guarantee that you witness these incredible animals as close up as possible? Here’s a look at the top whale watching hot spots.
Kaikoura, New Zealand
One of the most popular destination for whale watches has to be Kaikoura. It’s located to the direct south of New Zealand, and the vast expanses of ocean boast a spectacle like nothing else on the planet. With whales migrating to and from the east and west several times a year – it’s never been easier to watch a mother and her calf venture out, or a huge bull splashing at shoals of fish with his tail.
Cape Town, South Africa
At the southern tip of Africa, resides two of the world’s largest oceans. The result is a great variety of whale species that can be seen from January to March, and then again between August and December. Species such as sperm whales, pilot whales and the enormous blue whales are just a few that can be seen – and it’s not uncommon to see up to a dozen of these species swimming in the same direction at any given time.