3 Spots to See Humpback Whales
There is simply nothing more moving than being in the presence of a humpback whale in their natural habitat. Their sheer size and volume is daunting, their presence overwhelming their movements graceful and grand.
Every year as temperatures begin to get too cold in the polar regions the Humpback whales migrate to warmer waters in the tropics to mate and breed. Incorporating a Humpback whale encounter in to your yacht charter in the South Pacific is an absolute must. There are numerous places where you can not only see them but swim with them too.
Note, all whale encounters must always be done with a local, licensed and experienced guide. This is important to ensure the safety of the whales and their habitat... not to mention guest safety!
The below outlines the areas where Humpback Whales can be seen on their annual migration from Antarctica.
The best place is off the island of Moorea just an hours cruising from the main island of Tahiti.
The humpback whales come through this area from June to December each year with the peak period from mid-August to end of October.
Local Guide: http://www.tahiti-private-expeditions.com/
Where: Kaioura - the east coast of the South Island, New Zealand.
In the Vava'u group of islands to the North of Tonga. This is a beautiful splattering of 40 islands clustered together surrounding one main island. A beautiful place to cruise let alone known as one of the best places in the world to encounter Humpbacks.
When: Best time of year is between July and October. It is very common in this protected area to encounter Mother whales with their calves.
NOTE - whale watching in Tonga is strictly reserved to local operators so even if you are chartering a yacht near by, a local boat must be chartered in order to encounter the whales.