To put it simply, Newfoundland and Labrador is one of the premier whale watching locations in the world. With 22 species of whales, including minke, sperm, pothead, blue, orca, and the world's largest population of humpbacks, and a variety of ways to see them, you are sure to be awe-struck, amazed, and inspired by these ocean giants.

Whale watching by boat - Credit: Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism

Enjoy the view from the rail of a boat as you crest the Atlantic, with the variety of seabirds, the icebergs, and the Newfoundland coastline there to greet you. The smell of the ocean and the fresh breeze clears the head, while the power and scale of the water has you feeling almost child-like again. Binoculars give you a glimpse of whale spouts in the distance and you can hear the slap of flukes along the water. Then, you catch sight of a whale close by the boat and your heart begins to race.


Or you can choose to go even closer, in a kayak, and glide with the whales at sea level, putting yourself in their domain and experiencing their power, grace, and playfulness. Beyond the whales, you’ll learn from experienced guides about the area, the waters, the wildlife, and, perhaps most importantly, enjoy the restful sounds of the ocean as you make your way around the Newfoundland coastline exploring sea caves and cliffs.

Whales breaching in tandem - Credit: Dylan Furst

Still not close enough? A snorkel tour brings you completely into the whales’ environment. Imagine bobbing up and down in the Atlantic Ocean when you see a brighter shade of blue in the distance. It grows and brightens to a luminous white. It's the underbelly of a humpback whale. The whale surfaces and sees you in the distance. Curious, the 30-tonne behemoth decides to take a closer look. Suddenly she is alongside and the two of you stare into each other's eyes. You try to remember to breathe. Then your chest reverberates as she slaps a flipper on the surface and deftly rolls away. Along with the whales, you can snorkel to explore sunken ships and other underwater treasures along the Newfoundland coastline.

Share the waters with these massive creatures - Credit: Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism

The best time to go whale watching in Newfoundland are from mid-May to September, with the peak season being from mid-July to mid-August.


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