How to see a whale in WA this month
The largest whale migration in the Southern Hemisphere is happening right now, along a stretch of ocean known as The Humpback Highway.
Every April, approximately 35,000 whales migrate from Antarctica to the Kimberley, where warmer waters create perfect conditions for raising calves.
From September to December, whale families make their way along the Humpback Highway, which happens to be along the WA coastline.
If you’ve ever wanted to see a whale, now is the time. Luckily, there are some great cruise companies who can help you take in the magnificent spectacle.
Here are some tips for catching a glimpse!
Find a whale watching company
There are plenty of great whale watching companies in WA who will get you in the perfect spot for a sighting. The ones we have recommended are all ethical, since they don’t disturb the whales by getting too close. (Don’t worry; you’ll still see them well!)
Here are some of our top picks.
The Aquarium of WA teams up with two of WA’s best charter companies – Mills Charters and Rottnest Fast Ferries, for whale watching just out of the Hillarys Boat Harbour.
You’ll get the benefits of a knowledgeable Ocean Guide, who imparts their expert whale know-how to you and the other guests on board.
This charter runs from August until December and costs around $60. Head here to book or find out more!
Naturaliste Charters Whale Watching
If you’re lucky enough to be in the South of WA between now and December, then we recommend jumping on board a Naturaliste charter.
The legends who run the family-owned company are passionate about ethical eco-tourism and conservation. And, they know all the best spots to see these magnificent creatures in action.
Naturaliste runs all year round, but you’re sure to see the most activity during the annual migration months between now and December.
Discover more or book a tour here!
Whale Watch WA
Whale Watch has an impeccable Trip Advisor rating, and for good reason. The 2 to 3 hour charters allow guests to whale watch in Perth or Augusta for around $90.
If you want something with a little more luxury, Captain’s Lounge upgrades are available for an additional cost. (The regular charter is still comfortable, so you’ll be set either way!)
Once again, the crew at Whale Watch WA is highly knowledgeable, and their understanding of these graceful mammals will make the adventure even richer.
Head here to find out more and book!
Ahoy from land!
If you want to see whales the cheapest way possible, then watching from the shoreline is probably your best bet.
Watching from land has nothing on seeing whales from a boat’s eye view, but really, any sighting is very special in it’s own way.
Right now there is plenty of activity along the west coast of Australia, so if the day is clear, you may just be lucky enough to see one.
Of course, luck does have a lot to do with it, since whales will breach whenever they want to, which means there’s no ‘ideal’ time to see them in action.
We asked Tom, a local Margaret River fisherman for tips on what to watch out for.
“I constantly scan the water for whales, and anything different, it’s just habit,” he said.
“With whales, I look for the spray from their blow hole, since that stands out from the regular chop of the water.”
Tom told us that once you start noticing the spray, you develop a keen eye for whale watching and see more and more each year. Pretty. Cool.
If you have a whale-watching tale to tell, please share it with us in the comments section. And of course, if you’re looking for comprehensive cover for your boat, give us a call.
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