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Whale Watching Tours with Naturetrek
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From UK day trips to 14-day cruises, our selection of whale watching holidays is unbeatable.


Seeing whales in the wild is one of the top 10 things most people want to do during their lifetime. Scanning the water, waiting to hear a blow or see a dorsal fin, is one of the top wildlife experiences in the world, and it can get addictive!

Our whale watching tour specialist 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 for Blue Whales. The ultimate whale watching tour, though, is our Naturetrek Baja cruise!"

Tom Brereton
Naturetrek Tour Leader

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Thankfully, centuries of whaling have been (almost) consigned to history as ecotourism has replaced the slaughter of these gentle and fascinating creatures.

Watching whales in the flesh is far more exciting than you can ever imagine.  Our whale watching tours give you a chance to see these animals, whether on a UK day-trip or a 14-day dedicated cruise. Due to popular demand we are rapidly expanding our programme of whale watching holidays!

Why book a Naturetrek whale watching holiday?

  • Expert biologist-led & wildlife photographer-led holidays
  • Dedicated whale watching tours focusing on one or a few key species
  • Whale watching as part of a broader wildlife watching holiday
  • Many of our whale watching tours offer the chance to see dolphins as well
  • A range of tours from day trips out on small boats to week-long liveaboard cruises
  • A chance to look for cetaceans in all of the world’s oceans, from polar waters to the tropics
  • A wide range of the world’s 86 species are seen on our whale watching holidays, including Blue Whales and Killer Whales

Naturetrek whale watching tour destinations:

Australia, New Zealand, Gibraltar, Spain, Iceland, Norway, Portugal (Azores & Madeira), South Africa, Canada, Mexico – Baja California, UK, Argentina, the Galapagos Islands and more.

But we offer so much more!

View all of our whale watching holidays or call us now on +44 1962 733051 to find out more.


Food on boat excellent, helpful hands, and great thrill being able to pat a grey whale and calf!
The holiday delivered all it promised - touching Grey Whales, seeing Blue Whales, snorkelling with sea lions and so much more. Captain Art and his crew could not have done more. The food was very good; they were very helpful & knowledgeable and their organisation was superb. To be truthful, I have almost run out of superlatives regarding this holiday. Well Done Naturetrek!.

Mr & Mrs W.
East Yorkshire
Whales & Dolphins of the Azores

Ed was absolutely fantastic. His caring was top notch. All other helpers were very attentive as well. Our safari was great and this holiday was a huge wow.