WILDLIFE CRUISE HOLIDAYS
Our vast oceans are among the last great wilderness areas left on the planet. Exploring by water is a thrilling way to discover some of the most fascinating and astounding secrets of our natural world. The oceans support a vibrant array of marine-life and, whether it's whale-watching in Baja or an encounter with Polar Bears in Spitsbergen, wildlife cruises expose participants to a natural splendour most people never get to see.Why Choose Naturetrek?
We've been running wildlife cruise itineraries for over 25 years, but if your image of cruising is deck quoits and bingo you’ll need to think again. We offer a range of memorable experiences to get up close and personal to the wildlife and scenery of five continents, from exclusively chartered large expedition ships with specially strengthened hulls in the Arctic and Antarctic, to short excursions on smaller motor yachts and schooners around remote archipelagos.
We travel to some of the most spectacular and wildlife-rich places on Earth, and an expert naturalist guide accompanies every voyage. Some of our most popular itineraries include the magical environment of the Galápagos Islands, the remote sub-Antarctic islands of New Zealand, the volcanic landscape of the Kamchatka Peninsula in the far east of Russia, and Spitsbergen in the summer. Whether it’s a tour focusing on dolphin or whale-watching, or a comprehensive 2-week itinerary covering a broad range of wildlife, cruises offer a unique perspective into the splendour of our natural world.Tour Highlights
- A wide range of itineraries around five continents
- Travel in small motor boats & schooners or large expedition ships
- Explore the Galápagos Islands on a 2-week cruise
- See penguins, marine mammals & seabirds in New Zealand
- Encounter Polar Bears & Walruses in Spitsbergen
- Enjoy sightings of whales & dolphins in Baja, California
- Experience an abundance of seabird colonies on the Kamchatka Peninsula
- Visit the Kaziranga National Park on our Brahmaputra India itineraryWhat You’ve Been Saying About Our Wildlife Cruises
Our Nature Cruise specialist recommends …
“If you love whales and dolphins I’d recommend our ‘Baja California & Sea of Cortez’ tour. The world’s largest concentration of cetaceans is found here, but book early as this tour sells out fast. I’d also suggest ‘Spitsbergen – Realm of the Polar Bear’ for a spectacular combination of animals and scenery.”
Naturetrek Operations Manager
I feel very privileged and thrilled to have been on this wonderful nature cruise, with magical sightings enriched by excellent guides. There were close encounters with a variety of animals both on land and at sea, and time to 'soak it up' in sublime settings.
Our local guide Darwin Alvarez was excellent. A small boat meant we visited the sites the bigger boats were not allowed to visit so there were fewer people to share our time on each island. At several, we were the only boat at anchor.
I enjoyed seeing the Polar Bears and other wild animals and birds in their own environment. The fantastic colours and formations of the ice make for wonderful scenery. The 24 hours of daylight is an experience that means you don’t miss a minute. This was my second visit to Spitsbergen; I look forward to visiting this magical, spectacular place again.