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, prepare to be rendered speechless by these breathtaking 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, framed by the rugged Newfoundland coastline, with an enormous variety of seabirds, and imposing icebergs filling the seascape. The crisp ocean spray clears the head, while the power and scale of the water leaves you humbled. Binoculars give you a glimpse of whale spouts in the distance and you hear the slap of flukes along the water. Suddenly, you catch sight of a whale close by the boat and your heart begins to race.


For an even closer encounter, jump in a kayak and glide with the whales at sea level, experiencing the grace and playfulness of the whales in their own domain. Beyond the whales, experienced guides teach you about the area, the waters, and the wildlife. Relax to the hypnotic sound of rolling waves 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 takes you directly into the whales’ environment. Picture this: you’re bobbing up and down in the Atlantic Ocean when you see a shining 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 40-ton 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 is from mid-May to September, with the peak season being from mid-July to mid-August.


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