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.
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.
Historically, 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, but the ‘times, they are a’changing’, with the warming of the waters we’re seeing more sharks and the previously predictable partners of Whales are not as predictable anymore. Our advice is to always consult with locals before investing in a whale watching adventure – don’t plan a trip to Newfoundland to see Whales in August, just because some website told you to. Do the leg work yourself, you’ll be glad you did.
If you have any questions you can always give us a call, we’d be glad to tell you everything we know about the previous season, and what the locals are saying about the expectation for the coming months.
Whale House Guest House offers luxury boutique private suites with outdoor hot tubs overlooking humpback whale feeding grounds. Located next to the east coast trail in the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, just 30 min from downtown St. John’s.
Planning a trip hoping to include kayaking/ whale watching. Any further advice as to best time appreciated.
Good question … the best time of year to visit our section of Newfoundland for Whale Watching is June – August. If you want to see icebergs as well, I’d recommend getting here April or May, you could see them both! That’ll make a great Instagram photo!
What part of Newfoundland are you visiting?