The Perfect Gift For The Wildlife Lover In Your Life
Whale watching is the ultimate combination of adventure, wildlife and spectacle. Thanks to Gifting Owl’s fantastic range of gift cards, you and your loved ones can experience some of the world’s largest and most graceful creatures in their natural habitat.
Whale watching captures the heart of those young and old across the world. It can be summarised in three words: relaxation, anticipation and (incredible) photos. I know we cheated there but describing the wonder of a humpback whale leaping through the air as just any old photo didn’t feel right. Seeing these creatures up-close is mind-blowing. The whoosh of air and water, the sheer size of the whale and the moment of wonder you feel in your chest as you gasp. These all make for an unforgettable moment.
One that is so easily re-lived through photos that can only be described as incredible. As for relaxation, some experiences will be more relaxing than others. At Gifting Owl we offer gift vouchers for a range of experiences that will suit your budget and need for adrenaline. But ultimately, even those adventurous experiences can be relaxing. You’re getting the chance to truly forget about the world and experience marine life.
For nature lovers young and old, what could be more relaxing? Anticipation is all about the build-up. You’re looking out in the ocean, searching for a glimpse of a tail, burning to see that almighty leap - and then it happens! Suddenly, soaring through the sky and you forget everything else but this awesome spectacle. The moment passes. And sure enough, you’re back to searching and anticipating
. Whilst whale watching is a gift that can be given for any occasion, there are seasons to best experience whale watching. Generally, whale-watching hotspots are areas that whales migrate through for feeding and breeding. Whales mostly feed on krill, which there is plenty of in cold water. However, cold water is not a suitable environment for births.
Baby whales (known as calves) are born without a protective layer of blubber and would not survive cold water straight away. Luckily for us humans though, this gives us plenty of opportunities to see whales in the wild.
When Is The Best Time To Go Whale Watching?
That depends on where you are in the world. For Australia, the whale watching season changes from state to state.
In Tasmania, there are actually two seasons! The whales can be seen travelling north from May to July and then travelling back south from September to December. Western Australia’s whale watching season is from June - November. For Victoria, the season runs May to September. Queensland and New South Wales enjoy a slightly longer season of May - November. South Australia has a fairly short season by comparison, the best window being June to September.
The weather can be very different throughout the season and in different states so definitely check conditions beforehand. June in Victoria is very different to November in Queensland! In New Zealand, it depends on what whales that you’re hoping to see. Sperm whales can actually be seen in New Zealand all-year-round! While migrating whales, such as humpback whales, pilot whales and blue whales, are best seen between June and August. This is peak winter for New Zealand, so pack a thick coat and a jumper! Winter is the best season to see whales in Hawaii. December - March are peak periods, but you may get lucky over April & May too! Similar to New Zealand, Iceland does have whales on offer all year round. However, we would recommend booking between April - October. Firstly, migrating whales, such as humpback whales and minke whales, will be on view. Secondly, the weather in Iceland can make winter trips less reliable or extremely cold.
Be sure to check the booking terms and conditions with your chosen company if braving the winter whale watching season in Iceland. Whale watching is a very safe bet as a gift. There’s no age where the sense of wonder associated with whales is limited. The experience is only richer when shared too. This makes a whale watching gift voucher a fantastic family-friendly option that can suit any occasion.