A Whale of a Time – Making the Most of Whale Watching Tours

Nothing completes a sun, sand and sea holiday quite like whale watching. Tours offering this activity have grown in number through the years, and it now ranks as among those experiences everyone needs to have at least once in their life!To make the most of your tour, some planning may be in order. Just follow these tips to make sure your whale watching adventure is the once-in a lifetime experience you’d like it to be!Choose A Reputable Company For Your Whale Watching ToursWhile this one is fairly obvious, some people don’t spend enough time researching looking into the company running the whale watching tours. While many licensed operators are quite conscientious and offer good value for money, it still pays to make sure what you get matches what you think you will be getting.

A little research can match you with exactly the right company for your specific requirements. A family with young children, for instance, may require different kind of whale watching tours from one composed of a group of adventurously athletic swimmers and divers. Paying a little attention to what different tour companies have to offer can make the holiday even more perfect.Get Ready For a Good TimeEnough rest, eating properly, and making sure you’re well hydrated before and during whale watching tours ensures that you’re in tiptop shape to enjoy your adventure. Seasickness can quickly take the wind out of your sails, so to speak, so take precautions.Dress For The WeatherHow you dress is highly dependent on the location and time of year, so check out the weather and temperature in the area of prospective whale watching tours. Still, the climate on shore can be very different from out on the open sea where winds and spray can lower the temperature, so it would be a good idea to dress in layers so you can add and subtract articles of clothing to make sure you’re always dressed comfortably whatever the weather. And don’t forget the sunscreen!Capture Your MemoriesBring a good camera to document the greatest moments of your whale watching tour. Stay alert though – you never know when one of those magnificent creatures will decide to jump up for that once-in-a-lifetime shot. While SLR and DSLR cameras are always best, many people have been successful using camera phones and compact point-and-shoot digital cameras. Tip: using the burst mode or continuous shooting mode can ensure you’ll always have at least a couple of good shots. If this is not an option, use the video setting instead. And make sure whatever photographic equipment you bring has a strap!

Enjoy the MomentPeople often spend too much time taking videos and photos to truly enjoy their whale watching tours. There’s nothing like the feeling of watching these great whales swimming, jumping and spouting water in real time, so take time off from behind the camera to enjoy their show.