Written by Alexandra Lima
Photography by Andrew Stevenson
A trip to Bermuda in March or April just wouldn’t be complete without experiencing a once in a lifetime Whale Watching tour or even just learning a little more about the whales that migrate past our island. Two hundred miles surrounding the island is secured as the Exclusive Economic Zone which is protected under the order of the Fisheries Act, where whales of different species (humpback, blue, northern as well as dolphins) can be seen inhabit our waters. The whales are on their annual migration north, along the Gulf Stream, heading to the nutrient rich Arctic water. During this time, it is common to see them appear not just along the surface, but even flicking their tail as they dive into the depths or breaching spectacularly in the air.
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It has been known to catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures from land, specifically from Bermuda’s South Shore Coast we recommend West Whale Bay Park on Whale Bay Rd, click here for the map. There are various points to stop along South Shore and you can access them on your Bermuda motor bike, Bermuda Car Rental or by riding the Bermuda bus. However, Whale-Watching by land would require much patience, not to mention a good pair of binoculars.
It is safe to say that the best way to see these beautiful creatures is on the water, where you can enjoy a safe and respectful whale watching tour.
There are various tours which take you off shore to see the whales in their natural habitat. An excellent option is with Island Tour Centre. With over 20 years of local experience, and a veteran whale watching crew, you can guarantee responsible wildlife viewing of the incredible humpback whale. Island Tour Centre are dedicated and adhere to internationally recognized whale watching guidelines and best practices. Join them from March 1st-April 30th, for a 5- or 6-hour whale watching tour. With three boats to choose from, from a 45ft custom motor boat to a 60ft power catamaran, Island Tour Centre provides amazing opportunities to see one of mother nature’s most glorious creatures.
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