Whale Watching in Bermuda
The whales usually have a regular pattern of behavior and a migration route. During the winter, the humpback whales of the Atlantic prefer the Caribbean tropical zone for mating.
And during the spring, they migrate towards the north Atlantic zone for feeding.
About 15,000 Humpback whales migrate every year. They travel for about 16,000 miles during this time. This is considered as one of the longest migrations in the world by mammals.
Whales in Bermuda
The above whales were spotted
off Sonesta beach in December 2011
An adult humpback whale can be from 40 - 50 foot long. Sometimes they can be even longer. On an average, they would weigh about 40 - 50 tons. Being mammals, they need space to find food, to rest and even socialize just like the way we do. Average whale calves are born about 12-15 foot long, need 120 gallons of milk a day and weigh about 3,000 pounds.
So, where and how do you get to see these huge majestic creatures?
The best is to take an organized whale watching boat tour. There are several operators in Bermuda who take you to the south shore waters in Bermuda for several hours showing you the whales either from the deck or even through the glass bottom views.
About humpback whales?
Whale Watching Boat Tours in Bermuda
There are several boat operators in Bermuda that offer whale watching trips and mostly along the south shore. Over the years, whale watching in Bermuda is catching up and becoming increasingly popular to both tourists and residents. Although whales can be sighted as early as last week of December, the best season is between March to April when the migration takes place.
The whales are usually seen at Sally Tucker and Challenger sea mounts which are some 2 to 15 miles offshore. From the boats, you can sometimes see them as close as about 10 feet away. During the season, you are almost certain to see whales in Bermuda from the boats. The average whale watching boat tour costs about $80-90 per adult but varies with the operator. You will need to carry your lunch pack, water, windbreakers, cameras, drinks etc. Alcohol is not allowed. Here are the best whale watching tours in Bermuda:
Fantasea: They have been running whale watching trips since 1987. Those days they were the only ones offering such boat tours. Their boata have reinforced glass bottom for underwater viewing. The tour duration is about 5 hours and is captained by Mike Heslop who is a 10 year veteran in this field. The boat leaves from Dockyard (next to the dockyard ferry stop) on some days of the week during March-April. Email: email@example.com, Phone: 441/236-1300.
Blue Water Divers: They operate from Somerset Bridge Marina which is located at the western side of the island near the dockyard. Between March and April, they usually operate three times a week. The trip lasts for 5 to 7 hours depending on whale activities.
Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute: They offer whale watching boat trips during March and April. The boat leaves from their own dock at Hamilton. Phone: 441/297-7314
Bermuda Charters: They offer a 45-foot luxury charter yacht AJ's Wings in March and April. Mobile: (441)534-7669; Office: (441)236-5071; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Whale Watching From Shores
The best place for whale watching from the shore is West Whale Bay Beach at Southampton Parish. Take a taxi and come to the Whale Bay Park. There is an open area from the cliffs that gives you a great vantage point to watch the humpback whales beyond the reef line. But you will need a binocular to make the most out of such experience.
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