Whale Watching Holidays

Ever since in the early days of Discover the World, when we operated the first ever commercial whale watching excursion in Iceland, whale watching has played an important role in our holidays.

Whether you watch orcas hunt, humpbacks breach or sperm whale dive, encounters with any of these magnificent creatures of the deep are always inspiring. We offer a range of whale watching holidays in Iceland, Norway, Canada, Alaska and the Polar regions.

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Popular Whale Watching Holidays

“In 1989, there were still no whale watching excursions in Iceland. So we chartered a trawler with zoologist Mark Carwardine. The locals laughed at us, but this was commercial whale watching in its infancy with little or no data about what whales we might to see. But see them we did. Lots of them. Today around 350,000 people go whale watching in Iceland every year and it remains a highlight for many of our clients.” – Clive Stacey, Founder & MD  

There are options for indulging your passion for whale watching worldwide. Many of our wildlife holidays already include a focus on watching whales, or can be tailor made to take you to the best places in your chosen destination for cetacean spotting.

Whether as part of an independent touring holiday in New Zealand, a cruise into the pristine wilderness of Antarctica and Arctic regions, while paddling a kayak off the coasts of Canada or Alaska, or combined with your search for the northern lights in Iceland and Norway, we have cetacean encounters to tempt first-timers or dedicated whale-watchers.

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Whale Watching in Atlantic Canada

From the shores of Newfoundland and Labrador to the bays of Nova Scotia, whale watching is a popular pastime for locals and visitors alike. With a variety of species making an appearance year-round, here's our guide to whale watching in the provinces of Atlantic Canada...
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Monday, 1st February 2016

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Kayaking through the realm of the orca in Canada

Award-winning travel writer and photographer, William Gray recounts a paddling trip in Johnstone Strait, British Columbia.
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Thursday, 13th October 2016

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Our Blue Planet II Collection

Dive into our collection of ultimate marine wildlife watching holidays, inspired by David Attenborough's Blue Planet II
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Tuesday, 10th October 2017

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“What a sight!” Whale watching in Husavik

Maria, our Customer Services Supervisor and whale-watching enthusiast, had an experience of a lifetime during a whale-watching tour from Husavik in North Iceland.
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Monday, 5th August 2013

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