Whale Watching in the Caribbean Islands and Jamaica

Whale watching in the Caribbean Islands is becoming more popular with each passing year.  At one time considered non-existent, the whale watching industry has gained significant traction and continues this momentum today.

Many whale watching tour companies have been assembled on various Caribbean Islands and now offer daily voyages out to sea to experience the grace of these massive creatures.

Some of the best Caribbean Islands for whale watching include Grenada, Dominica and St. Lucia.

The most common whale sightings in the Caribbean are sperm whales and humpback whales.

If you’re in the hunt for a sperm whale, there really isn’t a specific whale watching season in the Caribbean Islands.  From the winter months all the way through the summer months, sperm whales are usually spotted year round off the coast of islands with deep waters.  They use the deep trenches for protection from predators.

However, your success rate during the winter months will be your best chance to spot a sperm or humpback whale.  The best time to go humpback whale watching in the Caribbean is during the months of November through April.  It is during these months that humpback whales make their trek to the cooler waters to breed and nurse their young.

Jamaica Whale Watching

Many people want to whale watch in Jamaica for their honeymoon.  The only problem is that Jamaica is still in the process of developing this industry and there are very few tour companies offering this service.  However, this doesn’t mean you won’t find the opportunity to enjoy some great sightings.

To best experience whales in Jamaica, ask around for whale watching tours.  Utilize your hotel concierge and ask them for advice on where you can find whale watching tours and what areas of Jamaica are best for whale watching.

Upon finding a whale watching service in Jamaica, inspect the captain’s boat.  Many boats are smaller size and as such, will have less seating capacity.  This will also have an impact on how much of the water you can feel while out at sea.

The smaller the boat, you will certainly feel the strength of the sea as you bob up and down and climb over waves.  In contrast, a larger boat will do a much better job absorbing the majority of the rough waters.

Deciding what things to bring and what to wear during whale watching in the Caribbean is more important than what many may think.  The rule of thumb is be prepared and take more than what you think you will need.  At a minimum, bring a light jacket (rain jacket is your best option), granola bars (in case you need a snack), a paper sack (in the event you get more sea sick than you thought), a little cash and a camera.

Do not bring your entire wallet or anything else valuable when whale watching in the Caribbean.  Although you would like to trust everyone on board, the truth is you can’t.  You’re on a sightseeing tour so your attention will certainly be distracted.  It’s better to bring a little cash with you and leave the rest behind.

On your next honeymoon or vacation to Jamaica, just remember to ask around for various whale watching trips.  Jamaica may have a less mature whale watching industry, but this does not mean you cannot find a captain offering trips out to sea!


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