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6 Steps to follow when whale watching – For a spectacular journey

Seeing majestic whales in their natural habitat is an incomparable experience, and definitely an adventure for your bucket list. Follow these tips to improve your chances of a sighting.


Find the best spots for your trip

There are many places in the world you can travel to for spotting whales, from chilly expeditions near Iceland to tropical ventures off the coast of Sri Lanka. Choosing to vacation at one of these spots known for their healthy whale population makes it far more likely that you'll be able to spot these magnificent creatures, so choose your destination wisely. You can also choose your destination based on what types of whales you want to see, different types inhabit various regions of the ocean, so where you stay will impact what you see.


Travel during whale season

Whales are migratory creatures, meaning that they move between regions of the ocean based on the season. When choosing your whale watching destination make sure you time your holiday during the right season, when they are most likely to be spotted. For instance, if you are booking hotels in Passikudah then try to time your stay between May and October. You should also plan your visit at a time when the waters are ideal for this expedition.


Pack wisely

In addition to your camera and sunglasses, there are some things you shouldn't forget to pack. Take plenty of sunblock, especially if you choose a tropical destination for your adventure. You will also want a hat or cap, as well as footwear with a good grip to prevent slipping on board. An important item you shouldn't forget is medicine for motion sickness, especially if you are going out to see for the first time, or have a history of seasickness.


Be prepared for the weather

This will also vary based on where your adventure is based. In some places and sometimes of the day you will find that it is much colder out on the water than it is on land, and with the strong winds as well you will find yourself needing layers for warmth. In other places, you will find yourself feeling very warm during the journey, so dress comfortably if that is the case. You most certainly don't want to find yourself out at sea in the rain with no protection from the elements, so if there are even light showers forecasted, make sure to take protective gear like a raincoat.


Know what to expect

Keeping your expectations realistic is important for a great vacation. As these creatures are in their natural habitat and not in captivity, there is never a guarantee of a sighting. Be prepared for this possibility, stay at a place like Amethyst Resort Passikudah where there is more to enjoy than just the whale watching. You can also learn as much as you can about the whales you will see before your journey so that you can appreciate them to the fullest if you do spot them.


Choose a good tour operator

A good tour operator will make a good vacation great; from providing you with the best equipment, expert knowledge and experienced guides. Check the reviews when booking, especially important is the standard of the boats they use as you want to be comfortable out at sea. There are rules for safety set by the coast guard in most countries, make sure that you choose a reputed guide who will follow these rules.

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