Types of Whale Watching
Boat-based whale watching is the most common way to approach whales and dolphins – about 75% of whale observing activities worldwide are done by boat. However, around the globe there are great numbers of land-based observation points suitable for the observation of cetaceans. The foremost advantage of land-based whale watching is the fact that there is almost no potential of disturbance for the animals whatsoever.
A relatively exclusive (and expensive) way of whale watching is observation from airplane or helicopter, but this amounts to only about 1% of all whale watching activities. One further type of whale watching has grown in relevance during the last years: swimming with whales or dolphins. More and more operators include such ‘swim-with’ programs into their portfolio or even specialize on it. In order to come close to the animals, boats are generally used here, too.