How To Prep For Your Whale Watching Trip – guest post by Mia at Sydney Princess Cruises
Whale watching is an amazing experience which should not be missed if you have the opportunity. If you are living in Sydney or plan to visit it between May and November this year, you should definitely put the jaw-dropping whale watching experience on your list of things to do. Whales are wonderful creatures and display their awe inspiring majesty by jumping and breaching the surface of the ocean.
There are several whale watching summer boat cruise options in Sydney. So before you venture into whale watching there are certain things you need to prepare yourself for. They are as follows:
- Know when the whale watching season is
This is the most important and obvious tip. You don’t want to get excited and find out at the last minute that there are no whale watching cruises available or even if you go, you don’t get your money’s worth by not seeing any whale. Whales are migrating mammals, so they are active during both summers and winters. This is one reason why you wouldn’t find any humpback whales near Sydney between December and April – it’s off season!
- Find out where the best whale hangout is
Whales are social mammals and tend to swim together in groups or “schools” as they are called. They can also be found travelling separately with their offspring and like to socialize with other whales. Ask your local whale watching tourism guide or centre where they plan to take you.
- Prep for the weather
You need to prepare yourself for any rough weather. Strong winds and high tides aren’t favourable for whale watching. Lucky for you, Sydney experiences rough seas during December and January, when the whales are halfway on their migration to Hawaii. That does not however mean that you skip out on checking the local weather forecast before making any plans for whale watching.
- Your whale watching gear
- Sydney gets a lot of sun during the summer and is famous for its beach culture and coastal life so always use a good SPF level sunscreen. Wear sunglasses and hats as well to protect yourself from any glaring sunlight.
- Take a good camera which can zoom quite ahead so that you can take great pictures for your whale watching
- Get good binoculars for some closer views.
- Wear appropriate clothing, even though it might be summers but it can get windy or chilly at sea, so always take a jacket with you.
- Pack some food for your hunger cravings. Most whale watching cruises offer food so you don’t have to bring any. It’s included in their package.
- If you get seasick or don’t know if you are prone to sea sickness, it is always a good idea to bring your medicines with you.
- Choose the best whale watching tour
It’s really important to do your research in order to get the best whale watching experience and your money’s worth. There are many great whale watching tours available in Sydney during summer, which offer attractive packages for everyone. So choose wisely and enjoy the experience.