Break away from the traditional and head to the ocean! Whale watching is an incredible activity that allows you to witness some of the earth’s most tremendous and awe-inspiring creatures in their natural habitat! With some patience and some know-how on where and when to go, it’ll be an experience you will never forget! Here are some fantastic whale watching destinations on both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans!
Kodiak Island, Alaska
Not only will you get to admire the beautiful gray whales, which frequent this area around April, but Kodiak Island is also rich in wildlife from red foxes to brown bears! Humpback and fin whales are plentiful from June to November, so pay Alaska a visit and you’ll be in awe of how amazing nature truly is!
Bring your RV to the Buskin River State Recreational Site, which will surely thrill any nature enthusiast! There are plenty of trails for hiking or mountain biking, the Buskin River is filled with sockeye and coho salmon, and you’ll see plenty of wildlife! Sites are available on a first come, first served basis, so get out and adventure more!
San Juan Islands, Washington
If you’d love a glimpse of orca whales, San Juan Islands is the spot for you! Specific families, or pods, of orcas frequent these waters so much that watchers and tour guides can identify them easily! Some pods stick around all year, while some stay only from the spring to the fall, usually through October. San Juan even named an island Orcas, so these whales feel right at home! Keep an eye out for gray, humpback, and minke whales, as well as porpoises, seals, sea lions, and more!
Since islands make it difficult to bring an RV along, feel free to explore the islands and head back to the mainland and stay at Pioneer Trails RV Resort in Anacortes! This comfortable RV park features ample pleasing vegetation, laundry, a playground, 50 and 100 amp hookups, and is widely regarded for their super-roomy RV sites! Click to find out more!
Monterey Bay, California
One of the best locations on the west coast for whale watching is Monterey Bay, California! Head out on a boat tour and you’ll witness humpback and blue whales from April to December, and gray whales from December to April! It’s not to uncommon to see killer whales in the area either! The colder water makes this area rich in food, so whales take advantage on their migrations!
Can’t get enough of the ocean? Marina Dunes RV Resort is the destination for you! You’ll have access to 10 gorgeous miles of undeveloped Monterey Bay beaches to explore, as well as a beautiful clubhouse, exercise facility, modern restrooms, and lovely, leveled sites! You’ll also be close to all the amazing activities of the Monterey Peninsula, with golf courses, restaurants, and countless other attractions! For a full list of amenities and rates, visit their website!
Santa Barbara, California
Whales love California’s west coat, especially Santa Barbara! It is typical to see gray whales from February to early April, and blue, minke, and humpback whales May to September! That’s just a teaser of what you might find here though, as it’s not unheard of for 27 different species of dolphins and whales to pass through at any given time!
Although there are plenty of campgrounds to choose from, Rancho Oso RV and Camping Resort is a great choice for camping! Complete with a fantastic clubhouse, swimming pool, store, restaurant, game room, laundry, hiking and horse trails, it’s a whole new adventure after a day of whale watching! Find out more on their website!
Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary
Created by Congress in 1992, the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary serves as protected water where thousands of humpbacks end their migration southward! As many as 20 or more other species can been seen in this area too, but humpbacks frequent this spot for feeding and mating, so keep an ear out for their calls to potential mates, which is rarely heard anywhere else! Take a boat tour, or check out these great places for shoreline viewing! If you’re exploring Hawaii, you’ll probably have to leave the RV at home since it can be costly and impractical to transport it all the way there, so spring for some tent camping or pamper yourself with a hotel!
Bar Harbor, Maine
There is so much to see and do around Bar Harbor, Maine, but make it a point to set aside a few hours for an unforgettable whale watching tour! Minke, right, and fin whales can be found about 20 miles off the coast around mid April through October, and are attracted to the cool waters and plentiful food! You might also see dolphins, seals, sharks, harbour porpoises, and even Atlantic puffin if you’re visiting June through August!
Bar Harbor is also home to Acadia National Park, which is a haven for environmental explorers! Whether you take a scenic drive, do some tidepooling, go swimming, or just take a look around, you’ll fall in love with the beauty of this gorgeous national park! There are three different campgrounds to choose from, ranging from rustic non-electric RV sites to modern sites with water and electric! Click here for more information!
Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary – Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Another area of protected waters between Cape Cod and Cape Ann, Massachusetts, is an incredible spot for whale watching! The waters of Cape Cod were named one of the top ten whale watching spots in the world by the World Wildlife Fund! The sightings of humpback, fin, and minke whales are so frequent between April to October, that many companies in the area claim a 99 percent success rate for whale viewing on any given trip! Check out this list of whale watch companies for some enjoyable tours!
A stay at Bay View Campground is a comfortable one indeed! It puts you at the heart of the activity of Cape Cod, and close to many locations for whale watching tours! It’s very family friendly with tons of activities, a pool, and a dog park for your furry friends! Modern campsites include 30/50 amp service, water, picnic tables, fire rings, WiFi, and much more! Click here to find out more!
Long Island, New York
Whales in New York? The coast off of Long Island is actually an amazing feeding spot for a variety of whales! It’s really incredible, with North Atlantic right, sei, minke, blue, sperm, humpback, and fin whales visiting in droves from July to early September. If you’re touring the Big Apple and the surrounding area, take some time to appreciate the whales!
End your day of exploring at Indian Island Park, which is nestled in the heart of Long Island, and is comfortable and relaxing with incredible views overlooking Flanders Bay! Check out their website for more information, but be sure to look around too, as there are a number of other incredible campgrounds on Long Island!
If you’re visiting along the coast farther to the south, Virginia Beach has been known for some impressive whale sightings too! Although not as plentiful, spectators will still enjoy sightings of humpback whales December through March, but some activity is still prevalent in the summer when dolphins are out and about too!
Pay a visit to the Virginia Beach KOA, which is open year round, making it the perfect campground to stay during your whale-watching adventures! You’ll appreciate WiFi, 50 amp max power, a dog park, and plenty of fun activities for the kids in the summer! Visit their website for more information! With so many opportunities for whale watching, what’s stopping you? Whether you choose the Atlantic or Pacific, you’ll get to experience these unbelievable creatures in an incredible way! Have you been whale watching before, or are you excited to go? Share your experiences and let us know where you’d like to go to see the whales!