The Whales of the Whitsunday Islands

There’s nothing more life affirming than whale watching. These majestic creatures are a sight to see on any holiday, but your best chance for whale watching is while sailing in the Whitsundays.

Between June and August, sailing in the Whitsundays is whale watching season. Whales are known to visit the protected waters of this area, particularly around Airlie Beach, to give birth to their young. So while you are sure to see adult whales, you might also be lucky enough to see a whale calf taking its first breath with its mother, while sailing in the Whitsundays.

Humpback Whales

Humpback whales are the most common sightings while sailing in the Whitsundays. These are a species of baleen whale, that range in length from 12-16 meters and weigh around 36,000kgs. They are easily recognisable by their body shape and knobbly head. Great for whale watchers, humpback whales love showing off and breaching the surface of the water.

Pilot Whales

While not as common as the humpbacks, you can also spot pilot whales in when sailing in the Whitsundays. Pilot whales are cetaceans and there are two species. Pilot whales are among the largest of the oceanic whales in the world, the only ones bigger are killer whales.

The best way to go whale watching is on a sailing tour of the Whitsunday Islands. Wings offers 2 day 2 night sailing tours which offer the opportunity for whale watching. You can also go snorkelling and discover the aquatic wildlife underneath the sea. Wings crew will take photos and you can relax on the deck at night to watch a slide show of the days adventures. Wings catamarans are purpose built, with air-conditioning and warm showers, so you can relax in luxury between discovering the incredible whales of the Whitsunday Islands.

Book your whale watching holiday with Wings today and see humpback whales and pilot whales for yourself.