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Today most whale watch boats have sophisticated equipment and communications that help captain find whales. But if a company has been organizing whale watch trips for many years itís a sign theyíre doing something right and a safe bet for you.
My most rewarding trips have been when a naturalist or whale expert has been on board to provide information and narrate tour.
CHECK FOR A WHALE SIGHTING GUARANTEE
Because of very unpredictable nature of whales, theyíll be rare occasions when you just donít see any. So make sure you book on a cruise that offers a guarantee sighting or you get to cruise again for free.
Offering a guarantee is another good sign of a confident and experienced whale watch company. But remember if they spot one whale and you werenít watching or somewhere else on boat when they did Ė tough!
WHALE WATCHING IS DONE ON THE OPEN OCEAN.
Whale watching on open ocean means if you suffer with motion sickness at all then take something about an hour before you board cruise.
Experienced whale watch cruise captains do not go out in rough seas, but itís not a harbor cruise and whale feeding grounds are usually miles from land. The open sea can be a little choppy even in summer months.
QUICK CHECK OF WHALE WATCHING EQUIPMENT.
Recommended things to bring on your whale watch are a camera and plenty of film or memory cards (if youíre digital). If youíve got binoculars take them as whales sometimes surface yards from boat, and having binoculars will give you spectacular views and close ups others without them just wonít get.
Wear sneakers or something rubber-soled for good traction on a wet and slippery deck. And take sunscreen, sunglasses, and if itís got a tie strap Ė a hat.
Because of breeze and open water thereís usually a 15-degree difference from land out in ocean. So take a sweatshirt or windbreaker just in case, and especially for a late afternoon trip. Also boats will go out in rain and if youíve got a poncho take it.
The whales are waiting for you. These mesmerizing animals have traveled thousands of miles so you can view them playing and feeding. Itís really biggest show on earth. So go ahead and take adventure - they donít stay for long.
Cliff Calderwood is the owner and contributing writer of www.new-england-vacations-guide.com . You can read other vacation articles and get a free travel report at his New England vacations online guide site.