We are very lucky with our beautiful attractions in Singapore, but if only we could watch whales!
Lucky for us, we can get a non-stop direct flight to one of the best places in the world to watch them in their natural habitat!
Just a 2.5-hour drive north of Christchurch, New Zealand, will take you to the small seaside town of Kaikoura, a place well known for its abundant wildlife and sperm whale population.
Whale watching tours are open daily from 7am – 8:30pm, but we recommend the earlier trip out there if you want to see a good group of whales. We recommend, where possible, to book on a clear day with minimal wind to avoid the choppy boat rides!
Make sure you book your whale watching tour as far in advance as possible. In peak season the slots get booked up easily and you may end up with an unsuitable time slot or miss out altogether!
The trip is a few hours long, and once the tour finds the whales they try to keep with them for as long as possible. This allows you the best opportunities to take pictures, videos, and really take in the experience.
It is by far one of the most spectacular sights you will ever get to see, seeing the whales in their natural habitat, plus they often come up to the boat and swim around it.
Although the whales’ size makes them a little daunting at first, often being up to the size of a Boeing 737 and six times a heavy, they really are gentle creatures.
These giant sperm whales can usually be seen all year round, but if you want the best chance of seeing them plus lots of other marine life, we recommend going in the summer months or January or February.
The trips are around S$86 per person, and well worth the cost as it is one of the best places in the world to see them.
Whale watching is the main attraction in Kaikoura, so everything in this town is geared around it. There are some amazing hotels and B&Bs to stay in, and if you go in the winter month you can go skiing and snowboarding close by.
This beautiful, mountain view town is a little wonder of the world! The coastline is also home to wild seals that laze around on the rocks all day. They are pretty tame, and the locals will sometimes feed them which is fun to watch.