5 Hotels That Will Make Your Whale-Watching Dreams Come True
If you’re lucky, you’ll see a waterspout. If you’re really lucky, you’ll see the whole whale as it glides—with what seems like almost no effort—through the water. And if you're SUPER lucky, you'll see one fly into the air and come crashing down onto the sea. These peaceful giants complete some of the longest migrations of any mammals on earth, with gray whales topping them all with an estimated 12,000-mile-long journey from the Arctic, down the coast of North America to Baja California, Mexico, and back again.
With whales migrating on the East and West coasts of the Americas, you have your pick of several destinations for that elusive whale sighting. These hotel and resort packages, in some of the most iconic whale-spotting destinations of North America, will turn your quest into a vacation, where all you have to worry about is seeing a whale.
Honua Kai Resort & Spa, Maui, Hawaii
Escaping to Hawaii in the post-holiday winter might just sound like a great opportunity to escape the cold, but it’s also a prime time to spot humpback whales in the islands’ sparkling waters. At Honua Kai Resort & Spa, spotting a humpback also means adopting one—symbolically, at least. Honua Kai’s Whale Adoption Adventure package lets guests pick between a catamaran sail or a power boat tour in search of whales. After, a whale is adopted in their honor by the resort. Adoption funds go to the Pacific Whale Foundation to aid ocean conservation and education programs, and you’ll get an adoption certificate, the story of your adopted whale, and more. Prices start at $300/night, with a 5-night minimum stay. Available through April 15, 2017.
Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa, Los Cabos, Mexico
Head south for winter, to Los Cabos, Mexico. Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa is perched on the very tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, where humpback whales frolic each winter. To celebrate, guests who stay at the resort will receive 50 percent off nightly room rates and complimentary whale watching tour tickets for a guided 2-hour boat trip in search of whales. Prices start at $564/night. Available through April 10, 2017, based on availability.
Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Mexico
At the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, whale watching is just one of many activities you can enjoy during the December through March whale season. The Punta Mita Experience Package allows you to pick a new activity for each day of your stay, from whale watching to a massage to a sea lion encounter. Minimum 2-night stay required.
Monterey Bay Inn, Monterey, California
California’s storied coast gets yet another draw in the spring and summer of each year as gray, blue, and humpback whales flock to its waters. The Monterey Bay Inn, already perched on the edge of the flourishing Bay, offers whale spotting options night and day with its Monterey Bay Whale Watch Package. With it, guests get overnight accommodations for two in an ocean view room and a 3-hour, docent-led tour in the Bay. Prices start at $295.
West Street Hotel, Bar Harbor, Maine
Head to New England in the spring, summer, and early fall for a glimpse of the humpback whales that swarm its waters. The West Street Hotel lets you make the most of your stay with its Whale Watch Adventure Package, which includes an overnight stay, breakfast, and two tickets for a Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co. tour. Prices start at $269.