Every spring, about 15,000 humpback whales make a stop in Bermuda waters as they migrate north from the Caribbean to their feeding grounds in Greenland, Canada, and Iceland. Majestic marine creatures that weight about 40 tons often play in the water showing off an acrobatic display—a spectacular sight for locals and visitors to observe from a distance. The best time to spot humpback whales off Bermuda coast are the months of March and April. Pilot whales and sperm whales are also seen in the ocean, although they are less common. Humpbacks, on the contrary, are quite predictable and have particular behavior and migration pattern.
On a clear day from March to April, it is possible to see humpback whales in the waters near South Shore. A pair of binoculars can help to see gentle giants more distinctly. West Whale Bay Park is an excellent location to spot whales from the shore. Overlooking the Atlantic ocean from the southwest coast, the park is famous for sunset photographs and seasonal whale spotting. It features picnic tables, lawns, and the 18th-century Whale Bay Fort and Battery.
Another option is to go on a whale-watching tour that departs regularly out of Dockyard and Flatts. There are a few operators and boat types: some of them have a glass bottom. Tours last for five to six hours along the south shore. On some years whales appear already in January, but the best season is still spring.
Whales can also be spotted in other places around the island. Besides West Whale Bay Park and Dockyard, sightings often occur around Somerset Bridge in Hog Bay and Bermuda Aquarium Museum & Zoo in Flatts Village, off Hamilton and St. George's.