Types of Ocean Life You See While Snorkeling: The Best Places in the World to Swim with Whales

Whales are one of the world’s most beautiful and friendly whale species. Lucky for us, there are several places where we can have the chance to encounter these gentle giants. One of the most remarkable features of whales is that they sort of sing underwater. Researchers say that whales emit sounds because they use it as a way of communicating with other individuals. But after further research, experts understood that whales use these noises when they are trying to find a mate or mark their territory.

Whales are migratory animals. This is why, during extreme summer,  whales like to eat plankton and small fish. And when they feel that the temperatures begin to decrease, they migrate to tropical seas to breed. In this article, we are going to list down the places where you can go snorkeling and swimming with whales.

Sri Lanka 

Sri Lanka is home to one of the largest groups of small blue whales in the world. If you are going to Sri Lanka, we suggest that you go on a trip that offers diving with blue whales, because you can have the chance to get very close to them. But experts warn that everyone can go. They sat that you must be an experienced or strong swimmer, and you really have a passion for exploring the underwater life. Keep in mind that during these trips, the whales will come to you if they want to, and you are not allowed to touch or chase them.

Gladden Spit, Belize

If you really want to spot some whales here in Gladden Spit, Belize, then the best time would be between April and June. Guides and organizers say that this is the best time to get the chance of seeing the sizeable pelagic feeder or more popularly known as the whale shark. If you had the opportunity to spot them while they are in a playful mood, then they will hang around for a long time.


This is one of the few places in the world where you can still swim with the whales. Most of the whales that you’re going to see here are mothers with calves. This is because the southern humpback whales like to call the tropical reef-protected waters of Tonga their home as they give birth to their young. If you want to see them, the best time to visit Tonga would be from July to October. You can also go on photography tours here in Tongo, where you will be joined and guided by innovative pro-photographers.

Silver Bank, Dominican Republic

This is a submerged bank that is located in the Atlantic Ocean, and this place attracts several humpback whales every year. In fact, records show that there are about 5,000 and 7,000 whales that visit the Silver Bank to breed and give birth. Give birth. Silver Bank is one of the few places in the world; you have the best chance to snorkel with these whales. And trust us, it will be an unforgettable experience.

Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii

Kealakekua Bay is an isolated bay that is located on Big Island. This place holds an unspoiled marine sanctuary that is home to vibrantly colored marine life such as corals, fish, dolphins, and of course, whales. Aside from this, you can also see ancient religious temples and the monument where world explorer Captain James Cook died.

Rurutu, Tahiti

If you want to witness southern humpback whales move to the water near Tahiti to breed and give birth, then the best time to go here is between July and October. In fact, this island is Tahiti is popularly known as the Island of Whales. But, no matter how plenty the whales might be, no one is allowed to approach the whales, and you cannot touch any of them even if they come near you.

Isla Holbox, Mexico

The Mexican island of Isla Holbox is tiny; it is just about 20 square miles big. But this island is surrounded by teeming waters because it is located in the intersection of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. Most of us probably know that this location is home to the world’s highest population of whale sharks, which is considered to be the most abundant fish because they can grow up to 40 feet long. However, despite their size, whale sharks are known to be submissive filter-feeders, this means that you can safely swim among them just as long as you are on a guided tour.