The humpback whales you’ll encounter belong to the baleen whale subspecies (mysticetes). They measure approximately 15 metres in length and weigh between 30 to 40 tons. These magnificent creatures boast large pectoral fins, with a grey back and black or white belly. With the naked eye or binoculars, you can observe various behaviours, including leaping, tapping their caudal or pectoral fins on the water, poking their heads out of the water in a “spy” position, and displaying their rounded backs as they probe the seabed.
Good to know: Boats maintain a considerable distance to avoid disturbing them. However, these ocean giants have a mind of their own and can be quite curious, sometimes approaching boats closely, providing a delightful experience. One whale may extend its enormous flipper as if to greet you, while another, accompanied by her calf, observes from a distance—a truly unpredictable spectacle where nature decides what to reveal.