We are a retired couple from Hong Kong in our early 60’s. We are “keen" whale watchers and have literally traveled to the 4 corners of the world for such purpose. Last 2 years, we visited Canadian high arctic twice to see the narwhals and bowheads (on board NG Explorer in 2016, and to the floe edge by Arctic Bay and Pond Inlet this June). Saw our first whale a humpback in Juneau back in 2002, blue whales in Monterey Bay, orcas in Alaska, the St Lawrence River belugas near Taudossac, sperm whales in Kaikoura (NZ), bryde’s whales in Hauraki Gulf (NZ), southern right whales in Hermanus near Cape Town, fin whales in Greenland, gray whales in Baja, and many types of whales in Antarctica.
Over the years, we learnt there is never any guarantee in wildlife watching. We always feel blessed with whatever mother nature is willing to show us. Even at times when we saw no whales on a tour, we still count our blessing just for the opportunity of being out there with nature. We heard the humpbacks often practise bubble-net feeding in the water off Juneau and Prince Rupert in summer. We are planning to spend 10-days and go out 5 times or more to try our luck. Our preliminary finding on these 2 good destinations are:
- Juneau: best timing end-Jul for bubble net feeding. Pros: more protected water. Cons: many whale watching boats and many cruises.
- Prince Rupert: best timing early-Aug. Pros: only one outfitter and hence less boats juggling for position, lower prices in tour/lodging, less cruise ships. Cons: less protected water.
They are both good and we are torn between these 2 choices. While I fully understand it will be difficult to get opinion from someone who have visited both, we are hoping that you can share your experiences on either if not both. We are posting this question on both Juneau and Prince Rupert forums in order to maximise our learning.
Sorry for the long message. But we want to give you some background as well as more details on what we are looking for. Any comments/suggestions will be very welcome and much appreciated!