Whales visit the Whitsundays every year on their annual migration north during the winter months. These magnificent animals can be seen from June to September, and they are a common sight frolicking amongst the islands. The warm, calm, protected waters of the Whitsundays are an ideal nursery for the whales to give birth to their calves. Whale sightings are a free bonus, and occur almost daily for most boats during these peak winter months. Humpback and pilot whales are the most common species sighted, and ‘Migaloo’ the white humpback whale has also been seen in the Whitsundays for the last few years. We ask our charterers to understand Safe Whale Watching Practices, in the Whitsunday Whale Protection Area, vessels can be no closer than 300m to a whale. Whales may approach a boat, in which case the skipper must turn the engines off immediately. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA)’s website details safe whale watching practices to protect this incredible species and ensure their ongoing survival.