We often get asked the question, “is whale watching better in the morning or afternoon?”. Especially with guests joining our 4 Hour Whale & Wildlife Tour which departs twice a day, in the morning and afternoon. So we’re here to answer your question!
The answer is: there is no best time of day for whale watching. Here in Campbell River on beautiful Vancouver Island, we’re lucky to be in a hotspot for whale and wildlife watching. We have many humpback whales, killer whales, and other marine wildlife than can be spotted any time of the day.
Photo by Andy Scheffler
We use reports from an extensive network of other whale watching companies, fishermen, water taxis, and the public to ensure our guests receive the best wildlife viewing opportunities. The best time of day ends up being whatever fits best with your schedule.
In the morning, there are less reports due to less eyes on the water. Finding the whales and wildlife can be more of a searching game, which is all part of the adventure!
In the afternoon, there are more reports from the morning tours, so it can be easier to find the whales and wildlife. However, the whales can travel great distances and can disappear if they want to. There’s still a searching game involved!