Several conservation-focused nonprofits and charter boat companies organize whale-watching tours in these months; half-day and full-day tours offer spectacular offshore encounters with the whales, which can sometimes be seen frolicking with calves. You can compare tour details and prices and purchase tickets online through the Island Tour Centre (tel. 441/236-1300, fax 441/296-4661), which represents more than 20 vendors of ecotours and water sports.
Blue Water Divers & Watersports (Robinson’s Marina, Somerset Bridge, Sandys, tel. 441/234-1034) offers charters on request. Bermuda Zoological Society (tel. 441/293-2727) and Bermuda underwater Exploration Institute (tel. 441/292-7219) both offer whale-watching outings on their respective research/education vessels.
Bermudian Andrew Stevenson has spent several seasons filming whales for his Humpback Whale Research Project (tel. 441/777-7688). His award-winning 2010 documentary, Where the Whales Sing, describes the humpbacks’ journey through the eyes of his six-year-old daughter, Elsa. DVDs of the film are on sale at several local bookstores and gift shops.
Excerpted from the Fourth Edition of Moon Bermuda.