Best Time To See Whales When Visiting The Outer Banks

22 March 2023 | Published By: Hotels OBX

By Jennifer LeVine, AGM Comfort Inn South Oceanfront and Christine Flanagan, Marketing Manager  Picture this - a beautiful, sunny day with you and your loved ones on an outdoor adventure, your eyes wide with anticipation. What could make it better? How about the chance to see some majestic whales swimming in the ocean? That’s right - whale watching is a popular activity while visiting the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and you won’t want to miss out!  While seeing a whale on the Outer Banks is rare, there are two main times to see whales when visiting the Outer Banks.   In the winter, December and January, when they migrate South to mate and have their calves in the warm Caribbean waters is one time.   The other times you may see them along the coast are in Spring, March, and April.  These majestic animals migrate back North to spend the summer months.   

Whale Watching Tours

The Outer Banks is known for its unspoiled coastline, vast beaches, and abundant wildlife. Many companies offer whale-watching tours, so how do you know which one to choose?  You can begin researching companies on TripAdvisor’s list of Dolphin & Whale Watching in the Outer Banks. Below are a couple of options.  
  1. Capt Johnny’s Outer Banks Dolphin Tours
  2. Family Water Adventures
  3. Paradise Dolphin Cruises
  4. Nags Head Dolphin Watch
  5. Tradition Fishing

Humpback and North Atlantic Right Whales

The Humpback and the North Atlantic Right Whales are the two types of whales you may, most likely, be lucky enough to experience during your visit to the Outer Banks. These whales are both members of the endangered species list, so keep your distance if you happen to spot them while on the water. Being within 1500 feet (500 yards) of them is illegal. The North Atlantic Right Whale is the rarest of all large whales and is critically endangered, with only 400 (or less) known to live worldwide. This whale can grow up to 53 feet long and weigh 80 tons, equivalent to 3,200 5-lb bags of flour. The Right Whale is long and round with a big head and no dorsal fins. While these whales are large, they can easily blend in with the waves and currents making them harder to see by ships. They have lumpy patterns on their heads, and their waterspout comes out in a V Shape. The Humpback Whale is the other species of whale you are most likely to spot along the Outer Banks.   They are also large whales growing up to 60 feet long and can weigh up to 40 tons, or 16,000 5lb bags of flour. These grey giants are characterized by their large, white fore flippers. The female whales are larger than males, but the males are the singers and have powerful voices. Their singing capacity can last up to 20 minutes at a time and has been recorded being heard 20 miles away. Calves (babies) do not stop growing until they are 10 years old, and while they are younger, they swim close to their mothers touching their flippers. Seeing these whales breach is spectacular.  They will jump from the water and make a gigantic splash when they land.  The humpback is also a great swimmer as their large tail fin, or fluke will literally propel them through the water.  

Best Whale-Watching Tour Times

The best time to see these magnificent creatures is in the morning and evening hours.   You can spot them from the large beach deck at our Comfort Inn South location, on the beach, or at one of the local fishing piers.   While you may see more dolphins than whales, seeing them is still possible. From experience, it is an exciting and magnificent sight to behold. Read about: Visit the Outer Banks for Your Duck Hunting Expedition

Are There Whales in North Carolina?

Absolutely! North Carolina's waters, particularly around the Outer Banks (OBX), are a fantastic destination for whale enthusiasts. The majestic Humpback and the critically endangered North Atlantic Right Whales are among the species you might encounter here. The Outer Banks, known for its stunning natural beauty and rich marine life, provides a unique opportunity to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. So, whether you're a seasoned whale watcher or new to this exciting experience, North Carolina's coast is a place you must explore!

Whale Watching in North Carolina OBX

When it comes to whale watching, the Outer Banks in North Carolina is a top choice. The area is not just about serene beaches and picturesque landscapes; it's a haven for witnessing the grandeur of whales in their natural environment. Companies like Capt Johnny’s Outer Banks Dolphin Tours and Nags Head Dolphin Watch offer specialized tours, ensuring a memorable experience. Imagine cruising along the coast, with the ocean breeze and the chance to spot these ocean giants - it's an adventure you won't forget! Don't miss out on this exclusive blend of natural beauty and exciting wildlife encounters that only OBX can offer.

When Is the Best Time to See Whales?

Timing is key for the best whale-watching experience! In the Outer Banks, there are two prime times to see these oceanic giants. The winter months, especially December and January, are ideal when whales migrate south for mating and calving in the warm Caribbean waters. Additionally, spring, particularly March and April, is another great time as they journey north for the summer. During these periods, your chances of witnessing the majestic Humpback and the rare North Atlantic Right Whale are significantly higher. So, plan your visit during these months for a chance to witness these magnificent creatures in their natural splendor!

Hotels in OBX

As you plan a whale-watching trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, let us help guide you to the right hotels in OBX You must check out the Comfort Inn South Oceanfront and the Comfort Inn on the Ocean Outer Banks. These hotels are situated in a great location for whale watching and offer luxurious amenities to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Here are some reasons why you should choose this hotel for your next whale-watching visit to the Outer Banks.

Relaxing Amenities 

The Comfort Inn on the Ocean Outer Banks offers a range of relaxing amenities that will make any stay more enjoyable. The rooms are all equipped with plush bedding and flat-screen TVs, providing both comfort and entertainment for guests. The hotel also has an outdoor pool that’s perfect for lounging in after a long day of exploring. And don’t forget about the complimentary continental breakfast—a great way to start your day before heading out on your whale-watching excursion! 

Convenient Location 

The Comfort Inn on the Ocean Outer Banks is conveniently located right next to one of the area's best spots for whale watching. Guests can easily walk down to the beach or take advantage of one of the many nearby boat tours. Plus, plenty of restaurants and stores are nearby if you need anything during your visit to the Outer Banks. So, no matter what you’re looking for, you’ll be able to find it close by! 

Affordable Rates 

The Comfort Inn on the Ocean Outer Banks offers competitive rates that make it easy for anyone to enjoy their stay without breaking their budget. As you plan your visit to the Outer Banks, remember you can book rooms online or contact us directly with any questions about pricing or availability. Plus, they offer special group discounts throughout the year, making it even easier to get a good deal!  

Visit The Outer Banks

When it comes time for your next visit to the Outer Banks and whale-watching trip, consider staying at the Comfort Inn on the Ocean Outer Banks. Our hotel offers deluxe amenities, a convenient location, and affordable rates—all of which combine to make it an ideal choice for any traveler looking for an unforgettable experience in North Carolina's beautiful Outer Banks region! And don't forget—book early, so you don't miss out on all this unique destination has to offer!

Book your trip now!

Don’t miss out on this possible once-in-a-lifetime experience - book your trip now to stay at the Comfort Inn on the Ocean Outer Banks! We look forward to hearing all about your journey when you return to our hotel after a fun-filled day out at sea!  Enjoy amazing views and incredible wildlife experiences only found when visiting the Outer Banks. Book now and guarantee yourself a good time and maybe even a whale sighting today! Learn more about our packages and start planning your next vacation today. Safe travels,  Contact us at 2524416333 and 2524416315 . Read here to learn about seeing bears in outer banks. We will see you soon!

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