How to tackle the world's greatest travel experiences: Whale watching

A breaching humpback off the coast of Mexico
A breaching humpback off the coast of Mexico Credit: AP

 Each day until Christmas Telegraph Travel will be outlining how to tackle one of the greatest travel experiences on the planet. Consider it an advent calendar for globetrotters. Today: whale watching.

You never forget your first whale. The impact it makes upon you is huge and life is never quite the same again. My first whale was a 40ft grey, off the coast of California in 1979, and I’ve been a whale addict ever since. Now I have to go whale watching at regular intervals just to survive normal daily life.

I may be crazy but I am certainly not alone. The world is brimming with “whale junkies”: since its beginnings in the mid-Fifties, whale watching has grown exponentially and now more than 13 million people join organised whale watching trips every year.

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