Here's a run-down of the best places and times to spot some whales around the globe:
South Africa: The city of Hermanus is one of the best places to snap a few pics of Southern Right Whales from May to December, with the summer months scoring Humpbacks. The whales come so close to the shore that visitors can watch directly from their hotels.
Ireland: The Emerald Isle is visited by humpbacks and fin whales from summer to autumn. If you're not planning to visit Ireland during this time, you can spy some minkes and orcas year-round.
Brazil: These next few months Brazil is more than just World Cup central, since humpbacks and Southern Rights hangout in the waters off the coast of Salavdor and Santa Catarina. Whale-watching excursions are most popular from Imbituba, considered the country's "Whale Capital."
New England: From mid-Spring through October, the shores of Long Island to Maine become home to northern humpbacks, fins and minke whales. Boat trips to watch them frolic in the waters are regularly offered from many port towns.
Australia: The stretch of coastline from the Sunshine Coast to Hervey Bay is the center of all things whales, with plenty of spots around the country bragging about sitings from June to November.
Phillippines: Whales can be found around the archipelago throughout the year, but the calmer waters of the summer months attract about 12 different whale species. The Daveo Gulf and Batanes being the center of all whale activity, with the latter also playing host to the most diverse crustaceans in the country.
California: Humpbacks, grays and blue whales can be spotted near the Farallon Islands, just off the SF coast. From spring through fall, the sea mammals call these waters home. The rest of the Cali shores typically even enjoy whales throughout the year.