Whale watching is very exciting especially if it is your first time getting close to a whale. There are seasons that favour whale watching at Hervey Bay city. If you come from a distant place for the whale watching tour, you need to be well prepared to enjoy your first-time experience!
But do you know what you need to do before, during and after embarking on a whale watching tour? As a first time experience, you may not really know what to do at such a time. That is why it is important to thoroughly research the tour before you can start your trip.
This article will inform you on what to do when you are going on a whale watching tour.
- Wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants
Remember that there are no trees or shades in the middle of the ocean where you are heading, thus, it is important to cover your skin as much as possible to avoid it being exposed to the sun’s UV rays that can lead to severe skin diseases. Some will argue that wearing long clothes will result in sweating profusely, but it is better to sweat than to lose your skin texture and appearance to the harsh solar radiation in the middle of the ocean.
- Wear a jacket/raincoat
As much as you are fully exposed to solar radiation, remember that beneath you lies cool breeze and water. Occasionally, the sea spray can hit you and cast a chill on your skin. This can result in catching a cold immediately after the trip that will chain you to the bed for a while. So to avoid such issues, you need to put on a heavy jacket or a raincoat to prevent your skin from getting chills.
- Wear rubber-sole shoes
Lastly, the boat is kind of slippery and your choice of shoes matters a lot. If you use your regular flip-flops, there is a high chance of slipping and falling on the boat, which can result in severe injuries and a negative experience. So, ensure that the shoes which you wear have firm grips that cannot slip easily even when you are walking on a slippery surface. The most recommended shoes when going for a whale watching trip are rubber-soled.
Having looked at things to do when going for a whale watching tour, we can now have a look at things that we should not do when going for the same.
- Don’t expect too much
This should not discourage you, but don’t go on a whale watching tour with high expectations of meeting several whales because you may not even encounter one on your trip. They are free animals and wander over wide areas so locating their exact location can be challenging. Thus, you have to be patient with little expectations if you are to avoid later disappointments.
Fortunately, many boat captains are experienced in identifying the whales’ exact location and it will be to your advantage. Even if you do not see a whale on your trip, there are so many things to see out there in the ocean that will leave you content.
- Don’t forget to carry your camera/binoculars
For cameras, make sure that they are fully charged and also carry extra batteries if you have them. Taking pictures or videos of such scenes will help you to remember the experience throughout your life.
Book with Spirit of Hervey Bay whale watching for an unforgettable experience.