Have been on a whale watch trip before (Gray whales in California) and can't help but compare the two experiences. I would've expected a much more educational experience. During the Odyssey's harbor departure, information was given by the captain about the local landmarks and lighthouses. After that, once the boat came up to full speed out onto the ocean, we could no longer hear the captain above the noise and that was the end of the information. Occasionally, he would slow the boat to announce he had seen something, everyone would run to look, and that was that. Of course, wild creatures are not dependable and we understood we might not see whales. The trip out (2 hours) is quite boring. On my previous whale watch experience the captain and staff talked about whales, their biology and behavior, and hot beverages were provided to all on board, as well as muffins and cookies. On the Odyssey, you can buy ridiculously overpriced snacks and drinks. Just at the end of our 2 hour trip out, a pod of pilot whales with their babies appeared and we were able to observe and photograph them. Then, it was 2 hours back. It was so cold and windy outside, everyone huddled in the cabin. So...my advice is - bring snacks and drinks, and possibly an e-reader if you're not prone to seasickness. And read up on whales before you go.
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