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Top 14 Airbnbs for Whale Watching Around the World

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Perfect for animal lovers, whale watching tours can be the highlight of any trip. And for whale lovers, there’s nothing like being able to watch them right from your own place. By booking one of these Airbnbs, you’ll have the chance to do just that. We’ve got options everywhere from Baja, Mexico and America’s west and east coasts, to British Columbia and Newfoundland in Canada.

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Newfoundland Beach House - St. John's, Canada Newfoundland Beach House Portugal Cove-St. Philip's
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Newfoundland Beach House Portugal Cove-St. Philip's

Newfoundland Beach House - St. John's, Canada

One of the best Airbnbs in Newfoundland, this fabulous two-bedroom home overlooks the Atlantic on the rugged coast in Conception Bay, just a 20-minute drive from downtown St. John’s. This beach house is an ideal spot for those who want to enjoy Newfoundland’s spectacular nature and the attractions in town. In spring and early summer you can watch the icebergs float by, and from mid-June through early September, watch the humpback whales breach. It includes a well-stocked kitchen, a wood-burning fireplace, a washer/dryer and many extra perks. Plus, you’ll have a jaw-dropping view from every room and patio.

Sea Glass Cabin - Alert Bay, British Columbia, Canada Sea Glass Cabin
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Sea Glass Cabin

Sea Glass Cabin - Alert Bay, British Columbia, Canada

The Sea Glass Cabin offers a gorgeous view of Alert Bay, mountains, sunsets, bald eagles and even orca whales that pass by right from the deck that includes a relaxing hot tub. A spacious studio, it comfortably sleeps two but can accommodate up to four guests, just a two-minute walk to a beach. There’s a BBQ and kitchen stocked with coffee, tea and condiments along with a TV that includes Netflix Roku Streaming, a DVD player and a mini DVD library too.

Puamana Oceanfront Get-A-Way - Lahaina, Hawaii Puamana Oceanfront Get-A-Way
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Puamana Oceanfront Get-A-Way

Puamana Oceanfront Get-A-Way - Lahaina, Hawaii

This Maui rental is right on a beach offers a stay on the beach with the ocean just 23 steps from the door. Located in a beautiful, gated Puamana community, you’ll have amazing unobstructed views of the Pacific, colorful sunsets and winter whale watching. Look forward to beachcombing, snorkeling or surfing right in the backyard. It accommodates up to eight guests in three bedrooms, five beds and three bathrooms and has all the essentials like a kitchen and full-size washer and dryer. Guests have access to community amenities too, like three pools, a tennis court and a badminton court.

Point Arena Lighthouse Head Keeper's House - Point Arena, California Point Arena Lighthouse Head Keeper's House
Point Arena, California
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Point Arena Lighthouse Head Keeper's House Point Arena, California

Point Arena Lighthouse Head Keeper's House - Point Arena, California

The Point Arena area is one of the best spots for whale watching on California’s north coast, with the annual gray whale migration from late November through May. Humpbacks are often spotted too. Not only that, but this Airbnb provides the unique chance to stay in a two-bedroom home that was once the head lightkeeper’s house. It offers accommodation for up to four and breathtaking views of the crashing waves on 23 private acres, along with a wood-burning fireplace and a fully-stocked kitchen. Guests have full access to the entire grounds, trails, a museum, gift store and the lighthouse when it’s open too.

Ocean Dream Waterfront Cottage - Tofino, British Columba, Canada Ocean Dream Waterfront Cottage, Tofino, British Columbia
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Ocean Dream Waterfront Cottage, Tofino, British Columbia

Ocean Dream Waterfront Cottage - Tofino, British Columba, Canada

This gorgeous oceanfront cottage in Tofino lies along the west coast of Vancouver Island, renowned for its wildlife sightings. Bald eagles, blue herons and osprey are commonly seen along with orcas, grey whales, harbor seals, otters, porpoise and sea lions. It’s ideal for a couple or small family, accommodating up to three in one bedroom, located on a tranquil private inlet at beachfront within walking distance to restaurants in the center of the village, just a few minute’s drive to the open surf beaches and Pacific Rim National park. The cottage has a full kitchen and a BBQ along with an outdoor dining area.

The Lookout - Homer, Alaska The Lookout, Homer, Alaska
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The Lookout, Homer, Alaska

The Lookout - Homer, Alaska

Perched on a bluff, The Lookout boasts 180-degree views of Cook Inlet and Kachemak Bay, ideal for watching ships, fishing boats, whales, eagles and other wildlife. In the backdrop, are Alaska’s Ring of Fire volcanos, Augustine, Iliamna, Redoubt, and Mnt. Douglas. It sits on two private acres, ideal for outdoor entertainment and is just two minutes from Homer’s nightlife, fine dining, shops and art galleries. Look forward to enjoying breathtaking views from every room.

Hilltop Cedar Home with Ocean Views - Orcas Island, Washington Hilltop Cedar Home with Ocean Views
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Hilltop Cedar Home with Ocean Views

Hilltop Cedar Home with Ocean Views - Orcas Island, Washington

If you want a view for watching wildlife that includes the occasional orca whales, this bungalow on Orcas Island is hard to beat. The secluded hilltop cedar home offers jaw-dropping vistas of the Salish Sea, Mt. Baker and the Cascade Mountains. Relax on the deck watching the boats pass by keeping an eye out for whales along with wildlife like bald eagles, deer and raccoon. It includes a kitchenette stocked with coffee, chai and hot chocolate, a gas BBQ, a wood stove and two flat-screen TVs, one with Wi-Fi streaming and a Blu-ray 3D DVD player, the other with a Blu-ray DVD player. Games, books, DVDs, binoculars and a telescope are all included too.

Kehana Point Cliff House - Pāhoa, Hawaii Kehana Point Cliff House, Pāhoa
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Kehana Point Cliff House, Pāhoa

Kehana Point Cliff House - Pāhoa, Hawaii

If you’re looking for a unique place with stunning ocean views and the perfect vantage point for whale watching, this is it. One of the best vacation rentals in Hawaii, this two-bedroom home can accommodate up to six guests, has been featured on the Travel Channel and HGTV’s “Off Beat American,” as a standout that sits atop a lava cliff at Kehena Point, jutting out into the Pacific further than the cliffs that surround it, providing unbeatable views of the coast in both directions. Lots of whales pass by between November and April, with the lanai a perfect place to see them as well as enjoy sunbathing and fantastic stargazing. A black sand beach is within walking distance too. All rooms have windows that providing sweeping views of the water, and you’ll also have all the comforts of home, including a full kitchen, TV and Wi-Fi.

Waterfront Property on the Harbor - Seward, Alaska Seward Waterfront Property on the Harbor
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Seward Waterfront Property on the Harbor

Waterfront Property on the Harbor - Seward, Alaska

One of the best Airbnbs for wildlife watching in Alaska, this apartment sits on the harbor boardwalk on the second story. It offers incredible views of the water, inhabited by humpback whales, orcas, harbor seals, porpoises, otters and sea lions. It boasts arguably the best view in town – you can watch the sea life right from the large living room windows and score fresh fish from the fish cleaning station just steps away. Join or watch the hikers climb Mt. Marathon from the front window too. You’ll have cable TV and Wi-Fi but who needs that when all the excitement is right outside your door.

Grand Oceanfront Home, Watch Whales and Sea Turtles - Pahoa, Hawaii Grand Oceanfront Home, Watch Whales and Sea Turtles
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Grand Oceanfront Home, Watch Whales and Sea Turtles

Grand Oceanfront Home, Watch Whales and Sea Turtles - Pahoa, Hawaii

From this Hawaii home, you’ll be right on the ocean with floor-to-ceiling windows taking full advantage of the incredible views and sea breeze. Keep an eye out for the sea turtles and dolphins that frequent the shoreline, and during the winter whale season, watch mothers with their new babies too. It accommodates eight in two bedrooms and comes with lots of luxuries, including a large 4k Smart TV, free Netflix, Wi-Fi and an Amazon echo dot.

Casa McNeill - El Pescadero, Baja California Sur, Mexico Casa McNeill, El Pescadero, Baja California Sur Airbnb
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Casa McNeill, El Pescadero, Baja California Sur Airbnb

Casa McNeill - El Pescadero, Baja California Sur, Mexico

This off-grid home in Baja, only about 40 minutes north of Cabo in Cerritos is particularly luxurious. From the patios on the top floor deck, you can watch for whales that frequently breach the Pacific during the wintertime. It includes a gorgeous private infinity pool and stunning ocean views, along with plenty of luxuries. Your hosts can arrange for private chef services, car service, and just about any other request with enough advanced notice. With three bedrooms and plenty of space, it’s ideal for a family or a group of friends traveling together, accommodating up to seven guests.

Fishing Point Vacation Home - St. Anthony, Newfoundland, Canada Fishing Point Vacation Home
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Fishing Point Vacation Home

Fishing Point Vacation Home - St. Anthony, Newfoundland, Canada

This three-bedroom home is located in St. Antony on the Great Northern Peninsula – it’s the only waterfront rental in the town, providing one of the best spots for whale watching and iceberg spotting. It offers a panoramic view of the harbor and includes a beach where you can build a fire, with firewood included. You’ll have a full kitchen, Wi-Fi, cable TV, a washer/dryer and a BBQ grill.

Eagles Landing on Jamestown Bay, The Cape House - Sitka, Alaska Eagles Landing on Jamestown Bay, The Cape House
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Eagles Landing on Jamestown Bay, The Cape House

Eagles Landing on Jamestown Bay, The Cape House - Sitka, Alaska

Like many places in Alaska, Sitka is renowned for its wildlife, and from this waterfront rental on picturesque Jamestown Bay, you’ll have a shared dock where you can fish, kayak, paddleboard, whale watch or just dangle your toes over the edge and gaze out at the beautiful scenery. It has an open-plan kitchen and living space with large windows showcasing the views, enjoyed while you cook your catch of the day or sip your morning coffee.

Watch the Whales - Eastport, Maine Watch the whales from your deck, Eastport, Maine
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Watch the whales from your deck, Eastport, Maine

Watch the Whales - Eastport, Maine

If you want to watch for whales on the east coast, this Airbnb is ideal. The three-bedroom waterfront home accommodating eight boasts an open floor plan and a huge deck to enjoy whale watching and stargazing. You’ll be able to relax with unobstructed water views of Passamaquoddy Bay, Campobello Island and the Canadian Maritime Islands from every room. Eastport is also renowned for its beautiful sunrises that you can enjoy right from your bedroom.

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