Extent of whale and dolphin watching
The French mainland has coasts on the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, and the Channel, while its overseas territories span temperate, tropical and even polar and sub polar waters around the globe. Together these areas offer a widely varying range of opportunities for whale and dolphin watching involving different species, habitats and whale-watching platforms. Island territories in the Indian Ocean, such as Mayotte and Reunion, or in those in the South Pacific, including French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna, host populations of dolphins in stunning lagoons and tropical waters year-round, and serve as breeding grounds for Southern Hemisphere humpback whales during the austral winter. In the Northern Hemisphere, the French Caribbean islands, such as Guadeloupe, Martinique, St-Barthelemy and St Martin, host humpback whales during the boreal winter (December – April). The variety of habitats, species and seasons is difficult to encompass in a single country profile, but hopefully this provides an overview for interested visitors, and the links to various websites below can be used to explore options more thoroughly.