If you’re at the shore, chances are there’s a whale-watching tour nearby. While whale watching seems to have become ubiquitous, and while spotting a breaching whale is certainly magnificent, there’s an alternative that provides a more unique experience: dolphin watching. While dolphin sighting might not be the king of offshore excursions just yet, there’s no denying the thrill of seeing a pod of these graceful marine mammals swimming past your boat.
Unlike whale watching, where it can take hours to see a single whale — and even then, the whale isn’t going to great lengths to give you a show — dolphins almost always travel in groups and are known for their lively energy. Here are the best places in the world to go dolphin watching.