Travel

Whale Watching

History shows that whale watching in Hervey Bay started way back in September 1987. A fisherman who owned a charter fishing boat noticed that the passengers on board became more interested in watching whales than fishing. However, whales of all sorts could be seen coming from Hervey Bay during their migration especially during winter seasons since 1770. That’s really long ago.

Captain Cook who was one of the early captains sailed near Hervey Bay in 1770’s marveled by the sight of whales rising at the surface of the ocean. What happens in Hervey Bay?

Hervey Bay Activities

Nowadays both local and foreign visitors enjoy whale watching the whole day. May be your close friends and neighbors are enjoying more than you during their holidays by visiting Hervey Bay. You should not be left behind, this holiday pays the bay a visit and you will get a real adventure.

Currently, more than 20 commercial touring vessels take more than 80,000 visitors around every season of whale watching. The most amazing thing of late is the socialisation of Humpback whales with the touring vessels. They swim around the vessel giving the passengers on board such a clear view and you can take a snap for purposes of memories.

As a matter of fact, you are likely to see 40 whales rising above the water surface at once. That’s really beautiful to be captured in a photo. The lake-like serene condition at Hervey bay gives the bay such a good nature that makes the visitors enjoy the weather.

Why Visit Hervey Bay?

You may know that Hervey Bay has actually been named as the World’s Whale Watching Capital. It is the place where the Humpback Whales stop when they are having their southern migration along the eastern coast of Australia. Marine Park in the Hervey bay has become the only prime watching area of the whales.

The Best time to visit Hervey Bay is from August to October when the Humpback whales are migrating, resting, playing and nurturing their calves. When these whales enter the bay, they stop migrating and they relax.

The females concentrate on feeding, training their calves how to swim for the remaining journey of about 5000 km and showing them how they should survive. All this is done in the shallow waters of the bay. The new born calves continue growing stronger in the shelter of clear water that is safe from any predator.

Humpback Whales

This is the most common species of whale that you will see in Hervey Bay. They belong to the same class with blue whales and fin whale. The common feature with this whale is the presence of dorsal fins on their back and the ventral on its lower side.

These whales display their breaching and tail flapping to the visitors providing such a thrilling sight for many. What should you know about these whales?

  • They are 5th largest animal on earth weighing 45,000kgs and 15meters long
  • They are the most acrobatic whales with a variety of rolling, leaping movements.
  • They produce vocals or whale songs
  • Adult whales are seen 20-30 times after every 5 minutes.
  • They travel in groups of 3000 when migrating.

This should at least move you to see this mammal with your own eyes and see their gymnastic. Hervey Bay is the place to go.

Accommodation costs so little

My main habit is always to sleep at home via Couchsurfing (click to read the article on the subject and find out more).

So yes I hear some moan in the bottom , it is true that we do not enjoy total comfort, but on the other hand we earn much more! In addition to free accommodation and sometimes free food, Couchsurfing offers truly unforgettable experiences like this one . And then it often happened to me that my host was busy all day (as at the time of writing) and enjoying the house all by myself.
And if you travel, is it to meet and see something other than what you have around you every day?
This means is ideal for those who embark on a world tour like those who have been bouncing for a while already!

Of course I do not use Couchsurfing everywhere! 
For example in Asia accommodation costs so little and meetings are so easy that I prefer to sleep at the hotel or in an inn.
The youth hostels , as I often say on this blog, are great places for budget travelers, with rather comfortable dorms, a lively atmosphere and an instant social life.

However, if you are tired of all this hustle and bustle, hotels in Asian countries (and some other countries in South America) are almost the same price! In India I even remember that a hotel room cost me 3 euros in some places against 6 euros in some hostels.
That said, at this price did not hope to find a staff who will be with you little care, there is a good chance that you put your luggage all alone in your room! 
Speaking of room, they will usually be clean, but not impeccable either. You may sometimes have a faulty faucet, a couple of dead mosquitoes crushed against a wall or a missing tile on the floor.
But again, you will have a private room, a bed to empty your head and a shower and toilet that you will not have to share with a dozen other people, all for a price equivalent or even less to that of travelers in an inn.

You will understand, there is always a sacrifice in comfort to be able to travel less expensive , if you are ready to do it here you will make big savings!

What does it mean to live and travel relatively well?

The more I think about it, the more I realize that what is “relatively good” for me can be absolutely miserable for someone else, or even the opposite, may seem luxurious.
That’s why I wanted to clarify with you the words “traveling relatively well” by revealing here how I use and manage my budget. I will at the same time share some tips to help you travel cheaperand therefore longer.

Patagonian tentBecause yes, when I proclaim loudly like a 21st century Jesus that traveling is not a question of money and I spend an average of 400 euros per month on my travels, does that mean that:
I sleep in the street?
Under a tent ?
That I only eat in a bowl of rice?
That I move from one place to another stop to save my money?

It’s easy to be totally excited about traveling around the world knowing that you will spend only 10 euros a day, but it would become less attractive if the budget involved getting access to a shower only once a week, sleeping in places infested with rats and begging for food!

So how do I use these 400 euros per month during my travels?

First of all, be aware that I would never have promoted spending little money on my travels if my budget involved sleeping in the street while pounding the floor. And although it is true that I have spent a night under the stars on a beach in the Gulf of Thailand, it was a purely personal choice (by the way a bad choice because it was quite horrible be attacked by a horde of flies in the morning!).

But it’s a fact, I travel while paying attention to my budget. My goal is to travel cheaper around the world and therefore spend the least possible, but with a minimum of comfort.
Yes, like everyone else, I need some comfort on the road, although I can opt for accom- modation and never eat in luxury restaurants. It is neither a desire nor my interest to travel around the world in poverty.
To give a better idea of ​​what is really traveling with less than 400 euros per month, let me explain the distribution of my budget in the most common expenses.