Please note – this is an active adventure holiday and designed for those who are reasonably fit, agile and confident swimming and snorkelling in deep water.   


About  (Pygmy) Blue Whales . . .

True to their name, pygmy blue whales are slightly smaller, growing to around 24m and weighing up to 90 tonnes. 

It is difficult to imagine just how huge the blue whale (balaenoptera musculus) is until you’re up close on the surface or in the water with them. Their hearts can weight as much as a car; their tongues may exceed the weight of an elephant, and and adult has 2,500 gallons of blood circulating throughout it’s body constantly. They feed almost exclusively on krill and other plankton and an adult blue whale can consume four tons daily during their feeding season. Blue whales are the largest animals ever known to have lived on our beautiful blue planet, growing up to 100 feet long and weighing up to 180 tons or more. When born, blue whale calves are around 25 feet long and can weigh 3 tons and they can drink more than 380 litres/100 gallons of their mother’s milk every day!

Aggressive hunting in the 1900s by whalers seeking whale oil drove the blue whales to the brink of extinction and it is thought that some 360,000 were slaughtered between 1900 and the mid-1960s. Their numbers were reduced to just 1,000 or so whales by the mid 1950s. They finally came under protection under the auspices of the 1966 International Whaling Commission, but the global population has only made a minor recovery since then, with an estimated 15,000+ blue whales now roaming our oceans worldwide.

Blue whales have few predators but many are injured or die each year from impacts with large ships and marine pollution is also a serious threat. It is critical that we continue to work for further conservation and protection of these gentle giants of our planet.

About the area…

Our whale-watching home base is in the capital city,  Dili, on the north shores of Timor Leste – a melting pot of different cultures, with the food, clothing and daily goings on reflecting a multitude of influences, including Portuguese, Malay, Indonesian..

It has not been ‘found’ by many yet and it’s lovely golden sand beaches, peaceful surroundings, unspoiled natural areas and easy-going friendly local folk make this slightly off-the beaten-track town a fascinating and laid back destination.

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