Whale Watching

For those who want to experience whale watching Indonesia does not disappoint. There are 34 different species of Cetaceans (whales and dolphins) that either reside or migrate through Indonesian water. There is nothing more thrilling than seeing the fluke of a whale tail breach the water or pods of dolphins racing alongside el Aleph!

Dolphins, Whales and Whale Watching Indonesia

Dolphins and whales are found throughout Indonesia – either resident or migrating through. Pods of dolphins are the more common sight when whale watching Indonesia and they tend to stay in the same area. The spinner dolphin is one of the most commonly encountered species but Spotted, Bottlenose, Risso’s, and Rough Toothed dolphins are also found. Other species of toothed whales/dolphins include Melonheads, Pilot whales, and even Orca have been spotted in Alor, Raja Ampat and the Banda Sea!

Some of the larger species of toothed whales and baleen whales are mostly migratory species that pass through Indonesian waters seasonally. Sperm whales, Humpbacks, Bryde’s, and Pygmy Blues are all seen at different times of the year while whale watching Indonesia.

Our experienced crew are experts at spotting whales and dolphins from afar and we invite you to join us on deck as we carefully scan the surface of the water looking out for breaching whales and jumping dolphins.

Once we have a sighting, our zodiac tender is always on standby to take you closer to the pod and it’s often possible to enter the water and snorkel with these amazing marine giants – creating memories that will last a lifetime!

Whale Watching Indonesia
Breaching whale tail while whale watching Indonesia

The Best Time for Whale Watching Indonesia

Depending on where you choose to experience whale watching in Indonesia the seasons vary. From December through to March is a great time for whale watching in the Raja Ampat Archipelago, whereas from July through to the end of September we have the best sightings in Alor, the Banda Sea, and the Komodo Marine Park.

Cetacean Surveys and Marine Conservation

For a closer and more in-depth and involved look at the dolphins and whales of Indonesia, we offer whale watching expeditions, where you can join the field survey and conservation work of cetacean expert Benjamin Kahn.

Cruising and Service Aboard El Aleph

A private charter uniquely ensures the ultimate in personalized service and unfettered attention. For those who want to enjoy whale watching Indonesia and a private cruise aboard el Aleph does not disappoint. From the moment you step on deck, your needs will not only be met but will be exceeded by far. From ensuring that the galley is stocked with your and your guests’ favourite items through to preparing your morning coffee exactly as you like it, the crew is on hand to make sure that you and your guests want for nothing.

It’s not only our service, 5 star cuisine, and lavish cabins that are unparalleled. Aboard el Aleph you decide your schedule, where you want to go, and when you want to go. Our crew is extremely experienced in navigating Indonesia to provide you with the best opportunities for whale and dolphin sightings.  There are no one else’s needs to take into account other than yours – this is a truly exclusive way to explore off the grid and without compromise.

Sport fishing Ceram Sea


If you have a taste for adventure and don’t want to compromise on the finer things in life, then a private charter onboard el Aleph guarantees the most exclusive service, luxurious and spacious cabins, privacy, and of course – an incredible adventure from start to finish.

For reservations or enquiries, please contact us using our contact form –  or email us at info@elalephcruising.com; and we will promptly reply.

Please note that we are not a yacht agency — your whale watching enquiries will be addressed directly by el Aleph’s owner. All of our charters are custom designed to suit your tastes and interests. For your comfort and privacy, we accept bookings for full boat charter only — not by the cabin.