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Hervey Bay: Ultimate Whale Watching Experience

Hervey Bay: Ultimate Whale Watching Experience

From US$ 67.11 per person

Encounter these majestic creatures on the ultimate whale watching experience lead by experts. Enjoy an experience based on over 30 years of whale research.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3 hours
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  • Listen to expert commentary from certified marine naturalists
  • Gain exclusive interaction with an on-board whale researcher
  • Enjoy underwater hydrophones to listen to live whale songs
  • Eat complimentary snacks and soft drinks on-board
  • Sightings guaranteed or receive a free return ticket
Full description

This whale watching tour is led by certified marine naturalists who provide expert interpretation of the amazing whale behaviors you'll encounter. As an exclusive, you'll also interact with an onboard whale researcher. Listen to live whale songs with underwater hydrophones and learn the latest whale facts and findings. Drinks, snacks, and souvenirs are all available onboard. You'll cruise in comfort on Hervey Bay's newest, a state-of-the-art vessel the Ocean Defender. Enjoy a fast, smooth ride with panoramic water-level views from forward-facing seats offering plenty of shade. On this small-group tour, there are excellent photo opportunities. The Ocean Defender is eco-friendly, fully licensed, and follows all regulations for whale protection. Enjoy the knowledge that your ticket supports whale research, marine education, and ocean conservation in Australia and around the world. 

  • Expert commentary from certified marine naturalists
  • Interaction with on-board whale researcher
  • Underwater hydrophones to listen to live whale songs
  • On-board Jr. Naturalist Programme and free activity booklet
  • Snack and soft drinks on-board
  • Pacific Whale Foundation full-color whale watch guide
  • Travel on Hervey Bay’s newest, state of the art vessel
  • Forward-facing seats with plenty of room and shade
  • Panoramic water-level “whale’s eye” views
  • Toilet facilities on-board
  • Small-group experience with excellent photo opportunities
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 6 years
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You must fill out a travel information form

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    Prepare for the activity

    Meeting point

    Shop 1, Tourist Terminal, Great Sandy Straits Marina. Check in 30 minutes before activity starts.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Warm clothing
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun hat
    • Camera
    • Jacket
    • Cash

    Know before you go

    • · Whale sightings guaranteed between July 16th and October 9th
    • · We are committed to the highest sanitation standards and routinely clean our vessels throughout the trip. Staff will routinely remind guests to use our sanitizer stations, wash hands frequently, and remain socially distanced, even during sightseeing and wildlife viewing.
    • · Masks must be worn throughout the journey except while eating, drinking and snorkeling. Additional exceptions apply to children younger than two years of age.
    • · Seats are pre-assigned to ensure proper distancing from other guests. We encourage guests to remain in their assigned section throughout the cruise.
    • · Food and drink services have been modified to limit contact and minimize the potential transmission of germs or viruses.
    • · To further limit unnecessary contact and exposure to others, we suggest guests bring their own snorkel equipment if possible. For guests who need to borrow snorkel equipment, our gear is thoroughly sanitized after every use.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 129 reviews

    Review summary

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    The captain and marine biologist were delightful, very helpful and informative. They were very good at spotting the mother & calf whale, and keeping an appropriate distance to allow a great few of the whales breaching etc. we would have been close to them for over 30 minutes and we were delighted by their antic and incredible size. Very enjoyable well worth it.

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    October 9, 2020

    An absolutely brilliant experience. We saw plenty of whales and calves and also large turtles and dolphins - it was just sensational. The whales put on a show for us, especially the calves. Three hours was more than enough time to experience this tour. Millie (our Captain) took us safely out and back and Jess (our guide) was very, very informative. If you want value for money choose this tour - just wonderful!

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    September 28, 2020


    Was an amazing trip getting too see the whales up close a day I’ll never forget. I couldn’t believe how big the whales are. Definitely worth the money and the staff was very nice and had lots of information. All round brilliant experience. Thank you keep up the good work.

    September 15, 2019

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