Whale Watching Cruises Hervey Bay
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Selection of best whale watching cruises departing Urangan Marina, Hervey Bay. Seasonal whale watching cruises are guaranteed to see whales and the best times for whale tours are July through October.
Visit Hervey Bay soon and come watch the whales as they enjoy the warm sheltered waters of the bay, to allow the new born calves time to grow blubber that protects them from the cold Antarctic waters. Book your whale cruise online.
From July through to early November, pods of Humpback whales migrate north, from the nutrient rich waters of the Antarctic, to the warmer tropical waters of Queensland. Here they rest, mate, give birth to calves and teach calves the essentials for survival.
Hervey Bay, being sheltered from the elements by Fraser Island, is the ideal playground and breeding site for large numbers of Humpbacks and occasionally Minke and Pilot Whales. The bay is free of whales main predators, the Orca (or killer whale) and pack sharks.
The Australian whale watching industry was started in Hervey Bay in the middle 1980's and now, 30 years on, is regarded as the whale watching capital of the world. There are many boats that take guests out to see the whales, with varying facilities and various prices.
You can expect to pay somewhere between $100.00 and $120.00 per adult, for a half day whale watching cruise. Each operator provides different facilities, with some supplying breakfast or lunch included in the price.
Whale watching cruises are amazing. To see these fabulous, huge creatures relatively close is something you will never forget. If you have the added bonus of a tail slap or breech, wow, you will be enthralled. Most cruise operators guarantee whale sightings. If you don't see whales you either get your money back or are given a free return ticket.
Our list of whale cruise operators below is in no particular order. All operators give great value for money and are experienced and reliable, having provided whale watching tours for many years.
Cat II and Just
Regarded as the pioneers of Hervey Bay whale watching industry, Brian and Jill Perry have operated the family owned business since 1987. Both cruises offer smaller group numbers and excellent value.
With over 20 years experience in the tourism and hospitality industry, Jason & Virginia Brigden know how to treat guests. Their morning whale watching cruises begin with a hearty breakfast supplied and afternoon cruises come with lunch. Whalesong is a fabulous vessel with guest numbers limited to 60 for whale watching.
MV Mikat provides a slightly longer cruise than some operators, departing Sandy Strait Marina at Urangan daily at 9.00am and returning around 2.30pm. MV Mikat features an underwater camera and hydrophone to hear the whales sing. Fabulous crew with complimentary lunch provided.
Spirit of Hervey
Purpose built catamaran with underwater viewing chambers. First class whale watching cruises, Spirit of Hervey Bay gets you to the whales in comfort.