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7 of the Best Whale Watching Cruise Operators on the Legendary Pacific Coast

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Moonshadow Whale Watching Cruises

The stretch of NSW coastline that runs between Port Stephens and Byron Bay is jam-packed with migrating humpback whales frolicking close to shore during migration season. Observing these beautiful mammals aboard an experienced whale watching cruise is an experience you will never forget.

Our friends at The Legendary Pacific Coast would like to share their top seven cruise operators with you:

Moonshadow Whale Watching Cruises

Nelson Bay, Port Stephens (pictured above)

The expansive, pristine waterways around Port Stephens are an idyllic location to take a cruise aboard a 30-metre catamaran and enjoy whale and dolphin sightings. Their 2.5 to 3 hour cruises offer stunning views from the deck or air-conditioned interior, as well as knowledgeable and often amusing commentary about the giant marine mammals and the landmarks around Port Stephens. Morning or afternoon-tea is included. And, if you don’t see a whale they will give you a free return cruise (conditions apply).

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Amaroo Whale Watching Cruises

Forster, The Great Lakes

Amaroo Whale Watching Cruises

The Great Lakes is a much loved holiday haven only 3.5 hours north of Sydney. It boasts a diverse marine ecology due to the intertwining nature of the still lakes and estuaries flowing through different towns. This makes it a perfect feeding ground for migrating whales. Be welcomed aboard the brand new $2.1 million Whale Watching Adventure Cruise vessel “AMAROO”, a purpose-built, large, fast, spacious and stable vessel with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. If no whales are sighted on your cruise, they will issue a full refund (conditions apply).

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The Cruise Terminal

Greater Port Macquarie

The Cruise Terminal

Operating from a riverside location on the Hastings River in Port Macquarie, Ocean Adventure 1 is a smaller, faster vessel travelling down the picturesque Hastings River, through the mouth of the river and out to sea.This fast-paced excursion regularly captures humpbacks leaping from the water and landing with a tremendous splash. Enjoy the commentary from the knowledgeable and observant crew and take in the coastal beauty of this riverside town.

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Jetty Dive Centre

Coffs Harbour

Jetty Dive Centre

The Jetty Dive folk are professional and well-practiced mariners who take clients to enjoy what is above and below the sea. Their whale watching tours operate daily for 1.5 hours in the beautiful waters of Solitary Island Marine Park only minutes away from Coffs Harbour and easily accessed in their small fast vessels. If they see whales in the distance jumping, they can move from one group to another in a very short time and stay close to the action.They know the continual movements of these gentle giants during migration season and readily share their vast knowledge of all things marine on their whale, dolphin and dive tours.

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Wooli Dive Centre and Fishing Charters


Wooli Dive Centre and Fishing Charters

Enjoy the seven nautical mile ride out to North Solitary Island on a 12-metre, 300 hp Suzuki-powered catamaran and the chance to spot whales, dolphin pods, turtles and the many varieties of sea birds that live out on the open waters surrounding the Clarence Valley coast. This family-owned business also operates one of the most respected dive centres on the north coast and is located near the North Solitary Islands and another popular dive spot at Pimpernel Rock.

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Whale Watching Byron Bay

Byron Bay

Whale Watching Byron Bay

With over 10,000 happy customers, Whale Watching Byron Bay are one of the most experienced cruise operators along the coast. Their trained eco guides offer fascinating commentary and the hydrophones on board each vessel even allow you to listen to the humpbacks singing! They offer a whale-sighting guarantee and contribute a portion of each fare to whale research. Researchers from Southern Cross University’s Marine Ecology Rescue Centre are also likely to be joining your adventure, sharing their wisdom along the way.

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Byron Bay’s Go Sea Kayaks

Byron Bay

Byron Bay's Go Sea Kayaks

Bring your sense of adventure, bathers and sun screen for an exhilarating kayak paddle through the Cape Byron Marine Reserve, riding waves while spotting dolphins, turtles and whales. This up close and personal tour is suitable for beginners through to the more practised kayakers. Delivered by experienced surf life-saver guides, you will enjoy their full knowledge of the region’s marine life, history and indigenous culture.

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