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Hervey Bay: Ultimate Whale Watching Experience

Hervey Bay: Ultimate Whale Watching Experience

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From US$ 63.71 per person

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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
Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details. Learn more
Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide


  • 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
  • Get guaranteed sighting from the 16th of July to October 9th
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. 

  • Live tour guide
  • Transport for activity duration: Sightseeing cruise
  • Soft drinks
    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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    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 are guaranteed between July 16th and October 9th
    • The activity provider has committed to the highest sanitation standards and routinely cleans their vessels throughout the trip. Staff will routinely remind guests to use the sanitizer stations, wash hands frequently, and remain socially distanced, even during sightseeing and wildlife viewing
    • Seats are pre-assigned to ensure proper distancing from other guests. Please remain in your assigned section throughout the cruise
    • Food and drink services have been modified to limit contact and minimize the potential transmission of germs or viruses
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 191 reviews

    Review summary

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    This experience is not to be missed if you are a nature lover. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. We observed 3 whales for quite a long period . One even swam under our boat a couple of times which was amazing. I would recommend wearing very warm clothes though mainly for the trip out and back to the viewing area.

    August 20, 2022

    It was a very cool and impressive day in Hervey Bay. As promised, we saw whales up close. Unfortunately only above the water. If you want even better whale watching, you should book an underwater bottom boat. The tour was accompanied by a guide in a very interesting way. You should definitely bring warm clothes with you on the tour. You drive relatively far out to sea and it is relatively windy during the drive. Value for money is right for me.

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    August 14, 2022

    Wonderful experience.. I gained a whole new perspective on Whales and their environment and what I can do to continue their growing numbers… What I can’t believe is that some countries still choose to capture these beautiful creatures for so called scientific reasons.. I did feel like I was invading their privacy though Also… Try to smile with the girl on the reception desk who’s checking people in.. She didn’t seem to enjoy her work or interacting with anyone.. Not a positive start to the tour..

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    July 20, 2022

    Product ID: 142875