Humpback Whale Spyhopping
Ocean Defender Vessel
Humpback Whale Mugging
Indo Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin
Pacific Whale Foundation Research Team
From: $74 USD
Duration: 3 hours
Type: Groups, Private Charter, Shared.
Departs: Daily at 7am, 11am & 2:30pm
Interests: Birds, Fish & Marine Invertebrates, Marine Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians.
About Pacific Whale Foundation Eco-Adventures Australia (PWFEAA)
Pacific Whale Foundation Eco-Adventures Australia (PWFEAA) was founded in 2011 as a fully owned subsidiary of Pacific Whale Foundation, an international NGO dedicated to protecting our ocean and marine life since 1980. With a mission to protect the oceans through science and advocacy and to inspire environmental stewardship, the social enterprise company runs eco tours and a merchandise shop to raise funding for education, conservation and research projects, with regular involvement in school visits, virtual classrooms, community forums and educational conferences.
Price per adult. Black-out dates may apply. Pricing is subject to availability and all prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change without notice. Currency fluctuations may affect prices as quotes based on AUD. Prices are current at time of posting (1/11/2021) and may differ when you book your travel. Please contact us for our current pricing and itinerary details*
Starting at the Great Sandy Straits Marina, you will board the custom-built Ocean Defender; a low profile rigid inflatable boat with a capacity of 38 passengers that ensures you will benefit from unobstructed 360-degree views at eye level with the whales, with forward facing seats and plenty of shade.
The relatively small area of Platypus Bay, combined with the popularity of the region for whales to rest, play and interact, means it is often not long after leaving the marina in our speedy vessel, before we spot these majestic creatures.
Over 30% of the 21,000 Humpbacks Whales that migrate down Australia’s eastern coast rest in the tranquil waters of Hervey Bay between July and October, with breeding pairs migrating ahead of mothers and calves, all part of the annual migration to and from the Southern Ocean.
Your crew, all trained in marine sciences, will interpret the amazing Humpback Whale behaviours including breaches, tail slaps, fluke-up dives, spy hopping and muggings; a common practice in Hervey Bay when the Humpback Whale approaches and stays close to the vessel for an extended period of time.
You will have the incredible opportunity to listen to ethereal whale songs, using the underwater hydrophones equipped with the vessel. There are also fun and educational activities led by our Marine Naturalists on board, to help inspire the next generation of environmental stewards. Free snacks and soft drinks are included as part of your ticket, plus a full colour commemorative Whalewatch Guide developed by the Research Department at Pacific Whale Foundation.
Pricing: $99 AUD per person (adult), $69 (children aged 6-14 years)
Group Size: We have only a maximum of 38 passengers on board
Departure Point: Check in at Shop 1, Great Sandy Straits Marina, Urangan Hervey Bay.
Departure Times: 7:00am, 11:00am & 2:30pm - Please ensure you arrive at the departure point 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time so we can board all passengers and depart on time. Cruise duration is approximately 3 hours.
PWFEAA believes education through appreciation of natural wildlife behaviour can excite and inspire people to make small changes in their lives in order to mitigate the growing threats to our marine life.
As the only operator in the region to have been researching Humpbacks Whales for over three decades, Pacific Whale Foundation scientists are responsible for the South Pacific’s longest running photo-identification project and the largest curated database of Humpback Whales in Eastern Australia, having detailed the life histories of over 6,000 individual Humpback Whales.
To support the growing citizen science movement and understanding of the world’s population of Humpback Whales, Pacific Whale Foundation offers a free Whale & Dolphin Tracker app, allowing you to upload critical data in real time from your mobile devices. Being a social enterprise, all proceeds from sales of the whale watching experiences and merchandise from the Foundation's Ocean Store support whale and dolphin research, marine education for children, and ocean conservation programs in Australia and around the world.