The Whales are here! Escape winter & come Whale Watching on the Great Barrier Reef!

admin on June 5th, 2023

Join us for an unforgettable adventure amidst the breathtaking beauty of Australia's Great Barrier Reef on a whale watching tour. Whether you opt for a thrilling day tour, an overnight liveaboard dive excursion departing from Cairns, or a leisurely day cruise at Hervey Bay, we promise an extraordinary encounter with nature's giants.

Prepare to be mesmerized by the majestic humpback whales as you embark on a selection of half-day and full-day Whale Watching journeys. Our departures are strategically located along the picturesque Queensland coast, spanning from Hervey Bay, 1770, and extending northward to Townsville, Cairns, and Port Douglas, where you can also catch a glimpse of the elusive Minke Whales.

To make the most of your whale watching experience, be sure to check out our guide on the peak times to spot these magnificent creatures in Hervey Bay. We'll also provide insights into what to expect during your whale watching expedition and offer valuable tips and hints, particularly for families joining us on these awe-inspiring tours.

For those who may be mobility impared follow these links to our information on wheelchair accessibility in Hervey Bay and tips and hints for preparing to go on a whale watching tour in a wheelchair. 

Hervey Bay has earned its reputation as an iconic destination for whale watching, offering an array of experiences to suit your preferences. Choose from half-day tours, full-day excursions, liveaboard adventures, scenic flights, and even private charters, all designed to cater to your unique desires.

Read our blog what are the best conditions for whale watching in Hervey Bay.   

Each year, these inquisitive creatures embark on an impressive 5,000-kilometer journey from Antarctica to our warm and tranquil waters along the Great Barrier Reef, where they give birth to their calves. The whale watching season kicks off in July and extends until mid-September along the eastern seaboard of Australia.

Don't miss out on this enchanting opportunity – be sure to secure your spot early, as availability is limited! Witnessing the magic of the humpback whales is an extraordinary and truly memorable event suitable for individuals of all ages. Join us on this incredible journey of discovery!

View all the Hervey Bay whale watching and swim with whales tours.


Swimming with Dwarf Minke Whales on the Great Barrier Reef

Want an immersive experience? 

Did you know Australia is the only place in the world where guests can swim with Dwarf Minke Whales? 

Are you ready for an unparalleled aquatic adventure that will forever change your perspective on marine life? Look no further than the enchanting waters of the Great Barrier Reef, where Australia proudly boasts the exclusive opportunity to swim with Dwarf Minke Whales. This is not just another tourist attraction; it's a life-changing encounter with some of the ocean's most inquisitive and friendly inhabitants.

Discovering these inquisitve whales

Australia stands alone as the sole destination on the planet where fortunate visitors can experience the sheer wonder of swimming alongside Dwarf Minke Whales. These captivating marine mammals possess a unique trait – an unparalleled curiosity towards humans, unburdened by any fear. This curiosity often leads to extraordinary, close encounters that will leave you in awe.

Rules around swimming with whales 

Before you jump into these azure waters, it's important to understand that strict regulations are in place to safeguard the well-being of these remarkable creatures. Operators are bound by stringent permit conditions to ensure the protection of the whales, their environment, and the overall sustainability of this extraordinary experience.

Book in advance or miss out

Embarking on this life-altering adventure couldn't be easier. You can choose to swim with giant Humpback whales on the southern reefs or opt for the magical experience of snorkelling with Dwarf Minke Whales departing from Cairns and Port Douglas. Whether you're inclined for a day tour or looking to immerse yourself in an extended aquatic odyssey with a liveaboard dive trip to the Ribbon Reefs, the possibilities are as diverse as the underwater world you're about to explore.

There is only a small window of opportunity each year to swim with Minke Whales so we have written an informative blog for you to be prepared and know the months you can see the Minkes and here is some further information on special dive trips with Minke Whales.  

For those starting their journey from Cairns, you can also discover the northern section of the Great Barrier Reef and delve into the mesmerizing world of Minke Whales. The options are boundless, and the memories you'll create are priceless.

Further Whale Encounter Experiences

Looking for more ways to experience a whale encounter? 

Enjoy the life of luxury and experience the ultimate Great Barrier Reef holiday onboard your own private boat charter or private superyacht charter with friends and family, or perhaps keep your eyes peeled during a Whitsunday sailing adventure.

Or why not get an aerial view of the migration on a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef and spot the pod of whales from above!

If you want to extend your stay, but keep your feet on land, perhaps you could keep an eye out while staying on one of the tropical island resorts on the Great Barrier Reef such as Green IslandLady Elliot Island, Orpheus Island and Lizard Island.

Read more about whale watching and swimming with whales on the Great Barrier Reef.


YOTSPACE Superyacht Charters

Escape the southern winter and join a YOTSPACE Whitsundays private charter - and keep your eye out for the migrating whales!

Experience a YOTSPACE superyacht charter to explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef in a uniquely immersive intimate voyage.  Each of the curated voyages are on an exclusive private charter basis for an exclusive experience.

On a YOTSPACE Whitsundays charter guests visit places rarely seen by visitors to the Whitsunday Islands. Over 3 - 6 nights your superyacht crew will show you the iconic landmarks within the world famous Great Barrier Reef, her iconic beaches, island landscapes and her infamous beauty of the underwater world.

Guests may choose to just relax and take in all the scenery and pampering that goes with being a VIP superyacht guest or you may be as adventurous as you wish and enjoy hikes to wonderful locations. Enjoy all the in-water activities on offer in one of the many bays and beaches we explore or take some us time for relaxation in the Jacuzzi or on the yachts decks as you look out for whales.

Visit famous scenic bays and beaches, partake in water play on the superyacht toys, enjoy hikes, explore Aboriginal artworks, experience sunsets and sunrises over the Whitsunday Islands and so much more. 

Choose from ports including Hamilton Island and Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays, to Cairns and Port Douglas in north Queensland visiting the pristine waters of the ribbon reefs of Lizard Island.

Find out more about superyacht charters on the Great Barrier Reef.


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