Whale Watching - Swim With Whales - Hervey Bay - Half Day Cruise - QC

Tour Code: 727

Departing: Hervey Bay

Pickup: Hervey Bay

Swim with Humpback Whales
  • Surveyed to carry 100 guests we limit the numbers to only 40 for social distancing. Purpose built vessel for ultimate Whale Watching - 5 viewing decks on 3 levels for unobstructed viewing.
  • Family Friendly - Easy Wheelchair and pram access all around main deck with no obstructions for close viewing of whales
  • Whale watching guarantee - It is extremely rare that we do not find whales, however this can happen early or late in the season. So your ticket is valid for any of our whae watch cruises until you see them. 
  • Experience the sound of the whales singing underwater with the onboard hydrophones - you may also hear prawns clicking along the ocean bed.
  • Local family run business that started over 30 years ago. Expert knowledge and personal service with Australia's longest established whale watch tour company in Hervey Bay.  
  • Swim with Humpback Whales Option - a true experience of a life time! Subject to conditions on the day, the option to swim with these majestic creatures may be available. Additional fee payable onboard applies.

Included In Price

  • Complimentary tea, coffee, juice & light refreshments (Croissants, Muffins, Biscuits and Fruit). Guests are also welcome to bring their own snacks on board or they can still purchase food from our Krill bar
  • Informative commentary with local knowledge and history
  • Hydrophone equipped to listen to whales singing
  • Fully licensed
  • Currently Max 50 guests

Book a whale watching tour with one of Australia's most popular half day whale watching cruises from Hervey Bay which also has the unique optional Swim with the Whales opportunity.

Our whale watching boat is surveyed to carry 100 passengers however due to social distancing we have reduced our capacity to 40 passengers

Whale watching tours from Hervey Bay in Queensland, Australia. Join us for an opportunity to watch whales and maybe have the opportunity to swim with the whales, yes that's right you may just get that once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with giant humpback whales

Experience the beauty of the majestic humpback whales as they frolic in the warm waters off Hervey Bay with Australia's most experienced whale watch crew with over 30 years experience. 

When is the Best Time to Swim With Humpback Whales? 

The peak time in Hervey Bay to swim with whales are in the months of late July to early September. After this time the mothers and calves begin to arrive so legislation prohibits whale swims with mothers and calves. 

Half Day Whale Watching Tours in Hervey Bay

Enjoy a relaxing morning or an afternoon cruise onboard our purpose built vessel that offers five spacious viewing decks over three levels to ensure our guests uncrowded and unobstructed viewing while whale watching around Hervey Bay on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Whilst we cruise around you will learn more about these majestic creatures from the informative commentary from the boats whale watching crew as well as being able to listen to the unique underwater songs the whales are singing with the onboard marine hydrophone

As you witness these magnificent humpback whales play ensure to have your camera ready to capture your memorable day.  

Purpose Built Whale Watching Boat

Built for whale watching your half day cruise offers the best opportunities for capturing the pefect photo while whale watching.  

The vessel features a very large upper deck which can be accessed from either stairs from the fore deck between the amphi-theater seating or from the rear deck near the full size wheelchair accessible toilets.

With the emphasis again on passenger safety and comfort the upper deck gives a 360 degrees view with both the upper and lower rear deck offering large curved balconies that have passengers out over the water for a birds eye view of the humpback whales at play in the water.

With the use of ramps running from the main deck to the fore deck allows both able-bodied and disabled passengers freedom to move right round the main decks. The fore deck also offers two large bow spits, that conditions permitting, allow passengers to view dolphins riding the bow waves.

Onboard Facilities

During your half day Hervey Bay whale watching tour the friendly crew will provide complimentary tea, coffee and morning/afternoon tea.  Additional drinks and snacks are also available for purchase with a fully licensed kiosk.  Passengers can purchase souvenirs, film, sandwiches, hot pies, hot dogs, ice creams, drinks etc.

Families are welcomed onboard with every child on board receives an "Official Guide to Hervey Bay Whale Watch".

How Do You Get An Opportunity To Swim With The Humpback Whales?

For the ultimate up close and personal experience with the humpback whales, ensure to bring your swimmers, towel and your own snorkel gear!  Please note swimming with the whales are subject to conditions on the day and cannot be guaranteed.  An additional $80-100 is payable onboard and will be refunded if your whale swim is unsuccesful. Swimming with whales cannot be booked online. The best months for swimming with the whales are late July to early September. 

We are the only company which owns a spotter aircraft. While years ago it was essential that the eye in the sky was out there, these days the air craft is used more as a security measure being used daily at the start and end of the season and on days when spotting from the vessels may be a little harder than normal.

Seats are available for purchase to experience the feeling that Brian had when he flew the first day that the whale watching industry was born in Hervey Bay.

Half Day Whale Watching Cruise - Hervey Bay

Your day of whale watching starts with our departure from Hervey Bay at 7.45am with our friendly crew members.  Please ensure you check in at least 15 minutes prior to your departure time at the floating office at the Great Sandy Straits Marina. Look for the red harpoon gun on the bpardwalk and you have found us. 

Departing at 7.45am you can enjoy complimentary tea and coffee which is individually served on request  whilst the boat is stationary.

We will travel to Kingfisher Bay Resort where we will collect some guests. This detour takes you deeper into the Great Sandy Strait Marine Park where we pass  islands such as Big Woody Island, Duck and Picnic Island and Little Woody Island. See lighthouses and learn about the past history of the immigration to the port of Maryborough and keep your eyes peeled for the local dugongs, dolphins and turtles.    

Platypus Bay

This is where we begin our hunt for the majestic humpback whales. During your half day whale watching tour the experienced crew with share their wealth of knowlege with informative commentary on whales, and the history of Hervey Bay whale industry. Their eyes are trained to see the first signs of the whales and will alert everyone as soon as they see one.   

Feel free to ask questions of the crew thoughout the cruise as you gain further appreciation of these amazing creatures.  

Ensure to have your camera ready for the perfect shot as you view the humpback whales breach, or perhaps capture the perfect shot of a pec or tail slap! 

With 5 viewing decks over 3 levels you'll be sure have uncrowded and unobstructed viewing during your half day whale watching cruise.

Can I swim with The Whales?

Get up close and personal with the amazing humpback whales as they play in the warm waters of Hervey Bay with an optional swim with whales experience!  Should the conditions be right during the cruise, you may be able to swim with the whales - ensure to bring your swimmers, towel and your own snorkel gear for a once in a life time experience os swimming with giant humpback whales. 

An additional fee is payable onboard. Please note swimming with the whales can not be guaranteed as they are wild and free and also we have to take into consideration the water conditions. 

On your return to Hervey Bay enjoy a refreshment from the licensed kiosk as you soak up the views and reflect on your experience of a lifetime!

Morning Cruise Departure: 7.45am Returns 1:30pm

See more whale watching tours on the Great Barrier Reef.

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Hervey Bay

Departure Time
  • Morning Cruise Departs 7.45am and returns at 1:30pm. Please note the morning cruise travels via Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Is going deeper inot the Great Sandy Strait Marine Park
  • Afternoon Cruise: Departs 1pm and returns at 5pm
  • Return time is 1.30pm
Departure Instructions
  • Departs/returns: Great Sandy Straits Marina
  • Please ensure you check in to the floating office (beside the boat) at least 15 minutes prior to your departure time.
Pickup Locations

Hervey Bay

  • Please note there are no coach pick ups at this time due to social distancing

Hervey Bay

Months of Operation

July - October

Days of Operation


Whale watching is seasonal: 2021 dates: from the 16th of July, 2021 and will be concluding on the 22nd of October 2021
Bring your own snorkel gear and swim gear
Swimming with whales is not a guaranteed activity due to the whales being wild and free to interact on their terms


Morning Half Day Tour- 7.00am-12.30pm: goes via Kingfisher Bay Resort
Afternoon Whale Watch Tour- 1pm – 5pm: does not stop at Kingfisher Bay Resort

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Optional Swim with Whales (Weather permitting and conditions apply - July to Sept)
Fitness Level Required

Low, Disabled

Additional Information

Swim with the Whales - ensure to bring swimmers and towel in case the opportunity to swim with the whales becomes available. Additional $100 fee payable onboard. Subject to conditions on the day, swim can not be guaranteed.

Eco Certifications
Certified Tourism
  • Underwater Camera (charged batteries)
  • Sunscreen & Hat
  • Jacket
  • Sunglasses
  • Re-fillable Water bottle
  • Cash/card for purchases
  • If swimming with whales bring your own snorkel gear - wet suit - towel

  • Children Welcome: Every child on board receives an "Official Guide to Hervey Bay Whale Watch".
  • Children swimmiing with Whales must be 13 years old

All cancellations must be in writing.

Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee.

Please see our terms and conditions  for details prior to booking.

  • In the event that no whales are spotted (which is extremely rare), you will receive a return ticket to come again at a future date.
  • Tour is subject to favourable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date.

Whale Watching - Swim With Whales - Hervey Bay - Half Day Cruise - QC

Tour Code: 727

Departing: Hervey Bay

Pickup: Hervey Bay

Swim with Humpback Whales



Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$95.00
Family: au$310.00

Tour Code: 727



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+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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