During the months of July and August our whale watching tour departs daily from Cairns in Topical North Queensland. We offer 2 departures a day and it includes FREE TIME on Fitzroy Island (up to 4 hours)
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The Cairns and Tropical North Queensland Whale watching season depends on the arrival of the whales but is usually during the months of July and August when the water is a little cooler.
Dependant on the ocean temperatures the whale season may extend into September but traditionally our tours cease at the end of August.
The Humpback Whales and Dwarf Minke Whales are here in numbers and it is here on the Great Barrier Reef, where the waters are warmer, that mating and giving birth occurs.
You only have a short period of time each year to encounter these magnificent creatures so don't miss out.
This whale watching tour operates daily and is the only one in Cairns and was first established back in 2009.
Bonus 2 Hours on Fitzroy Island
There are several tour options to choose from and they all includes bonus 2 Hours Free Time on Fitzroy Island.
Fitzroy Island is a tropical island covered in rainforest and surrounded by coral reefs.
On the island you have the time to hire snorkelling gear so you may explore the pristine waters and the corals around the island, book the stand up paddle boards or paddle skis, join a glass bottom boat tour.
If you are feeling energetic, take a rainforest walk to Nudey Beach (no nude swimming) or if time permits take a good vertical hike to the Fitzroy Island summit or follow the lighthouse trail.
Another option is to grab a nice cool drink and some freshly prepared food from Foxy's Bar and restaurant, sit back, relax and take in all the beauty that surrounds you of Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
Tour Options 2 Departure Times To Choose From: 9:00am or 11:00am
Where does the Whale Watching Tour go and what should I expect to see?
Our Cairns whale watching cruise goes where the whales go, therefore we do not have a set reef or destination we head to each day on the Great Barrier Reef.
Expect to see the ever so gracious and friendly Humpback Whales while they migrate to the warmer tropical waters of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.
Humpbacks Whales are an acrobatic animal known for breaching and slapping the water with their large tails and pectorals.
The Humpback Whale is easily identifiable with their stocky body, an obvious hump and their black dorsal colouring.
Their heads and jaws are covered with knobs, also known as tubercles.
These giant whales are between twelve and sixteen metres long and weigh around thirty-six thousand kilograms, therefore to watch one of these massive animals play within their natural habitat can be emotionally moving.
They are playful and curious creatures that are known to breach just metres from the boat, providing viewers with a spectacular display of water spray, whilst providing many fantastic photo opportunities.
If you are lucky you may get to see a mother and her calf swimming in sync.
The whale watching component of this reef tour is of course different from cruise to cruise as the Humpbacks are wild animals and their movements and behaviour is unpredictable, however your boat captain will do his very best to manoeuvre into the best possible position for some fantastic close up photography.
Conditions of Travel
Tours are conducted in known whale hot-spots and timed to coincide with the peak sighting period for Humpback Whales in Cairns. Despite our best efforts and greater than 90% sightings record, whale encounters can not be guaranteed and refunds are not available in the event whales are not seen. Tours are weather dependent and may need to be cancelled or rescheduled at short notice.
For private charter whale watching tours see here
And for swim with whales see here
9:00am and 11:00am
Check-in is 30 minutes prior to departure time at the Fitzroy Island Adventures counter inside the Reef Fleet Terminal located at #1 Spence Street in Cairns
July - August
Opening and closing dates of the Whale Season will vary each year depending on the whale's migration
From 4 to 8 hours depending on the option you choose
Tours are conducted in known whale hot-spots and timed to coincide with the peak sighting period for Humpback Whales in Cairns. Despite our best efforts and greater than 90% sightings record, whale encounters can not be guarantedd and refunds are not available in the event whales are not seen. Tours are weather dependent and may need to be cancelled or rescheduled at short notice.
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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.
Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.
Tour Code: 269