Hervey Bay Whale Watching Experience
Best half-day Humpback Whale Watching in Hervey Bay.
It's 2021 and Whale Watching Experience bookings are OPEN! We had a very busy 2020 season and with Hervey Bay having been placed firmly on the tourism map, we recommend getting in and booking early. With flexible cancellation policies, it makes sense!
If you're travelling in the June/July school holidays: June 26th, 2021 to July 11th, 2021, it's a few weeks prior to the guaranteed whale watching season. The good news is, we run a pre-season Whale and Dolphin Search cruise. In 2020, we saw whales nearly every single trip, so although we don't 'guarantee' you'll see whales, you have a pretty good chance!
Guaranteed humpback whale sightings
Honest, friendly and caring all round. I am so glad I chose Whalesong for my first ever whale watching experience. My family and I are forever grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of a fantastic day. As far a cleanliness and service goes they absolutely outshone so many establishments. We were offered the option of a full refund if we weren't comfortable with the boat being at Covid maximum which is just a testimony to their honesty. We at no time felt cramped and there was heaps of space to maintain a suitable distance between people, however rocky the boat was. I still managed to avoid forcing a hug on anyone
Whale watching in Hervey Bay will leave you with cherished memories to last a lifetime
An ultimate bucket list experience is to watch breaching, pec/tail slapping, spy-hopping, majestic Humpback whales in their natural environment; sometimes so close to the boat you could almost touch them. This experience in Hervey Bay's calm waters is like no other and on board Whalesong, you can relax and enjoy the entire experience whilst the friendly, experienced and COVID-19 safety trained crew look after you and your friends and family's needs.
Book with peace of mind. Our flexible cancellation policy means greater flexibility for you. If you have a change of plans or are not feeling well, just let us know prior to 48 hours before the cruise and you'll receive a full refund or we can reschedule with no admin fee...virtually risk free bookings for you.
If you're planning on visiting K'gari (Fraser Island) also, we have some exclusive packages for you here.
Two daily cruises to choose from
Choose between our Extended Morning (5 hour cruise) or our Afternoon + Sunset (4 - 4.5 hour cruise) Whale Watching experiences. There's no better cruise than the other nor best time of day for watching whales - they are wild animals and will behave on their terms. Also, there's no need to worry about what to eat; Whalesong Cruises is the only half day Whale Watch boat tour in Hervey Bay to include meals, representing excellent value for money.
*** This is a guaranteed whale watch tour - if you don't see whales, you'll receive a free return trip with Whalesong Cruises until you do. ***
In addition to an incredible experience observing humpback whales in their natural environment, you'll enjoy a real time commentary about all local marine mammals (humpback whales, dolphins, dugongs, sharks, turtles and bird life) as well as some local history of K'gari (Fraser Island) and the traditional land owners, the Butchulla people. With our multilingual crew, this live commentary can all be translated directly to you in French, German, Italian, Portugese or Spanish.
Above all, the entire Whalesong team is dedicated to exceptional customer service, so all you need to do is relax and enjoy the authentic, memorable, bucket-list experience unfolding in front of your eyes.
We look after everything for you, so all you need to do is board the boat and enjoy the experience....
- Local knowledge and expert fauna commentary with an emphasis on whales
- Multi-lingual crew to give direct translation in French, German, Spanish and Italian - if preferred
- Multi-level viewing throughout the entire vessel
- Hydrophone to listen to the whales 'sing'
- Free WiFi onboard
- Low passenger numbers (only carry max. 70% of actual capacity)
- Extra wide decks provide many excellent viewing and comfortable seating options
- Complimentary filtered water, loose leaf tea, herbal tea, coffee and milo available all cruise
- Delicious morning tea AND lunch on morning cruise; afternoon tea AND dinner on afternoon cruise. Special dietary requirements catered for on request and with reasonable notice.
- Fully licensed and well stocked bar
- Snacks, souvenirs and merchandise available for purchase
- Kids activity sheets
- Wheelchair ramps and accessible toilet
- Courtesy bus transfers from Hervey Bay accommodations
Extended Morning Whale Watch: 5 hours, 8am - 1pm: Morning tea and Lunch included
"Wonderful experience seeing these majestic playful creatures. A huge thankyou to all the staff at Whalesong cruises, so friendly and knowledgeable. Lunch was great, the whole day was fantastic." kdrudder, August 2020
Whalesong's Extended Morning Whale Watch will get you out on the Bay and interacting with the whales before the other boats, but still back in time to be able to make use of your afternoon. Of all the morning cruises, Whalesong's spends the longest on the whales. In addition, enjoy a lunch (cold roast chicken, ham, greek salad, green salad, potato salad and fresh bread) whilst cruising back to the marina.
Afternoon + Sunset Whale Watch: 4 hours +, 2pm - 6pm-ish: Afternoon tea and Dinner included
"My husband and I did 2 tours, both afternoons....Such a treat to see these majestic animals playing in their big playground. Captain Doug was excellent, skilfull, and gave his all to locate the whales, provided an excellent commentary throughout the trip touched with humour,...a well kept, comfortable boat with plenty of room to move...The crew were wonderful and friendly as they delivered complimentary foods and drinks...and managed the covid restrictions well. Excellent trips...we would highly recommend Whalesong to anyone wanting a truly magical whale experience." Colleen, August 2020
Our Afternoon Cruise is great if you want to optimise your time in Hervey Bay as it enables you to fit in a whale watch cruise on the same day you arrive as we're the last full-service boat (in other words, includes food and courtesy hotel transfers) to leave in the afternoon. During the cruise back to the marina, we enjoy a dinner (roast chicken and gravy and a selection of salads - if it's not rough, we'll also enjoy hot soup and bread) whilst taking in a stunning sunset Hervey Bay is known for.
Whichever cruise you choose, you'll be pleased you chose Whalesong for your whale watching in Hervey Bay. With our commitment to the environment and sustainable practices, you can feel comfortable knowing your experience is not at the expense of the environment these incredible creatures live in.
It is recommended that 'vulnerable' people don't attend a cruise until Queensland Health deem it safe. Please visit our COVID-19 page for any updates.
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