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Whale Watching Sydney - 2hr Express Cruise
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Whale Watching Sydney - 2hr Express Cruise

By Fantasea Cruising
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Ages 0-99, max of 190 per group
Duration: 2h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English
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  • On-board commentary on the wildlife and history of Sydney Harbour.
  • Two hour Whale Watching cruise.
What's not included
  • Drinks (available to purchase)


Start:
  • Circular Quay Wharf 6, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
    Cruises depart from Circular Quay - Wharf 6. Our ticket office is the 3rd one on the left hand side of the wharf.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Stroller accessible
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6793P31

    • Most travellers can participate
    • If you suffer from motion sickness it is strongly recommended that you consult a doctor before traveling
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 190 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is Whale Watching Sydney - 2hr Express Cruise?
    Whale Watching Sydney - 2hr Express Cruise price starts from AU$76.29. Discover and book Whale Watching Sydney - 2hr Express Cruise on Tripadvisor
    What is the Whale Watching Sydney - 2hr Express Cruise cancellation policy?
    Whale Watching Sydney - 2hr Express Cruise cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Whale Watching Sydney - 2hr Express Cruise on Tripadvisor
    Which company provides Whale Watching Sydney - 2hr Express Cruise?
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    How much time do I need for Whale Watching Sydney - 2hr Express Cruise?
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    AML1967
    United Arab Emirates130 contributions
    We unfortunately went on a 2 hour express whale watching tour at the beginning of the whale watching season. The conditions were so bad (heavy rain and 2m swell) I think they really should have postponed the trip but they didn’t. Almost everybody on the boat was sick because it was so rough. 5 minutes outside of Sydney heads I think everyone just wanted to get back to the safety of Circular Quay. I complained to the company because it really felt quite dangerous on such a rough sea but got not reply hence this review.
    Written 1 September 2022
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    Jess
    1 contribution
    June 2023 • Friends
    It was really fun! Got to see a couple tails and blows, but also seals! Maybe next time will get a breach 🥰 The only two things is the windows at the top could have been cleaned and if there’s a way of ensuring people don’t obstruct the view for others, but I’m not sure how or if possible!
    Written 26 June 2023
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    Michelle F
    1 contribution
    June 2023 • Couples
    The gentleman at the desk was incredibly helpful. My husband had booked tickets for the wrong date, but we were accommodated on the very next boat out without any hassle. I’m extremely grateful, as we saw whales breaching & tail slapping that afternoon. It was an incredible experience. The crew was also very friendly & informative. I’ll be going again soon.
    Written 14 June 2023
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    A A
    1 contribution
    June 2023 • Solo
    The 2 hour express trip is great if short on time. I saw so many pods of whales - at least 5 different pods including mums with their babies. I saw whales breaching and also divingSome were close enough to the body to get very good pictures.
    Written 14 June 2023
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    Elene
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates17 contributions
    Well we managed to see the whales from far away. But those whales didn't jump out of the sea. We also managed to see the dolphins. Overall it was a good experience. The staff keeps on constantly making sure we are okay in the forward deck.
    Written 4 September 2023
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    Michelle C
    1 contribution
    May 2021 • Couples
    The cruise was amazing and the crew knew exactly where to go to for the best vantage point watching the whales breaching. Cassia our guide was very knowledgeable and super friendly. The whole crew were brilliant. An incredible experience with a great company, Fantasea.
    Written 20 May 2021
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    Rasmus S
    2 contributions
    June 2023 • Friends
    Great trip and staff are great, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We were all quite surprised to see the state of the windows on the vessel thouh. I get that with salt water splashing up on the windows a layer of salt residue will collect on the windows, but they weren't washed down before the trip and you could barely see anything through them on the top deck.
    Written 9 July 2023
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    Chong Wei Soon
    Malaysia2 contributions
    Some of the China tourist show you guys the voucher number but you guys keep reject them to get on cruise just because they dont provide their name and start being rude to them , your staff are less training to check ticket via voucher number
    Written 9 August 2023
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    Erin Wang
    Ormond, Australia5 contributions
    It’s very terrible experience never happened before.

    I booked 3 spots for 12.25 departure, received confirmation email and reminder email, but has been cancelled in the last minute without any communication.

    I went to the cruise company in darling harbour, and asked more details about the cancellation. The staff at the office didn’t want to talk to me too much, and just kept saying there was no cruise depart from darling harbour on 19th June.

    I kept asking the details, and the staff said I have to contact the agency.

    Then I called the cruise company to confirm more information about the cancellation. The same staff I met at the office picked my call up and started to make a big story.

    She said there was no staff at office during the weekend as well as the agency.

    Actually, the office opens every day and the agency provides 24 support.

    She said there is no notification if the booking is not successful.

    Over the phone, the staff was keeping talking on her side, not listen to what I am talking. No basic customer service manner at all.

    We all know what happened, the booking from the agency is the last priority during the peak season.
    Written 18 June 2023
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    Wend
    7 contributions
    Sept 2023 • Family
    Whilst the pod we saw were behaving a bit erratic, the captain did his best to get us positioned as best possible.
    Written 26 September 2023
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