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Itinerary
Sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings as you depart on your approximately 3 hour adventure from Great Sandy Straits Marina out into the waters of Hervey Bay in search of the humpback whales that migrate here every year.  You'll have a water-level "whale's eye" view of all the action, from mothers interacting with calves to competition pods of males competing for females.  You can witness a multitude of behaviors throughout your excursion (breaches, tail and pectoral slaps, etc.). Each excursion is a new adventure as you never what you'll see.  But there are certified Marine Naturalist onboard to provide expert commentary and interpretation of the various behaviors being exhibited, as well as a whale Researchewr gathering important sightings data for use in ongoing research.
Locations visited
Pacific Whale Foundation
Great Sandy Straits Marina
Overview
Explore the waters of Hervey Bay in search of whales on a whale-watching expedition with the Pacific Whale Foundation. Board a vessel with seating options in both sun and shade, then head out to the watery paths where humpback whales do their migration and birth their calves. Listen to commentary and interpretations from certified Marine Naturalists and listen to whale communications on an underwater hydrophone.
Highlights
  • Look for humpback whales on their annual migration to calving grounds
  • Commentary by a certified Marine Naturalist
  • Boat holds just 38 passengers, with seats in sun and shade
  • Onboard Junior Naturalist Programme and activity booklet for children
  • Beverages and snacks
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Reviewed 2 days ago
Best Whale Watching EVER

Skipper Scott found us a pod of 6 whales who played around our boat for ages. Erin gave us lots of information about the Humpbacks. A really excellent Whale watching experience

Thank Rob S
Reviewed 4 days ago
Fantastic day

The day started out quite windy and cool. Concerns that it could be uncomfortable getting out to where we could possibly see whales. The trip out was great, quite smooth, just needed to rug up. Saw a couple of younger whales, but whilst observing those...More

Thank 933susan
Reviewed 4 days ago
Up close and personal

Cold and windy with a cold sou’wester blowing. Quite choppy and when I saw the size of the boat I thought this might be a bit unpleasant but.... this was my partners birthday present so off we went. Rough ride to the leeward side of...More

Thank 580mail
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
Must do in Hervey Bay

There are so many whale watching tours on offer in Hervey Bay but this is the one to choose. We opted for this tour as all the profits are for the research conducted by the foundation and the focus was on conservation. We are very...More

Thank bucknall2012
Reviewed 1 week ago
Close up and personal with whales and fabulous commentary

We loved travelling it’s Pacific WhaleFoundation, a non-for-profit organisation that researches whales and also assists the whale population. Boat is small and comfortable and one has a vantage point from either side of the boat. A researcher and a naturalist were present to answer all...More

Thank LozMelbourne
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