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2-Hour Guided Whale Watching Tour at Noosa
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2-Hour Guided Whale Watching Tour at Noosa

By Noosa Oceanrider
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Ages 7-90, max of 12 per group
Duration: 2h
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Live guide: English
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  • Life jacket. Rain Coat. Action googles.


Start:
  • Noosa Marina, 2 Parkyn Ct, Tewantin QLD 4565, Australia
    As you enter the marina the Wine Bar is on your right. Christian will meet you at the seats at the front of the Wine Bar.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 160227P2

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers

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

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    • You'll start at
      Noosa Marina
      2 Parkyn Ct, Tewantin QLD 4565, Australia
      As you enter the marina the Wine Bar is on your right. Christian will meet you at the seats at the front of the Wine Bar.
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    • Pass by
      Noosa River
      Noosa National Park
    • You'll return to the starting point
    About the operator
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    • Noosa Oceanrider
      284
      Australia
      Joined in September 2008
    • Sightseer45728415664
      0 contributions
      Great fun and info, super accomodating guide
      Really enjoyable experience! The wave riding was good fun and it was great to get Christian´s commentary on various geographical features, beaches etcétera . He also spotted dolphins a number of times and slowed for our enjoyment in seeing them. My husband and I realised last minute that we were at the wrong pick up point, and having rung Christian, expecting to be told ´sorry, you lose out´, he actaully said that they would wait the 15 minutes it would take for us to get there - super accomodating.
      Written 4 February 2024
    • bradleycN6816HH
      0 contributions
      Chose the best day! Saw plenty of pods of dolphins and Jon was a great captain definitely recommend
      Views were beautiful, local spots, mountain tops, fishing spots, rock pools it was beautiful scenery and experience.
      Written 24 January 2024
    • joffasloan
      0 contributions
      A phenomenal experience!!!
      This is one of the BEST things we have done in Noosa. Christian was delightful, professional and an awesome tour guide. The trip itself was phenomenal, well priced and exceptional value for money. We saw so many dolphins out near Hells Gates and Fairy pools, so many!!! Got some great photos and footage. A great trip for the entire family. We will lock this in again for sure. 10/10
      Written 18 January 2024
    • tomeS2320RL
      0 contributions
      Great views and an adrenaline rush
      The views were awesome and the boat ride was way more fun than anticipated. It's like he was aiming for the big waves and jumps - Definitely recommended!
      Written 4 January 2024
    • 919fengf
      0 contributions
      Dolphins in the ocean
      It's interesting to go to the ocean and discover dolphins in the wildness. The ride has beautiful views of the sea, the excitement of going up and down like a roller coaster in a mild way and the sea breeze.
      Written 3 January 2024
    • marisatC1727AE
      0 contributions
      Family holidays
      My partner and children had a blast, got to see dolphins and do doughnuts. Great experience. Highly recommended.
      Written 29 December 2023
    • Mark_AU2014
      0 contributions
      Great family time
      Well organised. Safe. Stable craft. 1 hour trip was enough. Kids had great fun. Hardest part is finding parking nearby in peak periods.
      Written 29 December 2023
    • Mimi19212016
      0 contributions
      So much fun!
      This was my Christmas present for my family. They were ecstatic and raved about how good it was. Teenage grandson said much better than he thought it would be - high praise!
      Written 28 December 2023
    • 226kishanp
      0 contributions
      Best experience in Noosa
      Christian is great guy We had a great adventure Really enjoyed Must try this Highly recommended
      Written 27 December 2023
    • Freedom26206126500
      0 contributions
      Highly recommended
      Far exceeded our expectations. Christian was an amazing guide/driver and we couldn’t recommend him enough. If you want to see the beauty of Noosa from the water, with a little action & dolphins in between then this one is for you!
      Written 5 December 2023
    • Amelia W
      0 contributions
      Super fun activity
      Super fun activity in noosa. Boat was fast and also had fun turns. amazing views and we stopped to look at some of the cliffs and beaches!! Definitely recommend.
      Written 3 December 2023
    • Rochelle W
      0 contributions
      Highly recommend
      Super fun, Christian was an excellent guide. It’s thrill seeking, saw dolphins and explored some of the coastline. Highly recommend
      Written 21 November 2023
    • kevincamfield
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      Thrills in Noosa
      Amazing trip out with Christian picked up the boat from Noosa marina out on the ocean for around 45/60 minutes. Very experienced captain took as up the coast to hells gate with a few great spins on the way. Thoroughly recommend this Noosa experience
      Written 12 November 2023
    • Cottonreel
      0 contributions
      Exciting and great value for money.
      What an exciting ride! Not a dull moment with the boat ride and the many dolphins we saw. Amazing value.
      Written 11 November 2023
    • Keith D
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      Real sea experience
      Outstanding morning riding the waves and seeing Whales and Dolphins. An experience we will never forget.Getting soaked was part of it.
      Written 12 October 2023
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    travelexperience888
    Gold Coast, Australia8 contributions
    Aug 2022 • Couples
    Wonderful opportunity to see Noosa coast line, playful dolphins and a number of humpback whales. Skipper Nathan was organised, provided spray jackets, life jackets, dry humour and addressed us by name on board. He deftly negotiated the Noosa bar crossing, was informative of local knowledge of land and sea. In the two hour time frame he went the extra mile determined to give us a sighting which took us further south and we were happily rewarded with a number of whales within metres of the boat. A great and memorable experience.
    Written 20 August 2022
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    Happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with Noosa Oceanrider. Thanks for the glowing review. Hope to see you back again.
    Written 21 August 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Vicpic
    Ocean Grove, Australia364 contributions
    Went out on a perfect morning for a 2hr whale watching cruise with Captain Nathan on Saturday. I have a broken knee was concerned about getting on and off the boat but it was doable. The craft itself goes very smoothly over the water and is pretty fast which makes for an exciting trip. Nathan was fun and did a light hearted narrative during the trip. We saw Hell’s Gates from another angle as we went along the coast line south looking for whales. It was great to se a pod of dolphins right up at the boat but no whales this day unfortunately. It wasn’t for the lack of trying Nathan travelled north and south on the search for us but no luck. I must admit 2 hrs was long enough even though the seats have great padding straddling the seat was like riding a horse and by the end I felt a bit saddle sore. It was a fabulous time next time I would do the thrill ride and then if you see a whale it’s a bonus.#noosaoceanrider
    Written 30 August 2021
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    Thank you for leaving a review. Unfortunately the big guys don't always want to co-operate however we are pleased you enjoyed your tour regardless.
    Written 2 September 2021
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    dcadsm
    Tewantin, Australia280 contributions
    This is a must when visiting Noosa. I wanted to finish the holidays with a bang and this ride delivered.

    The views, the adrenaline ride over the Noosa Bar into a one metre swell. My 18 year old daughter and I were sitting in the front, the best place to get an amazing experience. We changed seats a number of times so everyone has a chance to experience the front.

    The views looking back towards the main land was fantastic. The rock formations the large swell hitting the rocks was so good.

    There is a hint to save your back and bottom stand up and use your legs as shock absorbers.

    Amazingly the best was still to come!

    Whale, whale was the call and to our right was a small pod of whales. An infant breaching out of the water just near us and the size of the adults was so great to see. Then a large pod of dolphins swam right beside us with infants, sea eagles and the awes and aha continues smiles were on everyone’s faces.

    This ride is a must for locals and tourists. Yes the whales are sessional but the views and dolphins are part of our amazing area.
    Written 11 October 2021
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    We are thrilled you had such a positive experience on Noosa Oceanrider. As a small business we also appreciate the time and effort you have put into your lengthy review, it means a lot. Many thanks.
    Written 11 October 2021
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    FrangipanniBrisbane
    Brisbane114 contributions
    Aug 2021
    Our skipper Nathan took us out towards Hells Gate and we saw a pod of dolphins off Granite Bay first and then sighting after sighting of whales, mother with a baby and other adult whales just cruising slowly south. The skipper was very respectful keeping the boat at distance from the whales but one adult came right up next to the boat and then disappeared underneath. The conditions we good, a recommended light WSW wind and not too much swell. It was very exciting going out through the river mouth, trusting the skippers expertise, and I felt the Ocean rider was a safe vessel to get through the waves.. An absolutely wonderful experience that I would recommend to anyone.
    Written 26 August 2021
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    Thank you for taking the time to leave a detailed review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your Noosa Oceanrider experience and hope to see you again.
    Written 30 August 2021
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    Ana M
    2 contributions
    Sept 2023 • Solo
    What a glorious experience!!! Jumping over the waves, flying above turquoise water trying to spot a whale, and the engine became quiet. Our skipper Christian said we are in ‘neutral’. And then we saw a tail…once you see and hear a whale, it's something you'll never forget. We were lucky enough to see a whale breach, that was OMG moment (my photos don’t capture the hundredth of the real feeling) thank you Christian for this fantastic experience 🐋
    Written 20 September 2023
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    Glad you enjoyed your experience.
    Written 16 October 2023
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    Stephen C
    1 contribution
    Oct 2021
    Couldn't be more impressed - remarkable to see half a dozen whales in close proximity.

    Our guide Nathan was outstanding, safety conscious, thorough and very knowledgeable on the marine life.

    Our kids loved it - was the highlight of our holiday for them.

    Many thanks for a great experience. I'll keep an eye out for the long neck penguins!

    Cheers, Stephen, Tiffany, Cleo and Sasha
    Written 7 October 2021
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    Hi Guys, Thank you for the kind words and taking the time to leave a review. Happy to hear how much you all enjoyed your tour with us. Hope to see you back again.
    Written 8 October 2021
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    Ninz121
    Melbourne, Australia346 contributions
    Great tour and ride at a bargain price! I booked this for a Friday morning as a solo traveller, I had no idea what I was in for but it was so much fun! The fuides were friendly and helped with anything needed, shared some great insights into the humpback whales, and we were able to see a few, including a brand new calf! I do highly recommend waterproof clothing as much as possible, dress for cold weather because on the open water you will freeze as more than likely you will be drenched and if you are short (I'm 5'3) be prepared to climb over the seating, it's high but mostly comfortable. Highly recommend this tour!
    Written 5 August 2023
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    Thank you, and glad you enjoyed your whale adventure.
    Written 1 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Yvonne
    Hawley Beach, Australia3 contributions
    July 2023 • Family
    The swells today were large and the sea was rough and made for a fairly bumpy trip which was difficult for poorer travellers. However we did see whales up close which was amazing. One in our group loved the trip, one was terrified and 2 were undecided if the rough trip warranted the rewards of seeing the whales. Would not recommend for anyone with back problems or younger children. Concerned there were no seat belts and even though we have travelled in jet boats with positive experiences before, we were a little unsettled by this experience. Perhaps we were unlucky with the weather conditions today.
    We felt the experience did not match the description given.
    Christian was a capable skipper and gave us knowledgable information about the whales.
    Written 20 July 2023
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    We are glad to hear seeing the whales up close in their natural environment was amazing. If sea conditions were unsuitable the tour would have been cancelled. Unfortunately a small percentage of people experience sea sickness on any whale expedition. The vessel is not a JET BOAT and does not require seat belts. I'm glad to hear that you were in capable hands with the skipper.
    Written 25 July 2023
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    Pauline S
    Melbourne, Australia467 contributions
    Aug 2023 • Family
    We had a great time on the whale watching boat trip.
    The boat is fast and zippy, so the journey out to sea was fun and exciting! When we found some whales… which was pretty fast, it was amazing. We were lucky to see several groups of whales, breaching, slapping their pectoral fins on the surface, and tail slapping! We saw a dolphin too☺️
    Some of the whales came quite close to the boat too, so lots of great pictures.
    Christian, our skipper was full of great fun facts, and answered all of our questions with enthusiasm. He made it most enjoyable.
    I loved this trip, and will gladly recommend it to anyone, and would happily do it again myself.
    Written 31 August 2023
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    What a wonderful morning. Whales and more whales. Thank you
    Written 1 September 2023
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    rose h
    Morrinsville, New Zealand70 contributions
    July 2022
    The boat is well maintained and in good condition. It takes a maximum of 12 passengers so getting a look around is no problem.
    The skipper is professional and very competent. The ride was really good considering how sloppy the sea was.
    We saw a small pod of whales with only a calf breaching the surface. It was a little far away from us but it was still neat to see.
    If there was a criticism, it was that we spent the first 15 minutes or so looking for dolphins when I would have preferred heading straight out in search of whales. It is a minor criticism though as the tour was definitely worth while and recommended.
    Written 13 July 2022
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    Thanks for the feedback, Rose. We are happy you enjoyed the tour.
    Written 14 July 2022
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