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Townsville Whale Watching

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Townsville, Australia
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About Townsville Whale Watching
The only marine biologist led eco-tour in Townsville. Come join us for a day trip to one of the best hotspots for humpback whales on the coast of Queensland!
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The B wrote a review Sept 2021
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For $330 for two adults, this was an expensive day out. We didn't feel it was worth the money. Website says "marine biologist led whale watching tour" and promises a talk of some kind by said marine biologist during the tour. No talk was heard or seen. There was no commentary at all! Not even an announcement of any kind when we were watching the turtles at the Cape. One of the younger men did wander around and say (paraphrasing) " we're nearly there, look on the other side of the boat to see the turtles". Nothing about what sort of turtle they were, what they eat, why they congregate there... Website says "A wonderful day on the water around the sheltered bays of Magnetic Island offering magnificent scenery" we went straight past M.I.. Apparently lunch should have been in the sheltered Horseshoe Bay, it wasn't. It was out in the rolling sea. Website says "potential for spotting wildlife like Snub-fin Dolphin, Bottlenose Dolphin, Seabirds including Osprey and Sea Eagles, Dugong and Turtles and the chance to get you up close and personal with some of the most magnificent animals on our planet, the Humpback Whale." We realise that they have no control over wildlife and where they are, but we saw ONE turtle outside of the initial Cape area. Even then, there was no announcement of "Hey look!". If we hadn't spotted it ourselves, we wouldn't have seen anything. Website says "delicious fresh lunch and snacks". Whilst there was a bowl of fruit on the table, morning tea was supermarket biscuits and afternoon tea was supermarket mini muffins. Lunch was DIY salad and cold meat wraps. Easy, and boring. We were also stunned that smoking was allowed on the boat during the tour. It was the staff smoking within 2m of where passengers were sitting and eating. The day was mostly ruined by the children (including the owner/operator's son/grandson) running around the boat playing chasey. Bumping into people, shoving past us and others who had hot drinks. We get that the kids were bored. We were too. The safety briefing should have advised the kids that boats, particularly an older, wooden, working vessel like this one, is not a playground. Given a toddler that was not being supervised adequately nearly died in front of us by falling head first down the stairway-only saved by catching a leg in the railing-the operators might want to speak directly to parents about safety and supervision before they board. If we had our time again we would NEVER book on a Saturday when families are more likely to go. We wish we'd booked our whale watching for during our time in Hervey Bay. Cheaper, more modern boats and plenty of whales seen each tour this week.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Wade H wrote a review Aug 2021
Townsville, Australia44 contributions21 helpful votes
Friendly staff and a great day on the water chilling as the scenery went by. The boat has lots of space for viewing, handles swell quit well, is quite and has none of the horrible engine fumes that plague so many other tour vessels. Oh yes, we also saw whales. Top stuff! I would have given 5/5 if the Humpbacks had played a bit.....😂 We will be back.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Packedandready57 wrote a review Aug 2021
Townsville, Australia18 contributions5 helpful votes
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My friend and I went out on a Whale Watching tour this week and even though we didn't see any whales, we still had a great day. The crew and captain were very pleasant, the boat had history and character, and we enjoyed the trip out to Cape Cleveland, then round Magnetic Island before heading back to Townsville. Lunch anchored in Horseshoe Bay was relaxing and I look forward to another trip to go Whale Watching.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Sian R wrote a review Aug 2021
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Had an absolutely amazing day out on the water with Townsville Whale Watching! Unfortunately the whales weren't out to play but we did manage to spot plenty of sea turtles and a couple of dolphins on the trip. Regardless, it was a beautiful day on the water taking in some gorgeous views of the Townsville and Magnetic Island coastlines. The boat was comfortable for the day trip, with a friendly crew and plenty of space to sit inside or stand out on either of the 2 viewing decks, with lunch provided and cold drinks available to purchase. Us and our 7 year old all had a wonderful day and will definitely be looking at another trip next season!
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Sen wrote a review Sept 2020
Kolkata (Calcutta), India8 contributions5 helpful votes
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I wanted to be apart of the whale watching and the such I was asking people about where can I go and find out - where I can see the massive animal in my own eyes. A friend of mine gave me the clue. So I booked in one of the chartered boats which leaves Townsville and goes in the ocean and since it was the last trip of the year I had no other alternatives but to avail this. The organiser (Mr Dave and his team in Affordable Charters Group ) of this boat trip did wonderful arrangements, time management facilities food and knowledge about this area and the Whales. Whales roam throughout all of the world's oceans, communicating with complex and mysterious sounds. Their sheer size amazes us: the blue whale can reach lengths of more than 100 feet and weigh up to 200 tons—as much as 33 elephants. Most whales migrate to eat and breed. For example, baleen whales feed mostly on krill, which is abundant in very cold waters. However, these cold waters are not a suitable environment in which to give birth – newborn calves are born without a protective blubber layer under their skin and would quickly freeze to death. So whales meet their need for food and suitable calving areas by travelling long distances from cold feeding areas, to warm, shallower waters for calving and mating.Most large whales migrate, but migratory patterns vary from species to species and also vary within and between populations. For example, in right whale populations, migration seems to be undertaken mostly by pregnant females heading to warm waters to give birth, while both male and female humpback and gray whales seem to undertake seasonal migrations. I am lucky to see a mother and child whale.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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