17 August 2018
This morning we saw a Humpback slowly traveling North spending great time on the surface.
A large school of bait fish swam by before we headed over the see the Seals at Cabbage Tree Island.
On our afternoon cruise, we had two Humpbacks showing off lots of tail flukes and some pectoral fin slaps as they were traveling North. Albatross and Gannets were seen flying above and Dolphins were seen out swimming around in the bay.
16 August 2018
The Port Stephens Whale Highway was extremely busy this morning!
For passengers onboard the 10am Hinchinbrook Explorer we have spotted a total of twelve whales. We have stayed with a pod of four very active Humpback Whales. All whales were showing a variety of behaviours with lots of breaching; some very close to the boat, tail lobs, head lunges, tail slaps and pectoral slabs.
Great morning on the water had by all (including the crew)
15 August 2018
This mornings cruise aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer has found an active pod of two whales near Little Island. Both whales were heading south bound and were quite playful with breaching, pec slaps and tail lobs. We have also visited Cabbage Tree Island to see the seals, and found a pod of Common Dolphins.
14 August 2018
MV Spirit whale watch cruise at 11am has cruised out towards Fingal Island and spotted a mother Humpback Whale and a calf. The pair were very quiet and looked as though the calf was feeding. We have continued on towards Boondelabah Island and have found a whale that just appeared out of no where, we have spent a bit of time with this whale before moving onto another single whale located just east of the island. This whale was heading north bound, and was interacting with a pod of Common Dolphins.
There are lots of whales about this afternoon, the first pod of three Humpback Whales consisted of a mum, her calf and an escort seen swimming into the little cove at the Fingal Lighthouse.
As the Skipper turned the vessel around we spotted another two pods of whales with two whales in each pod. One pod was heading north bound, and the other on their southern migration. Both pods of whales were hard to keep tracking of as they were traveling in a zigzag pattern.
The off shore Common Dolphins were spectacular this afternoon, leaping out of the water much to everyone’s delight.
Hinchinbrook Explorers Cruise Director has also reported seeing a massive turtle that Teagan estimated to be 200 years old swimming very close to the vessel.
13 August 2018
Blue sky’s have blessed Port Stephens again today and the whales have not been deterred by the chill in the air.
For our morning cruise aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer we have spotted two juvenile whales head on their southern migration. Both whales have spent a good amount of time on the surface of the water with one whale showing with a tail lob splashing the water about.
The seals on Cabbage Tree Island were lazing in the sun on the rocks, not doing much at all!
Our afternoon whale watch cruise has again met up with a pod of two juvenile whales heading south bound, both whales were content with continuing their journey along the Port Stephens coastline. As we have cruised home, we have stopped by Cabbage Tree Island to see the seals, and also encountered a pod of Bottlenose Dolphins.
12 August 2018
The wind blowing was certainly chilly this morning, but we’ve rugged up and ventured off shore to find the friendly Humpback Whales.
MV Spirit has cruised out past Cabbage Island where we have spotted a juvenile Humpback Whale traveling south bound. The whale was quite playful, gently slapping the surface of the water with its pectoral fins, head lunging and spy hopping three times to get its bearings on what was happening above the water line.
A pod of Common Dolphins has joined us bow riding on the front of the MV Spirit.
During our afternoon cruise aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer passengers have experienced a friendly whale that came in quite close to the boat and breached twice much to everyone’s delight!
11 August 2018
A beautiful sunny warm day in Port Stephens today!
Onboard MV Spirit this morning we saw one Humpback who was migrating North, swimming along quite quickly.
We cruised over to watch the seals at Cabbage Tree Island where we had a surprise visitor who stole everyone’s attention. A big green sea turtle entertained everyone onboard as he swam by the boat.
On our afternoon cruise, we headed over to Fingal Bay Lighthouse where two Humpbacks were seen migrating North. We were greeted by Dolphins at Yacaaba Headland as we cruised back inside the bay.
10 August 2018
Five Humpbacks were seen on our Whale Watch Cruise today showing off their beautiful tails. They were lazing around still slowly heading North.
8 August 2018
We are still seeing whales traveling on their northern migration along the Port Stephens coastline.
Our mornings whale watch cruise have spent time cruising beside a pod of two juvenile Humpback Whales just behind Bondelbah Island. Both whales spent a good amount of time on the surface of the water. We have also been joined by a pod of Common Dolphins that were keen to ride the pressure wave of the boat, their speed in the water is amazing to watch.
7 August 2018
Whale watch cruises have been cancelled today due to unfavourable sea conditions.
6 August 2018
Today’s whale watch cruise was more a case of the Humpback Whales experiencing a spot of human watching. In what has been described by Cruise Director Teagan as the best day of her 6 years of her carer, all aboard have encountered a very inquisitive pod of Humpback Whales as they swam around and under the vessel, mugging the boat for over half an hour. The whales thrilled all by spy hopping right beside the vessel to get a better view of everything going on above the surface of the water. It’s pretty certain that everyone (including the crew) walked off the boat on a ‘Whale High’
5 August 2018
The Hinchinbrook Explorer has cruised down towards Boat Harbour to find two Humpback Whales on their northern migration. Passengers were treated to one of the whales showing off with a massive breach, and a few tail lobs flicking the surface of the water.
As we have traveled back in the direction of the Mount Tomaree we have been joined by a pod of Common Dolphins riding the bow wave of the vessel.
4 August 2018
Our morning cruises saw two pods of Humpback Whales just outside of the headlands. We spent some time with them before seeing distant breaching by another pod in the distance. We traveled out to them and were greeted by a mother and newborn calf!
Common Dolphins were seen swimming around the whales and the seals were out on the rocks at Cabbage Tree Island.
On our afternoon cruise we traveled straight out between the headlands where we found one Humpback Whale who ended up coming in nice and close to the boat allowing us to have a good look at him.
3 August 2018
This morning onboard Hinchinbrook Explorer we cruised just South of Fingal Lighthouse where we saw a newborn calf swimming with its mother. The newborn swam away from the mum, coming up to the boat and mugging everyone onboard.
We than traveled over to closer to the rocks near the lighthouse where we were joined by our other Whale Watching vessel MV Spirit as we both watched five massive Humpbacks who were swimming around on a heat run performing lots of head lunges!
2 August 2018
The whales were ready to greet the Hinchbrook Explorer as she cruised out the headland this morning, we have followed a pod of two Humpback Whales towards Boondelbah Island with both whales traveling slowly northbound and showing all onboard their beautiful tails when diving. We have also spotted a pod of Common Dolphins and a large flock of garnets feeding.
What an afternoon of whale watching we have had! With stunning sea condition and light breezes we have spent time with a pod of two active Humpback Whales near Fingal Island cruising along towards the off shore islands. Both whales were breaching and almost double breaching but didn’t quite get their sequences together to perform simultaneous breaching. When the whales weren’t breaching they were socialising with a pod of Oceanic Dolphins with whales and dolphins mingling together.
1 August 2018
A juvenile Humpback welcomed us at the entrance bar as we went to cruise out between the headlands on MV Spirit this morning. He was spending great time on the surface rolling around and showing off some tail dives.
We continued out towards Broughton Island where we found two large breaching Humpbacks. They were showing off double breaches, single breaches, head lunges, tail dives and pectoral fin waves!!
Onboard Hinchinbrook Explorer at 10.00am we stayed and watched the same juvenile whale at the entrance bar than headed out to see the seals and dolphins.
Three pods of Humpbacks were seen on the afternoon cruise who allowed us to get great viewing as they traveled in close to the boat.