August 2019

31st August 2019

Unfortunately our whale watch cruises were cancelled today due to sea conditions.

30th August 2019

Unfortunately our whale watch cruises were cancelled today due to sea conditions.

29th August 2019

Passengers and crew aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer have been entertained by an adult female and juvenile Humpback Whale during our morning whale watch cruise. The pair of whales were very active displaying tail lobs, pec slaps and head lunges, and on occasions coming in quite close to the vessel. We have spotted seals resting on the rocks at Cabbage Tree Island and Bottlenose Dolphins near to Dolphin Rock.

The Humpback Whale that was seen swimming in the Bay on Tuesday has made its way up from the western end of the harbour, and has now ventured off show through the head land at Shoal Bay.

Unfortunately, our afternoon whale watch cruise has been cancelled for today.

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28th August 2019

At times whale watching can be a game of patience, the whales were a little slow to find this morning. Our first Humpback Whale of the day was spotted heading north bound doing sounding dives for about four minutes at a time.

As we have waved goodbye and turned for home we have come across another juvenile Humpback Whale near to Little Island. This whale was extremely active, showing off with continuous breaching and pec slapping.

During our afternoon whale watch cruise we have stuck with one Humpback Whale that we located just east of Fingal Island as it traveled north bound. It was spending a good amount of time on the surface of the water, with only two minute sounding dives. The crew have reported sighting another Humpback Whale further off shore, but it was not spending a great amount of time on the surface with quite long sounding dives.

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27th August 2019

We have experienced another beautiful spring like day, with perfect conditions for off shore cruising aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer.

Our morning cruise has found two Humpback Whales, both whales were doing sounding dives for up to ten minutes at a time, but there was a bit of white water excitement and splashes as the whales starting tail lobbing and thrashing their tails onto the surface of the water.

For our passengers on the Dolphin Discovery Cruise and the whale watch cruise have been treated to quite a rare occurrence with a Humpback Whales swimming along past Fly Point and onto towards the western end of the Harbour. It would have been quite a surprise to see a whale swimming past for anyone standing on the break-wall at the marina.

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26th August 2019

As the Hinchinbrook Explorer has cruised towards Mt Tomaree we have spotted a small pod of Bottlenose Dolphins before heading off shore in search of Humpback Whales.

We have hit the jackpot near to Boondelbah Island, with two Humpback Whales being located. The whales have been quite active with the whales breaching four times, and during our time with the pod they have swam in quite close to the vessel.

Unfortunately our afternoon whale watch cruise has been cancelled.

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25th August 2019

Port Stephens has turned on a spectacular Sunday, full of blue skies and calm breezes on the water. Perfect for whale watching!

We have come across a lone friendly Humpback Whale during our morning cruise, heading north towards Broughton Island. The whale was quite relaxed, and rolling about in the water, showing off its white under belly.

The Common Dolphins have been very active this morning, surrounding the vessel and swimming along on the bow wave as the Hinchinbrook Explorer has cruised on-wards.

We have spent the afternoon with a very inquisitive Humpback Whale who approached and mugged the Hinchinbrook Explorer for quite some time. The sound of the Humpback Whale exhaling as it comes to the surface of the water is simply amazing, and certainly getting the chance for a extremely close encounter is a once in a lifetime experience.

23rd August 2019

Unfortunately our whale watch cruises were cancelled today due to sea conditions.

22nd August 2019

Unfortunately our whale watch cruises were cancelled today due to sea conditions.

21st August 2019

We have located a pod of two to three Humpback Whales close to Fingal Island this morning and traveled along with the pod have they have headed north bound. The pod has been motoring along at quite some speed and may be a competitive pod of males as they have been seen head butting and bumping into one another.

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20th August 2019

This mornings whale watch cruise was a photographers delight! We have seen a spectacular display of waterfalls dripping from the Humpback Whales fluke as they dove beneath the surface of the water.

The seals on Cabbage Tree Island seemed to be particularly comfortable on their rocky outcrop today, all four seals were sleeping soundly and only opening their eyes briefly to catch a view of our passengers.

On the way back to the through the headland at Mt Tomaree we have been joined by a few of our local Bottlenose Dolphins riding the pressure wave on the bow of the vessel.

As hard as we tried to find whales during our afternoon cruise the Humpback Whales were just not co-operating. We did briefly sighted two whales, but they have quickly disappeared on a long sounding dive.

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19th August 2019

Our morning whale watch cruise aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer has spent time with four Humpback Whales that have been scattered around the vicinity of the vessel just past Cabbage Tree Island and cruising in the direction of Broughton Island. They have been a little had to keep track of with long sounding dives and unpredictable movements, almost seeming at times to be traveling in circles.

At one point a Humpback Whale has suddenly appeared at the rear of the vessel, giving everyone a bit of a surprise as it surfaced.

Unfortunately, our afternoon whale watch cruise has been cancelled.

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18th August 2019

We have beautiful conditions off shore for whale watching at Port Stephens with very little swell and light breezes to start the day.

It has not taken long to locate our first whales of the day, with three pods spotted in line with the Lighthouse at Fingal Bay. The whales have been quite active with head lungs, tails lobs and a couple of good breaches.

Before cruising towards home base, we have pop in to say hello to the seals on Cabbage Tree Island, and a pod of Bottlenose Dolphins at the Yaccaba Headland.

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17th August 2019

As we have cruised outside the Tomaree headland when up ahead the crew spotted a Humpback Mother and her new born calf. The calf was likely to only be a couple of weeks old, and mum was not letting her calf travel too far away from her.

The seals at Cabbage Tree Island were enjoying the warm winter sunshine today, with a few seals being spotted in the water in front of the rocks.

As we have cruised towards the dock we have also encountered our local Port Stephens Bottlenose Dolphins.

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16th August 2019

We are still observing Humpback Whales on their northern migration along the Port Stephens coastline.

The whales have been quite active today with lots of playful behaviours sighted; with breaching, pec slapping, head lunging, and tail lobbing.

At one point during Hinchinbrook Explorers morning cruise a small whales has popped up right beside the vessel giving everyone a shock as it surfaced.

There are plenty of Common Dolphins around today, with a very large pod sighted during our morning cruise.

Passengers on the afternoon cruise has spent time with a pod of whales who were spending a good amount of time on the surface of the water, with one whale tracking across the bow of the vessel.

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15th August 2019

Today was a day for muggings with both cruises encountering friendly southbound Humpback Whales.

During our morning whale watch cruise one sub adult Humpback Whale, and two juvenile whales have mugged the Hinchinbrook Explorer taking quite an interest in our passengers onboard and swimming around the vessel.

A couple of the seals on Cabbage Tree Island seemed to being having a disagreement, perhaps to see who’s got to sit on the prime positioned rock.

A lone adult Humpback Whale has mugged our passengers on the afternoon cruise, he spent quite some time circling the vessel to see what was happening around him.

Bottlenose Dolphins have been sighted in the Bay, with a pod of Off Shore Common dolphins being encountered before the vessel has come back inside the headland.

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14th August 2019

A few sleepy Humpback Whales were seen on both our morning and afternoon cruise.  They spent most of their time laying on the surface which did allow us to get a very good look at them.

A huge pod of False Killer Whales surrounded Hinchinbrook Explorer this morning in every direction! It is quite rare to see pods of False Killer Whales.

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13th August 2019

The wind has dropped down so we were able to resume our Whale Watch Cruises today!

This morning we cruised alongside a few pods who were traveling North, spending great time on the surface, showing off some tail lobs and a breach!

Our afternoon cruise two Humpback Whales heading South with one of them breaching nice and close to the boat! Bottlenose Dolphins were seen swimming back into the bay.

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12th August 2019

Unfortunately our whale watch cruises were cancelled today due to sea conditions.

11th August 2019

Unfortunately our whale watch cruises were cancelled today due to sea conditions.

10th August 2019

Unfortunately our whale watch cruises were cancelled today due to sea conditions.

9th August 2019

Unfortunately our morning Whale Watch Cruise did not sight any Whales. Due to the wind picking up, our afternoon whale watch cruise was cancelled.

8th August 2019

Our cruises today saw several pods of Humpback Whales who were slowly traveling along the surface. Common Dolphins were also out and about, swimming around the boat.

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7th August 2019

This morning we were entertained by a pod of Humpback Whales at Fingal Lighthouse who mugged the boat. One young Humpback Whale was seen between Fingal and Cabbage Tree Island, he swam in very close to boat and started circling us!

A pod of False Killer Whales were seen out at Boondelbah Island this afternoon as they were feeding. A pod of Humpback Whales showed off pectoral fin slaps and tail lobs.

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6th August 2019

Several pods of Humpack Whales were seen out on a heat run this morning spending great time on the surface, showing off lots of head lunges and head slaps.

Our afternoon cruise saw three very active Humpback Whales who were spy hopping, mugging the boat and showing off pectoral fin slaps and tail slaps.

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5th August 2019

A mum and newborn calf were seen at Middle Island today with one Humpback Whale breaching at Fingal Lighthouse!

Our customers got to see a little more than just a whale breaching on our cruise, with a Thrasher Shark ‘breaching’ jumping out of the water!

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4th August 2019

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3rd August 2019

This morning we cruised over to Fingal Lighthouse where we saw numerous pods of Humpback Whales. One Humpback was breaching continually with six breaches in a row!

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2nd August 2019

We had a very rare and special sighting of a pod of false killer whales onboard our morning cruise today!! There were several pods of Humpback Whales breaching around the boat and Bottlenose Dolphins were seen inside the bay.

Our afternoon cruise saw a very active pod of Humpback Whales who were showing off breaches and head lunges!

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