August 2019

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 toward 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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