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22 June 2021

Hinchinbrook Explorer has meet up with a pod of two Humpback Whales during our 10am departure whale watch cruise, the pod have been a little bit hard too track to begin with as they frequently changed their direction of travel....

21 June 2021

With a couple of days being restricted to no whale watching cruises due to unfavourable sea conditions our crew started to get itchy feet and agitated to get back on the water again aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer this morning. This...

18 June 2021

Today it was calm before the predicted weekend storms for our passengers as they experienced some time on the water with the wonderful whales. Our first cruise spotted many pods of whales, with two whales straight east that the crew...

17 June 2021

With the sun shining, but the wind up the crew decided it was a day to wrap the scarf around the head for a little extra warmth. The crew at Moonshadow TQC always recommend you bring lots of warm gear...

16 June 2021

Moonshadow -TQC whale watching vessel the MV Hinchinbrook Explorer may be 30 meter in length and weigh in at around 70 tonnes, but she still feels small in comparison to a 16 meter long and 45 tonne humpback whale which...

15 June 2021

Little did the crew of the Hinchinbrook Explorer know that 'love' was is in the air as they departed for 10am whale watch cruise. But as the crew headed out they spotted some awkward behaviour. Once in range of the...

14 June 2021

A blue sky sunny Queens Birthday Public Holiday, Port Stephens has turned a stunning day to enjoy an extra day out of the office. Sea conditions off shore are at a premium with light sea breezes and gentle swell creating...

13 June 2021

Whales to the left of me, whales to the right of me, here I am stuck in the middle with the Moonshadow TQC Crew! Cruise Director Renee is sharing the love with all her passengers onboard Moonshadow V whale watch...

12 June 2021

What a wonderful day it was to be out on the water! With multiple vessels departing from Nelson Bay we were all very excited to see some whales. Our vessel Hinchinbrook Explorer had the experience of getting mugged (by two...

11 June 2021

We were welcomed with blue skies and a small swell on the water, wonderful conditions to see the whales. Travelling straight out past the headlands we were welcomed with a pod of three whales with five to six minute dives...

10 June 2021

Get on your winter gear because winter is most certainly here! But winter also brings whales and today it was just that! This morning on Hinchinbrook explorer passengers were welcomed with a few pods of whales. The whales were super...

9 June 2021

We were definitely able to feel the cold this morning, but the sun was shining and we were ready to test our luck in seeing whales. And oh my we were definitely lucky! Heading straight out through the heads we...

8 June 2021

Winter is coming! Brrrrr there is undoubtedly a chill in the air today, we are all rugged up in our warm jackets, beanies and scarves to ward off the wintry cold! Hinchinbrook Explorer has cruised straight out through the headland...

7 June 2021

Today we ventured out past the headlands with the sun shining. There were several pairs of whales spotted but unfortunately there was not a lot of surface time. One juvenile came close to the boat with two to three minute...

6 June 2021

Our Sunday morning is off to a great start with a report of a young juvenile Humpback Whale taking in the sights of Shoal Bay. The whale seemed quite happy swimming and diving in the harbour, we would normally expected...

5 June 2021

Our morning whale watch cruise was cancelled due to unfavorable sea conditions, but lucky the southerly swell subsided to allow the afternoon passengers to board the Hinchinbrook Explorer and head off shore in the search for Humpback Whales. It was...

4 June 2021

‘ABSOLUTELY BEST DAY YET’ quoted straight from our veteran cruise director Renee. The 10.00am morning cruise started off with so much happening the crew didn’t know where to look!. Reports were coming in thick and fast, that the Whales were...

3 June 2021

The Fingal Island Lighthouse is becoming our lucky charm. During our morning whale watch cruise aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer we have found the first pod of Humpback Whales close to the island. The pair consisted of northbound adult and a...

2 June 2021

There are days when we come to work and feel incredibly blessed to do what we do, and a bit gob smacked that we get paid to share the amazing experience of encountering whales for the first time with our...

1 June 2021

Sea conditions have finally settled down after a weekend of high swells and unfavourable conditions meant we spent a few days on dry land. Our crew were eager to welcome our passengers onboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer to share the experience...

27 May 2021

Sun was shining and weather was sweet;  the crew onboard were ready to cruise offshore for the morning Whale watching cruise. The morning started with a variety of sea birds that put on an acrobatic show and before long we...

26 May 2021

The whales sighted during our morning cruise aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer must be listening to Dory; "just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming" As we have cruised East nor east of Fingal Island we have come across a...

25 May 2021

Sea conditions are on point for whale watching at Port Stephens today, with blue skys, light breezes and brilliant autumn sunshine. The whales have not got the memo regarding the start of the northern migration this morning, but as we...

24 May 2021

Monday morning has rolled around again, the weekend has disappeared way too quickly, but there is no Monday-Itis present with our Captain and Crew of the Hinchinbrook Explorer. Everyone is pumped and excited to be heading off shore at Port...
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