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Whale Sightings

22nd October 2020

We started off slow this morning, unfortunately not spotting any whales but viewing a large pod of common dolphins outside of the headlands. By the afternoon, we headed over to Bennetts Beach where we watched a mother and calf practicing...

21st October 2020

We've had amazing results on all of our cruises today. Fingal Island proved to be a popular spot for marina life as we found 3 pods of humpbacks who were happy to entertain us by breaching and fin slapping. One...

19th October 2020

The Captain of the Hinchinbrook Explorer has cruised the vessel towards Cabbage Tree Island this morning, we have spent time with a Humpback Whale and her calf. The young calf was quite active, doing lots of jumping and performing. The...

18th October 2020

There is nothing better than a relaxing Sunday morning, and we are sure of first pod of whales sighted this morning were having a slow, relaxing start to their day too. The pod consisted of a Humpback mother and calf,...

17th October 2020

This morning we followed a mother and calf who were both super active. They were heading towards Fingal. We then had a large pod of Bottle Nose Dolphins on the way back into dock. Spirit also left dock at 11.00am...

16th October 2020

This morning we have come across a stunning Humpback mother and calf who were both extremely active. We had also seen our resident Bottle Nose Dolphin as well as our Common Dolphins. In the afternoon, we found another mother and...

15th October 2020

Unfortunately the Humpback Whales have been very elusive this morning with no sightings during our cruise aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer. But we have been joined by a large pod of Common Dolphins off shore.

14th October 2020

Whales, whales and even more whales! The southern migration of mum's and their calves seems to be in the peak at the moment, with great numbers of whales and lots of activity sighted during our cruises. Our passengers aboard the...

13th October 2020

First sighting of the day has been a pod of Port Stephens Bottlenose Dolphins near Yaccaba headland on our way out through the heads. We had a mumma Humpback Whale and her little baby calf just waiting for the Hinchinbrook...

12th October 2020

Its been a spectacular day of whale watching at Port Stephens, we have started our day by spotting a Humpback Mum and her calf at the entrance bar close to the Shoal Bay Headland and once we have headed further...

10th October 2020

We have started our day with a beautiful Humpback Whale mum and her calf that have come into the harbour and have been seen close to Shoal Bay, at one point a pod of Bottlenose Dolphins have approached the whales...

9th October 2020

We have mothers and their calves in a big pond of six whales; three mother Humpback Whales and three calves seen close to Cabbage Tree Island. All whales put on quite a display for our passengers aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer,...

8th October 2020

Our morning cruise aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer has found a Humpback mother and her calf traveling with another adult escort close to Cabbage Tree Island. All whales spent a good amount of time on the surface of the water, and...

7th October 2020

While the sky's have been a little overcast today, our whale sighting have certainly not been bleak, with an amazing morning of whale watching spent aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer. We have cruised along side Bennetts Beach at Hawkes Nest where...

6th October 2020

With a change in weather conditions, it was time to put on a warm layer of clothing to venture out on our whale watch cruises this morning. The crew on the Hinchinbrook Explorer have had great success with spotting whales...

5th October 2020

Who doesn't love a no work public holiday Monday! Port Stephens is looking her best today with plenty of spring sunshine. All whale watch cruise vessels have spent time with a very active Humpback Whale calf and its mother during...

4th October 2020

While the whales were very elusive during our morning whale watch cruises, unfortunately it was a morning where none of our vessels spotted whales. We did spot a pod of Common Dolphins near to Fingal Island. Our luck has turned...

3rd October 2020

We have whales everywhere! Such an amazing sight to see so many whales during our morning whale watch cruise. All whales have been really active and putting on a wonderful display for our passengers. At one point up to five...

2nd October 2020

What a perfect day for whale watching at Port Stephens with very light breezes, and calm seas and beautiful sunshine! The Hinchinbrook Explorer has headed straight off shore for the morning cruise to find two large Humpback Whales, with a...

1st October 2020

For our passengers onboard the morning whale watch cruise aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer, it may have appeared like they were part of a game of hide and seek with the whales. As we have cruised off shore the crew have...

28th September 2020

We have been blessed with blue skies and sunshine on the first day of the school holidays. It's been a morning of calves, with both the MV Spirit and Hinchinbrook Explorer spending time with Humpback Whale mum and her calf....

27th September 2020

This mornings whale watch cruise aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer has found a pod of three Humpback Whales heading south bound near to Little Island. The pod was spending a good amount of time of the surface of the water, with...

25 September 2020

What a day! All whale watching cruises were successful today, seeing mothers, calves and escorts. They had entertained the passengers by breaching, tail slapping and fin slapping. We had half a dozen seals sun baking on Cabbage Tree Island. Definitely...

24 September 2020

We have had a very successful morning of whale watching aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer. We have located a large pod of five Humpback Whales on the ocean side of Yaccaba headland, Hawks Nest. The pod has consisted of a Humpback...

23 September 2020

We have not needed to travel too far through the headlands at Shoal Bay to find the whales on our morning cruise aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer. It looks like the Humpback Mother and her calf have stuck around overnight, and...

22nd September 2020

Whales for everyone! Passengers on both our morning Dolphin Discovery Cruise and Whale Watch Cruises have been extremely lucky to view a Humpback Mother and her calf at the entrance to the harbour at Shoal Bay. Mum and bub were...

21st September 2020

During our morning whale watch cruise aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer we have come across a lone straggler heading south bound past Bondelbah Island. We have left this whale and continued cruising north in line with Broughton Island. On approach to...

20th September 2020

With a few showers about to start the day we have headed off shore to where the whales don't mind a bit of drizzle falling from the sky. As we have cruised towards Fingal Island we can see a whale...

18th September 2020

Though there is a cloud in the sky today, the whales don't mind at all! We set off on our first whale watching cruise this morning at 10.00am where we met two active humpbacks only 40 minutes into our cruise...

17 September 2020

As far as spring days go today can't get too much better! With warm temperatures, light breezes and perfect sea condition make today an awesome day to be cruising off shore in the search for the mighty Humpback Whale. Crew...
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