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3 August 2021

We have located a pair of adult Humpback Whales heading north bound past Fingal Island during our morning whale watch cruise on the Hinchinbrook Explorer. The pod of whales were spending three to five minutes beneath the surface of the...

2 August 2021

Back to work Monday does not seem too bad when your office floats on the water and cruises out through the headland at Shoal Bay on the search for Humpback Whales. The skipper of the Hinchinbrook Explorer has guided the...

1 August 2021

As the saying goes, A Sunday well spent brings a week of content! With calm sea conditions outside the headland at Mt Tomaree, it has been a beautiful morning searching for Humpback Whales. Our first sighting of the day by...

31 July 2021

Port Stephens you have shined brightly and put on an amazing winters day, conditions for off shore cruising looking for whales has been nothing short of spectacular today. Crew report from the Hinchinbrook Explorer, in line with Fingal Island we...

30 July 2021

We have been blessed with stunning winter conditions for whale watching at Port Stephens today, there is nothing better than being out in the fresh air and enjoying the sunshine! The crew of the Hinchinbrook Explorer have caught up with...

29 July 2021

Weather was warm and sun was shining. What a great day for a whale watch. Please note we can take bookings on the day so if you get up and think gee today would be a fantastic day to go...

27 July 2021

Winter days at Port Stephens don't get much better than today's sea conditions with calm and peaceful waters greeting us as we have cruised out through the headlands at Shoal Bay, along with blue skies and brilliant sunshine. Hinchinbrook Explorer...

25 July 2021

Oh my gosh, winter has certainly arrived with the westerly wind feeling like it is blowing off the snow at the Barrington Tops. Being out on the deck is the place to be for spotting the whales so a scarf...

24 July 2021

Hinchinbrook Explorer we lucky to spot four pods of whales spotted just off Fingal Bay. The whales had good surface time as they were covering some ground traveling north and also tail lobbing; providing the perfect opportunity for passengers to...

23 July 2021

We only had one Cruise today but it definitely delivered! The crew spotted three pods of Humpback Whales (2+2+1) just off Fingal Island. The whales were completing sounding dives of around 6-8 minutes in duration, but they did get a...

22 July 2021

Hinchinbrook Explorer ventured out with a small group today at 10.00am with plenty of room to move around the boat with sensational vantage points. A lone whale was spotted, and just as curious as our passengers, decided to venture over...

20 July 2021

We have cruised due east straight out through the headlands at Shoal Bay for our morning whale watch cruise to find a lone north bound Humpback Whale , we have traveled along side the whale as it spent a good...

19 July 2021

The Hinchinbrook Explorer has ventured further south past Fingal Island on the search for the first Humpback Whale sighting of the day. There have been three pods in the vicinity consisting of one pod of two and two pods of...

18 July 2021

While there is a winter chill in the air on this sunny Sunday morning, the strong winds that blew up through the Bay have reduced overnight considerably. So its time to put on the winter warmers, grab the scarf and...

17 July 2021

Our morning started bright and extremely early with a Photography Whale Watch Cruise departing the d'Albora Marina, Nelson Bay at 7am. What a great way to start the day, watching the sun rise over the horizon and the colour appearing...

16 July 2021

How does a Whale know where to go? Well just like some migrating birds Whales have Bio-magnetite found in their brains, and it is believed that marine mammals use the earths magnetic field as well as sonar to direct themselves...

15 July 2021

With a partly cloudy wintry day ahead the crew set out in their winter warmers for the morning Whale watch that turned into more of BBW day today, BIRDS, BAIT-FISH and WHALES.  The Team headed for Fingal Island where there...

14 July 2020

Did you know Port Stephens was named and discovered by Captain James Cook back on the 11 May 1770 honouring Sir Philip Stephens, who was his Secretary to the Admiralty. Fun facts aside let’s get into the sightings for the...

13 July 2021

Today is one of those days when the universe is on your side; Port Stephens has turned on a spectacular sunny winters day with lovely calm sea conditions for off shore whale watching. The Lighthouse at Fingal Island has been...

12 July 2021

It's time for a dose of 'Vitamin Sea' with the sun making a greatly appreciated appearance after a couple of days of grey skies we are extremely happy to be back whale watch at Port Stephens in the warm winter...

9 July 2021

Only the 10am cruise went out today but with the skies grey and the clouds open the ocean was serine and calm. The crew onboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer had an amazing morning with the whales and sighted 3 pods in...

8 July 2021

Our morning cruise started off with a bang in the form of five separate pods of Humpback Whales in the waters off Fingal Island. Passengers were  treated to some great sightings of the whale tails on the sounding dives, but...

7 July 2021

What a relaxing day on the water it was for our passengers travelling on Spirit of Port and Hinchinbrook Explorer. There were two pods of two whales spotted just outside the headlands, while there was one pod of five just...

6 July 2021

Passengers were fully prepared to take on the winter weather by heading out to find whales. During the 11am on Spirit of Port three whales were spotted travelling north with okay surface time. There was one breach from a whale...

5 July 2021

Great start to a sunny day with the crew from Hinchinbrook Explorer reporting a pod of Humpback whales, 5 in total near Fingal Island. While viewing the large pod, they kept popping up nice and close to the vessel and...

4 July 2021

For this morning we had the wonderful opportunity of spotting up to ten pods as stated by our crew on MS V. With two medium whales coming up close the boat, passengers on MS V experienced active whales: with tail...
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