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Whale Sightings

3rd August 2020

Hinchinbrook Explorer has cruised into lovely flat sea conditions as they have made their way out through the headlands at Shoal Bay. Perfect for cruising off shore cruising looking for whales at Port Stephens. Our first sighting of the day...

2nd August 2020

What a start to the day, with blue sky's and calm gentle breezes today is the perfect day to be whale watching at Port Stephens. Our morning has started very quietly with a lone juvenile whale making its way north...

23rd July 2020

This morning we had 2 very curious pods of whales. Once we found them, they spent great time on the surface and decided to approach the vessel 50m from the bow. They they put on a show all performing big...

22nd July 2020

They don't call it Hump Day for no reason! This morning we had a pod of common dolphins escort us out past the headlands to meet 2 great big Humpbacks who were making themselves known by waving their tails to...

21st July 2020

We have just had the one whale watch cruise departure time with the Hinchinbrook Explorer departing at 10am this morning. We have come across two pods of Humpback Whales with two whales in each pod. All whales have been swimming...

20th July 2020

The whales have been playing a game of hide and seek this morning, and only making an appearance towards the end of the morning cruise on the MV Spirit. Passengers aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer have spent time viewing a pod...

19th July 2020

Our day has begun with the sighting of two pods of Bottlenose Dolphins as we have cruised out towards Mt Tomaree. The whales have had a bit of a lazy start to their Sunday morning. We have been spending time...

18th July 2020

We did not cruise this morning, however we headed out this afternoon and the seas were still quite bumpy, however we saw a few separate pods of Humpback whales and they did spend good time on the surface.

17th July 2020

Unfortunately, due to unfavourable sea conditions our whale watch cruises have been cancelled for today

16th July 2020

Unfortunately, due to unfavourable sea conditions our whale watch cruises have been cancelled for today

15th July 2020

Unfortunately, due to unfavourable sea conditions our whale watch cruises have been cancelled for today

14th July 2020

Unfortunately, due to unfavourable sea conditions our whale watch cruises have been cancelled for today

13th July 2020

Sunny blue skies are making for a perfect day of whale watching with the crew describing the conditions off shore at Port Stephens as the best with calm seas. Passengers aboard Moonshadow V have come across a pod of two...

12th July 2020

With great sea conditions off shore, this morning has been perfect for whale watching at Port Stephens. We have started our day with a pod of two Humpback Whales that were spending a good amount of time on the surface...

11th July 2020

This morning the whales were again very quiet (a little sleepy) - just intent on migrating north. A very large pod of common dolphins was riding the bow before we headed to visit the seals. This afternoon we spotted Humpback...

10th July 2020

This morning we saw two very quiet whales and some friendly seals. This afternoon we had some great breaching whales plus a very active pod of common dolphins.

9th July 2020

It was a little warmer out on the water today - passengers sighted two large humpbacks spending good time on the surface, displaying tail lobs and they came quite close to the boat.  We then cruised over to Cabbage Tree...

8th July 2020

The whales have been a little elusive this morning, its like a game of hide and seek on the water with whales. Passengers aboard Moonshadow V have spotted a number of pods of Humpback Whales, we are seeing a large...

7th July 2020

Passengers aboard the MV Spirit has spent time viewing a pod of three to four whales that soon increased to be five or six whales. All whales were chasing one another, trying to show their dominance within the pod with...

6th July 2020

The school holidays are here and its time to rug up the kids and get them out on a whale watch cruise. Plenty of whale about again during our morning cruise with the first sighting of the day close to...

5th July 2020

Unforunatley our whale watch cruises have been cancelled today due to unfavourable sea conditions.

4th July 2020

All boats reported great whale sightings this morning - there were breaches quite close to the boats and the seals were very active today with some in the water and also a lot of fighting.  Hinchinbrook Explorer also reported dolphins...

3rd July 2020

This morning there were plenty of whales all around the islands - lots of activity and a seal was amongst the whales also.  There were three pods of common dolphins. This afternoon we enjoyed watching a juvenile whale leaping about...

2nd July 2020

We saw plenty of humpback whales today - multiple pods both morning and afternoon.  This morning there was one particular whale constantly breaching - plus head lunges and pectoral slapping.  This afternoon there were also some breaches plus we spotted...

1st July 2020

It was a great day with lots to see.  This morning there was a total of five pods showing some tail lobs and breaching and a heat run (boy likes girl - boy chases girl). This afternoon, again there were...

30th June 2020

We've certainly had no lack of choice of whales off shore today, with pods of whales sighted in every direction again. Hinchinbrook Explorer has viewed a few different pods with quite a bit of action, including a very skilled tail...

29th June 2020

Blue sky, sunshine and whales make a back to work Monday much more enjoyable! The number Humpback Whales heading along the Port Stephens coastline are in abundance, our Captains are having the choice of a number of pods to view...

28th June 2020

What a start to the day, with seven or more pods of Humpback Whales being sighted as the Hinchinbrook Explorer cruised off shore. The crew have reported whales breaching in the distance with lots of big splashes. We have spent...

27th June 2020

This morning the whales were a little quiet - we spent most time with two humpbacks - they came fairly close to the boat and showed their tails.  There was also a large pod of bottlenose dolphins. This afternoon the...

26th June 2020

Morning and afternoon cruises spotted multiple pods of whales today - straight out through the heads.  This morning there were lots of breaches, tail slaps and lobs, plus dolphins and seals, and this afternoon there were some up close and...
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