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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...

15 September 2020

Spring time sees Humpback Whale mummas and their calves traveling south bound along the Port Stephens coastline. We have found a beautiful pair of a Humpback mother and her calf resting close to Fingal Island this morning then returned to...

14th September 2020

We have been greeted with amazing spring weather today! Sea Conditions are perfect, with light sea breezes and brilliant sunshine. Our first sighting of the day was a pod of three Humpback Whales all heading south bound. Two of the...

13th September 2020

We were off to a quiet start on this mornings whales, we spotted two whales that seemed to be enjoying a lazy Sunday, popping up to the surface here and there with 15 minute sounding dives. We did however spend...

12th September 2020

Port Stephens has turned on a spectacular spring day, with warm temps and light breezes greeting us this morning. We have sighted a lone whale during our morning whale watch cruise aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer, this guy was leaving his...

11th September 2020

Hinchinbrook Explorer has headed off shore quite some distance to find a pod of four whales this afternoon. The whales were spending up to 10 minutes on sounding dives, but when on the surface of the water they were present...

7th September 2020

And they call this work, an afternoon on the water at Port Stephens with a large pod of whales is the perfect way to spend an Monday afternoon. The crew on the Hinchinbrook Explorer have needed to travel quite some...

6th September 2020

Our Sunday morning has started out a little over cast with slight showers about, but by the time the Hinchinbrook Explorer has departed from the d'Albora Marina the showers have cleared. Cruising straight towards the Fingal Island Lighthouse passing along...

5th September 2020

There are days were we require a lot of patience, and persistence in tracking and finding wild Humpback Whales, we don't know from one day to the next how many whales we will see during our off shore cruises. During...

31 August 2020

Our back to work Monday has brought blue sky's and glorious sunshine to Port Stephens, a perfect day to be on the water searching for Humpback Whales. Once reaching the headland at Shoal Bay, the crew on the MV Spirit...

30th August 2020

There are days where the whales just don't want to play, and unfortunately during our morning whale watch cruise aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer we have had no luck in spotting any Humpback Whales. But while the whales were not about,...

29th August 2020

We love sunny Saturdays, and we love spending cruising the waters of Port Stephens looking for Humpback Whales. Passengers aboard our 10am whale watch cruise on the Hinchinbrook Explorer have traveled out to waters of a depth of 40 meters...

27th August 2020

Unfortunately we did not see Whales on our 11.00am cruise this morning. We have been lucky enough to still have some marine life out of the heads, including a huge pod of Common Dolphins and seals off Cabbage Tree Island....

26th August 2020

Despite our best efforts, unfortunately we have been unsuccessful in finding very active whales during our whale watch cruises aboard MV Spirit of Port Stephens. We did see a few brief tails in the distance. We have looked in all...

25 August 2020

Despite our best efforts, unfortunately we have been unsuccessful in finding whales during this mornings whale watch cruise aboard MV Spirit of Port Stephens. We have looked in all directions, even traveling as far off shore as 90 metre mark....

21st August 2020

Spirit of Port departed dock at 11.00am today, didn't take long to come across 2 whales heading North together. They spent a good amount of time on the surface, 1 disappeared for a few minutes then breached right next to...

19th August 2020

The wind has definitely started to pick up today, not that the whales seemed to mind! We departed dock at 11.00am and ventured off shore, where we met 3 whales heading North. These 3 made themselves known by slapping there...

18th August 2020

Good sea conditions have been reported by the skipper of the Spirit of Port Stephens. We have cruised quite some distance off shore during our morning whale watch cruise, and at a depth of 95 meters of sea water we...

17th August 2020

The Captain aboard MV Spirit of Port Stephens has located a pod of whales heading north bound, in a depth of water around 50 meters. The pods was spending approx four minutes beneath the water on sounding dives, and traveling...

16th August 2020

Despite out best efforts the Humpback Whales have been a little bit elusive today, and only made a brief appearance during our 11am whale watch cruise aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer.

15th August 2020

Crew report from aboard this mornings 11am whale watch cruise; so many whales sighted that we have lost count! The Humpback Whales were seen breaching, head lunging, tail slapping and pec slapping. Unfortunatley, we were not so lucky on our...

14th August 2020

We just missed the afternoon rain with our 11.00am Whale Watch today! We set out to find a pod of two Humpbacks spending good time on the surface together. Another Humpback approached this group with great speed which was interesting...

13th August 2020

Finally, the rain and clouds have cleared and we awoke to a beautiful day in Port Stephens! Sunny,  pristine waters and perfect sea conditions for Whale Watching. We set off at 11.00am and were guided off shore by pods of...

4th August 2020

Today's sea conditions can only be described as 'flat as a tack' We are being spoilt with another day of warm winter sunshine and calm seas. Cruising out of the Bay we have spotted a Fairy Penguin, these guys are...

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...
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