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3 July 2021

There were plenty of photo opportunities today with the wonderful wildlife coming to say hi. With four different departure times each cruise experienced the magic. With okay sea conditions, passengers were able to spot a pod of four with good...

2 July 2021

Mother nature was a little confused today when directing the waves to towards our Hinchinbrook Explorer, leaving a few people unwell. Waves coming from one way and then the other, our passengers were resilient and soldiered on to find some...

1 July 2021

You know its going to be a good day when a Humpback Whales decides to surprise everyone aboard by breaching in front of the Hinchinbrook Explorer. We have located two pods of Humpback Whales off shore during our morning cruise,...

30 June 2021

Our Whale Watch vessel the Hinchinbrook Explorer is 30 meters in length, if you were to line up two fully grown adult Humpback Whales measuring 15-19 meters in length they could potentially be the same distance in length as the...

29 June 2021

You can't have a rainbow without a little rain! We are seeing some amazing vibrant coloured rainbows off shore today in amongst the cloud coverage, the burst of colour makes the odd shower worth while. There is no stopping the...

28 June 2021

Still in keeping with the recent NSW Government announcement of Covid-19 regulations, three whales decided to be a little bit cheeky, coming up close to the boat to say hello, with all whales having wonderful surface time giving all our...

27 June 2021

Onward and upwards it was today, with the announcement of Greater Sydney in a two week lock down the crew at Moonshadow-TQC Cruises were exceptionally busy to ensure we were continuing to follow Covid-19 NSW Government regulations, including the newly...

26 June 2021

It was a little chilly on the water today for our Tea Gardens and Nelson Bay Whale Watching Cruises, but the cold was not going to stop our excitement and determination to spot some whales. With Hinchinbrook (Nelson Bay departure)...

25 June 2021

With a top of 19⁰  winter has most certainly reached the wonderful Port Stephens. Our Hinchinbrook Explorer was ready to go departing from Nelson Bay at 10am and 1:30pm. Passengers on board in the morning were able to spot close...

24 June 2021

With the skies a little overcast but the sea conditions perfect;  the crew headed out into the Tasman Sea for their morning Whale watch cruise. Heading straight east from the headlands, the crew saw the blows of two Humpback whales....

23 June 2021

Whales, whales, whales! Crew report from the Hinchinbrook Explorer this morning are saying there are whales in every direction they look, we are spoilt for choice. The first sighting of the day has been a pod of five Humpback Whales...

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...
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