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Whale Sightings

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...

25th June 2020

Lots of whales offshore today with good surface time.  Hinchinbrook Explorer passengers saw a couple of tail slaps this morning and a tail lob and distant breach this afternoon, plus seals and dolphins.  They also saw a turtle this afternoon....

24th June 2020

This morning there were multiple pods of whales showing off with breaches, tail lobs and head lunges.  There was a huge pod of oceanic dolphins and some quite argumentative seals on Cabbage Tree Island. This afternoon we spotted humpback whales...

23rd June 2020

This mornings whale watch cruise description from the crew onboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer is 'there's a truck load of whales out here' In every direction we look, there are multiple pods of Humpback Whales making their journey along the Port...

21st June 2020

Which way to look? With whales on both sides of the Hinchinbrook Explorer during our first cruise of the morning, passengers were in the perfect position to track the two pods of Humpback Whales on their northern migration to the...

20th June 2020

So many humpback whales to see this morning!  Crew reported 7 pods totaling around 25 humpbacks - they came up to the side of the boat, there were some breaches and tail slaps and another heat run where the male...

19 June 2020

So much to see this morning on our Whale Watch cruise - there were about 10 different pods of whales out through the heads today.  A highlight was two large males chasing a female in what is known as a...
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