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3 June 2021

The Fingal Island Lighthouse is becoming our lucky charm. During our morning whale watch cruise aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer we have found the first pod of Humpback Whales close to the island. The pair consisted of northbound adult and a...

2 June 2021

There are days when we come to work and feel incredibly blessed to do what we do, and a bit gob smacked that we get paid to share the amazing experience of encountering whales for the first time with our...

1 June 2021

Sea conditions have finally settled down after a weekend of high swells and unfavourable conditions meant we spent a few days on dry land. Our crew were eager to welcome our passengers onboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer to share the experience...

27 May 2021

Sun was shining and weather was sweet;  the crew onboard were ready to cruise offshore for the morning Whale watching cruise. The morning started with a variety of sea birds that put on an acrobatic show and before long we...

26 May 2021

The whales sighted during our morning cruise aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer must be listening to Dory; "just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming" As we have cruised East nor east of Fingal Island we have come across a...

25 May 2021

Sea conditions are on point for whale watching at Port Stephens today, with blue skys, light breezes and brilliant autumn sunshine. The whales have not got the memo regarding the start of the northern migration this morning, but as we...

24 May 2021

Monday morning has rolled around again, the weekend has disappeared way too quickly, but there is no Monday-Itis present with our Captain and Crew of the Hinchinbrook Explorer. Everyone is pumped and excited to be heading off shore at Port...

23 May 2021

Just like Lionel Richie lyrics 'Easy, like Sunday Morning' our passengers and crew aboard our morning whale watch cruise are 'free, unattached and without obligation' as we enjoy this stunning Sunday morning of sunshine and calm sea conditions with a...

22 May 2021

It was nothing but blue skies and calm seas today for passengers on our Whale Watching Cruise. With Captain Matt accompanied by our crew, there was nothing but determination and excitement to see some whales. Heading off just after 10am,...

21 May 2021

Each Day is unique and a gift that is why it’s called the present just like cruising to find ocean creatures in their natural environment you just never know what you are going to get. The morning started off damp...

20 May 2021

With the sunshine switched on the crew where chomping at the bit to get out offshore. After passing the heads and entering the open water the crew where diligently on the lookout for any types of marine life the ocean...

18 May 2021

The morning started off with that crisp Autumn feel, but once the sun rose high into the sky the day turned into a stunning warm Autumnal day. Our Early Bird Whale Watchers have headed out from the d'Albora Marina, making...

17 May 2021

We covered quite a bit of distance for today's Early Bird Whale Cruise with the MV Spirit of Port Stephens turning left as we approached the Fingal Bay Lighthouse and traveled in a southerly direction in our search for Humpback...

15 May 2021

The first whale watch cruise of 2021 has arrived! With the start of our Early Bird Whale Watch Cruise departing at 11am on board the Spirit of Port Stephens, we certainly were eager to head off shore and see the...

Friday October 30th

Happy Friday everybody! This morning we have seen some improvement from the past couple of days of bad weather and finally have seen some sun. Hinchinbrook left this morning at 10.00am almost instantly being greeted by our resident Bottle Nose...

22nd October 2020

We started off slow this morning, unfortunately not spotting any whales but viewing a large pod of common dolphins outside of the headlands. By the afternoon, we headed over to Bennetts Beach where we watched a mother and calf practicing...

21st October 2020

We've had amazing results on all of our cruises today. Fingal Island proved to be a popular spot for marina life as we found 3 pods of humpbacks who were happy to entertain us by breaching and fin slapping. One...

19th October 2020

The Captain of the Hinchinbrook Explorer has cruised the vessel towards Cabbage Tree Island this morning, we have spent time with a Humpback Whale and her calf. The young calf was quite active, doing lots of jumping and performing. The...

18th October 2020

There is nothing better than a relaxing Sunday morning, and we are sure of first pod of whales sighted this morning were having a slow, relaxing start to their day too. The pod consisted of a Humpback mother and calf,...

17th October 2020

This morning we followed a mother and calf who were both super active. They were heading towards Fingal. We then had a large pod of Bottle Nose Dolphins on the way back into dock. Spirit also left dock at 11.00am...

16th October 2020

This morning we have come across a stunning Humpback mother and calf who were both extremely active. We had also seen our resident Bottle Nose Dolphin as well as our Common Dolphins. In the afternoon, we found another mother and...

15th October 2020

Unfortunately the Humpback Whales have been very elusive this morning with no sightings during our cruise aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer. But we have been joined by a large pod of Common Dolphins off shore.

14th October 2020

Whales, whales and even more whales! The southern migration of mum's and their calves seems to be in the peak at the moment, with great numbers of whales and lots of activity sighted during our cruises. Our passengers aboard the...

13th October 2020

First sighting of the day has been a pod of Port Stephens Bottlenose Dolphins near Yaccaba headland on our way out through the heads. We had a mumma Humpback Whale and her little baby calf just waiting for the Hinchinbrook...

12th October 2020

Its been a spectacular day of whale watching at Port Stephens, we have started our day by spotting a Humpback Mum and her calf at the entrance bar close to the Shoal Bay Headland and once we have headed further...

10th October 2020

We have started our day with a beautiful Humpback Whale mum and her calf that have come into the harbour and have been seen close to Shoal Bay, at one point a pod of Bottlenose Dolphins have approached the whales...
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