June 2019

16th June 2019

The air may be a cooler this morning, but lucky for us this does not effect the whales traveling on their northern migration.

Our first whale sighting of the day was a Minke Whale just outside the heads, but was doing long dives and surfacing infrequently.

The Hinchinbrook Explorer has then moved onto a pod of three Humpback Whales near Boondalbah Island. All whales were spending a good amount of time of water giving all passengers a great view as they continued north bound.

 

15th June 2019

Clear skies and calm waters again today  Рperfect conditions for whale watching!

All cruises saw several Humpbacks who were spending great time on the surface, breaching and coming in nice and close to the boat.

Our afternoon cruise saw a Humpback Whale at Fingal Island feeding on some bait fish which is a very rare sight as the whales don’t normally feed on their northern migration.

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14th June 2019

Several pods of Whales were seen out near Cabbage Tree Island and Fingal Lighthouse on our cruises today.

They were all slowly swimming past, taking their time as they showed off with distant breaching and a few tail lobs.

There was plenty of marine life out and about today with dolphins, seals, sea eagles, flying fish and albatross all spotted during the cruises.

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13th June 2019

Our wonderful sea conditions are remaining into the second half of the week, with nice still waters and no wind welcoming the Hinchinbrook Explorer on the first whale watch cruise of the day.

The local Port Stephens Bottlenose Dolphins have jumped on the bow wave of the boat as we have started our journey along Shoal Bay Beach.

As we have cruised off shore the vessel has been approached by a pod of three Humpback Whales which have come within a 100 meters from the boat. All whales were heading north bound and spent a good amount of time on the surface of the water. The crew have reported the whales have been quite active with tail slaps, pec slaps and the occassional beautiful fluke on display as they dove beneath the surface of the water.

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12th June 2019

The Port Stephens whale highway has been busy this morning, the seas are flat as can be, making spotting whales in the distance a breeze.

The crew on the Hinchinbrook Explorer have reported several pods in the vicinity of the vessel, but we have spent time in between Fingal Island and Cabbage Tree Island with two pods; the first with three Humpback and the second with two Humpback Whales.

The pod of three whales appears to be two males and one female; the males have become quite active and competitive towards the female trying to win her affection. While the female has been breaching, the males have been showing off by tail lobbing, head lunging, and pec slapping. At one stage all three whales were rolling about and looked to be fighting over each other.

We were able to see more pods traveling north bound from Boat Harbour, and at one stage a massive pod of in excess of 50 Common Dolphins were also spotted off shore.

Cruising back to the dock we have visited Nicky’s pod of local Port Stephens Bottlenose Dolphins along Jimmys Beach.

Breaching whales here, there and everywhere!! Passengers onboard the 1:30pm Hinchinbrook Explorer whale watch cruise have been spoilt for choice with whales in every direction. Last count was twelve whales straight out through the head land.

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11th June 2019

Oh what an amazing winters day for our whale watch cruise at Port Stephens, with brilliant blue skies and calm off shore sea conditions making for a stunning day on the water.

Hinchinbrook Explorer has cruised straight out past Mount Tomaree on towards Cabbage Tree Island where we have spotted a pod of three Humpback Whales. All whales were taking approximately 4 minute sounding dives then coming to the surface for a couple of breaths before diving again. The whales have then come in closer to the vessel giving all onboard good viewing as they spent more time on the surface of the water.

We could also see another pod of two whales further to the south in the direction of Boat Harbour.

This mornings seal count on Cabbage Tree Island was up to nine seal lazing on the rocks.

Our afternoon whale watch cruise has found another pod of two Humpback Whales, all whales spent a good amount of time on the surface of the water, with the occasional whale tail waterfall on display as they dove beneath the surface of the water.

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10th June 2019

Cruising off shore at Port Stephens this morning during our whale watch cruise could be described as like floating in a bath, with flat seas and little to no wind about.

Hinchinbrook Explorer has reached Samuari Beach to find two pods of whales, consisting of three whales, all heading north bound. We have then spotted another pod of two active juvenile Humpback Whales who playfully tail slapped the surface of the water, and were seen head lunging too.

We have also been joined by a small pod of Common Dolphins bow riding in front of the boat.

Passengers onboard the 11am MV Spirit whale watch cruise have enjoyed an action pack cruise; the crew report constant tall slapping and breaching by a pod of two Humpback Whales.

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9th June 2019

A day spent in the brilliant long weekend sunshine is always going to a be perfect day!

For passengers onboard our morning Hinchinbrook Explorer whale watch cruise, we have come across two Humpback Whales just outside the head land near to Boondalbah Island. All passengers were surprised by a double breach close to the vessel, with the whales swimming under the boat.

Sighting an Albatross during a cruise is meant to bring good luck, which means all onboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer have luck on their side as an Albartross flew above the vessel.

MV Spirit has cruised along beside a pod of two Humpback Whales, the whales have continually breached none stop and just to show off a bit more, have been tail slapping the surface of the water. One of the whales had quite interesting markings with a speckled white spots over its body. As the MV Spirit has traveled back into the Bay we have also seen a pod of our local Bottlenose Dolphins near to Jimmys Beach.

Its amazing how the seals feel that the rocks on Cabbage Tree Island make suitable and comfortable sleeping positions. Rocks on the island are in high demand, with seals often seen squabbling over their resting place.

The picture perfect sea conditions have continued into the afternoon cruises will light breezes and low swells, our 1:30pm cruise has spent time with a large adult and sub adult Humpback Whale. Both whales had good surface time with sounding dives of only three to four minutes.

For passengers onboard the 2pm whale watch cruise, we have cruised towards the Fingal Island Lighthouse to find a Humpback Whale and calf, this pair has been quietly resting, so we have moved onto another whale that started out to be quite lazy, but has then become active with lots of pec slaps.

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8th June 2019

We traveled over to Fingal Island onboard Hinchinbrook Explorer this morning where we saw one Humpback Whale who was spending great time on the surface. We cruised with the whale over to Middle Island, with the Humpback spending most of his time on the surface traveling close to the boat.

MV Spirit saw a calf traveling on his own on the morning cruise, with a breaching Humpback in the distance!

On our afternoon cruise on Hinchinbrook we headed back over to Fingal Island to watch a Humpback Whale show of some beautiful tail flukes, spending good time on the surface.

Common and Bottlenose Dolphins were also out playing for both the morning and afternoon cruise and the seals were seen out enjoying themselves on the rocks.

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7th June 2019

Whale watch cruises have been cancelled today due to unfavourable sea conditions.

6th June 2019

Whale watch cruises have been cancelled today due to unfavourable sea conditions.

5th June 2019

Whale watch cruises have been cancelled today due to unfavourable sea conditions.

4th June 2019

Whale watch cruises have been cancelled today due to unfavourable sea conditions.

3rd June 2019

After a few days of no whale watch cruises due to sea conditions, we were excited to be cruising in our search of the mighty Humpback Whale again today.

We have had success on both the morning and afternoon cruises with whales sighted near to Boondelbah Island, resident Indo-Pacific Bottlenose and Common Bottlnose Dolphins off shore; including a little calf.

Before heading back to the dock we have visited the seals at Cabbage Tree Island, and viewed a White-Bellied Sea Eagle soaring high above the sea on the hunt for its dinner.

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2nd June 2019

Whale watch cruises have been cancelled today due to unfavourable sea conditions.

1st June 2019

Whale watch cruises have been cancelled today due to unfavourable sea conditions.