May 2019

31st May 2019

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

30th May 2019

Hinchinbrook Explorer has spent the morning with two juvenile and one sub adult Humpback Whale just near to the base of the Fingal Bay Lighthouse. The whales were very quiet until one of the whales started peduncle throwing causing water to splash everywhere.

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whale watching moonshadow tqc cruises port stephens

29th May 2019

Unfortunately our Whale Watch Cruises did not operate today

28th May 2019

The Hinchinbrook Explorer has headed off in the direction of Boat Harbour on the lookout for whales this morning, heading south we had no luck. But as we have headed towards home the crew have spotted a juvenille whale just south of the Fingal Bay Lighthouse.

We have also spotted a pod of Short Beaked Common Dolphins, including a calf. All were having fun riding the wake and bow wave of the vessel.

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whale watching moonshadow tqc cruises port stephens

whale watching moonshadow tqc cruises port stephens

27th May 2019

Unfortunately the whales have not made an appearance during our morning or afternoon cruises aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer, we have caught a glimpse of a breaching whale way off in the distance but as we got closer to Boat Harbour there was no sight of the whale.

While we did no see whales, the crew spotted a huge Turtle swimming near by, and we were joined by a pod of Commons Dolphins riding the bow wave of the Hinchinbrook Explorer.

The seal count on Cabbage Tree Island was counted at nine seals today.

26th May 2019

Passengers aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer have spent time viewing two separate Humpback Whales, both were quite erratic and zigzaging all over the place. The whale would disappear on sounding dives and then reappear every 4 – 5 minutes coming quite close to the boat at stages.

The water at the moment is so still, clear and a beautiful aqua colour giving all passengers standing on the bow of the boat a fantastic view of the pod of 5 or 6 Common Dolphins in the water.

MV Spirit did not need to travel too far to find whales this morning, with two whales located straight off the headland near Boondelbah Island along with Common Oceanic Dolphins and Oceanic Bottlenose Dolphins. As we have approached the whales they have breached in the distance before becoming quite playful and mugging the boat.

As the Hinchinbrook Explorer has cruised off shore for the afternoon whale watch cruise the crew have reported seeing a number of whales in the distance but have chosen to stay close to just two Humpback Whales. One of the whales was quite sleepy, just floating on the surface of the water. While the other whale would appear from sounding dives every three to five minutes with good surface time in between dives, he then surprise all our passengers by breaching close to the boat up to five times.

25th May 2019

The run of amazing sea conditions has continued into the weekend, with seas as flat as a tack and very gentle breezes.

Conditions like today’s make spotting the whale is the distance very easy, as the Hinchinbrook Explorer has cruised out through the head land the crew have seen two whales in the distance near the Fingal Bay Lighthouse. We have spent a good amount of time with these two whales as they continued their northern migration along the Port Stephens Coastline.

Before turning for home we have visited the seals on Cabbage Tree Island, with five seals lazing about in the sunshine and have also come upon a couple of our resident Bottlenose Dolphins just outside the heads.

For our passengers onboard the MV Spirit have met up with a pod of off shore Common Dolphins on our way past Mt Tomaree, we have then come across a pod of two large juvenile Humpback Whales near Rocky Point.  Both whales have been very playful, rolling on their backs and pec slapping and at last count the whales were up to five breaches.

It has been an afternoon for snoozes, the crew aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer have reported back that they can see four whales in the vicinity but they are all logging, or sleeping on the surface of the water. One of the whales has stirred and dived beneath the surface of the water, but all whales are looking very quiet.

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whale watching moonshadow tqc cruises port stephens

whale watching moonshadow tqc cruises port stephens

24th May 2019

Perfect sea conditions for Whale Watching offshore today with a clear, sunny sky.

Our morning cruise traveled over to Barry Park in Fingal Bay where we saw multiple pods of Whales including twelve Minke Whales and several Humpback Whales. We stayed with two Humpbacks who where traveling north very slowly, spending great time of the surface. One Humpback Whale rolled on the surface, before coming in front of the boat allowing for great viewing for everyone onboard.

A perfect way to end to the day with a breaching Humpback Whale on our afternoon cruise who breached a total of 47 times! Crew said he would breach, take a breath, breach, take a breath, breach….. We were just south of Fingal Island when we found our very active whale.

Common Dolphins and plenty of bird life were also seen on both cruises today.

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whale watching moonshadow tqc cruises port stephens

whale watching moonshadow tqc cruises port stephens

 

23rd May 2019

BREACHING WHALES!!

Another beautiful sunny day here in Nelson Bay and what a perfect way to start the morning with breaching Humpback Whales at Fingal Island.
Hinchinbrook Explorer spent the morning with two Humpback Whales who were breaching, showing off tail lobs and pectoral fin slaps. We spent some time with them before heading over the view the seals at Cabbage Tree Island where we had Common Dolphins along the way at Boondelbah Island.

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whale watching moonshadow tqc cruises port stephens

whale watching moonshadow tqc cruises port stephens

22nd May 2019

The weatherman has forecast 26° Degrees and sunny for Port Stephens, and sure enough we have been blessed with another day of very light breezes, and calm seas for our whale watch cruises.

The Hinchinbrook Explorer has spent time just near Fingal Island with one Humpback Whale, the whale was not in a rush to continue its journey north bound, instead playfully floating on the surface of the water and going around in circles.

We have then been drawn towards a feeding frenzy with a Humpback Whale, Common Dolphins and Bottlenose Dolphins, all were delighting in a school of fish.

On our afternoon cruise, we were entertained by a pod of 4 Humpbacks including a juvenile and a very large male. They were slowly heading North, showing off their tails and spending good time on the surface.

We then headed over to see the Seals and Dolphins to finish off a lovely day out cruising on the water.

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whale watching moonshadow tqc cruises port stephens

whale watching moonshadow tqc cruises port stephens

whale watching moonshadow tqc cruises port stephens

 

21st May 2019

The whales have been a little bit elusive today, with no whales sighted during our morning cruises. As we have traveled towards home we have encountered a pod of our local Port Stephens Bottlenose Dolphins.

Its been an amazing afternoon to be on the water, cruising out through the headland the water is aqua in colour and is so clear & still that you can see the reflections of the vessel.

We have come across just the one whale this afternoon with a very small Minke Whale located east of Fingal Bay. The Minke Whale was traveling very quickly but all passengers onboard got a good look.

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whale watching moonshadow tqc cruises port stephens

 

20th May 2019

Unfortunately we did not find any whales during either of our morning whale watch cruise aboard the MV Spirit or Hinchinbrook Explorer this morning, but we will try again tomorrow.

While we didn’t have much luck with the whales, it has very much been a bird kind of day with a pod of Short-Beaked Common Dolphins and mostly juvenile Australasian Gannets feeding in a bait ball of Garfish.

As we have cruised back into the marina a male Australasian Darter was sunning itself on the break-wall.

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whale watching moonshadow tqc cruises port stephens

whale watching moonshadow tqc cruises port stephens

 

19th May 2019

Love, love, love autumn weather like today! Brilliant sunshine, flat sea conditions and little to no breeze has created the perfect whale watching conditions.

With just our morning cruises departing aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer and the MV Spirit, our passengers have been thrilled not once, but three times by friendly Humpback Whales surfacing right along side the Hinchbrook Explorer.

Both whales were very inquisitive with the Captain maintaining the regulated distance required from the whales, but after their sounding dives both whales found themselves repeatedly back on the vessels starboard side, giving our passengers a very close encounter with the sub adult and juvenile whale.

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whale watching moonshadow tqc cruises port stephens

whale watching moonshadow tqc cruises port stephens

18th May 2019

The whale tap has been turned on! And the whales have begun to flow through!

As the Hinchinbrook Explorer has cruised out through the heads we have been greeted by a massive pod of over 200 Short Beak Bottlenose Dolphins. Such an amazing sight to see.

We have found two adult male Humpback Whales just near Fingal Island. Both whales have spent a good amount of time on surface of the water. One of the whales had quite interesting markings and a very obvious skin irritation.

MV Spirit has also viewed the same pod of humpback whales, much to all passengers and crews surprise the whales have  sharply turned their direction giving everyone the thrill of a very close encounter with the whales right on the bow.

The seals have also returned to Cabbage Tree Island for the winter, we have counted seven seals basking in the sunshine this morning.

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OMG we have been so lucky with perfect sea conditions for whale watching at Port Stephens today.

We are experiencing calm, flat seas, and barely any breezes right throughout both the morning and afternoon whale watch cruises.

Its days like this that we love being out on the water sharing the Humpback Whale encounters with all of our passengers.

The Hinchinbrook Explorer has headed south bound towards Boat Harbour on the afternoon cruise, at this point we have turned around and cruised back towards home.

We have spotted a lone Humpback Whale heading north in between Barry Park and Fingal Light House, he was swimming at a very slow pace. We have traveled along side along side, the whale was quite easy to track with regular sounding dives of about five minutes, and then would surface for around three minutes giving all onboard great viewing time.

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whale watching moonshadow tqc cruises port stephens

whale watching moonshadow tqc cruises port stephens

17th May 2019

A beautiful, sunny day in Nelson Bay today! MV Spirit went out at 11.00am on our Reconnaissance Whale Cruise, spotting lots of playful Dolphins, but unfortunately no whales today.

16th May 2019

Unfortunately we did not find any whales during our Whale Reconnaissance Cruise aboard the MV Spirit this morning, but we will try again tomorrow.

15th May 2019

Unfortunately we did not find any whales during our Whale Reconnaissance Cruise aboard the MV Spirit this morning, but we will try again tomorrow.

14th May 2019

Port Stephens has turned on a warm autumns day, with another day of light breezes and brilliant sunshine and blue skys.

As we have cruised out through the Tomaree headland a turtle has briefly popped its head out of the water before disappearing quickly.

Unfortunately no whales have been sighted during this mornings cruise.

13th May 2019

The misty rain  that was hovering over Port Stephens this morning disappeared in time for our 11am Whale Reconnaissance Cruise departure at 11am.

Conditions are perfect with no wind, making ideal seas for whale watching.

We have set off with all fingers and toes crossed looking for whales.

As the MV Spirit has passed the Fingal Bay Light House we have spotted a sleepy whale about a mile from the shore. The small juvenile Humpback Whale has spent most of the time resting and at one stage surfaced right on the port bow, and quietly swam away from the vessel.

We have also been joined by Short-Beaked Common Dolphins along with a few Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins.

The Seals are also making their way back to Cabbage Tree Island for the winter.

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whale watching moonshadow tqc cruises port stephens

whale watching moonshadow tqc cruises port stephens

whale watching moonshadow tqc cruises port stephens

12th May 2019

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

11th May 2019

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

10th May 2019

Unfortunately our Whale Reconnaissance Cruise did not operate today.

9th May 2019

We have whales!

Port Stephens has turned on a beautiful Autumn day, with light sea breezes and great sea conditions for cruising off shore.

The MV Spirit has cruised out through the headland and veered around Fingal Island to head in a southbound direction along the Port Stephens coast line.  As we have approached Boat Harbour Captain Dan has spotted a couple of Humpback whales in the distance with one head lunging out of the water. Unfortunately this  pair of whales has only made a brief appearance and as we got closer they dove beneath the water on a sounding dive.

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whale watching moonshadow tqc cruises port stephens

8th May 2019

There was a chill in the air for the first day of our Reconnaissance Whale Watch Cruise, all of our crew members have dug out the winter woolies and beanies in anticipation of a day searching for whales along the Port Stephens coast line.

Unfortunately the whales have been elusive during today’s cruise, but we were joined by a couple of Common Dolphins that have taken an interest in the MV Spirit and swam along side the vessel amazing all onboard with their speed.

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whale watching moonshadow tqc cruises port stephens

7th May 2019

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

6th May 2019

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