November 2018

11th November 2018

We are sad to farewell the mighty Humpback Whales passing along the Port Stephens coastline for another season, as today is the final day of whale watch cruises for 2018.

We have almost reached Broughton Island on our morning whale watch cruise aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer. It seems the whales have been a bit elusive with no whales sighted during the cruise. Everyone onboard has been treated to a spectacular sight of at least a dozen super pods of off shore Common Dolphins, with each pod consisting of over 100 dolphins.

On our afternoon cruise we were lucky enough to see a mother and calf east of the islands.  They farewelled the current season with some breaches and tail slaps, plus we saw lots of Common Dolphins again.  See you all next year…..

 

10th November 2018

The end of the whale watching season is quickly coming to an end with tomorrow being our final whale watch cruise of the 2018 season.

During our morning cruise aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer we have traveled along side a mum and her calf just north of Cabbage Tree Island. Both Humpback Whales were heading south bound very slowly and quietly with not a lot of action.

This afternoon we have spotted a lone Humpback Whale near Zenith Beach, and he has been showing off it’s beautiful tail as the whale took a sounding dive.

9th November 2018

This morning we were entertained by a very active mother and calf Humpback Whale. As Common Dolphins were out riding the bow wave, we watched the whales being very active on the surface, showing off tail slaps, pectoral fin slaps and breaching!

Unfortunately no Whales were seen on our afternoon cruise, however, we were lucky enough to see a mega pod of over 100 Common Dolphins!

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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

8th November 2018

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

7th November 2018

This morning we saw a few separate pods of mums and calves around the islands.  There were a few distant breaches as well as oceanic dolphins riding the bow, and to top it off we also saw a flying fish!

6th November 2018

This afternoon we cruised just North East of Cabbage Tree Island where we saw a mum, calf and an escort who were showing off all of their tricks! They were breaching, showing off pectoral fin slaps, tail slaps and spending great time on the surface.

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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

whale watching moonshadow tqc cruises port stephens

whale watching moonshadow tqc cruises port stephens

whale watching moonshadow tqc cruises port stephens

5th November 2018

With the 2018 whale watching season drawing to an end, we are sad to be saying farewell to the whales for another year. So we are enjoying the last week of spending time with the beautiful mothers and calves that are on their southern migration along the Port Stephens coastline.

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whale watching moonshadow tqc cruises port stephens

2nd November 2018

It is very warm with plenty of sunshine today in Port Stephens, so there is no better way to spend the day then to be out on the water watching beautiful Whales!

Our morning cruise traveled over to Fingal Bay Lighthouse where a mum and calf were spending good time on the surface. We stayed with them for some time, before traveling over to watch a calf breach and show off his pectoral fin slaps at Yacabaa!

Common Dolphins were out and about, swimming around everywhere offshore.

Whales were spotted just out between the headlands on our afternoon cruise. Three Humpback whales, consisting of two adults and one calf, were seen being extremely active as soon as we cruised out.

The calf was showing off breaches, tail lobs, pectoral fin slaps and rolling on the surface. One adult Humpback also preformed breaches and tail lobs!

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whale watching moonshadow tqc cruises port stephens

whale watching moonshadow tqc cruises port stephens

1st November 2018

The first day of November has seen beautiful sea conditions for whale watching at Port Stephens with glassy seas with just a gentle ripple of the water creating a perfect picture with our whales as the highlight.

Our day has started with a black calf and mum rolling around in the algae bloom, we have been visited by both Indo-Pacific and Short-beaked Common Dolphins. For our afternoon cruise has sighted two separate mum and calf pairs with yet another fully black little Humpback Whale calf.

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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

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