September 2019

29th September 2019

The whales are coming south in good numbers at present – this morning we saw three separate pods of mothers and calves.  One calf we spotted near Cabbage Tree Island was breaching constantly.  We also spotted common dolphins outside the harbour and cruised past to say hello to the seals on our way home.

28th September 2019

All cruises today have seen several pods of Humpbacks which included mothers and calves who have been extremely active showing off breaches, pectoral fin slaps and tail lobs.

27th September 2019

This morning we were greeted at Yacaaba headland by a pod of bottlenose dolphins on our way out of the heads to then spend time with a mother, calf and escort – they spent good time on the surface.  We then headed over to a second pod and the calf put on a breaching show for the lucky passengers on board.  Finally it was off to see the seals before heading back to the harbour.

Our afternoon cruise saw a very active mum and calf who were spending great time on the surface showing off lots of breaches!

25th September 2019

Spring time in Port Stephens signals the start of Humpback Whales beginning their journey south bound towards the feeding grounds of the Antarctic water where they will spend summer feeding on krill.

The crew aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer have reported sighting a mother Humpback Whale traveling with a juvenile, possibly one of last years calves. The pair was quite happily cruising south along past Little Island, with both whales spending a decent amount of time on the surface of the water giving all passengers a good chance to view the mighty Humpback Whale in their natural environment.

Before returning towards Nelson Bay and home we have stopped at Cabbage Tree Island to view the seals, and have been joined by a pod of Common Dolphins.

On our afternoon cruise we saw a mum and calf who were extremely active and put on a show for everyone onboard as they constantly breached, displayed head lunges, tail slaps and pectoral fin slaps.

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24th September 2019

We have perfect weather conditions for whale watching at Port Stephens this morning, with brilliant sunshine, blue sky and light sea breezes.

We have spotted the first pod of Humpback Whales east of Fingal Island, all three whales were heading north bound. We have cruised along beside the whales, before a second pod of two south bound whales have joined to create a large pod of five whales.

All five whales have then continued travel south along the coast line. There has been quite a bit of action within the pod with a heat run occurring; tail slaps, tail lobs, pec slaps and head lunges.

We have had a successful afternoon of whale watching. The crew have spotted two pods of whales just behind Little Island.

The first pod consisted with two Humpback Whales, and the second with four Humpback Whales. We viewed the whales breach, tail slap and tail lob before they quietened down, but much to everyone’s excitement the whales have approach the vessel a number of times swimming the length of the Hinchinbrook Explorer.

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23rd September 2019

Our local Port Stephens Bottlenose Dolphins have been in a playful mood as the Hinchinbrook Explorer has cruised along Shoal Bay Beach and out through the headland. They love nothing more than ridding the pressure wave of the bow of the vessel.

Once off shore the Humpback Whales have been playing a bit of hide and seek this morning, with a number of long sounding dives and not a lot of time on the surface of the water.

Unfortunately our afternoon whale watch cruise did not run today.

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22nd September 2019

It’s been an active morning of whale watching at Port Stephens, with a pod of five to six whales located just one mile from Little Island. It appears that the all whales in the pod were involved in a heat run, with a good amount of time spent on the surface of the water and a bit of competition between the males in the pod showing their force with head lunges.

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20th September 2019

After days of unfavorable sea conditions, we were finally able to get back offshore for some whale watching today. Although the whales on our morning cruise were a little elusive, they certainly did make up for it on our afternoon cruise. Several pods were seen offshore, showing off pectoral fin slaps, head lunges, tail lobs and breaching!

19th September 2019

Unfortunately our whale watch cruises have been cancelled today due to unfavorable sea conditions.

18th September 2019

Unfortunately our whale watch cruises have been cancelled today due to unfavorable sea conditions.

17th September 2019

Unfortunately our whale watch cruises have been cancelled today due to unfavorable sea conditions.

16th September 2019

The local Bottlenose Dolphins have guided the Hinchinbrook Explorer out through the Bay along Shoal Bay Beach as we have headed off shore for our morning whale watch cruise.

Due east of Cabbage Tree Island we have located a very large pod of Humpback Whales consisting of seven to eight whales. There was a lot of action within the pod which looked to be a heat run. The pod was traveling around in circles, chasing and crashing into one another.

We are appreciating the cool sea breezes as we cruise out on our afternoon whale watch cruise, the temperature in Nelson Bay feels like a summers day!

The Captain of the Hinchbrook Explorer has not needed to travel too far out through the heads to find a mum and calf Humpback Whale in front of Mt Tomaree. The calf is very playful, with repetitive tail slapping amusing all of our passengers, and of course mum is close by keeping an eye on her young one. Once these two whales had moved on, we have continued over to watch another pod of two Humpback Whales. Both whales were keeping a good amount of time on the surface of the water, and we have witnessed a couple of distance breaches to end of time with the whales today.

14th September 2019

A lovely warm and sunny day in Nelson Bay today with between five to seven Humpback Whales being sighted on our cruises.

A very active Humpback was breaching off Fingal Bay, showing off tail slaps and pectoral fin slaps. Two more whales were double breaching offshore, and there was plenty of bird life seen during our whale watch cruises today including an Eagle that caught a fish near to Zenith Beach.

13th September 2019

There are still plenty of whales around, however, they were a little elusive today!! Our morning cruise did spot a pod of Humpback Whales who were displaying long soundings.

12th September 2019

After a number of days of not being able to cruise off shore for our whale watch cruises due to sea conditions, we were greeted with blue skies and sunshine making it a perfect day for whale watching at Port Stephens.

The Hinchinbrook Explorer has headed in a northerly direction once navigating through the headland at Shoal Bay, on towards Broughton Island. Whale watching can be a game of patience and today was certainly the case, with four whales making an appearance as the boat had turned back to head home. The pod of whales were quite active with tail lobs and one big breach.

We were joined by a pod of Common Dolphins riding the bow of the vessel, and those lucky enough onboard also spotted a couple of Little Penguins.

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11th September 2019

Unfortunately our whale watch cruises have been cancelled today due to unfavorable sea conditions.

10th September 2019

Unfortunately our whale watch cruises have been cancelled today due to unfavorable sea conditions.

9th September 2019

Unfortunately our whale watch cruises have been cancelled today due to unfavorable sea conditions.

8th September 2019

Unfortunately our whale watch cruises have been cancelled today due to unfavorable sea conditions.

7th September 2019

Unfortunately our whale watch cruises have been cancelled today due to unfavorable sea conditions.

6th September 2019

Unfortunately our whale watch cruises have been cancelled today due to unfavorable sea conditions.

5th September 2019

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4th September 2019

A mum and calf were seen at Cabbage Tree Island this morning, spending great time on the surface. We than cruised over to check out the seals who are enjoying all this sunshine sun baking on the rocks!

Our afternoon cruise saw a very active Humpback Whale who was spending great time on the surface, showing off some tail lobs!

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2nd September 2019

Our day has began with a pod of Off Shore Common Dolphins leading the way on our whale adventure into the open ocean. The dolphins look to become so excited to swim the pressure wave on the front of the vessel and I’m sure they can sight our passengers on the bow of the boat waving madly to them in the water below.

We have spent time with a south bound Humpback Whale who thrilled all of our passengers with the occasional breach and the splash of a tail lob, creating lots of white water.

Our afternoon cruise has located a pod of three Humpback Whales, all whales were quite playful and interested in their surroundings, with lots of breaching. At one stage all three whales have mugged the Hinchinbrook Explorer, swimming around and under the vessel.

The welcoming committee of local Port Stephens Bottlenose dolphins were waiting for our return at the d’Albora Marina, Nelson Bay as the vessel was about to dock at the wharf.

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1st September 2019

What a great way to treat dad on this Sunday Father’s Day with a whale watch cruise at Nelson Bay.

Our first whale sighting aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer has a been a pod of two Humpback Whales. Both whales were tracking north bound, with four to five minutes in-between surface time. Both whales were happily cruising along on their journey to northern Queensland.

As the MV Spirit has departed for the 11am whale watch cruise, they have cruised straight out through the head reaching about six miles off shore, in a depth of 90 meter water.

The crew has reported sighting four pods of whales, with three pods intent on continuing their north bound journey, while the fourth pod was quite a bit more active.The juvenile Humpback Whale in this pod was very playful, displaying a couple of large breaches.