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Whale Sightings

13 June 2022

Due to unfavourable sea conditions, whale watch cruises have been cancelled for today.

12 June 2022

You could be forgiven for thinking that there is snow falling in Port Stephens today! The air is super chilly, with what feels like winds blowing directly from the Snowy Mountains and making the accessories of a warm beanie and scarf a necessity while out whale watching this morning to keep warm. The Hinchinbrook Explorer…

11 June 2022

We were privileged on this morning’s whale watching cruise, aboard the Spirit of Port, to witness a heat run consisting of multiple pods of 8 or more Humpback Whales pursuing the female Humpback Whale. There was lots of grunting and fast paced action during the chase with the males contesting for the female’s attention.Ā  We…

10 June 2022

From the vessel this morning multiple pods of Humpback Whales were observed off Fingal Lighthouse so we haven’t had to travel too far today to see the action.Ā  Cruise Director, Renee, advised that the pods appeared to have two or more whales in each pod. With so many whales within the vicinity there is a…

9 June 2022

Whale Hello There šŸ™‚ What do you call a baby whale?……………..A little squirt! The sun was out in full force today but the cold has set in, today’s max temp 13.9 but feels like 4.7 brrrrrrr. We recommend rugging up you can’t have enough layers and beanies are a must! ( we do have some…

8 June 2022

Are whales acrobatic? Humpback Whales are known as the most acrobatic mammal of the oceanic world, especially when you consider the size of a fully grown adult whale can be the size of a small bus. Can you picture a bus leaping out of the water looking graceful and majestic as it twists its body…

7 June 2022

The number of whales passing the Port Stephens coastline seems to be increasing daily with a number of pods being sighted and the opportunity to stick with different pods depending on their level of activity and the amount of time they are spending beneath the surface of the water. The crew aboard the MV Spirit…

6 June 2022

Whales, whales, whales and more whales in the only way to describe the sightings aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer on our 10am whale watch cruise at Port Stephens. It appears in every direction we look there are multiple pods of Humpback Whales. While the westerly wind is chilly, the whales have certainly made up for this…

5 June 2022

As the song lyrics describe ‘easy like Sunday morning’ the Humpback Whales sighted during our morning whale watch cruise aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer are having an extremely lazy Sunday morning as they slowly make their way in a relax mode towards Queensland. Our first whale of the day was spotted close to Fingal Island, this…

4 June 2022

The winter mornings in Port Stephens are becoming very brisk and chilly, but off course with colder winter temperatures mean whales, whales, and more whales! Standing on the deck of the Hinchinbrook Explorer is quite obviously the best spot to catch a glimpse of the whales are they come to the surface of the water,…

3 June 2022

Fingal Island and the Lighthouse are becoming our lucky charms when it comes to finding whales, we are more often than not all the skippers need to do each cruise is head towards to island and as we come into line with land we are finding whales not too far away. This morning we had…

2 June 2022

We have met up with a couple of Humpback Whales heading north bound close to Fingal Island on our 10am whale watch cruise, at times the whales were coming quite close to the boat and only doing three minute sounding dives. The crew have then sighted a Minke Whale, Minke Whales have a sleek, dark…