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Our most recommended Western Australia Dolphin & Whale Watching

  • From Exmouth: 2-Hour Sunset Humpback Whale-Watching Tour

    1. From Exmouth: 2-Hour Sunset Humpback Whale-Watching Tour

    Watch humpback whales tail slapping and frolicking whilst sipping a glass of bubbles and watching the sunset over the magnificent Cape Range on a cruise from Exmouth. This time of the evening is when the gulf calms off to glassy conditions. Witness the whales in their natural habitat as your experienced crew teaches you all about these fantastic creatures. The whales are happy playing around, which makes for a great end to everyone's day. At this time of year, you might see mothers with their calves, teaching them the skills required to transverse the oceans back to Antarctica. With lots of action, there will be great opportunities for photographers to get that special shot. Your friendly crew will chat about the interesting behavior of the whales and answer any questions you might have.  The tour will include complimentary bubbles or beer at sunset, food platters, nibbles, tea, coffee...

    Amazing, loved this so much. Was a highlight of visiting Exmouth. Friendly and fabulous people and lots of fun. Saw so many whales.

  • Whale Watching Cruise from Busselton, Augusta or Dunsborough

    2. Whale Watching Cruise from Busselton, Augusta or Dunsborough

    Enjoy an exciting and best value whale watching experience in Busselton, Augusta or Dunsborough. Check-in at Busselton Jetty, Augusta Boat Harbor or Quindalup Boat Ramp, then climb aboard the Tradewind III. Cruise out into the pristine waters to see these lovable marine giants up close. Migrating humpback and southern right whales leave the cold, food rich Antarctic waters and begin arriving around June. Augusta, Busselton and Dunsborough are perfectly placed to view these spectacular wild animals as they make their way past, often stopping off for a rest and play. Geographe Bay, with its usually calm and sheltered waters, means a guided whale watching tour is the best way to see magnificent humpback and southern right whales up-close.

    The excitement of getting a glimpse of the whales playing in the water is a very beautiful experience. The crew was very kind to check on everyone.

  • Rockingham: 1-hour Shoalwater Islands Tour & Penguin Island

    3. Rockingham: 1-hour Shoalwater Islands Tour & Penguin Island

    Enjoy the scenic highlights of the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park during a 1-hour glass bottom boat cruise that explores the ruggedly spectacular coastlines of Penguin, Seal & Bird Islands and takes advantage of the best wildlife spotting opportunities.  Take in the beautiful scenery in the marine park and through the glass panels you can also see what goes on beneath the surface. Wild dolphins, rare Australian sea lions, pelican rookeries, and birds of prey are regularly sighted and our friendly crew will get you right amongst the action. Though, please note that no sightings are guaranteed.  The Cruise concludes on Penguin Island to see the penguin feeding and then enjoy some island time before returning on the ferry at your own leisure. Penguin feedings are presented by a Parks & Wildlife Services ranger at 10.30am, 12.30 & 2.30pm and last around 20 minutes, after which the rangers ...

    Amazing experience! Super friendly staff who went above and beyond to spoil my best friend on her special day ( birthday ) by signing her happy birthday and letting her ride up on front on the boat. We definitely had the best seats and got to see the wildlife up and close.

  • Mandurah Pirate Cruise

    4. Mandurah Pirate Cruise

    Ahoy there, matey! Take your seat as you depart from the eastern foreshore and venture through through Mandurah's beautiful inland waterways and canals on a fun-filled pirate cruise. Kids are encouraged to dress up in their favourite pirate costume (not supplied) and pretend they are sailing the seven seas. On this 45-minute adventure, they can steer the pirate wheel, look through the telescopes and take photos with the friendly captain, while adults are entertained with scenic views including a look at the prestigious homes dotted along the canals. Don't forget to bring your camera, Western Australia's largest residential population of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins can be found in the waterways all year round.

    The kids just loved. And we all enjoyed the pirates outfits (Capt Sparrow and first mate) and all the arrrrs. Heaps of pirate fun.

  • Fremantle: Whale-Watching Cruise

    5. Fremantle: Whale-Watching Cruise

    Enjoy whale watching aboard a state-of-the-art catamaran and reach Fremantle's whale grounds in air-conditioned comfort.

    Experience the thrill of coming face to face with the majestic humpback whales on their annual migration along the Western Australian coastline. Every year, from August to the end of November/ start of December, spot these gentle giants at play frolicking in the waters off Hillarys Boat Harbour.

    Enjoy the best possible view of the majestic whales from one of the catamaran's 3 viewing areas – take advantage of the large open deck space to capture spectacular close-up photographs.

    Relax knowing that whale sighting is 100% guaranteed and enjoy a drink or bite to eat at the onboard licensed bar. Benefit from the knowledge of a certified marine biologist from AQWA, The Aquarium of Western Australia, who will provide a running commenta...

  • Dunsborough: Whale Watching Tour

    6. Dunsborough: Whale Watching Tour

    Step on board the luxury vessel, Alison Maree, for a 2.5 hour scenic whale watching cruise in the pristine waters of Geographe Bay. Enjoy a cup of tea and a biscuit whilst you marvel at the sight of a pod of Humpback whales - with over 35000 Humpbacks migrating through the bay with their young, there is plenty to see. Humpback Whales are the playful ones, you can often see them breach, spy hop, and be very playful and friendly - no binoculars required. In the months of October and November the mighty Blue Whale is also often sighted, these whales are the largest living animal on the planet so it is an amazing feeling to look at these whales in awe with their graceful yet large presence. Dolphins are often seen riding the ship's bow, you will want to be standing up the front of the boat to get the best glimpse of these beautiful agile creatures. Not only is this an amazing whale watchin...

    Great experience. The enthusiasm of the staff was infectious. We only saw three whales briefly surface but that was ok. The ocean was very choppy due to a storm approaching and my teenage daughter became quite sea sick and missed them:( It was recommended by staff before the trip to take anti nausea tablets and I strongly recommend you do if you are susceptible to motion sickness. On our return, we were advised that they were declaring the tour a 'no whale' tour and we were all given a free one to be used for up to a year:)

  • From Fremantle: 2-Hour Luxury Whale-Watching Cruise

    7. From Fremantle: 2-Hour Luxury Whale-Watching Cruise

    Come aboard for an unforgettable experience in Western Australia. Depart from the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour and cruise in style on the Steep Point, a purpose-built luxury catamaran, for 2 hours of whale watching.  On your cruise, spot the magnificent humpback whales on their southern migration as they rest in the sheltered waters of Perth. Adult humpback whales are the first to return south and often approach the vessel with much curiosity. Mothers and their calves can be sighted from October onwards. As they spend a few days relaxing and socializing with others, the calves can often be sighted practising the language of the whales as they breach, tail slap, and play to build strength. Meet Western Australia's Whale Watch family who operates whale watch experiences all year and is onboard every tour to share their knowledge and experience with guests. Experts will provide a live a...

    We had a wonderful time , the staff were excellent, the boat was spotless and best of all they didn’t rush back because we were enjoying the whales !

  • Coral Bay: 3-Hour Whale Watching Experience

    8. Coral Bay: 3-Hour Whale Watching Experience

    Enjoy a leisurely cruise in style on board of a spacious multi-level luxury boat. Sit back, relax, and take in the sights and scenery as you travel the short journey to the whales' playground. The humpback whales migrate through Coral Bay from June to October each year. Visit these incredible and inquisitive mammals in their natural environment to watch them playing, tail-slapping, breaching, waving, slapping their massive pectoral fins, rolling, and even sleeping. Because the local waters are a safe-haven for migrating whales, it is common to see resting mothers and calves as they frolic in the calm waters of Bateman's Bay. Not only can you see the iconic humpback whales, there is also the chance to encounter many other marine animals such as turtles, dolphins, dugong, and other whale species throughout this trip. The tour departs runs for three hours, and your friendly and knowledge...

    The guides were full of information and couldn’t do enough to assist you. Morning tea both savoury and sweet and a glass of bubbles to end a fantastic experience. Highly recommend this activity

  • Ningaloo Humpback Whale Swim & Reef Snorkel from Exmouth

    9. Ningaloo Humpback Whale Swim & Reef Snorkel from Exmouth

    Join a full-day tour from Exmouth to swim with Humpback whales and snorkel along the world heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef. Your day begins with an early pick-up from your accommodation in Exmouth. After meeting your crew, climb aboard the stable boat and motor out for a morning snorkel on the Ningaloo Reef. The spotter plane will start the search for the best pod of whales. The dedicated plane remains in the air for up to four hours, maximising your chance to swim with resting Humpback whales. If the perfect whale is encountered, or a whale shark is spotted, then it'll be time to get into the water with your experienced guide.  This is an in-water experience that will give you the thrill of being close to such a large Mammal with surface views closer than you can imagine, with luck you may even see the whale under the surface. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch with refreshments available ...

    Great experience. The crew went out of their way to ensure everyone had the opportunity to swim in the water with the Humpback whales multiple times . Awesome!!

  • Perth: 7 Day Explorer Return Tour to Exmouth

    10. Perth: 7 Day Explorer Return Tour to Exmouth

    Take a journey on the Exmouth Explorer along the idyllic west coast and experience a totally different side to Australia, a region many are yet to discover.  Start your adventure in the most remote capital city of Perth before heading north into the nature lovers’ paradise, Western Australia.  Begin your journey by visiting the Pinnacles desert, hike down to the banks of the Murchison River and peek through Nature’s Window into an ancient gorge.  For those seeking a unique view over the gorge, there will also be an opportunity to test your abseil skills (own expense). Visit the World Heritage Listed region of Shark Bay which will leave you in awe of the beauty of nature. Here, marvel at a beach made entirely of tiny shells, meet the world’s oldest living fossils, the stromatolites and witness dolphins playing just offshore at Monkey Mia. The region is not only home to around 2000 dolphi...

    It was a great tour with a nice and careful tour guide. We have seen a lot in the short time. The tour was perfect organized. The only thing I would change would be the first hostel we stayed. The rest of the accommodations where fine or very nice. I really appreciated the group spirit and all the stops at the petrol stations or at a shop on our way we made. They where looking good after us and we had a great time.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 118 reviews

This was an awesome experience. Couldn't have asked for a better day. The team were very helpful and informative. They made sure we got the most from our cruise.

We had a wonderful time , the staff were excellent, the boat was spotless and best of all they didn’t rush back because we were enjoying the whales !

The excitement of getting a glimpse of the whales playing in the water is a very beautiful experience. The crew was very kind to check on everyone.

This tour was amazing. Seen a few whales and even some calves. Highy recommend

Best way to end a day watching these beautiful creatures over a sunset