Whale Watching Tours

Check out our Whale Watching Comparison Chart further down the page & Compare the Different Boats, Prices and Inclusions

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Whale Watch Tour & Accommodation Packages  

Package: Whale Watching Tour and 2 Nights accommodation at Hervey Bay Colonial Lodge

 

Couples Package $410 (For 2 people)

Includes; 2 Nights’ accommodation at Hervey Bay Colonial Lodge and your choice of the following Tour Boat Cruises; Quick Cat II, Tasman Venture, Whale Song, Spirit of Hervey Bay.                        For Premium 3/4 Day Tour Boats:        Freedom III  Add $40 to package price,     &       Blue Dolphin;     Add $70 to package price

For School Holidays High Season (17th September- 2nd October) Add $20 to package price

For further nights accommodation or variations; please request a quote  

 

Families Package $560 (2A + 2 Children ages 4-14)

Includes; 2 Nights’ accommodation and at Hervey Bay Colonial Lodge and your choice of the following Tour Boat Cruises; Quick Cat II, Tasman Venture, Whale Song, Spirit of Hervey Bay.          For Premium 3/4 Day Tour Boats;       Freedom III    Add $60 to package price,     &    Blue Dolphin;    Add $170 to package price

Additional Children aged 4-14; Prices vary from $45 - $80 per extra child; please enquire

For School Holidays High Season (17th September- 2nd October) Add $30 to family package

For further nights accommodation or variations such as teenagers/ students & pensioners; please request a quote  

 

All Whale Watch tours include:

We suggest you compare boats, as they vary considerably with what they do and don’t include; e.g. lunch, time of departure, length of tour, disabled access/mobility accessible, personal DVD/photos available, etc. Tour Times also vary according to the cruise you choose.

Best whale viewing dates are between 1st August - 7th October, Whale season only operates from mid July to 30th October. Bring; camera, sunscreen, hat, jacket, wear flat shoes, polaroid sunglasses,money for drinks or sourenirs etc 

 

Whale Watching Comparison Chart

This information is subject to change and Hervey Bay Colonial Lodge accepts no liability regarding its accuracy of content (Last updated 25/6/16)

Duration 1/ Day 1/2 Day 1/2 Day 3/4 Day             (Except School Holidays 1/2 Day) 3/4 Day   Sailing             3/4 Day
Boat Name

Quick Cat II 

 

2 trips daily

Tasman Venture

 

2 Trips daily

 

Whale Song 

                             

2 Trips daily

 

 

 

Spirit of Hervey Bay

 

3/4 Day

(Except for 2 x 1/2 Day Trips through the School Holidays 17th Sep - 2nd Oct))

 

Freedom III

    

 

3/4 Day

 

Blue Dolphin

 

3/4 Day

Departure times

7am-12.30 (5&1/2hrs via Kingfisher Resort).     1pm-5pm (4hrs Not going to Kingfisher Resort) 

8.30am-12.30 (4hrs)1.30-5.30pm (4hrs)

8-12am (4hrs) 2-6pm (4hrs)

8.30am-2pm (5 & 1/2hrs )        

School hols- 8.30am-12.30 (4hrs)1.30-5.30pm (4hrs)

9.30am-3.30pm (6hrs)   7.30am-3.30pm (8hrs)
Speed (knots) 21-27k Fast 22-28k Fast 22-28k Fast 25k Fast 14-18k Medium   8k Slow
Under Water Window No Yes No Yes No   No
Under Water Camera Yes Yes No Yes No   No
Hydro-phone in fine weather only Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes
Disables/ Pram access Yes Partial access Yes No No   No
Smoking No No No No No   No
Free Transfers Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes
DVD $25 Your trip -Live Yes Free Generic No Yes Free Generic No   No
Free recruise if no sighting 10th Aug to 10th Oct Yes same season Yes same season Yes same season Yes or (Refund 10/8/14-10/10/14 only) Yes same season   Depends
Meals Included

AM trip; Light Breakfast & Morning tea,                        PM trip;  Afternoon Tea  only

Morning or Afternoon Tea AM trip; Morning  tea & Buffet Lunch,               PM trip; Light lunch & Afternoon tea 3/4 Day; Includes Buffet lunch & morning tea                                     1/2 Day; Includes Morning or Afternoon tea on School Holidays) Buffet Lunch, Morning and Afternoon Tea   Buffet Lunch, Morning and Afternoon Tea
Max number of people 95 80 60 150 usually only 50% capacity 45   24
Motel pick up prior to departure 30 minutes prior 30 minutes prior 35 minutes prior 40 minutes prior 30 minutes prior   30 minutes prior

 

 Whale Facts

Each year, large numbers of Humpback Whales visit The Hervey Bay Marine Park on their Southern Migration from July to about the middle of November. The Whales interrupt their migration to spend time resting, playing and preparing their calves for the trip to the Antarctic Feeding Grounds. The humpback whale takes its name from the habit of breaking the water surface with a large area of its back when diving. Approximately 3,000 Humpback whales will migrate this season between Antarctica and the Great Barrier Reef.

Humpbacks are still the third most endangered species of all the big whales, but now their numbers are increasing 13% each year. They are the fifth largest animal on this planet, growing up to 15 metres in length with a weight of up to 45,000kg (99,000lbs) - equivalent to 11 elephants or 600 persons each! Humpbacks are the most acrobatic of all of the great whales. The species displays a wide variety of leaping, rolling and breaching movements which provide fascinating viewing for whale watchers.

The humpback whale is also well known for its complex underwater vocalisations or whale songs particularly during breeding. Adult whales have been seen to breach 20 - 30 times within 5 minutes, displaying awesome grace and power. Let us advise you on the best Whale watching options and we will book your day away including transfers.

 

Hervey Bay Accommodation: Contact "Hervey Bay Colonial Lodge"

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