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Whale Watching Tour with Spirit of Gold Coast

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Whale Watching Tour with Spirit of Gold Coast
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icon2 hours 50 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Spotting whales in their natural habitat can be tricky if you don't know where to look. Skip the guesswork on this whale-watching cruise, which guarantees you will see humpback whales as they migrate past the Gold Coast from June to November or you receive a complimentary second cruise. The tour is led by a marine biologist guide who is passionate about conservation and offers insights into whale behavior that enrich the experience. Includes morning tea and a photo booklet souvenir.
  • Led by a marine biologist: Gain deeper insight into whale behavior
  • Guaranteed whale sighting or receive a complimentary second cruise
  • Includes a photo booklet to keep as a souvenir
  • Watch humpback whales breaching from the boat's lower or upper deck
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Coffee and/or Tea
Live commentary on board
Professional guide
Free parking at Mariner's Cove Marina
Lunch
Food and drinks (available to purchase)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
60/70 Seaworld Dr , 60/70 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach QLD 4217, Australia
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an Adult
  • Comfortable enclosed walking shoes and jacket are recommended
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • We can ONLY accept non-motorised, collapsible wheelchairs on board Spirit. Please note that Spirit crew cannot carry passengers from their wheelchair to the boat seating. All guests who use a wheelchair must be able to move themselves, or bring assistance with them.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please advise if bringing a PRAM
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 140 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Whale Watching Tour with Spirit of Gold Coast ?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Whale Watching Tour with Spirit of Gold Coast ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Whale Watching Tour with Spirit of Gold Coast ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Whale Watching Tour with Spirit of Gold Coast ?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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star-5
We were mugged by Whales,...
Gangaram_J
, Aug 2022
We were mugged by Whales, the host was great and fun. Great service by staff, one of the staff came finding me right at the forward to show me my family photos and had a great chat. She also helped my wife when my 2year old vomited, really appreciate her service thank you so much for the memories.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you, for your review. We are glad you had a magical encounter with the Humpback Whales, seeing all this activity in one cruise. We must agree, they are amazing creatures and that is the reason we are passionate about them. Thank you again for your feedback and hope to see you on board Spirit soon! Whale Blessings from the Spirit Family!
star-5
5 star experience
Breanna_T
, Aug 2022
Watching 2 humpback circle around us and then saw a mom and calf. The calf was super active breaching, flipping his tail and splashing around. It was amazing.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you for reviewing your Whale Watching experience. We are happy to hear that you had a great time watching the Humpback Whales as they navigate past the Gold Coast. Hope to see you next year again! Whale Blessings, The Spirit Family.
star-5
Excellent Whale watching experience
Claire_H
, Jul 2022
A great experience! We saw several Wales, lots of tail slapping. The staff were all lovely and guide had a good sense of humor and very knowledgeable about all things Whale. I would highly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you for reviewing your experience. We are so happy to hear that you had fantastic day on board Spirit, and we must agree, our crew are fabulous. We hope to see you on board Spirit again. Whale Blessings from Spirit Family!
star-5
Fantastic
Andreas_S
, Jul 2022
Seeing the whales it was great the crew were great as well will be recommending it to everyone we know back in Victoria
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for reviewing your experience. We are so happy to hear that you had fantastic day on board Spirit, and we must agree, our crew are fabulous. We hope to see you on board Spirit again. Whale Blessings from Spirit Family!
star-5
Awesome afternoon whale watching
Mike
, Jul 2022
Awesome experience. Nice big boat with plenty of seating, friendly staff and well behaved whales popping up all around us. Highly recommended.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello there, Thank you for reviewing your experience with Spirit. It is lovely to hear you enjoyed your Whale Watching trip and I'm sure you will carry these memories forever. Thank you also for the comments towards our staff, they are amazing. Hope to see you onboard Spirit again in the future. Whale Blessings, The Spirit Family.
star-4
Worth while whalewatching.
Bibi_T
, Jul 2022
Was pretty wonderful to watch the whales. Staff was amazing with the two sea sick kids. Remember to take travel calm from the night before
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Bibi, Thank you for reviewing your Whale Watching experience. We are happy to hear that you had a great time watching the Humpback Whales as they navigate past the Gold Coast. Hope to see you next year again! Whale Blessings, The Spirit Family.
star-4
Good but be informative
Hemant_j
, Jul 2022
Very good job by the team but they have not informed us about complimentary coffee and biscuits, and yes about family photo also they have charged us
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for your review, and for taking the time to share your opinion. It's stated in our website, social media, and all sorts of advertising that we provide complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits on arrival. Regarding the photos they are available for purchase only if you like, it's not included in your ticket. Thank you again for sharing your opinion, and wishing you Whale Blessings,
star-5
Great morning out
Jenny_R
, Jun 2022
Seeing Whales, would of been great if they where closer. The tour guide was a wealth of information on everything whales and possibly everything Fold Coast.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for your 5-star review. We are so happy to know you enjoyed your overall experience on board Spirit. Mother Nature is AMAZING isn't? Thank you for sharing with us. Whale Blessings, The Spirit Family.
star-5
Beautiful,gentle animals.
Terese_B
, Jun 2022
When we were travelling out and saw the first whale out of numerous, lunging out of the water.Not long after that we had 3 swimming right beside us.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for your 5-star review. We are so happy to know you enjoyed your overall experience on board Spirit. Mother Nature is AMAZING isn't? Thank you for sharing with us. Whale Blessings, The Spirit Family
star-5
It was absolutely an...
Neha_T
, Jun 2022
It was absolutely an amazing tour, started on time and well guided . Value for money, ensured we had a good view of the whales
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for your 5-star review. We are so happy to know you enjoyed your overall experience on board Spirit. Mother Nature is AMAZING isn't? Thank you for sharing with us. Whale Blessings, The Spirit Family.
star-4
Whale watching experience
John_H
, Jun 2022
Seeing several pods of humpback whales up close during the tour. Marine biologist commentary very good.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi John, thank you for your review. It pleases us to hear about your positive experience on board Spirit. Hope you can take lots of insights from out Marine Biologist commentary. We hope to see you again. Whale Blessings from Spirit Family!
star-4
Wonderful experience
Daniel_K
, Jun 2022
Seeing the whales right infront of the boat, just below the water. Very informative crew and felt comfortable on the boat which was a big plus for me.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for reviewing your experience. We are so happy to hear that you had fantastic day on board Spirit, and we must agree, our crew are fabulous. We hope to see you on board Spirit again. Whale Blessings from Spirit Family!
star-2
Underwhelming, not worth the money or time spent.
Frank_L
, Jun 2022
Don't expect to come up close and personal to a large whale. Boat will sight and just follow one whale throughout the entire duration. If you are lucky, the whale might surface near you (every 5 minutes for air). We had to contend with viewing the back and tail of a small whale from a distance most of the time (see photo). Absolutely awful the lack of proper instructions on where to meet for departure. We were wondering around the large carpark area and there were no signages or directions. Thankfully some locals helped us. I guess we should be thankful to have at least spot a whale but in all sincerity, I don't think it is worth the money or time spent.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi, Thank you for your review, and for taking the time to share your opinion. As I am sure you are aware, each day out on the Humpback Highway is incredibly different. When we head out through the seaway each day, there are certain factors that are completely out of our control. This includes how long it takes us to find whales, how many whales we encounter, as well as the sea conditions we face. While we hope for a magical experience for our guests on each cruise, with an incredibly close encounter or multiple big breaches to delight all on board, this is simply not how all whale watching experience works. We are incredibly blessed to be able to witness the Humpback Whales in their natural environment. After being hunted to near extinction, they still make the same 10,000-kilometre journey each year and continue to grace us with their awe-inspiring presence. But each time we head out into the open ocean, we need to remember that we are in their home. Whether they come close to us or choose to keep their distance, whether they put on a show or remain completely elusive – it is entirely up to them. We are their guests, and we are so grateful for any encounter. Thank you again for sharing your opinion, and wishing you Whale Blessings, Spirit Management.
star-5
Excellent
Ivan_D
, Jun 2022
Great commentary great staff, a great morning out found whales and tried their best to give us the best experience possible
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your 5-star review. We are so happy to know you enjoyed your overall experience on board Spirit. Mother Nature is AMAZING isn't? Thank you for sharing with us. Whale Blessings, The Spirit Family.
star-5
Whalising xxx
Ray_S
, May 2022
All staff were amazing and caring. Love Raymond. The day was rough, didn’t see as much as I wanted. Beautiful vessel and fabulous crew
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi, thank you for your kind review. It pleases us to hear about your positive experience on board Spirit and we must agree, our crew are fabulous. We hope to see you again. Whale Blessings from Spirit Family!
star-4
The experience was great...
Kaili_J
, Oct 2021
The experience was great as we were lucky enough to sight whales. There was no signing finding the boat so best to be early to find it and get a seat but overall would recommend and the staff were all very friendly.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hi, thank you for your kind review. It pleases us to hear about your positive experience on board Spirit and we must agree, our crew are fabulous. We hope to see you again. Whale Blessings from Spirit Family!
star-5
Awesome day
Mark_w
, Jul 2021
It was a great experience and all the staff were super friendly helpful And know just where to go to get the whale It was aa awesome experience for my partner and I Would do it again in a heartbeat And was able to get a few good shots of the whale breaches Thanks again
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for reviewing your experience with Spirit. It is lovely to hear you enjoyed your Whale Watching trip and I'm sure you will carry these memories forever. Thank you also for the comments towards our staff, they are amazing. Hope to see you on board Spirit again in the future. Whale Blessings from the Spirit Family.
star-5
Great day. The kids loved it
Gerhard_P
, Jul 2021
Staff on the ship was extremely helpful and friendly. The whales were a bit shy that day compared to other times I experienced but the crew made every effort to find some and we did
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for your review and compliments towards our staff, we are glad you had a great time on board Spirit. Thank you again for your feedback and hope to see you on board Spirit soon! Whale Blessings from the Spirit Family!
star-5
Lovely Views and Amazing Whales
Jon_S
, Jul 2020
Had a great time looking at the skyline of Surfers Paradise and then ultimately finding two very expressive whales who did quite a few jumps. The staff was super friendly and knowledgeable. Would recommend to anyone.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Hi Jon, thank you for your amazing and detailed review. We really appreciate it and are so happy that you enjoyed your experience with Spirit! Whale Blessings from Spirit Family!
star-3
Could have been a great experiemce
aongsg
, Aug 2019
The crew were friendly and professional but unfortunately we did not sight any whale even on the second trip out to sea.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Hi, Thank you for your review, and for taking the time to share your opinion. As I’m sure you are aware, each day out on the Humpback Highway is incredibly different. When we head out through the seaway each day, there are certain factors that are completely out of our control. This includes how long it takes us to find whales, how many whales we actually encounter, as well as the sea conditions we face. While we hope for a magical experience for our guests on each cruise, with an incredibly close encounter or multiple big breaches to delight all on board, this is simply not how all whale watching experience works. We are incredibly blessed to be able to witness the Humpback Whales in their natural environment. After being hunted to near extinction, they still make the same 10,000 kilometre journey each year, and continue to grace us with their awe-inspiring presence. But each time we head out into the open ocean, we need to remember that we are in their home. Whether they come close to us or choose to keep their distance, whether they put on a show or remain completely elusive – it is entirely up to them. We are their guests, and we are so grateful for any encounter. Thank you again for sharing your opinion, and wishing you Whale Blessings, Spirit Management.

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