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Hervey Bay Whale Watching Experience

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iconOffered in: English and 4 more


Enjoy an unforgettable close encounter with the marine life of Hervey Bay on this 4-5-hour cruise, including hotel pick-up. Step aboard the specially designed MV Whalesong and discover the bay’s majestic whales and dolphins with the help of an expert crew. As well as guaranteed whale sightings, you’ll have chance to spot dolphins, sea turtles and endangered dugong, plus a rainbow of tropical fish.
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
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AM departure - Morning tea and buffet lunch
PM departure - Antipasto platter (afternoon tea) and Buffet dinner
Multi-level viewing decks
Expert commentary - translated by our multilingual crew (German, French, Spanish, Italian)
Hydrophone and underwater cameras to listen to and view the Humpback Whales
Hotel pickup and drop-off from Hervey Bay accommodations
Filtered water, tea, herbal tea, coffee and milo
Drinks and snacks (available for purchase on board)
Souvenirs (available for purchase on board)

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Please arrive 1 hour before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

We pick up from local resorts, hotels, motels and caravan parks. We don't pick up from Air BnBs (unless they are close to the Esplanade) due to time constraints and vast spread of locations. Pick up (and drop off) times depend on where you're staying in the Bay. In general, pick up times for the morning cruise are approx: * Point Vernon/Pialba: 7:05am - 7:15am, Scarness: 7:15am - 7:20am, Torquay: 7:20am - 7:30am, Urangan: 7:30am - 7:40am. Please call to verify your pick up address, at least 24 hours before the cruise. In general, pick up times for the afternoon cruise are approx: * Point Vernon/Pialba: 1:05pm - 1:15pm, Scarness: 1:15pm - 1:20pm, Torquay: 1:20pm - 1:30pm, Urangan: 1:30pm - 1:40pm. Please call to verify your pick up address, at least 24 hours before the cruise.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date
  • We recommend bringing comfortable shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat
  • In the event that no whales are spotted, you will receive a return ticket to come again at a future date
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Whalesong Cruises
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.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Hervey Bay Whale Watching Experience?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Hervey Bay Whale Watching Experience.
What is the policy on sanitization during Hervey Bay Whale Watching Experience?
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
See all safety measures taken by Hervey Bay Whale Watching Experience.
What is the social distancing policy during Hervey Bay Whale Watching Experience?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Hervey Bay Whale Watching Experience.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Hervey Bay Whale Watching Experience?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Hervey Bay Whale Watching Experience.

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Very worth while.
, Oct 2021
The tour guide was very interesting with whale facts. The staff were very friendly. They found the whales and the whales put on a show.
Beautiful experience and wonderful staff
, Sep 2021
Loved this experience. Plenty of room on the boat, which was clean and had great food included (arvo tea and dinner). The captain was so knowledgeable and his love for the whales was evident, he spoke with awe, wonder and delight as though he was seeing these beautiful animals for the first time - loved his fatherly laugh when the baby would do tail slapping and rolls.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Our skipper shines through again! We are so fortunate to have such an amazing crew who love sharing this experience with everyone. Their passion and emotion is second to none and cannot be faked! What a great afternoon Melissa, thanks so much for sharing it with us.
, Sep 2021
Went on the morning trip and it was amazing! The crew were super friendly and helpful, the boat was very clean and well stocked. Best of all, the whales are magical to see them do their thing. Overall delighted and highly recommend Whalesong for your next family adventure!!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for your magical review! We take a lot of pride in keeping everything clean and stocked to ensure the cruises are enjoyed to their fullest! And there really is nothing better than the experience you have when seeing the whales - so glad you enjoyed it :)
Most enjoyable trip aboard Whalesong
, Sep 2021
A pleasant, enjoyable trip aboard Whalesong. Friendly helpful crew. Would definitely be happy to do a return trip sometime. Saw numerous whales, would have been nice if they had come a little closer to the boat though.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thanks for your review Karen - we definitely encourage you to come on board again! especially to have a much closer encounter with the whales of Hervey Bay :) They can be shy, but they can also put on a show up close, so we certainly invite you back on board with up here at Whalesong - we even offer a return passenger discount!
Whale Watching at Hervey Bay
, Sep 2021
Seeing a huge amount of whales close up was amazing. The crew were very knowledgeable not only in finding the whales but also explaining everything about the whales and their behaviour.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thanks so much Warren! Our skipper is second to none - he always seems to be the (other) highlight of the show and we love that he shares everything he knows. It really is so important to understand just how lucky we are in being able to see these majestic creatures in their natural habitat, just doing what they do. And seeing it up close is an experience of a life time :)
A whaling adventure
, Aug 2021
Such an amazing experience!! Lovely and hospitable crew 😊 with great knowledge and also had to mention our driver that got us to and from the habour. My partner has been to one in the GC and she says "it's no where near as good", and to us the experience and knowledge of where the whales were were fantastic!! Definitely 10/10
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
We love a good comparison! Thank you so much for your review. We love to hear about amazing experiences and we love that the whales were just as fantastic as us!
Do it you wont regret it
, Aug 2021
Seeing the whales was just amazing, the trip was smooth, the staff knowledgeable and professional, the food was just great. What a wonderful experience.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
It really is a wonderful experience Fiona and we appreciate you taking the time to join us! It is something that needs to be seen to be believed and an opportunity not to be missed!
A wonderful experience
, Aug 2021
All of the staff were amazing, helpful, informative, friendly and accomodating! We saw lots of whales and they put a lovely show for us! I would highly recommend this experience to others.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
We recommend it too! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and give the crew a bit of an ego boost! It never gets old and it is never too much :)
Living the dream
, Aug 2021
The trip was exceptional, the boat was spotlessly clean, the staff were absolutely lovely, couldnt help you out enough, The food provided was beautiful and fresh and abundant The alcohol offered was great and the prices very reasonable The information provided regarding the whales was fantastic, the only thing was we couldn't hear it all over the engine, maybe a Bluetooth headset option would help Recommend this trip by this company to anyone
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Wow Ruth, thank you for your amazing review. It sounds as if you had an exceptionally good day and we can not thank you enough for taking the time to let us know! We appreciate your feedback in relation to not being able to hear the commentary too well all the time, so we will certainly look into improving that :)
, Dec 2020
I took my 2 granddaughter's on this cruise and we were not let down. We had an amazing 5 hours, good food, great staff and lots of whale entertainment.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2020
So great to see you enjoyed your time Whale watching with us. It's certainly a great trip for all ages! Thanks for choosing Whalesong.

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