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Half-Day Whale Watching and Canal Cruise from Surfers Paradise

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Half-Day Whale Watching and Canal Cruise from Surfers Paradise

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Go in search of humpback whales on a whale-watching cruise off the shores of the Gold Coast. Onboard a custom-built boat with three viewing decks, enjoy uninterrupted views of the Pacific and listen to commentary about the whales and their ocean environment from a marine naturalist guide. Plus, float along the Spit to admire waterside homes. Small group sizes, guaranteeing rail side position. Select a departure time when booking.
  • Watch humpback whales at play on a whale-watching cruise from the Gold Coast
  • Listen to interesting commentary from a marine naturalist
  • Enjoy tea, coffee, and biscuits on board
  • Glide past luxurious homes along the Gold Coast canals
  • Small group sizes, guaranteed rail side position
  • 100% guarantee of whale sightings, or receive a free return cruise
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Commentary by a marine naturalist
Coffee and biscuits
River Cruise between the Spit and Surfers Paradise
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

58 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217, Australia

Address: 58 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast. The check-in terminal opens 30 mins prior to departure time

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your cruise starts as you board your purpose-built whale-watching boat in Surfers Paradise and take off along the canals of the Nerang River. Listen to a quick safety briefing from crewmembers, who point out some of the most luxurious homes along the scenic waterway.

Cruise along the Spit and into the Australian Whale Sanctuary, a protected piece of the ocean surrounding Australia that’s part of the annual migration of humpback whales, who come to these subtropical waters from May to October to give birth. Keep your eyes peeled for whales, who may show off with jumps and splashes, as well as other marine life such as orcas, loggerhead turtles, dolphins, and seabirds.

Learn about the wildlife and their marine environment from your onboard naturalist guide. Your cruise ends with return to the departure point.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for children 3 years and under
  • 100% guarantee of whale sightings or receive a free return cruise
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Whales In Paradise
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 sanitization during Half-Day Whale Watching and Canal Cruise from Surfers Paradise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Whale Watching and Canal Cruise from Surfers Paradise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Half-Day Whale Watching and Canal Cruise from Surfers Paradise?
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 Half-Day Whale Watching and Canal Cruise from Surfers Paradise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Half-Day Whale Watching and Canal Cruise from Surfers Paradise?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Whale Watching and Canal Cruise from Surfers Paradise.

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star-5
Amazing experience
HJ_090
, Oct 2019
The whale watching is my best experience for Gold coast trip. I will act again if I visit Gold coast.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
We're happy you had a fantastic time onboard. Thanks for your trust and we're thankful for amazing customers like you. Stop by anytime!
star-2
Whales
frankrossen7
, Aug 2019
Boat cruise was alright saw only one whale disappointed went whale watching in redcliffe saw. 18 whales
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Hi Franko, We appreciate you taking the time to provide us with feedback. It's disappointing to hear that it did not match your expectations on this occasion. As you can see from the Daily Sightings* on our website, the whales provide fantastic encounters on most days. However, they are wild animals, and therefore, every tour is different. A level of unpredictability exists with all destinations, but we're lucky that the Gold Coast is one of the most reliable options available. We hope to see you back on the water for a more memorable tour. www.seaworldcruises.com.au/sea-world-whale-watching
star-5
Best trip ever
Stephen_D
, Jul 2019
Staff were amazing, captain was funny and informative, saw plent of whales although they didn’t breach it was still exciting
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you for the great review. The whales are now migrating back south and most of the time have their newborn calves with them. Therefore are less likely to breach, but muggings appear more often. We're glad you had a fantastic tour with us and are looking forward to seeing you on board again soon.
star-5
We were lucky to have good weather for...
lossy7777
, Sep 2018
We were lucky to have good weather for this cruise, and saw quite a lot of whales. They seemed to be showing off near the boat.
star-3
it was not value to money at all to...
nplamhuong
, Dec 2017
it was not value to money at all to spend 100 USD for an unlucky trip rarely to see clearly the Whale
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star-4
A wonderfully organised trip. The...
Rudrapriya R
, Jul 2017
A wonderfully organised trip. The crew made all efforts to track the ever elusive humpback whales. We had a fair share of viewing. At. the end returned quite satisfied. Posting a couple of photos
star-4
Luckily, I can see 8-10 whales...
Eddy
, Jul 2017
Luckily, I can see 8-10 whales swimming across the sea. Though, it is far away from the whales, but it is considerate !
star-5
This tour was well organised and...
Peter D
, Jul 2017
This tour was well organised and very professional. Weather was kind to us and we were able to come across a number of whales. They were not very active bit it was great to be up close and in their environment. Wayne and his team did all to find the whales and spent extra time seeking out different ones to get the opportunity for some action. All was great and then on the way home the most amazing event took place when wayne came across a new born calf thrashing around trying to breath and start to swim. Just fantastic to watch mum come to the rescue time and again to get her calf working and surviving. Over a period all stabilised and they went off as mum and calf. Fantastic.
star-1
Disappointed. No jumps. No...
Shirin B
, Jun 2017
Disappointed. No jumps. No splashes. No tails. Though seeing a few whales but none showing its tail way down to the water. Half of the people in the lower deck having naps during the trip. May be it is too early for whale watching. P.s- We neither see any dolphins nor turtles. P.s.- biscuits in the boat are tasty. Should try some
star-4
It was awesome!! The crew are very...
KATHARINE K
, Jun 2017
It was awesome!! The crew are very experienced and informative. I had seen around at least 10 humpback whales that day!!

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