Gold Coast Whale Watch +
Marine Research Adventure.
Duration: 2.5 Hours (approx.)
Location: Hollywell, QLD
This 2.5h adventure is an absolute personalised experience on a small vessel with a maximum of 8 participants. The spectators can look forward to closer and longer encounters as humpback whales do not feel intimated by a smaller vessel. The outer tubes of our semi inflatable vessel are only 50cm above the water surface which even allows to submerge your water proof camera on passing whales for some great underwater shots.
Whilst no vessel is allowed to approach whales closer than 100m, our experience shows that the whales are usually approaching us whilst our engines are turned off and the vessel drifts through the water. For this very reason, our vessel is frequently chartered by research groups to conduct field surveys and sampling.
H I G H L I G H T S
- 2.5h return trip in a small group with maximum of 8 participants
- Hotel transfers available
- Closer encounters possible
- Sightings guaranteed*
- Knowledgeable staff
- Participate in research activities (optional)
- Waterproof jackets provided
- Hot tea available
- Departs twice daily on most days
- Great savings for group bookings
P R I C I N G
Our vessel is small hence you will need to pay a little premium to make this experience possible.
- Base Price $99pp (all ages)
- Group of 4 to 6 – $89pp
- Group of 7 to 8 – $79pp
- A small booking fee is charged on check-out by the booking system provider.
D E P A R T U R E T I M E S
- Twice daily at 9:30am and 12:30pm on most days from June to September.
- Alternative times available for groups of 4 or more (email us)
- Please note that departure times can vary and are subject to change on short notice. Please check our calendar for the latest times and availability. From there, you can also book and pay online.
P A R T I C I P A N T R E Q U I R E M E N T S
- This tour conducted on a smaller vessel. Boarding and disembarking as well as holding on whilst underway requires a moderate level of fitness.
- Any person with a serious medical conditions or physical disability should chose a larger vessel instead. If unsure please email us beforehand.
- Minimum age 10 years.
B O O K I N G S & P A Y M E N T
- Select date and time
- Hit the book now button
- Enter your personal details
- Enter promo code or voucher code if you have one
- Check-out and receive our booking confirmation via email
- A small booking fee is charged by the system provider on check-out
- All of our tours must reach a minimum of 4 participants to depart
P A R T I C I P A T E I N R E S E A R C H (optional)
You can also (optional) participate in research activities such as filling in survey data sheets and using the hydrophone to listen to underwater sounds. Each participant will receive a print brochure with a summary of information about humpback whales and what options there are to get involved. Alternatively, you can simply sit back, relax, take photos enjoy the experience.
W H A T T O B R I N G
- SunSmart clothes (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen etc.)
- Drinking water (no glass)
- Waterproof bag for phones etc.
- Camera (splash-proof cameras recommended)
- Seasickness medication if needed (take well before departure)
I T I N E R A R Y
- Meet us at the Marina about 15min prior to departure
- Boat Safety Briefing
- Depart for 2.5h whale watch return trip
- Return to Marina
M E E T I N G P O I N T
- Meet us at Runaway Bay Marina.
- Your confirmation email and reminder emails will include a map and a hyperlink for directions.
- Please be on time as we have to depart on time.
P U B L I C T R A N S P O R T
- From Surfers Paradise, catch the tram to Southport and change to the 711 Surfside Bus from Southport towards Hope Island and exit at Runaway Bay Marina Bus Stop.
- From Brisbane, catch the tram from Helensvale Station to Southport and change to the 711 Surfside Bus from Southport towards Hope Island and exit at Runaway Bay Marina Bus Stop.
*WHALE SIGHTING GUARANTEE
If whales are not spotted on a designated whale watch tour between the months of June to September, each passenger will be entitled to a ’stand-by ticket’ enabling them to return on another subsequent tour date subject to availability as per our online calendar. Refer to our terms and conditions to read the full details about our sighting guarantee.