2.5 Hr Gold Coast Afternoon Whale Watching Cruise

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Join the professionals at Sea World Cruises for a close-up whale encounter along the ‘Humpback Highway’. Around 40,000 Humpback Whales bless the Gold Coast with their presence every year, during their annual migration from the Antarctic waters to the Great Barrier Reef. With a 100% whale sighting guarantee – this Gold Coast whale watching tour departing from the Main Beach offers thrilling whale encounters and some fun whale info.

You’ll cruise on the Kaiala, a purpose-built vessel designed to ensure smooth sailing off the coast of Queensland. With 360° views on the top deck, large viewing portholes on the lower deck, and an expensive bow, you can watch the whales from almost every part of the vessel! 

Within a few minutes off the shore, you’ll spot the very first splash. Being in the presence of these majestic swimmers of the ocean is an experience you wouldn't forget anytime soon. And if you’re lucky, you’ll get a chance to witness their awe-inspiring aerobatic manoeuvres – breaches, flukes, tail whips, barrel rolls etc! 

The crew on board matches the excitement off the boat with their engaging commentary about the whales and their unique migrating patterns. Listen to the whales sing their melodies through the state-of-the-art underwater hydrophone. There’s also an audio-visual presentation on board to give you  a better picture of what goes on under the waves!

Oh, and the Humpbacks are not the only ones to look out for on this tour! Dolphins, sea turtles, seabirds and a whole lot of other wildlife are regularly sighted on this whale watching tour – so keep an eye out for them! 

The tour operates from late May till October every year. So, if you’re all about the whales, then this Gold Coast whale watching tour departing daily from Sea World is an easy pick. And the best part? If you don’t see any whales, you get a free return cruise. Sounds fair right? Don’t wait any longer! Book your tickets today!

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Departure Details

Departure Location Main Beach Terminal

  • Boards 11:30

  • Departs 12:00

  • Returns 14:15

Cruise Inclusions

  • 2.5hr whale watching cruise from Sea World
  • Cruise on the Kaiala, a purpose-built vessel with 360° views on the top deck & large viewing portholes downstairs
  • Informative audio-visual presentations about whales and marine life
  • Learn about the whales from experienced captains and professional marine naturalist guides
  • Underwater hydrophone to listen to the enchanting whale songs
  • Chance to see dolphins, sea turtles, seabirds and other marine life
  • Professional photographers to capture the fun moments on the cruise
  • 100% whale sightseeing guarantee – free return if no whales are sighted

Additional Information

  • Drinks and snacks are provided free of charge with VIP Captains lounge tickets only.
  • Food is available for purchase on-board or at our Sea World Cruises Main Beach Terminal Cafe.

Terms Of Services

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  • Adult Price

    Save $19

    from $110 $129

  • Child (2–13 years)

    from $79


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