Top Port Stephens Cruises

Dolphin Discovery Cruise (Nelson Bay)

$35

Enjoy a spectacular dolphin discovery on Port Stephens with water-based activities

Dolphin Discovery Cruise (Nelson Bay)

Departure Details

  • Departure D'albora Marina Dock C
  • Boards 10:00
  • Departs 10:30
  • Returns 12:00

Cruise Inclusions

  • 1.5-hr Dolphin Discovery cruise
  • Live & informative commentary
  • Fully licensed on board
  • Snack available for purchase
  • Expansive open decks

Splash and Slide Dolphin Watch Cruise

$40

Dolphin watch cruise on Port Stephens with fun water-based activities

Splash and Slide Dolphin Watch Cruise

Departure Details

  • Departure Passenger terminal Wharf 1
  • Boards 10:30
  • Departs 11:00
  • Returns 13:00

Cruise Inclusions

  • 2-hr dolphin watching cruise
  • Informative commentary by the captain
  • Licensed bar on board
  • Boom net rides
  • Great photo opportunities

Marine Discovery 3.5 Hour Port Stephens Cruise (Nov-Mar)

$75

A marine discovery snorkel cruise in Cabbage Tree and Fingal Island.

Marine Discovery 3.5 Hour Port Stephens Cruise (Nov-Mar)

Departure Details

  • Departure Dock C, D’Albora Marina
  • Boards 12:00
  • Departs 12:30
  • Returns 16:00

Cruise Inclusions

  • 3.5-hr snorkel marine discovery
  • Qualified dive master & snorkel guide
  • Snorkel, fins and mask hire included
  • Complimentary tea, coffee & water
  • Licensed bar & clean amenities

1.5-hr Dolphin Watch Cruise and Sail(Nov-May)

$38

See the resident bottlenose dolphins of Port Stephens Bay on board ‘Imagine’

1.5-hr Dolphin Watch Cruise and Sail(Nov-May)

Departure Details

  • Departure Dock C, D’Albora Marina
  • Boards 11:00
  • Departs 11:30
  • Returns 13:00

Cruise Inclusions

  • 90-min dolphin watching cruise
  • Informative commentary
  • Dry ‘Bow-Net’ & Wet ‘Boom-Net’
  • Complimentary tea & coffee
  • Guaranteed dolphin sighting

Whale Watching Cruise (Nelson Bay)

$65

Whale watching cruises from Nelson Bay on board a purpose-built catamaran

Whale Watching Cruise (Nelson Bay)

Departure Details

  • Departure D'albora Marina Dock C
  • Boards 09:30
  • Departs 10:00
  • Returns 13:00

Cruise Inclusions

  • 3-hr whale watching cruise
  • Informative commentary
  • Comfortable inside spaces
  • Licensed bar on board

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About Port Stephens

Port Stephens, a prominent and idyllic NSW coastal destination, is quite popular for its beautiful beaches, coastal walks, wetlands, national parks, rich terrestrial and aquatic wildlife, great weather, and so on. Over the years, Port Stephens has evolved into a frequently voted Australian tourist destination where hundreds of thousands enjoy the splendid views of natural landscapes, resident marine species such as wild dolphins, whales, koalas along with water-based activities such as swimming, snorkelling, parasailing, kayaking, etc.


Places of Interest
  • Nelson Bay
  • Stockton Bight Sand Dunes
  • One Mile Beach
  • Tomaree and Yacaaba Headlands
  • Great Lakes Marine Park
  • Gan Gan Lookout


Attractions
Port Stephens can be identified as a significant contributor to Australia’s largest regional economy and one of the best destinations with an abundant natural environment and remarkable flora and fauna that make Port Stephens a great place to live, work, and visit. In addition to its spectacular natural attractions, Port Stephens is one of Australia’s premier locations housing more than hundred intelligent and friendly resident bottlenose dolphins. Dolphin watching and swimming can be seen as a major attraction in Port Stephens and there are a number of Port Stephens cruises offering dolphin watch experiences with some fun and thrilling water-based activities on this “Dolphin Capital of Australia”. The best way to watch and encounter the playful dolphins is by getting straight to Nelson Bay, a coastal resort hub of Port Stephens. There are many Nelson Bay cruises giving the opportunity to watch large pods of common as well as bottlenose dolphins from one hour to half day.


Transport 
Located in the Hunter Region of NSW and approximately 2.5 hours drive north of Sydney, it is quite an easy commute to Port Stephens. There are flights departing and arriving from Newcastle Airport on a daily basis, if you have plans to fly. 


Environment 
Port Stephens is often categorised as a drowned valley which is permanently linked to the ocean. It has mild and comfortable climatic conditions and high recreational value.   


Demographics
Port Stephens comprises a total land area of 848 soiree kilometres approximately and more than 80% of the population of Port Stephens resides in developed towns, suburbs, and southern shores of the port. The town was the third fastest growing LGA between 2008 and 2018.