Port Stephens Nelson Bay Cruises

Embraced by a bay that shares its name and dotted with charming beaches, Nelson Bay proudly holds the title of the largest township in Port Stephens. Beyond the beaches and bays, this coastal town also boasts some lovely restaurants, cosy cafes, and vibrant shopping hubs. 

But, why do tourists really flock to this town? Well, the answer is quite obvious – Nelson Bay cruises! If you wish to experience cruising in Port Stephens, welcome to Nelson Bay. We have rounded up some of the best boat trips from Nelson Bay for you. 

Whether it's the year-round dolphin watching cruises or the seasonal whale watching expeditions from May to November, this charming town serves as the departure point for these maritime adventures. These convenient experiences promise you a bucketload of good moments and unforgettable memories. You will also find many Nelson Bay boat tours that offer incredible snorkelling experiences.

So, go ahead! Book your Nelson Bay cruise now!

1.5hr Dolphin Discovery Cruise

Watch the lively bottlenose dolphins of Nelson Bay in this adventure cruise with a Twist & Twirl waterslide, boom net ride & more. High sighting rate.

Duration 1hr

From $40

2.5Hr Whale Watching Cruise - Nelson Bay

Cruise to the ‘Humpback Highway’, and along the outer island to see Humpback Whales, dolphins & other marine life up close. Operates May-Nov.

Duration 2hr

From $75

2Hr Splash ‘N Slide Dolphin Cruise

Slide, Splash, Swim in the splendid waters of Port Stephens after your encounter with the resident Bottlenose Dolphins. Boom net ride on return trip.

Duration 2hr

From $45

3.5Hr Port Stephens Island Snorkelling Adventure

Personalised small-group snorkelling tour for competent swimmers only. Discover the coral gardens & marine life of Nelson Bay with a qualified guide.

Duration 3hr

From $120

1.5Hr Whale Watch Express

Join the Whale Watch Express cruise to the ‘Humpback Highway’ and encounter the mighty whales of Nelson Bay - exclusive experience for 12 guests only.

Duration 1hr

From $95

1Hr Dolphin Watch Express

All aboard the Dolphin Watch Express to meet and greet the resident dolphins of Port Stephens! Cruise past Shoal Bay, the Headlands and Jimmy’s Beach.

Duration 1hr

From $45