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!
Guests soak up the stunning surroundings aboard the vessel


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

Guests click photos of a Humpback Whale


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

A majestic whale leaping out of the water near Port Stephens


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