Duration: 2.5 hours (approx)
Type: Groups, Shared.
Departs: Daily at 10am & 2pm
Interests: Birds, Marine Mammals.
The picturesque seaside town of Augusta is one of the best locations in Australia to view Humpback Whales as they make their epic migration north, filling the beautiful Flinders Bay area. Each year from late May, travellers will experience male Humpback Whales competing for the attention of females through various behaviours including breaching and thunderous tail slaps.
This area is also a critical calving area for the endangered Southern Right Whale in July and August, with the species resting before their migration to the feeding grounds in Antarctica in the Spring. Minke Whales and the largest animal to ever have lived, the Blue Whale are also sighting opportunities with White-bellied Sea Eagles, Osprey, Long-nosed Fur Seals, dolphins and albatross often delighting guests on board the luxurious Alison Maree catamaran.
This adventure commences at 10am and 2pm from the August Boat Harbour. Guests will board the Alison Maree, a luxurious and spacious 20m (65 foot) catamaran, known for its stability and comfort.
The expert crew will commence an exciting and informative multimedia presentation, delving into the biology and ecology of the Humpback and Southern Right Whales, as well as information about the other marine life during the cruise. Passengers will have access to the bow, upper or lower rear decks, wheelhouse or air conditioned main saloon with seat to ceiling windows; all fantastic vantage points to spot the wildlife.
Observing Humpback Whales is an unforgettable experience, with the species often displaying a high level of curiosity towards the vessel. Guests are often left in awe as this marine mammal weighing 40 tons propels from the ocean’s surface at high speed, in a spectacular breach.
During the whale watching adventure, crew will lower hydrophones into the ocean if conditions permit, allowing guests to hear the incredible whale song of individuals in the area. Every expedition is led by a qualified marine biologist, along with a crew whose knowledge and passion for Western Australia’s marine wildlife is unequalled in the industry.
Voyages also provide opportunities for guests to learn more about the amazing underwater ecosystem and contribute to databases of whale and bird sigthings, amongst other scientific studies regularly carried out on-board.
On board, guests will also enjoy complimentary morning or afternoon tea, including warm beverages and snacks.
Pricing: from $90 per person (adult), $50 (children aged 4-17 years)
Vessel Details: The beautiful Alison Maree is a modern, spacious and luxurious 20m catamaran, providing the ultimate in stability, comfort and safety. A long range expedition vessel purpose-built for the Southern Ocean she is immaculately presented, with three spacious viewing decks.
Group Size: We have only a maximum of 90 passengers on board
Pick-up and Drop Off Point: Augusta Boat Harbour, Lot 4126 Leeuwin Road, Western Australia 6290
Pick-up and Drop-off Time: 10:00am & 2:00pm - Please ensure passengers arrive at the departure point 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time so we can board all passengers and depart on time. Cruise duration is approximately 2.5 hours,
Please note: All cruises are subject to minimum numbers & weather conditions. 8am departure on demand (minimum of 10 adults or equivalent required to confirm this early tour).
As part of our commitment to sustainability we have developed a code of practice relating to our wildlife interactions along with involvement in several research and conservation programs. We have also sought independent verification of our practices through Ecotourism Australia. Our Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation is awarded to Australia's leading and most innovative ecotourism products, providing an opportunity to learn about the environment with an operator who is committed to achieving best practice when using resources wisely, contributing to the conservation of the environment and helping local communities.
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"Unbelievable experience with humpback whales only a few metres from the boat, mothers and babies coming up and eyeballing us on the boat and leaping out of the water. Also saw blue whales from more of a distance which was really special. Staff are amazing, evidently expert and their enthusiasm for the animals is infectious, they clearly love their job! They even came back to pick up our group even though we were running a couple of minutes late, and made a big effort to return my phone to me which I had somehow dropped on the beach before boarding the boat. Really appreciated their friendliness and knowledge. Would 100% recommend to anyone, it felt very reasonably priced for the experience." Ruby - Australia
"We had an amazing experience whale watching in Geographe Bay. Our trip was extended as the crew had received a message that blue whales were in the bay! The crew were great, determined to give us a wonderful experience. They were very knowledgeable, informative and generous of their time. I have been whale watching before but this was the best ever!" Bruce - United Kingdom
"Seeing a whale was on my bucket list and whilst there were no whales jumping up out of the water for our cruise, we saw a LOT of fins, humps (ie humpback whales) and tails. LOVED it. The Crew were amazing, they had just the right balance of providing information and listening and asking for questions. So very highly recommend this tour/cruise and am very glad that I chose them." - Adelaidegirl233 - Australia
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