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Naturaliste Charters

Bremer Canyon Killer Whale Expedition

  • Available from: January 05 2019 - April 25 2019

Duration: Full Day (approx 8 hours)

Type: Groups, Shared.

Departs: Daily

Interests: Birds, Marine Mammals.

The Bremer Canyon has become one of the most sort after whale watching expeditions across the globe, with over 100 Killer Whales (Orcas) returning to the submarine canyon each year from January to April; the only place in Australia where you can regularly encounter Killer Whales in the wild. During the season, travellers can encounter these apex predators engaging in a variety of activities from hunting to socialising in family groups.

The offshore marine environment of the Bremer Canyon supports an incredible diversity of wildlife.  As well as encountering Killer Whales over 95% of the time, other species seen include Bottlenose, Striped and Common Dolphins, Long-Finned Pilot Whales, Sperm Whales, Hammerhead, Oceanic Blue and Whaler Sharks, Australian Sea Lions, New Zealand Fur Seals, Giant Squid, Oceanic Sunfish and even the rare Beaked Whale.  

Every expedition by Naturaliste Charters is led by a qualified marine biologist with extensive knowledge and experience in local marine ecology, wildlife and environmental education. Voyages also provide opportunities for guests to learn more about the amazing underwater ecosystem and contribute through adding to the Project Orca photo database amongst other scientific studies regularly carried out on-board.

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  • Full Day Expedition

    One of the world’s greatest full-day oceanic expeditions departs from the beautiful town of Bremer Bay, a two-hour drive from Albany or five-hour drive from Perth. From Albany, Naturaliste Charters offers transport to and from Bremer Bay with Busy Blue Bus.

    After arriving at 7.45am at the Bremer Bay Boat Harbour, guests will board the Naturaliste Charter’s long-range expedition vessel purpose-built for the Southern Ocean, ready for an 8:30am departure. From Bremer Bay, the landscape of scenic bays and cliffs along with sparkling turquoise waters will shortly give way to the deep blue expanses of the Southern Ocean.  On departure, guests should keep an eye out for dolphins, Australian Sea-lions and numerous seabirds.

    The expert crew will commence an exciting and informative multimedia presentation, delving into the Killer Whale’s biology and ecology, as well as information about the other marine life the expedition is likely to encounter. After a journey of approximately 1.5 hours, the vessel will arrive to the Bremer Canyon area, one of the most amazing marine environments on earth, where guests will commence the search for the apex predator in the ocean, the Killer Whale.

    It is common for pods of Killers Whales to approach and surround the vessel and expeditions often witness these magnificent creatures hunting. The spectacle of these predators chasing and devouring their prey is breath-taking, with seabirds such as albatross and shearwaters only too happy to pick up the scraps. On-board an expert marine biologist will share information about the pods social behaviours, along with other facts about the local marine ecology.

    The day of unforgettable encounters is fully catered, with morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided, and unlimited hot and cold beverages are available.  The vessel returns approximately 4.30pm, with guests sure to be left awed by our amazing blue planet. 

    Acoustic Monitoring

    In addition to witnessing these incredible marine mammals, guests may also be able to hear them if conditions permit. Killer Whales live in family pods that have their own unique dialect or range of sounds. In other parts of the world, researchers use these vocalisations to identify family pods

    Although the region has not been studied in details, researchers are already discovering information and movement patterns of pods in the region, providing a platform for future management and conservation. 

    Photo Identification

    Naturaliste Charters also invites guests to participate in contributing photo ID shots of the animals encountered, to contribute to the growing database of individuals. As a citizen scientist, your ID shots also make a valuable contribution to this important research, conducted by Project Orca.

    Individual Killer Whales have variations in the shape of the dorsal fin (with notable variations such as nicks and notches), the white eye patch’s shape and size, and the grey marking on the back (also known as the saddle patch). 

    Key Details

    Pricing: from $385 per person (adult), $300.00 (children aged 10-17 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 50 passengers on any Bremer Canyon Expedition and keep under the limit on any Whale Watching Experience which leaves plenty of room for all. 
    Pick-up and Drop Off Point: Bremer Bay Boat Harbour, Lot 115 Swarbrick Rd, Western Australia 6338
    Pick-up and Drop-off Time: Passengers need to arrive 7.45am, vessel departure at 8.30am, returns at approximately 4.30pm.
    All cruises are subject to minimum numbers & weather conditions.

    Please note: Bus and Expedition Package from Albany (departure and return) is available at point of booking.

    Responsible Tourism

    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. 

    Eco Certified Advanced

    Enquiries & Bookings

    The  Full Day Cruise is available to be booked online via the button below. If you have any additional queries, please contact our friendly team via our enquiry form - there are some essential details to help us provide the best options for you. We will be in touch via your preferred contact method

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    Recent Testimonials

    "What a great day, fantastic crew ,very well run. Three minutes after arriving at the 500 metre drop off we saw our first orcas. from then on we saw orcas ALL day even a kill of a beak whale. At times I don't know who was most excited the guests or the crew which gives the trip a even better feel. Very good information and feed back from crew when asked. this is an experience we will never forget and feel privileged to see so many of these magnificent animal by a group of people who respect there lives." - KJ Wood - Australia

    "Wonderful trip off the Bremer canyon. Albatross, flying fish, Orcas sighted almost as soon as we arrived out at the canyon. A couple of hours interacting with these amazing creatures. Then sighted sperm whales breaching in the distance and close and personal with 3 big males. Crew were great, skipper Dundee was highly entertaining. Wonderful boat extremely comfortable." Jane - Australia

    "I finally got to see the Orcas in the wild, this goes down as one of my best trips ever. The professional crew obviously love their job and were extremely helpful and attentative during the cruise. The Marine biologist on board gave us a presentation, she answered all our questions with a smile. We recieved tips about how to use our cameras for this type of photography. Highly recommend this tour!." -Tigerlee - Australia

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