Duration: 2.5 Hours (approx)
Type: Groups, Shared.
Departs: Daily at 10am & 2pm.
Interests: Birds, Fish & Marine Invertebrates, Marine Mammals.
The tranquil waters off the beautiful town of Dunsborough, provide the perfect backdrop for travellers to regularly observe Humpback Whales, Southern Right Whales and the possibility of spotting the largest ever creature on earth, the Blue Whale, as they escort calves born in southward to Antarctica from October onwards.
It is common for these majestic creatures to travel close to shore, as they nurse and rest with their calves in the protected bays, renowned for their crystal blue waters and emerald seagrass meadows. Aside from the incredible whale encounters, it is also common for guests to spot Long-nosed Fur Seals, White-bellied Sea Eagles, Ospreys, petrels, shearwaters, Australasian Gannets and dolphins.
This epic marine adventure departs at either 10am and 2pm from the Pro Fisherman’s Boat Ramp in Dunsborough. Guests will board a luxurious and spacious vessel, purpose built to observe the incredible marine life iconic to the area. The passionate and expert crew will commence an exciting and informative presentation, delving into the biology and ecology of the great whales that are migrating through the area, as well as information about the other marine and birdlife that visitors are likely to encounter.
Cruising past pristine beaches (including Meelup Beach, Eagle Bay and Bunker Bay) and ancient cliffs, travellers will be on the look out for the migrating whales, with calves often in the protective care of their mothers, as they make their first journey from the north west of Western Australia to the Antarctic waters for the first time. Geographe Bay is an idyllic location for the whales to rest, as they summon up the energy to cross one of the world’s most formidable oceans for the first time. Guests may have the opportunity to experience the calves in close proximity as their curiosity draws them to the vessel or shallows, with the sheer size of the mammals and their sounds simply awe inspiring.
As the boat cruises near the coast, guest should be on the lookout for Long-nosed Fur Seals hauling out between fishing expeditions on the rocks along with several species of seabirds, that frequently drop from the sky to capture fish in dramatic fashion. Pods of Common and Bottle-nosed dolphins often escort us on the adventure, surfing the bow wave and treating guests a stunning aerial display.
Naturaliste Charters is the longest running whale watching company in the Southwest and all crew are experienced in finding wildlife and managing interactions with care borne of deep respect and long experience. These majestic marine mammals unconcerned with the vessel’s presence due to the careful and respectful approach. Be enthralled as curiosity outweighs caution and a calf approaches our vessel, or nurses in the shallows as you watch.
On board, guests will also enjoy complimentary warm beverages and snacks, with soft drinks and bottled water available to purchase; however we encourage guests to bring their own reusable bottle so we can minimise single use plastic.
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: Pro Fisherman’s Boat Ramp, Geographe Bay Road, Dunsborough
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. 7.30am departure is available on demand (minimum of 10 adults or equivalent required to confirm this early tour). 4.30pm Sunset Tour – mid-September to end of November (minimum of 10 adults or equivalent required to confirm this 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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