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Sea World Whale Watch

Sea World Whale Watching Cruise

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(4.8)

41 reviews
  • Only 20 minutes to the whales
  • Purpose-built whale watching vessel
  • Departs from Sea World
  • 3 levels of viewing decks
  • Onboard 3D Virtual Tour
  • Hear the whales sing
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Departing from Sea World on the Gold Coast, this is one of Australia’s premier whale watching experiences. Join marine experts for a close encounter with majestic Humpback Whales aboard one of Australia’s newest and luxurious whale watching vessels. Within minutes of the Gold Coast, cruise to the ‘Humpback Highway’ and spy on the world’s largest animals from 6 spacious viewing platforms from sea level to the sundeck with a spectacular backdrop of the Surfers Paradise skyline. During the 2.5 hour cruise learn more about these fascinating marine creatures and listen to unique whale songs live with an underwater microphone on board.

The Gold Coast whale watching season runs from early June to November and whale watching cruises will depart daily from the Sea World Cruise Terminal at 7.30am, 10am, 12.30pm and 3pm. Enjoy an early morning cruise before a day of activities on the Gold Coast or relax and sleep in with late afternoon departures available. If your whale watching cruise fails to sight a whale then an alternative date will be offered.

Don't miss out on the 2019 whale watching season- book your whale watching cruise online here!

Inclusions

  • 2.5 hour Whale Watch Cruise
  • In the unlikely event your tour fails to see a whale you will receive a free return cruise voucher

Extras

  • Visit our Terminal Cafe! Nothing builds up an appetite like a journey to the high seas. Thankfully the Sea World Cruises chefs recognise this and are serving up delicious brekky and lunch options on the daily. With a strong focus on seasonal and local produce and unrestricted views of the Gold Coast Broadwater – it’s the perfect way to begin, or complete, your whale watching adventure.

Options

  • VIP Lounge "Captains Club" offers passenger to access to the VIP area which you can have interactive communication with a captain. Also, get complimentary refreshments and snacks.

Highlights

  • Watch the Humpback Whales at play against the spectacular backdrop of Surfers Paradise
  • Knowledgeable crew
  • Purpose-built new boat for Gold Coast sea condition
  • Uninterrupted grandstand views from 3 spacious viewing platforms

Time

  • Tours depart daily from early June to early November at 7:30am, 10am, 12:30pm and 3pm.
  • Departing from the Sea World Cruise Terminal, located in the car park outside of Sea World, Seaworld Drive, Main Beach

What To Bring

  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Binoculars
  • Warm clothes
  • Flat shoes
  • Sea sickness remedy if required

Additional Information

  • Guaranteed sightings or we will provide you alternative date
  • Cruises will be cancelled upon the discretion of the cruise operator taking into account the weather conditions of the day
  • Please advise at time of booking in the 'Add Booking Notes' section of the Shopping Cart if you are travelling with an infant

Terms And Conditions

Adults at Kids Offer

  • Offer is only valid on Adult tickets
  • Promotion is only valid for redemption during 2019 season
  • 2019 season ends in November

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • Prices are seasonal and are constantly changing. The from price displayed may not always be the price you are going to pay, as once you click on your specified date, the price will change to reflect the price for that date/season. Please note that in some cases where you cannot click on a date to obtain the price, please call us so we can assist you
  • Sea World Whale Watch will not provide a refund of any kind to passengers if a tour fails to sight a whale, in the unlikely event your tour fails to see a whale you will receive a free return cruise voucher.
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Shona Hewitson 3 weeks ago
A great day out. The boat was comfortable and although we went at a peak time did not feel cramped. We saw whales pretty much from the moment we were out into the ocean. The crew were knowledgeable and helpful throughout the cruise. We have done whale watching before but this experience was probably the best one.
A great day out
Shona Hewitson 3 weeks ago

A great day out. The boat was comfortable and although we went at a peak time did not feel cramped. We saw whales pretty much from the moment we were out into the ocean. The crew were knowledgeable and helpful throughout the cruise. We have done whale watching before but this experience was probably the best one.

We had an absolutely amazing time out on the whale watching cruise
Cherrie Pan 4 weeks ago

We had an absolutely amazing time out on the whale watching cruise, a highlight of our holiday to see these amazing mammals splashing around in front of the boat, the boat is large and comfortable and the staff were great! Couldn’t ask for more! We took a backpack with some fruit and water for refreshments whilst making the journey out to see (which was actually very quick, 20 minutes or so).

I was a wonderful day
Gabrielle Yang 4 weeks ago

I was a wonderful day, good view good service, really enjoy it and having great fun. Very good net, best support. It was a lucky day that we can see many whales and some of them jumped up and down, the workers there were really nice too, they told us many things about whales and very humorous. Also, help with the seasick problem.

Well sized boat for the number of people on board
Peter Morton 1 month ago

Well sized boat for the number of people on board. Not at all crowded. Saw plenty of whales and had a really great day. It did seem a bit odd that the commentary was continually criticising the use of plastic water bottles yet that is what they supplied. Probably be more sensible to have bulk water and paper cups.

I have wanted to do this for the longest time and my husband has never been keen enough
Natalie Cadman 1 month ago

I have wanted to do this for the longest time and my husband has never been keen enough. We were heading to the Gold Coast for the weekend so I just booked it! We all enjoyed ourselves so much, from the boat ride out to a location I heard "Wow this is worth it already". We had not even spotted a whale at this point. The staff and their dialogue throughout as well as the lovely boat we were on was well worth every cent and will be a memory my 6 year old will treasure for life. The microphone relaying the whale sounds was a particularly special moment. We were lucky to see plenty of whale action and dolphins as well. I can not wait to swim with these beautiful creatures next year.

We had an absolutely amazing time out on the whale watching cruise
Lesha Booker 1 month ago

We had an absolutely amazing time out on the whale watching cruise, a highlight of our holiday to see these amazing mammals splashing around in front of the boat, the boat is large and comfortable and the staff were great! Couldn’t ask for more! We took a backpack with some fruit and water for refreshments whilst making the journey out to see (which was actually very quick, 20 minutes or so).

Magnificent
Ludmila Macourek 1 month ago

Magnificent! Saw many whales up close. They came right up along the side of the boat and swam slowly around for a long time. If you're concerned about seasickness, don't be. The crew are very attentive to passengers and offer medication and bags to everyone. The best short cruise I've ever been on. Highly recommend!

I could not fault this cruise
Chloe S 1 month ago

I could not fault this cruise. From the luxurious and spacious vessel to the friendly staff and incredible knowledge shared by the marine naturalists. We were blessed by mother nature to have a warm sunny day with hardly any swell which made the journey more comfortable. And the whales were very active. Plenty of breaches, tail and fin slaps. A mother and her calf were also spotted. Sea World Cruises took care to give us a great experience but always kept a safe distance and let the whales go on their way. Five stars. Would definitely go again.

The whole experience was amazing
Lisa Schubert 1 month ago

The whole experience was amazing. The captain was very informative and funny. The crew were extremely nice helpful and happy. I got plenty of video of the whales and at the end $10 for some professional whale pics was reasonably priced. A must-do for anyone visiting the gold coast

As with everything Sea World has to offer
Rebecca Gloistein 2 months ago

As with everything Sea World has to offer, great time was had, got to see lots of whales, great friendly staff, even went around checking on everyone, we went in the afternoon and saw the sun setting on the way back to Sea World, how beautiful, Just remember your seasick meds.

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As you head out into the open ocean and if you suffer from seasickness, head to the pharmacy prior to your whale watch cruise and grab some seasickness remedy.
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