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Whale Watching by Sea World Cruises
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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Wildlife enthusiasts will love the chance to spot whales in the wild so close to the Gold Coast. Just a twenty-minute cruise off shore, the Australian Whale Sanctuary is prime humpback whale habitat. Get great views of the creatures (when conditions are right) from on board your comfortable boat. This easy 2.5-hour trip can fit into busy itineraries.
  • Enjoy wildlife viewing without traveling far from the city
  • A great tour for the whole family
  • Depart from the conveniently located Main Beach terminal
  • Humpback season is from late May to early November
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Sea World Whale Watch , Sea World Cruises Terminal, Seaworld Dr, Main Beach QLD 4217, Australia

Cruises depart from the Sea World Cruises Terminal (Main Beach) Entry to Sea World Marine Park is not required. Car park: Parking is available complimentary at Sea World

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Sea World Cruises
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Whale Watching by Sea World Cruises?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Whale Watching by Sea World Cruises.
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What is the social distancing policy during Whale Watching by Sea World Cruises?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Whale Watching by Sea World Cruises?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Whale Watching by Sea World Cruises.

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star-5
A great trip out for all
Maurice_K
, Aug 2022
Seeing these magnificent creatures close up in real life was an unforgettable experience for me and definitely for my grandchildren
star-5
Amazing experience!
Emi_Y
, Aug 2022
It was so amazing to see a jumping whale in front us!! We saw lots of whales this time. My kids was very excited. All crews were used to take care of passengers. Thank you very much!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Emi, thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are happy to hear that you had a wonderful time with us and that your children had a fantastic time. We look forward to having you again in the future.
star-5
Excellent Booking easy.
Cynthia_H
, Aug 2022
Unfortunately I got sea sickness!! We could not praise the crew enough for their attention & care. I was monitored constantly, encouraged and advised in a caring manner. BUT ... I still got to see the whales, a new calf & a large pod of dolphins. The Captain’s narrative was excellent. Just a shame I was unwell. Should have taken the tablets earlier !!!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Cynthia, Thank you for taking the time to leave a 5-star review. Oh no, we are sorry to hear that the motion of the ocean got you, but are happy to hear our awesome crew took great care of you. What a fantastic experience seeing a newborn calf! We look forward to having you again another time.
star-5
Great event
shaneferry01
, Aug 2022
Trip was great, saw plenty of whales and them breaching the surface. Recommend . Great for individuals and family.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Shane, Thank you for taking the time to leave a 5-star review of your Whale Watching Cruise. We are happy to hear that you got to see some amazing whale action.
star-4
Nice morning on water
Deborah_R
, Jul 2022
Whales surfacing around boat and researcher’s commentary were highlights. Poking a min 100 characters annoying!
star-5
How caring the staff were...
Jan_S
, Jul 2022
How caring the staff were as it was a rough trip, which we were advised it would be, and seeing a mum and her calf!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Jan, thank you for taking the time to leave a 5-star review of your Whale Watching Cruise. Seeing a mum and her calf is definitely a special experience. We are glad we could share that moment with you.
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star-5
Wonderful whales
Scott_S
, Jul 2022
Even though weather wasn’t good it was still a fabulous experience and all crew where very helpful and nice..a perfect way to spend a few hours watching these majestic creature’s.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Scott, thank you for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the whales and our crew were there to assist you.
star-4
Absolutely amazing
Elizabeth_B
, Jul 2022
We got to see the new baby whale named Humphrey , only one week old with mum, and splashing around playing
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Elizabeth, thank you for leaving a review. Humphrey the humpback has to be the cutest baby name ever! We are delighted to hear you got to experience that special moment. We look forward to having with you again in the future, Warm regards,
star-5
Magnificent
Kerie_S
, Jul 2022
Seeing the whales they are such awesome creatures. That was my third trip on sea world cruises. I love it how the whales come and entertain us.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Kerie, thank you for this magnificent review! The whales sure do love putting on a show for our guests. We are glad they were just as amazing on your third trip!
star-5
Great experience seeing...
Shukla_C
, Jun 2022
Great experience seeing so many whales close up. Staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommended.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Shulka, thank you for taking the time to leave a great review. We are happy to hear that the whales were curious and came close to the boat!
star-5
Amazing experience
Stephanie_B
, Jun 2022
What an amazing experience. The staff were so professional and friendly. Jill was so knowledgeable and lovely and gave the kids a blanket when they were cold. We were lucky to see a whale breach several times and nearly the whole time out there got sightings of a whale. The kids (2 and 8) loved it. Just make sure you rug up even during the day as it can get chilly
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Stephan, thank you for leaving a great review. Jill is so knowledgeable and we are happy to hear you enjoyed her commentary. It sounds like an amazing whale watching experience. We look forward to having you with us again next season.
star-5
Great day out
Kerrie_N
, Jun 2022
Amazing day saw heaps of whales that cam up close to the boat and staff were great very friendly and helpful and accommodating.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Kerrie, We love this wonderful 5-star review of your experience aboard our Whale Watching Cruise. We hope to see you travel with us again soon.
star-5
Must do when it’s whale season 🐳
Naomi_T
, Jun 2022
I booked last minute as I heard the whales were in the bay….. the booking was easy. the staff and the crew weee very helpful….. there was a lady on board who gave a brilliant talk about the whales…. And the whales…..one of the best experiences I have ever had…..
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Naomi, Wow! That sounds like the greatest last-minute decisions ever! We are so happy to know that you loved our Whale Watching Cruise and enjoyed the commentary from our awesome marine biologist, Laura. We look forward to seeing you again sometime soon, Warm regards, Nikki
star-5
Whales are WOW
Mary_C
, Jun 2022
Seeing 3 whales. Mum, yearling and escort. It was magic when some dolphins came to play with the little one.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Mary, That sounds like a magical experience to see a mother and her yearling. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your time aboard our Whale Watching Cruise. Warm regards, Nikki
star-4
Great sightings
Jan
, Jun 2022
We saw 4 lazy whales, excellent views of them. I was hoping for more information on whales. I guess, from a Sea World tour, I was expecting more detail about whale biology and behavior.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Jan, Thank you for your feedback on your experience aboard our Whale Watching Cruise. We have marine experts aboard our cruises who share their knowledge through commentary and answering passenger questions. We'll let them know that you'd love even more facts about whales and their behaviour. Warm regards, Nikki
star-4
Awesome
Ann_W
, Sep 2021
Seeing the whales I have waited 5 years to do this the staff where amazing and the captain was very amusing we all had a truely amazing day The only thing I would say is that if you have to cancel times give the people more time
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi Ann_W, Thank you so much for letting us know about your recent whale watching experience with Sea World Cruises. It sounds like you had a wonderful cruise with us and your feedback is highly appreciated! We are sorry that your tour was canceled, We try our best to notify customers in a timely manner, through all forms of contact details available to us. As this tour is an open water activity, we are subject to weather and sea conditions. We do not take our cancellations lightly, and our customers safety is our utmost priority. Skippers will make their decision the day before the tour at 4pm when the latest and reliable forecast is issued by the Bureau of Meteorology. Thank you again Hope to see you again soon!:)
star-5
Great day, despite the weather.
Suong_D
, Sep 2020
Such an amazing experience. The team were very knowledgeable and welcoming. We got to see a mother and calf within the first five minutes! Baby was very entertaining and showing off for an awesome amount of time. Then we managed to see several other pods. Such majestic creatures. Will definitely do this again :D
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
They're amazing animals and to see them up close is awe-inspiring. We still find it amazing and we get to see them every day! :) Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us and we hope to see you again.
star-4
The whale breaching
Dorothy_P
, Jul 2020
Excellent experience the whales displayed lots of behaviours- very lucky to see. Skipper was great too.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
We're happy to hear you enjoyed your cruise with us. Please don't hesitate to get in touch to let us know if we missed the mark on anything. We look forward to seeing you onboard again sometime.
star-5
Amazing!
lauraes2019
, Sep 2019
Was incredible to see so many different whales in their natural habitat. Staff and guides were very helpful and full of interesting information and made overall experience that much more enjoyable. Would definitely recommend this tour for anyone interested in whale watching... you won’t be disappointed!
star-5
Super Whale Watching Review
Sue_B
, Aug 2019
My Whale Watching experience was fantastic. The staff were great and helpful and the experience was amazing. Well worth the trip.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your expertise with us! Always great to hear our passenger enjoyed their time! Hope to see you again!

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