4.5 star rating: Recommended 21 Reviews

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  • Location: Gold Coast, Australia
  • Duration:  3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Half-Day Whale Watching and Canal Cruise from the Gold Coast. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

We both loved it. Excellent value for money and would not hesitate to do it again.

** You need to update your directions. The tour no longer leaves from the wharf you directed us to but it is now easier to pick up your tickets from the main booth.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

The experience we had was amazing. We saw a whale breaching and a pod of about 30 - 40 dolphins which followed the boat. The crew were just as excited to see the large number of dolphins. They were also very informative regarding the habits of the whales and dolphins.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2013

This was an amazing trip. We were lucky enough to see 3 pods of whales including mother and performing baby. Out of this world.. Maybe not for the feint hearted re sailing. It was quite a journey, but we expected that so weren't bothered. Wouldn't have missed it for anything. tried to see the whales off South island new Zealand on my last trip "Down Under" but boats weren't going out as it was too rough! Heaven only knows what that might have been like had we gone! this trip was well worth the money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

Extremely friendly well informed a happy staff, great morning out, saw lots of whales and had a wonderful morning on the high seas !!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

It started with a slow leisurely cruise down the river and then into the adventurous choppy waters of the pacific ocean. We were lucky to see 2 breaches. At one point of time the whales came very close to our boat. Simply breathtaking and an adventure not to be missed.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

A great 3 1/2 hour tour in the sea. Simply Amazing! So many whales were dancing around us.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2012

Extremely informative. Although the whales weren't doing particularly photogenic stuff, we did get some good sights and it was rather impressive. The guide was knowledgeable and the free tea was nice.
The departure point was easy to find and we enjoyed learning about the owners of the expensive houses on the waterfront as we passed them.
The tour offered good value for money; after all, I booked it because it was the cheapest one I could find, and upon booking, the US-based call centre operator (we did a next-day booking) was really friendly, great to deal with. The option to pay in either AUD and GBP was a nice touch too.
Literally, the only negative thing I can think of is that the skipper opined that global warming was a myth. Overall, an extremely good experience and I would recommend to friends and family and readers here.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2012

super relaxing looking at the deep blue seas and blue bodies of the humpbacks. on the previous day, the orator-on-board mentioned 7 sightings. we had endless sightings you would never believe whales are facing extinction, plus, 2 breach (whale jumped COMPLETELY) out of the water.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2011

Absolutely fantasic trip. The skipper had everything very well organized. The skipper and co gave fantastic commentary and even a tour guide of the local waterfront houses on the way out of the river. My family enjoyed the experienc and would do it again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2010

I've been wanting to go whale watching for as long as I can remember. Finally had an opportunity to do it this year. One of the best experiences I've had. Cruising down the Nerang river the Skipper had some very entertaining and informative commentary. Wasn't quite sure what to expect once we hit the open water.. Once we got out there all eyes were peeled to spot our first whale. We were less than 15 minutes in the open water before we spotted our first whale.. unbelievable!! There were cheers all round. There were 2 whales not from our boat, One was a juvenile, both breaching and carrying on it was almost as if they were showing off for us. They seemed to enjoy the attention. Swimming up to our boat, so close it felt like you could almost reach out and touch them. Loved it, loved it, loved it!! Would definitely recommend it to anyone. Very professional and friendly crew which made the experience even more enjoyable, will be sure to book a whale watching trip with you guys again next year :)

Gay R
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2009

Indescribable! I had a marvelous time! I have been recommending your tour to everyone. Thank you so much for a lovely time.

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2013

My parents really enjoyed the trip thanks, will do it again for sure, thanks again

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2013

Fantastic day out! We saw many whales and other marine life.

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2012

Rough weather and seas, but the trip was okay. Saw plenty of whale activity, a couple of breaches, tails, awesome. I'd do it again at the $76 price, wouldn't do it again for $90 odd.

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