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Whale Watching by Sea World Cruises

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Snacks

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Sea World Cruises, Sea World Cruises Sea World, 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

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • 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

Cancellation Policy

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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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Q: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

Q: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

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58 reviews
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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… of the best experiences I have ever had…..
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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!:)
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
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.
The whale breaching
Dorothy_P, Jul 2020
Excellent experience the whales displayed lots of behaviours- very lucky to see. Skipper was great too.
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.
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!
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.
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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