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Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise

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New South Wales, Australia

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Cruise the ocean waters off of Sydney to look for humpback and southern right whales as they migrate between Antarctica and the Great Barrier Reef from May to November. Your whale-watching experience starts out of Sydney Harbour and heads to the open ocean on a custom-built catamaran with large viewing windows and spacious decks that provide excellent sightlines. Often, dolphins, sea birds and other marine animals make an appearance during the nearly 2.5-hour whale-watching tour.
  • Whale-Watching Cruise through Sydney Harbour and on the Pacific Ocean
  • Experience the great migration of humpback and southern right whales
  • The open-air viewing decks provide great whale-watching opportunities
  • Enjoy the picturesque sights of Sydney Harbour on your way to the open ocean
Live commentary on board
Food and drinks (available to purchase)

Departure Point

Darling Harbour Wharf 2, New South Wales, Australia

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your catamaran at Darling Harbour and step on board your state-of-the-art whale-watching vessel for a stable and comfortable ride. Choose to station yourself outdoors on the large viewing decks or inside the all-weather cabin, protected from the elements.

Witness the migration that turns the Pacific Ocean waters near Sydney into a prime spot for viewing southern right and humpback whales between the months of May and November. As many as 15,000 whales swim past Sydney every year. If you’re lucky, you may see some of them breach, spout, slap their tails and fins, or even jump out of the water.

Listen to live onboard commentary from a naturalist who shares fascinating information about the whales, dolphins and other animals that you might see during almost three hours on the whale-watching cruise.

Bring your camera for photo ops of the marine life, and the Sydney skyline, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and the Heads.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • We recommend you have a light meal before and during the cruise and that you bring along some snacks and cold drinks (alcoholic beverages are not permitted)
  • Please dress appropriately and wear warm clothing. It will often feel cooler at sea
  • If you are susceptible to travel sickness, please bring the relevant medication
  • Whale Guarantee: If a whale is not sighted during your cruise, you'll be given the opportunity to cruise again for free
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Reconfirmation Hotline - Call +61-2-8062 3623 from 7.15am on the day of your cruise to confirm the cruise is going ahead. Cruises may be cancelled subject to weather conditions.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Not recommended for travelers 3 years and younger
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Captain Cook Cruises

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

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 Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise?
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 Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 80 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise.

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  • "Saw a whale but got blocked by overly zealous passengers, very choppy waters, dont go on a full stomach" See review

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Best experience ever
Vicky_K
, Jul 2020
We went whale watching for our first time and not only was it the best experience ever for us. I have to say the crew on the boat were Friendly and kind and Then we all got sea sick and they were so caring and checking up on us. I highly recommend this tour to any one Thank you vicky
star-5
Great day on a choppy sea
jslayland
, Nov 2019
Guide and captain were great, very knowledgeable about the whales. Saw 11 in total, would be great to go again on a calmer day.
star-1
Worse customer service and pricing. ad to call multiple times and low price guarantee is just a joke
Vijay M
, Nov 2019
Never experienced such worse customer service. Their prices are higher than locally advertised price and never willing to match the price even after pointing out the low price guaranteed offer! Customer service agent was rude and was arguing.
star-5
An out of this world experience!
mtanhe
, Nov 2019
We went on this tour with our two children. Despite the boat being very rocky in the open ocean, none of the passengers got seasick. Anticipation and excitement filled the boat and the entire experience was just amazing! By God's grace, we got to see not just one whale, but a mother whale teaching and/or playing with her calf. It was just out of this world!
star-5
Fantastic Experience
Exploration519022
, Oct 2019
We enjoyed this cruise very much. In all there must have been around four pods. They didn't disappoint, what a great trip.
star-5
Fabulous
Lizcassar
, Oct 2019
Absolutely loved it. Saw 5 whales even a baby. Thank you for the experience. Would highly recommend.
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Great day
Pat M
, Oct 2019
absolutely fantastic. Saw 4 whales in 1 pod who put on a show, Staff onboard caring and knowledgeable and just as thrilled as the passengers. Great day.
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Saw a whale
Sue3122
, Aug 2019
Saw a whale but got blocked by overly zealous passengers, very choppy waters, dont go on a full stomach
star-5
Awesome cruise
867maryami
, Aug 2019
One of the most interesting cruises I've ever been to. The staff were nice. They gave losts of information about the wales. We saw lots of amazing wales.
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The crew did a great job - the whales only partially
carlifly1
, Jul 2019
was a nice trip and the Crew did everything possible to get some nice views on whales. But there were not that many. Some other places around the world offer a much better experience. But if you want to go on a whale watching cruise in Sydney, I can recommend this one. Paid 72 AUD. If you book in advance at the booth or on the web, you should get specials at 55 AUD.

Product code: 3378WHALE

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