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  • Purpose-built whale watching vessel
  • 3 levels of viewing decks
  • Only 20 minutes to the whales
  • Departs from Sea World
  • Knowledgeable crew

Sea World Cruises Whale Watching

Whale Watching Cruise from Sea World

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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 Cruises Main Beach Terminal at 9am, 12pm 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.

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Note

  • Kaiala departures: 8:00am, 11:00am and 2:00pm daily
  • Spirit of Migaloo II departures: 9:00am, 12:00pm and 3:00pm daily
  • Departures are seasonal and subject to change

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. Please contact operator to upgrade.

Highlights

  • Watch the Humpback Whales at play against the spectacular backdrop of Surfers Paradise
  • Knowledgeable crew
  • Purpose-built new boat for Gold Coast sea conditions
  • Onboard 3D virtual tour displayed on big screens
  • Uninterrupted grandstand views from 3 spacious viewing platforms

Time

  • Tours depart daily from early June to early November
  • 9am, 12pm and 3pm tours with vessel "Spirit of Migaloo II" (Boat capacity 190 pax)
  • Additional departure times running at 8am, 11am and 2pm tours with vessel "Kaiala" (Boat capacity 80 pax)
  • Departures are seasonal and subject to change
  • Departing from the Sea World Cruises Main Beach Terminal, located in the car park outside of Sea World, 130 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach

Departure Location

  • Departing from the Sea World Cruises Main Beach Terminal, located in the car park outside of Sea World, 130 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
  • Infants and children are welcome with responsible adult supervision.
  • 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

  • Booking changes and cancellations are available without penalty up to 24 hours before departure. Within 24 hours, 100% of the fare is forfeited. For groups of 10 or more, 72 hours notice is required.
  • All cruises are weather, minimum passenger number, and Queensland Health advisory dependent
  • In the unlikely event of a cancellation by the operator, you will be provided with a full refund (excluding gift vouchers) or a 12-month credit to use towards another cruise
  • The operator reserves the right to substitute the vessel or change the itinerary without notice
  • All return times are approximate
  • Conditions of Travel may vary if you have booked with a travel agent as your booking is subject to their terms and conditions
  • For more information, please visit the operator's website
  • Due to Covid-19 and government regulations, some tours may operate with reduced capacity. Should your booking be impacted by this, the operator will move your booking to an alternative tour or time

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 Cruises Whale Watching 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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Wai Ting Lau 2 weeks ago
Very good experience!! Loads of whales and the captain and crew were hilarious, learned so much information of humpback whales from them. Highly recommend for families or animal lovers! Remember to take seasick pills if you are unsure how you gonna be on the sea, loads of people got sick on the boat.
Very good experience
Wai Ting Lau 2 weeks ago

Very good experience!! Loads of whales and the captain and crew were hilarious, learned so much information of humpback whales from them. Highly recommend for families or animal lovers! Remember to take seasick pills if you are unsure how you gonna be on the sea, loads of people got sick on the boat.

We had the best day celebrating a friend’s birthday on board SOMII
Adam Munro 2 weeks ago

We had the best day celebrating a friend’s birthday on board SOMII! From the moment we walked through the doors, May have us such a warm welcome and was the happiest and friendliest worker I’ve come across all year! The whole team were fantastic. It was a quieter day of whales yet we were so lucky to get a massive breach right in front of us so close to the boat. With plenty of inquisitive and acrobatic dolphins, interesting commentary and beautiful weather, the day was made! They even let our sick friend sit in the captain's chair and the team made a shoutout for our friends birthday. 10/10 highly recommend for all ages and interests!

Great sunny day
Jitka Bohacikova 1 month ago

Great sunny day. The boat was super clean and the crew was awesome. Asking all the time how we going (I travelled with child). We were offered sea sickness tablets as well. The captain explained and told us a lot about whales. We saw three whales. Great experience.

Was an amazing day out
Patricia Singh 2 months ago

Was an amazing day out. We saw so many whales as well as dolphins. The boat was very clean and the staff were polite, friendly, and helpful. I highly recommend doing the Sea World Cruises Whale Watching cruise.

Nice comfortable seating on the new vessel and informative commentary by the captain
Coko Han 2 months ago

Nice comfortable seating on the new vessel and informative commentary by the captain. Staff all very friendly and made sure to follow the whales and get as close as possible. Saw some spectacular breachings and tail slaps. Quite a few whales about. Overall a good experience.

It was a wonderful once in a lifetime experience
Caseyanne Pope 3 months ago

It was a wonderful once in a lifetime experience. A staff member Doug did an amazing job where we were sitting looking after people who were seasick. We saw 2 whales do breach and fluke moves, got some great snaps, it was great having a bar with light meals and beverages too.

The venue was easy to find and reception staff were very friendly
Leonie Preisig 3 months ago

The venue was easy to find and reception staff were very friendly. Our captain (Wayne) and the crew gave us a warm welcome as we boarded the boat which was clean, comfortable and well equipped. The whole experience was amazing from the start to end. We had some very knowledgeable crew and got right up close to 3 whales and a pod of dolphins. Absolutely recommend this experience.

Awesome trip
Adrian Muhs 3 months ago

Awesome trip, crew, experience n got up close to the whales, plenty of whales to see and look out for, perfect day, staff were friendly and knowledgeable, the ship was quick and clean, went out in the deep blue ocean and loved it, was nice n calm, booking was really simple easy and quick.

Friendly efficient staff - boat in excellent condition
Elaine Le Flay 4 months ago

Friendly efficient staff - boat in excellent condition. All water and COVID safety and seasickness issues covered. When we found whales - a knowledgeable commentary given with humour! An enjoyable experience for children and adults. We would recommend your company and definitely use it again ourselves.

What a fabulous experience
Elise Dunning 4 months ago

What a fabulous experience! We saw a few whales, unfortunately, no breaches though. Also a huge turtle and some dolphins. The Sea World team were very professional and informative. We will definitely be back to do some more Whale Watching again one day.

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