Sydney Whale Watching
The Wildlife Experience of a Lifetime!
About the trip
The cruise begins on the beautiful Sydney Harbour, with a choice of departing from either - The Manly Yacht Club or the Rose Bay Ferry Wharf. Join us for an intimate experience with the humpback whales off Sydney. We offer whale watching afternoons 5 days a week during the months of June, July, August and September (covering both the Northern and Southern Migration). Once we have all guests on board, we will head out through the Heads, out to about 3 nautical miles off shore to find the whales.
It is really an awe inspiring sight when the whales come out to play - you'll have a whale of a time with PRO DIVE
* Fast Whale Watching boat
* Small groups
* Personal service
* Afternoon Tea
* Experienced guides
* Convenient pick up locations and times
* 3.5 hour whale watching experience
* Great success rate
During Winter over 5000 Humpbacks Whales make the long journey from the Antarctic to migrate north past New Zealand and into Australia's northern coastal waters. They are heading north to mate and give birth in the waters of the Coral Sea. At this time of year they tend to swim constantly north at 4-5 knots (5-9km/h) and will have regular surface intervals. The migrating population is named the Group 5 Southern Hemisphere Humpback whale population. At this time the whales are utilizing the Inshore Northern current to assist them on the way north. This current is usually found only within 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) of the coast, so most of the migrating population will pass within this distance. This is the easiest time for shore based spotters to see the full population of humpback whales passing by the Sydney coast as they head north. Often on the Northern migration, especially when the currents are strong close to shore, a Humpback pod may enter the Harbor for a short time. Normally they will leave again within a few short hours and will rarely venture far from the Harbor entrance.
* Tail Slapping
* Mugging (approaching boats to inspect them)
Southern Right Whales, Minke Whales, False Killer Whales, Killer Whales and Pilot Whales will pass the coast at various times, as well as Migaloo, a rare male white Humpback that has been sighted off the east coast of Australia almost every year since 1991, so keep your eye out for him! Sperm Whales are present of the coast of Sydney but tend to stay near the edge of the continental shelf over 20 nautical miles (37 km) to sea, so are not often seen close to shore.
Large and small pods of Common and Bottlenose Dolphins are quite common on the Sydney Coastline and you may find them surfing the boats wake.
Please note that whales are wild creatures and we cannot always guarantee sightings.