Whale Watching Charters
The Sapphire Coast is one of the few places in the world you can see whales feed during their migration.
Whale watching charters sail from Eden and Merimbula and you can be among the pods within minutes of leaving port.
The number of whales to our waters have been increasing each year and the season is getting longer. The best time of the year to see them is from September to late November, when they are south bound for Antarctica with their young.
Shearwaters also undertake their migration at this time, and have the longest migration of any bird in the world. Other marine life include resident seals, dolphins and penguins.
Cat Balou Cruises
Tours range from two hours to 3.5 hours, from discovering Twofold Bay to exploring the coastal wildnerness all the way to Green Cape Light House.
Whale watching cruises begin in mid September, continuing each morning until late November.
Owner operators since 1987, Ros and Gordon Butt are NSW’s most experienced whale watching operators and offer daily whale watching cruises from mid September until late November with a 99% success rate of seeing whales.
It is mainly Humpback whales seen on their southern migration but there is also a chance of seeing other species of whales along with dolphins, seals and a variety of seabirds. Cat Balou has a hydrophone onboard to enable passengers to listen to whales singing. Throughout the year Cat Balou also offer a Twofold Bay Cruise which highlights the history, industries and natural beauty of this whaling port plus a good chance of seeing dolphins & seals.
Cat Balou is a 15mt catamaran with optimum viewing and inside seating for all passengers in case of inclement weather. A live, informative commentary is given on all cruises. All cruises depart from Snug Cove, Eden which has direct ocean access with no sand bar crossings.
Cat Balou Cruises has a boatload of awards, including the South Coast Tourism Hall of Fame and Ecotourism Winner and is consistently recognised for excellence by Trip Advisor.
Bookings are essential.
Headland Charters – Merimbula
Going fishing with Headland Charters is a real adventure for young and old, if you have never fished before or you are a pro, we will take good care of you.
You’ll be fishing on the best boat in town with personal service guaranteed. Jadele II, in full maritime survey for 12 passengers and 2 crew, is available for share charters or exclusive hire. Reef, game, shark, king fishing and whale watching (in season). Also scenic coastal cruises.
On-board toilet. BYO food and drink. No fishing licence is required. All fishing gear and bait supplied and all fish are cleaned for you.
Join Richard & Helen Buckingham aboard the 11.6 metre ‘Connemara’ for a personalised charter limited to just 12 passengers.
Freedom Charters are specialists in catering to unique needs, and regular clientele include bird watchers, whale researchers and fishermen.
During whale watching season in spring you can enjoy guaranteed three hour whale watching including a homemade pastries and refreshments and free entry to the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery.
Contact Helen and Richard for details on family deals.
Merimbula Marina, Ocean Adventure Tours
Merimbula Marina operates multiple cruises each day during September to November. A family owned and operated business, they believe in responsible and respectful whale watching practices. They have a deep love of the ocean and all its amazing creatures and enjoy sharing this with passengers.
True Blue has been operating from Merimbula for over 10 years. She is a 16 metre Super Sea Cat with three unobstructed 360 degree viewing decks to whale watch from. She has both indoor and outdoor seating and onboard toilets. Live and informative whale commentary and morning or afternoon tea is provided. You are also likely to see other whales like Southern Rights, Minkes, Bryde’s, Blue and Orcas and marine life like dolphins, sea turtles, Australian Fur Seals, a bounty of sea birds and more from the boat.
Enjoy peace of mind with a money back guarantee that whales with be sighted on your cruise –please check the website for full details.
Launched in May 2015 “Sensational” is the Sapphire Coast’s newest and fastest whale watching experience! She is a fast, economical eco-RIB.
Get out to the whales fast and spend more time with them! Licensed to carry 20 passengers plus crew ensuring you a more personalised and intimate experience with the whales. With real 360 degree water level viewing this vessel allows you to get up close and personal with the whales!
Check out the daily photos and whale reports Facebook. Like our page and download photos taken from your cruise for free!
If whale watching is not your thing then why not try one of our NEW: 45min Sensational Beaches Blast trips. This high speed adventure is an awesome way to see Merimbula’s coastline whilst having a blast!
Outside of whale season take a Marine Discovery Tours, and see the region’s spectacular coastline and amazing wildlife.
Fishing Charters for the beginner to experienced anglers also available year round.
Book now by phoning (02) 6495 1686 or online www.merimbulamarina.com
Sail with whales on the Pelican 1 at Bermagui
Experience whale watching under sail aboard the 19m Pelican 1, at Bermagui. The 19-metre sailing catamaran and her crew specialise in marine research and education all around Australia, including studies on Blue and Sperm Whales. Bermagui is her home port and she’s a familiar sight during whale watching season.
Tours begin September 24, with 3 hour trips daily at 9am. You can help to sail the catamaran, or relax on the covered deck with a drink as the coastline slips away.
Bookings are essential, cost is $60 per person, $50 per concession (includes a light morning tea).
All proceeds support Pelican’s environmental work.
Bermagui Whale Watching Charters
Enjoy Bermagui’s spectacular bays and coastline during a whale watching cruise aboard the 42 foot Randall, fishbermi.com.
The cruise includes a half day exclusive whale watching charter from Bermagui Harbour on board the 42 foot Randall, fishbermi.com, and a fish and chips meal. Up to 4 hours, morning or afternoon.
$499 for family or group up to 5 people. $59 per additional person.
To book please phone Bermagui Bait and Tackle on 02 6493 5444.
Fishpen Charters – Merimbula
Departures daily from Merimbula’s iconic Mitchie’s Jetty, get onboard the ultimate fishing adventure!
We cater for the novice to the experienced fisher, specialising in reef and fun-filled family trips. Broadbill is a fully-surveyed stable vessel with experienced and friendly skippers. Your catch is cleaned and ready for the pan!
During September, October and November the annual migration of the mighty humpback whales takes place just off the coast of Merimbula, an encounter with these truly awesome creatures is an experience that will not be easily forgotten on board Broadbill.
Trips depart from Mitchies Jetty on Fishpen Road.
Your enjoyment and safety is our priority, therefore, we DO NOT fish in rough weather.