Each year thousands of Humpback Whales migrate along the eastern side of Australia. They migrate from their summer feeding grounds in Antarctica to their breeding grounds in Queensland. They then return to Antarctica for the summer. This brings them past Merimbula during the months September to November. We operate cruises during this time to take you out to spend some time with them and witness their amazing size and majesty.
Our Skippers are both very experienced and have a deep love and knowledge of whales. They enjoying sharing their passion for whales and are always happy to answer any questions you may have.
With a little help from our land based spotters we will hopefully have you with the whales in no time at all. The majority of the whales migrating past are Humpback whales but you may also have the chance 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.
Whilst all efforts will be made to ensure that your whale experience is an enjoyable one it is important to remember that these whales are wild animals. They do not perform on cue! A range of whale behaviours may be viewed including fluke up dives, tail slapping, pectoral fin slapping, spy hopping, breaching, tail throws. We are committed to minimising the disturbance that our whale watching cruises make to the whales we are watching.
This season we are excited to announce the launching of our new vessel ‘Sensational.’ Built by Woody Marine Fabrication in 2015 she is a fast, comfortable and economical RIB. 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!
She is powered by twin 350hp Yamaha outboards which are the most fuel efficient and low emission engines of their kind available. With this power she can get you out to the whales fast! Less time cruising and more time experiencing whales!
Comfortable shock reducing seating is available for all passengers and ensures a comfortable ride – even at speed! When we are with the whales you can stand up and move about the boat enabling some great photo opportunities. She also has an onboard waste treatment system with toilet and sink facilities.
Departure: Merimbula Marina, Public Jetty, Market Street, Merimbula, NSW.
All cruises depart on time, therefore we require you to arrive 15 minutes before departure.
Daily Departures September to November
This cruise will take you into the open ocean. We strongly recommend that you take sea sickness prevention tablets before boarding the boat. Please visit your chemist to discuss options available to you.
Whenever going to sea it is always best to be prepared for all weather eventualities:
Wear flat, covered shoes, bring warm clothing, wet weather jacket, hat, sunglasses, camera.
Bring any food you may like whilst on the cruise.
If you have any concerns about the weather please check our website and check your cruise status - www.merimbulamarina.com
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us (02) 6495 1686.