Come Whale Watching “without the crowds” from Mooloolaba
Mooloolaba now offers the best and closest thing to a private whale watching experience you will get anywhere ! As amazing as the whale watching can be in Harvey Bay, the Sunshine Coast is rapidly becoming “The GO-TO” destination for Whale Watching in South East Queensland. And for good reason! It offers the safest (and therefore most comfortable and reliable) Bar crossing between Brisbane and Gladstone. A stunning Bay with good protection from Fraser and Moreton Islands. All only an hour’s drive from Brisbane! So perfect a setting in fact, that Mooloolaba is now one of the few places in Australia, even the world, which offers swimming with the whales ( also referred to as snorkelling with the whales).
If you are looking for a totally personalised and near private whale watching trip, Sunshine Coast Afloat is your best choice! With a maximum of 23 passengers on a massive 55 foot boat, you will always get the perfect view!
Sure, it’s always amazing when you get to see the whales. But let’s face it, doing so while trying to catch a glimpse over the top of 2 or more people in front of you isn’t really that much fun. it can be difficult, sometimes near impossible to get that rail-side position on many whale watching operations. And understandably so, as many of these businesses make their living from that short period of time. The crowded boats have their place, but we feel that if we all loved being crowded with others that much, public transport would be WAY more popular! But the reality is that we all prefer our own space – like in our own car – whenever possible.
Sunshine Coast Afloat operates a wide range of activities allowing us to keep passenger numbers to the bare minimum. Our entire focus and goal is to give you a truly intimate encounter with these gentle giants of the ocean. You will always able to take pictures or video without the heads of other people in the way. Well, this whale watching tour is exactly what you are looking for! The luxury of no crowds. The ability to see the whales properly the way you imagined it should be!
Each year more and more whales take part in the annual Whale migration up the East Coast of Australia. (to be fair they do travel up the West Coast also!). The numbers are now reaching levels where amazing whale encounters are becoming far more common place when compared with only a few years ago. Local whale watching companies such a Whale One have long had this market almost exclusively to themselves, and have done an amazing job in promoting the Sunshine Coast, and Mooloolaba in particular as a whale watching destination hot spot. With the growing number of visitors to the Sunshine Coast, the number of operators is now also beginning to increase. New vessels and offerings are becoming more prevalent, and this can be linked directly to the increased number of whales and whale encounters. Sunshine Coast Afloat has taken a more niche approach to this large and growing market, with very personal select tours that offer the perfect blend of privacy, safety and professional knowledge. In fact, until recently Sunshine Coast Afloat had the only “High Speed” or “Extreme” Whale watching tour on offer!
This Whale Watching tour uses Crusader 1. A large, open deck vessel which allows easy full walk around access. Even to the bow of the boat, where you can often watch the dolphins play and follow our path. And watching the whales swim underneath you from there is an experience altogether special and unique! You WILL ALWAYS have that rail side position. Ready for that perfect photo or that unobstructed view. With a only small numbers of passengers at any time, our guests enjoy total visibility and proximity to whales, dolphins, as well as the many other kinds of marine life we encounter. And with undoubtedly the most up-close and close-to-the-water viewing decks of any whale watching vessel on the Sunshine Coast, this tour offers a very special and personal day out on the water with these inquisitive, majestic animals. Add to this our friendly and professional staff, and we can guarantee you will enjoy an incredible day of whale watching. Come and get up close and personal with these gentle giants of the sea. Encounter pods of dolphins and turtles that are regular sightings here on the Sunshine Coast.
Humpback whales are not only beautiful but also playful and curious creatures. You will be in awe of the spectacular breaching, close encounters, magical songs and tail slapping. Seeing whales in the wild is always an amazing, awe-inspiring experience. We are all hoping for one of those “Super amazing” trips where the whales “Mug” the boat and often make it difficult for the boat to even leave the area. Our customers are, understandably, always waiting in anticipation for that something extra special. That moment or display that will instantly last in their memories forever. You know, a so-called ‘bucket-list’ experience. And, more often than you would think, that’s exactly what happens. But, those amazing moments are so special for a reason. They don’t happen ALL the time. But whale watching is not just about the close-up special or magic moments.
It’s about getting out on the water and seeing – regardless if the whales want to come really up close or decide to stay a bit further away, the astonishing marine wildlife that makes this planet truly wondrous! Some of our most amazing moments, when time seemed like it stood still, were when something amazing was happening a couple of hundred meters from the boat. A mother calling her calf with massive tail slaps on the water. The calf totally oblivious, playing and learning to breach ahead of our vessel in Mooloolaba Bay. Truly a moment that was so spectacular, so emotional or so unexpected, that everyone aboard felt extremely privileged to be in the area! Every year whale watching creates new magic moments. Moments we would love to share with you!
Please note- This tour operates from 1st July to 31st October only!
We include food platters, non-alcoholic drinks and if needed use of binoculars as part of the tour.
Alcohol can be purchased aboard from the 1st August 2017.
Please note that no funds will be deducted until we have been able to also confirm the availability of the requested charter. This because other impacts such as phone and agent bookings, weather and other unforeseen things could impact on the availability at the same time as you are requesting the charter online. Our Terms and conditions are available on this webpage ( Click here to view them now ) and will also be emailed to you as part of the booking confirmation.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||The Coast Guard Pontoon, 50 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba ( Sunshine Coast ), Queensland. Australia SEE MAPS BELOW|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive 30 minutes prior for a prompt departure.|
|RETURN TIME||Varies based on departure time. Tour is 3 hours long.|
|WEAR||Comfortable clothing, enclosed shoes, hat and sunglasses. Bring a rain jacket just in case. Don’t forget your CAMERA! Alcohol is on a BYO basis.|
The “Coast Guard & Boat Ramp” Pontoon (located between the 2 boat ramps),
51 Parkyn Parade Mooloolaba Qld.
(Click on the RED
icon on the above map for more information)
We depart from the “Coast Guard & Boat Ramp” Pontoon. (Pontoon is located between the 2 boat ramps).
For a GPS use 51 Parkyn Parade Mooloolaba Qld. These are the units across the road from the ramp.
Please DO NOT park your car in the Boat trailer areas here but rather find a park along Parkyn Parade where parking is free and unlimited in time. Cars parked incorrectly in the Boat ramp car park are likely to be towed.
Once parked please wait at the top of the ramp to the pontoon until instructed by the crew that it is safe to come down the ramp and board the vessel.
Please do not wait on the pontoon itself as the crew will be mooring the vessel on its arrival and we safety is paramount for all.