We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Coffs Harbour Whale Watch Experience

Coffs Harbour Whale Watch Experience
From US$47.10
Check Availability
  • Overview
  • What to Expect
  • Important Information
  • Reviews
  • Q&A
Select Date and Travellers
8:30am DepartureMost Popular
Coffs Harbour whale watching cruise departing 8:30am
11:00am Departure
Coffs Harbour whale watching cruise departing 11:00am
Experience the excitement of cruising with Humpback whales during their migration through the pristine Solitary Island Marine Park. We take only 23 passengers aboard "Pacific Explorer", ensuring you have ample opportunity to see the whales up close and personal. This is our 23rd year of continuous operation, so we have the experience and knowledge of how to maximise your time with the whales. Whale watching is our passion and this is best shared with small passenger groups, where you have freedom to move about the wide deck, uninterrupted 360 degree viewing, no restrictive seating and no crowds.

Cruises are 2 hrs, departing from Coffs Harbour International Marina.
As we locate whales from headlands prior to each cruise, we generally have whales near the boat within 15 minutes of leaving the harbour.
What to Expect
Cruises operate daily from June to November annually. 
Departure point - “E” finger, Coffs Harbour International Marina, Marina Drive, Coffs Harbour (Eastern end)

Cruise Frequency: Cruises operate every day and are only influenced by weather and sea conditions

Cruise Times - 
Morning Cruise: 8:30am – 10:00am.
Note: This cruise is very popular as we find the whales more responsive in the morning as well as favourable cruising conditions
Noon Cruise: 11:00am – 12:30pm
Afternoon Cruise: Subject to demand and weather conditions

Passengers need to arrive 15 minutes before the cruise is due to depart and will be required to register on board.

Refreshments: Tea, coffee, cordial, water, cake and biscuits are served on each cruise.

Why choose Whale Watch Experience

Our Boat "Pacific Explorer"
Pacific Explorer was purpose built as a stable sea-going vessel and to a stronger, government regulated standard than conventional boats.

Whale Watch Experience and Pacific Explorer have a perfect safety record.

Having a wide hull and low centre of gravity Pacific Explorer has reduced rocking and rolling motion, which helps as you move about the boat and with taking photos.

Whilst we specialise in smaller, more comfortable passenger numbers per cruise, on average we take approximately 2000 guests whale watching each year, on 100 cruises.

Our guests have ranged from 8 weeks to 96 years and we welcome passengers with disabilities as much as possible.

Success Rate
Over the last 3 seasons we have had a 100% success rate at finding whales and our average over the last decade is 98%

Sea and Weather Conditions
Above all else, your safety and enjoyment is paramount to us and we will not compromise that to cruise when we believe weather or sea conditions are not favourable.
Reviews (6)
1 - 5 of 6 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Had a whale of a time.

We had a whale of a time with Lee, Greg and Mack the dog. Thanks to Lee and Gregs' experience and knowledge plus Macks' uncanny sense of where the whales were, we had plenty to see, nothing was too much trouble for the crew and...More

Thank David L
Reviewed 14 August 2018
Fantastic Hosts

Had a great 2hr adventure although the seas were choppy. Very stable craft and excellent friendly hosts. We saw whales and turtles and even got a little wet ! But all in all and excellent tour !

Thank blinky58
Reviewed 10 August 2018
Relaxing trip - season lull

This whale season started early with a few still going south and a few starting to come back north. Hopefully more sightings as more start coming north. The catamaran was very nice but don't expect to sail. They have to motor which is a bit...More

1  Thank Penny D
Reviewed 4 August 2018
Amazing Experience

It was an amazing experience as we could see whales. We were in a catamaran and it was fun. The captain of the catamaran and Lee the tour guide were friendly and lovely people.

Thank wen5371
Reviewed 23 June 2018
The Best

The catamaran, the staff, the experience. Absolutely the best. We booked Pacific Explorer whilst we were travelling down the south coast. The company were fantastic, the staff so relaxed and knowledgeable. I love the fact that they don't over book the vessel, so that everyone...More

2  Thank heatherrollo
View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Coffs Harbour Whale Watch Experience staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines