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Gold Coast Whale Watching Experience

  • Led by a marine biologist: Gain deeper insight into whale behavior
  • Guaranteed whale sighting or receive a complimentary second cruise
  • Includes a photo booklet to keep as a souvenir
Gold Coast Whale Watching Experience
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Gold Coast Whale Watching Experience
Spotting whales in their natural habitat can be tricky if you don't know where to look. Skip the guesswork on this whale-watching cruise, which guarantees you will see humpback whales as they migrate past the Gold Coast from May to October or you receive a complimentary second cruise. The tour is led by a marine biologist guide who is passionate about conservation and offers insights into whale behavior that enrich the experience. Includes morning tea and a photo booklet souvenir.
What to Expect

Daily departures between May and October from Mariner’s Cove Marina, in the heart of Main Beach. The safe and fully equipped 24 meter super catamaran is custom designed for Whale Watching, and features sensational 360º viewing from both lower and upper decks for kids and adults alike. On board, you’ll enjoy all the creature comforts that you would expect, such as complementary morning tea, a fully licensed bar, and toilets.

Within minutes of departure you'll see these majestic creatures as they embark on their annual migration along the east coast of Australia. This amazing journey is a truly captivating experience, as right before your very eyes these 40-ton Humpback Whales breach, wave their pectoral fins and slap their tails.

Your guides and crew are passionate about the conservation of the ocean giants, promoting awareness and education of Humpback Whales and their natural environment. Your 3 hour adventure will be guided by full commentary from your Marine Biologist, with your friendly and knowledgeable staff on board to answer any questions that you may have. With a 100% Whale Guarantee, you can cruise in comfort knowing that you will see the majestic Humpback Whales in their natural environment, or you will receive a free return cruise.

Join us for the journey of a lifetime - a memorable adventure to be shared with friends and family.

Reviews (274)
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Fun First time Experience of Seeing the Whales in Action!

The Whale Watching Cruise was a fantasy experience. It was our first time. While the cruise and the view in itself is fun, seeing the Whales in the open ocean is a different experience. We got reasonably good view of 2-3 groups of whales including...More

1  Thank Abhishek D
Spirit_of_Gold_Coast, Manager at Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello Abhishek D, Thank you for your great review. We are so glad to know that you had a fantastic experience on board Spirit, enjoying the Gold Coast Skyline and the beautiful Humpback Whales. Its amazing to see how active the babies can be, when...More

Reviewed 3 days ago
Great trip :)

I went to the morning Spirit of the Whale Tour and had a great time. There is tea and coffee and biscuits before the boat departs or there is soft drinks in cans but they are not included in the ticket price, but the can...More

Thank xxginamxx
Spirit_of_Gold_Coast, Manager at Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello "xxginamxx", Thank you for taking time to review your experience, we are so glad you enjoyed your morning out with Spirit. How lucky you are, to see a Mother and a Calf...Nature is just AMAZING isn't? Thank you again for all your compliments, hope...More

Reviewed 3 days ago

My husband and I joined the Captain and Crew for a Friday morning cruise. The crew were absolutely amazing and went out of their way to insure that everyone enjoyed their experience especially those poor passengers that were feeling the effects of being unwell. Thank...More

Thank Michael M
Spirit_of_Gold_Coast, Manager at Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Michael, Thank you so much for your kind review. Its great to hear you enjoyed your time on board Spirit watching the Humpback Whales in their natural environment. Its also great to hear your compliments towards our staff. They are definitely amazing and caring...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Four Playful Whales

It took ages to see any whales on Thur 4 Oct when we went out with Spirit of Gold Coast Whale-Watching. In fact, it was almost time for the boat to return. However, the wonderful crew stayed out longer, so we could enjoy watching a...More

Thank spb322
Spirit_of_Gold_Coast, Manager at Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello "spb322", Thank you so much for your feedback. We are glad to hear you and your granddaughter had a wonderful experience again. Mother Nature is very unpredictable but very surprising at the same time. Thank you for joining us again and hope to see...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
3 pods of whales were seen on our cruise

The crew were very helpful and informative about the cruise process and notified everyone very clearly about what to expect regards sea roughness and potential sea sickness. I didn't find the swells at all a problem although a number of passengers were affected. They told...More

Thank 58sheel
Spirit_of_Gold_Coast, Manager at Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello 58sheel, Thank you so much for your detailed review I'm sure other TripAdvisor members will appreciate that. We are so glad to know you enjoyed your day out watching Whales, Dolphins and the Gold Coast Skyline. Thank you for the comments about our crew...More

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Toy Sei S
6 August 2018|
Response from Suzie P | Reviewed this property |
I suggest you email Spirit directly or contact them through their Facebook page to check. I think the youngest child I saw was about 5 or 6 years old (maybe).