Hervey Bay Whale Watching Cruise

Hervey Bay Whale Watching Cruise

4 hours Urangan, Australia

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Watch whales dive and play on a whale-watching cruise from Hervey Bay. Cruising in a catamaran specially designed for whale watching, enjoy  encounters with majestic humpback whales from the viewing platform or underwater windows. Get more out of your wildlife encounter with experienced staff to guide you, and hear a detailed commentary about whales and their marine environment.

Step onto your specially designed whale-watching catamaran and set sail from Hervey Bay.

Listen to an expert's commentary as you head out to sea and scan the water for whales. See whales in their natural environment from a choice of two vantage points. Watch from inside the boat through the underwater viewing windows, or head to the boat's unique outdoor platform for unforgettable views.

Your air-conditioned catamaran is equipped with hydrophones so you can hear the whales sing, and the multilingual staff can provide whale information in six languages.

Smaller kids keep busy with toys and activities provided on board, and you can take home a free whale-watching DVD.

Enjoy tea and coffee with biscuits and cake on the trip out, and an antipasto platter to share on the return trip home. You can also buy drinks from the licensed bar (own expense).

Whale sightings are guaranteed, so if you don't spot any whales you can enjoy a return Hervery Bay whale-watching cruise on a different day for free!

Stop At:

• Tasman Venture - Day Tours, Buccaneer Drive Great Sandy Straits Marina, Hervey Bay, Queensland 4655 Australia
• Fraser Island, Fraser Island, Fraser Coast, Queensland
• Hervey Bay, Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast, Queensland
• Fraser Island, Hervey Bay, Queensland Australia


  • Live commentary on board
  • Morning or afternoon tea
  • Activities for children (toys, coloring books, DVDs)


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Great Sandy Straits Marina Urangan Hervey Bay, 17 Buccaneer Dr, Urangan QLD 4655, Australia

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum number 10 passengers
  • As this is a cruise please dress appropriately for cooler weather
  • Additional food and drinks are available on board at additional costs
  • Guaranteed whale sightings or enjoy a return cruise on a different day for free
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • To comply with the social distancing rules specific for COVID 19 you will notice that we have implemented maximum passenger numbers for each of the spaces around the vessel. These maximum numbers are identified by posters in each of these areas. Additionally, during the whale watching season, whale watching viewing circle dots will be marked around the deck s. These dots will be spaced a minimum of 1.5m apart. Each dot will allow for up to 2 persons from a family group to stand in that space (for example one adult and one child from the same family may stand on the same dot). Please note that the number of dots does NOT equal the maximum passengers for each area but are there as a guide to help you choose a safe distance between yourself and other passengers. For the safety of all onboard we ask that you adhere to these restriction
  • You will be asked to use our hand sanitizer station when boarding the vessel. Additionally, other hand sani tizer stations will be set up at key entry and exit points of the vessel and you will be encouraged to use these throughout the tour.
  • We are abiding by the laws in place and will ask questions on arrival which may impact your ability to travel you must not have travelled to australia from overseas within the past 14 days, You must not have travelled to a 'hot-spot' in the last 14 days nor can you have either contracted or been in contact with someone who is Covid-positive
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 58 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands


17 Reviews

Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews

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Paris2015 July 2020

We saw whales... The best was the whale song, how special that we were able to experience this. Our tour was early in the season, so a small amount of whales was in line with expectation. The staff were very professional, knowledgeable and safety conscious.

Bradly P July 2019

The Viator team on board were really friendly, Specifically Catie always with a smile and helped with so much information about Harvey Bay and Fraser Island. This is the second time we did the whale watching tour and will come again next year.

Brian N August 2017

We'd been on whale watching tours before - specifically looking for Orcas off Vancouver Island, Canada.

This Hervey Bay Tasman cruise was a whole different ballgame and a whole level up in both professionalism and overall experience.

From the moment we boarded to the point we left the boat, everything was handled so well - including getting involved in the annual Hervey Bay 'blessing of the fleet' festival - an amazing coincidence and experience.

The boat crew were incredibly knowledgeable, knowing where to locate the various pods of humpback whales and during each encounter providing detailed and professional commentary throughout. Think we learned more about whales in general in one afternoon than we'd ever known before. Each pod encounter became ever more special, culminating in multiple 'surface breaches' and a 'fin slapping' session at sunset - some lo-res pics posted here to give you an idea! Whales and commentary aside, if you like free food and drink then the crew provided everything needed to keep both hungry folk happy and kids entertained too if needed.

In summary, a superb highly professional outfit offering one of the best encounters with these magical creatures as you're ever likely to get.

csankitajoshi October 2016

The crew made sure that we saw some amazing whales. One of the crew members gave commentary / information on the whale migration, behaviour, etc. Overall, a great trip and wonderful experience.

Sandra R October 2016

Staff were very friendly, helpful and informative. Wonderful experience

Kalani September 2016

Magnificent whales! Knowledgeable and helpful staff. Well worthwhile.

YienP n August 2016

Amazing experience and thanks to Tasman Venture for making it an unforgettable trip for us!

Gail T October 2015

Saw lots of exciting whales, very nice staff and overall very fun day!

julie September 2015

The cruise was wonderful the staff were very friendly and made everyone feel very welcome and comfortable if they were sick. My children had the best experience possible of watching the whales. I would highly recommended this company to any of my friends that are wanting to go whale watching from Hervey bay.

Eileen T August 2015

We had a wonderful experience. It was both relaxing and exciting. Would recommend to anyone

Timea K August 2015

It was amazing!

Greg B September 2014

Outstanding, great value and fantastic commentary from the crew

Timothy T August 2014

So good we decided to go again a couple of days later. Saw the Whales up close many more Whales than we had previously seen in Maui. Vicky and Carl were very informative. A great day out not to be missed whilst in Hervey Bay.

Kay B August 2014

Went on morning whale watching tour and it was so good we had to go again in the afternoon. Amazing experience with heaps whales and dolphins all preforming close to our boat. Incredible day out and thank you to the crew. Food was amazing too.

tracie.contini October 2020

The Staff were eager and happy to make the tour enjoyable and friendly... kept us informed and safe during our course leading up to the Whales.

Tau B January 2016

The team made sure we saw whales even though it was a rainy day and visibility was not the best. Very informative also. Great trip overall.

Anthony R August 2015

Great tour and got to see two different sets of whales,

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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