Sydney Whale-Watching by Speed Boat
Aboard the the fastest commercial vessel in Sydney, you'll get to the whales quicker than ever before. The completely open design of the vessel, along with its low position in the water, offers the only unparalleled, unobstructed and up close whale-watching experience.
Hold on tight as the vessel picks up speed and leaves Sydney Harbour to head offshore to migration routes of the humpback whales. Your driver will be in contact with the other vessels to find the livliest and most approachable whale pods. Once the whales are located you will cruise alongside the migrating pod while your driver outlines plenty of whale facts.
How far away offshore you are now will determine how long you can spend with the whale pod.
When it is time to head home you will be asked to take your seat again and hang on as you speed back to Sydney Harbour.
The passengers from Manly will be dropped back first. Then you will cruise back through the harbor to Circular Quay, hopefully with a memory stick full of photos of breaching whales.
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Wind/waterproof jackets
- Entry/Admission - Sydney Harbour
- Food and drinks
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- 48 hour cancellation/rescheduling policy applies
- Passengers must be 12 years old
- Passengers with back, neck, shoulder injuries or heart conditions, or those who are pregnant or who have injuries/conditions that may cause a risk to their health are not permitted to ride on the boat
- For directions to the departure location; type "Campbell's Cove Pontoon" into google.
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Most travelers can participate
- 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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 21 travelers
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Fast and bumpy but great. We saw lots of whales many close to us and some leaping out of the water
Great driver guide
This is an awesome way to see whales! We loved being on a smaller boat so that we could see the blows and tails and fun of the whales regardless of which side of the boat they popped up on. Blake is really knowledgeable and makes the speedboat part of it super fun too. He also took a lot of photos and emailed them to us free of charge later that day. This allowed us to really pay attention and be present with the whale watching experience while out on the water. I would do this again in a minute!
This tour was brilliant. The guide was punctual and helpful. The Rib was exhilarating but still felt safe. The scenery from the ocean was beautiful and The Whales were awesome. A nice extra touch was him emailing us more photos. Do this tour.
I highly recommend this experience. Blake is great and very knowledgeable and experienced. Went out 2 days bc the 1st day we didn't see any whales. Blake offered to take us out again before we left Sydney at no charge. Can't say enough good things about this experience .
We saw several whales! And the riding was very excited! The captain tried his best to show us as many whales as possible.
Wonderful beautiful winter day - seas were calm. Saw many whales and even a few breaches. Highly recommend - the speedboat with it's versatility can "go" anywhere swiftly and this flexibility makes it easier and quicker to get to the whales. And it is so low to the water I could reach over and hit the water with my hand. Love this close experience!
Amazing trip. Blake is very friendly. He explained patiently and prepared wind breaker for us Love the bumpy ride when we headed back to circular quay after whale watching. A wonderful experience. Five stars.
The trip was awesome and great value for money. The guide was excellent and sent us some great photos later in the day. Would 100% recommend this trip.
Loved the trip, Blake was very friendly and informative, we got to see a dolphin, some whales which was well worth seeing, on the way back we saw some new Zealand fur seals. If you get sea sick then take travel sickness tablets and sit in the middle of the boat for the back of the boat.
Brilliant way to see the whales off Sydney. Our guide Blake was very informative and had a brilliant eye for spying the whales. Only took about 10 mins, when we did hit the open sea, to see some humpbacks. Also saw dolphins and brown seals. Fantastic to see these creatures in their natural habitat.
Absolute wonderful experience, completely recommend. Driver was great, good knowledge. nothing to fault.
We saw many Wales, one group check us out from one side of the boat to the other, it was memorable the boat ride was fast and very scenic. The time does go by very quickly.
This was a great trip! Fun boat ride, amazing experience.Captain Blake provided information which was interesting and entertaining.
Guide was informative and friendly, thoroughly enjoyed every minute and well worth the money
The tour was simply amazing!
Our guide was extremely nice and since it was very windy that day, he also offered us to go on a day with less wind.
The speedboat ride itself was fun too, but I would recommend to bring chewing gum if you get seasick easily.
All in all: awesome tour, I would definitely do it again!
A very exhilarating way to see Sydney Harbor, the coastline cliffs, and dolphins. We were unfortunate not to see whales, but not for lack of trying. Also the boat zips around and we were able to get quite close to everything - I can only imagine how cool it would be to see whales from it! There is a guarantee to ride again if you don't see whales - unfortunately I don't live in Australia but you never know!
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