Enjoy a magical experience among the gentle giants of the ocean with the marine experts Sea World Whale Watch and travel in luxury aboard the Gold Coast’s premier whale watching vessel, Spirit of Migaloo.
This once in a lifetime opportunity gives you the chance to get up close to one of the largest marine mammals on Earth. Their sheer size, speed and elegance will captivate you.
You will also have the chance to see the famous, and elusive, white whale Migaloo as he migrates north past the Gold Coast on his way to the Great Barrier Reef and then south again as he heads back to the Antarctic.
Spirit of Migaloo offers first class seating, air conditioned interiors and a huge forward viewing area with tiered seating, four levels of amazing viewing platforms and walk-around decks that ensure uninterrupted views of the majestic whales.
Throughout your tour, our expert marine mammal guides use three big screens featuring 3D animation to reveal the secrets of the whales and their epic migration journey. Male humpbacks are famed for their complex and ever-changing songs, believed to play a role in attracting mates. If conditions are suitable, our underwater microphone will allow you to listen in on this incredible mating ritual.
The Sea World Whale Watch vessel is custom designed for environmentally friendly whale watching with ultra-quiet, low-emission engines, toilet waste holding tanks and whale-friendly keel.
Sea World Whale Watch are expert whale finders so if a tour fails to sight a whale we provide a FULL REFUND. Tours depart daily from the Sea World Cruise Terminal in the carpark outside Sea World. Entry to Sea World is not required.
Sea World Whale Watch tours will begin in mid 2015 and operate through to early November 2015.
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It’s been a great 2014 whale watching season for Sea World Whale Watch with a record number of guests experiencing the excitement and adventure of a close encounter with these gentle giants of the deep.
More than 20,000 Southern Humpback Whales pass by the Gold Coast every year from May to November during their annual migration journey from Antarctica. The number of whales undertaking this incredible journey is increasing by around 10% each year and this means Sea World Whale Watch tours are seeing more whales and earlier in the tour - sometimes within 15 minutes of leaving the Sea World Cruise Terminal.
During the 2014 season we have experienced a number of very close approaches by curious Humpback Whales and plenty of breaching and dramatic displays of tail and pectoral fin slapping. We’ve also seen lots of baby whales performing playful antics closely watched by their protective mothers. During one tour we were lucky enough to see four small whale calves come together for a “playdate” – all copying each other tail slapping.
The reason for the whale migration to the Great Barrier Reef is to mate and give birth. So it’s no surprise that when we use our underwater microphone to eavesdrop on the whales we hear an amazing array of songs and mating calls. These often sound more like trumpeting elephants and screeching monkeys than the soulful sounds we have come to expect..
Some of our tours have encountered an incredible mixture of animals – a real marine safari. We’ve seen fully black humpback whales (most humpbacks have white bellies), Minke whales, a rare sighting of a mother and calf Southern Right Whale, large pods of Common and Bottlenose Dolphins, Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins, a rare Pan Pacific Spotted Dolphin, Hammerhead Sharks and Loggerhead and Green turtles. Unfortunately the elusive white whale Migaloo didn’t make an appearance on the Gold Coast this season although we’ve seen him twice in seasons past.
You never know what you’re going to see on a Sea World Whale Watch tour and that’s what makes it so exciting and sometimes even life-changing! We invite you to experience this excitement and travel with us into the amazing world of the whales in the 2015 Gold Coast whale season aboard our luxury whale watching vessel Spirit of Migloo.