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Sydney Whale-Watching by Speed Boat provided by Ocean Extreme

Sydney Whale-Watching by Speed Boat

Sydney Whale-Watching by Speed Boat
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Tour snapshot
A captain/guide will lead you out to see whales
Duration:
2h
Group size:
21
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    2h
  • Group size:
    21
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Get the chance to spot humpback whales right outside of Sydney on this speed boat tour from Circular Quay or Manly Wharf. Your captain will take your group right out into the Pacific Ocean, where you'll look for a pod of whales and learn about the sea mammals before returning to the city.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Morning and afternoon departure times are available
  • Depart from Circular Quay or Manly Wharf
  • Waterproof jackets will be provided for those who need them
What to expect
  • Arrive at Campbell's Cove Pontoon, Circular Quay 15 minutes prior to your scheduled departure to meet your driver and complete the brief sign in process. Board the vessel and be taken briskly across the harbour to Manly Wharf to pick up more passengers. Once everyone is on board, you'll receive a safety briefing, a requirement for all offshore adventures. Your driver will also outline the key things to look for when trying to spot the whales. 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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Morning and afternoon departure times are available
  • Depart from Circular Quay or Manly Wharf
  • Waterproof jackets will be provided for those who need them
What to expect
  • Arrive at Campbell's Cove Pontoon, Circular Quay 15 minutes prior to your scheduled departure to meet your driver and complete the brief sign in process. Board the vessel and be taken briskly across the harbour to Manly Wharf to pick up more passengers. Once everyone is on board, you'll receive a safety briefing, a requirement for all offshore adventures. Your driver will also outline the key things to look for when trying to spot the whales. 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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 8099P2
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Driver/guide
  • Wind/waterproof jackets
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • 27 Circular Quay W, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia Campbells Cove Pontoon is located on the western side of Circular Quay. It is at the end of the Overseas Passenger Terminal and in front of the Squires Landing pub, You must arrive 15 minutes prior to your departure time.
Additional information
  • 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
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Driver/guide
  • Wind/waterproof jackets
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • 27 Circular Quay W, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia Campbells Cove Pontoon is located on the western side of Circular Quay. It is at the end of the Overseas Passenger Terminal and in front of the Squires Landing pub, You must arrive 15 minutes prior to your departure time.
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • 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
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annammlb
Dublin, Ireland1 contribution
Nov 2021
Epic afternoon... the waves were choppy so made for a more exciting ride. So much fun, my face was sore from laughing so much. Like being on a roller coaster for two hours. Saw three whales at the end which was great but thoroughly enjoyed it even if we didn't spot any! Would recommend anyone to do it... one of the best experiences you'll do in Sydney.
Written November 3, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

MattKemp
Collaroy8 contributions
Jun 2021
Wow, what an experience!!! After an exhilarating boat ride, he puts us in the perfect positions to take amazing photos. Captain Blake (the whale whisperer) is a super friendly guy and shares a wealth of information about humpback whales. With small group sizes and 360 degree uninterupted views, Ocean Extreme has been my number 1 choice for whale migration photography for 7 years. Booking is easy and worth every penny!
Written June 18, 2021
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Morgan B
3 contributions
Jun 2021
Blake was a fantastic operator very knowledgeable and great captain. We were lucky enough to see a few pods up very close including breaches and tail waves. Heading out of the heads so early in the morning was such a thrill and I cannot recommend it highly enough!
Written June 18, 2021
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Sarina L
Sydney, Australia16 contributions
Jun 2021
Loved the tour today and very happy to recommend highly, the boat, the scenery, the whales, the lot !! And a lovely touch that our skipper Blake remembered every ones names, hope to take the tour again x
Written June 6, 2021
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Jay
2 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Great experience out through Sydney heads. Seeing the whale breach was amazing and, being so close to these beautiful mammals is truly breathtaking.
I'd highly recommend this tour. If you're going in winter and, in particular in the early morning wear some gloves, and even a beanie.
Written June 5, 2021
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Jaw
1 contribution
Oct 2020 • Couples
Blake is so knowledgeable on the whale migratory activities and in the ocean environment. You’re in for an amazing adventure, feel safe, and have a lot of fun. Blake’s boat get so close to the ocean level that you feel so much more on this experience, you really feel like you are with the whales and part of their day. Went twice in June and oct last year and saw whales both trips. Best experience I’ve had. Any wait for the next trip. Do yourself a favour and book in with Ocean Extreme 🐳
Written March 11, 2021
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Jason Ramsey
Sydney, Australia4 contributions
Oct 2020
THE best whale watching experience in Sydney!

I've been on a few and this kicks ass - you get in an awesomely powerful speed machine, you get out the harbour and go see whales close up and personal - you're eye to eye with a whale before most trips have got everyone on board.

El Capitano Blake is an excellent host an all round good local guy. He can spot a whale tail in the distance whilst all around him can only see sea, and take you to the action in a blink of his all-seeing eye.

The whales are far more at ease with the smaller boat and if other tours start to crowd he has the speed to move on and find other whales for a real personal whale experience.

You'll also be able to download his photos for free after, so you don't have to spend your time looking through your own camera - an underrated aspect imho.
Written March 10, 2021
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Chang K
1 contribution
Oct 2020 • Couples
This is one of the best experiences you can do in Sydney, and we try to do it at least once a year during the season. The speed boat is makes it a combination of a thrill ride and whale watching experience. It’s fantastic! Blake is very knowledgeable and always makes it a fun couple of hours at sea.
Written February 12, 2021
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Jane186525
Narrabeen, Australia8 contributions
Oct 2020
We've tried several different whale tours in Sydney and Ocean Extreme has been the best by far. Each year we try to go out several times during the season with Blake and every trip is a little bit different. He has great knowledge of the humpbacks and their migration. Being on a smaller vessel there's a much more personal feel and connection with the whales.

Aside from the whale watching just getting out and about on the high seas in the boat is sensational - there's nothing quite like it. He's so fast to get out of the heads and can cover a huge distance in a short space of time.

For us being able to get pick up from Manly rather than travelling all the way into the city is also a bonus. Can't wait to get out this season!
Written February 7, 2021
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Karenandphillip17
Sydney, Australia10 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
We went quite early in the season and saw quite a few pods of whales. Being this close was amazing. While I was in awe at seeing the whales, my husband and I really enjoyed the ride. Really comfortable but fun. My husband often does things because I like it, but he also had a great time. To top it off, the driver/ host also took heaps of great photos that were sent that night.
Brilliant. I will be going again next season.
Written February 7, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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daniellew0923
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A Must-Do!
We had an absolute blast on the high speed thrill ride! Blake was our guide and he was great. The swells were big t
Jedi1984
Jedi1984
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11/10! Must do if visiting Sydney and love a thrill
Everything was incredible from booking to the trip finishing. Love to see a business utilise technology well! No pa
antonsH7794AI
antonsH7794AI
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It was absolutely spectacular
The ride was absolutely awesome, the sea was rough with the swell but the ride is even better in these conditions,
811jacquieh
811jacquieh
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Bondi boat trip
Great ride, saw all the sights of Sydney, the ocean was rough but driver was great the family had heaps of fun
elmaloglou
elmaloglou
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Best whale watching company in sydney
The captain Blake is a true magician. Not only is his boat small, fast and quiet. But it is also very low to the wa
nawetherbee
nawetherbee
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Great! 10/10
Blake was fabulous. Well worth the money! Leaves Jet boat rides for dead😀 If you are near the Harbor it is a MUST
hugihu
hugihu
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A great experience
The weather was great for it and so were the waves. Overall a great time with great views I would definitely recomm
Sandy A
Sandy A
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Fantastic
Although a little hesitant that the boat trip might be way too scary, this trip exceeded every expectation and more
Jesse J M
Jesse J M
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Do it!
I had an amazing time. If you are going to do anything in Sydney...this should be it. Blake was super nice and we s
Maz_vdh
Maz_vdh
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Awesome Experience!
Three of us booked last minute today for a whale watching trip with Ocean Extreme and it was brilliant!! Blake was
frshpilot
frshpilot
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Great Whale watching
It was a beautiful serene winter day - the water was glass, Blake said it is never like this. We saw many whales a
Eric W
Eric W
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Don't Hesitate!
Really fantastic experience. Blake is a consummate waterman and guide and you can see he really cares about giving
646mrin
646mrin
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Whale watching by speedboat - Do It!
What a truly outstanding experience! In fact, Sydney had a really cold and windy spell on the date of our first boo
JayWilliams722
JayWilliams722
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Experience of a Lifetime
We recently went on this whale watching tour with Blake as our guide. The boat is fast and fun, and you blow past
Eric B
Eric B
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Great experience while in Sydney!
My family visited Australia for the first time back in June, and while we were in Sydney we took the Ocean Extreme
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