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Hervey Bay Whale Swim and Watch provided by Hervey Bay Dive Centre

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Hervey Bay Whale Swim and Watch

Hervey Bay Whale Swim and Watch
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Tour snapshot
Look for humpback whales in the Great Sandy Strait Marine Park
Duration:
6h
Group size:
24
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Between July and November, humpback whales break their long migration from Antarctica in Hervey Bay, making the area one of the world’s top whale-watching spots. This boat tour, capped at just 20 travelers, offers guaranteed sightings between August and mid-October, with a refund or replacement ticket in the unlikely event you don’t see a whale. Morning tea and lunch, as well as snorkeling gear and wetsuits, are provided.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Sightings are guaranteed from August to mid-October, or your money back
  • Snorkel with whales, when conditions permit
  • Enjoy a more intimate experience on a boat with maximum 20 travelers
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Sightings are guaranteed from August to mid-October, or your money back
  • Snorkel with whales, when conditions permit
  • Enjoy a more intimate experience on a boat with maximum 20 travelers
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 55749P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Swim with whales (when conditions permit)
  • Up-close whale encounter
  • Snorkeling gear and wetsuits are provided
  • Guaranteed whale sightings
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Lunch
Duration
6h
Departure details
  • Hervey Bay Dive Centre, Dive Office Boat Club marina, Jetty St, Urangan QLD 4655, Australia Enter the marina via the gate next to the fuel station.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • We champion a strict Code of Practice when interacting with the whales. The key component to this agreement, and a core philosophy of ours, is “on the whales terms”. In short this means we only interact with whales that are happy for us to do so.
  • We guarantee whale sightings (seeing a whale from the vessel) between 1st August and 14th October. In the unlikely event that the skipper cannot locate a whale during this period you will be offered a full refund or free return ticket.
  • Children under 8 years are not permitted to swim with the whales and a parental guardian must remain with them on the vessel. If 2 guardians are present they can interchange between the vessel and swimming when conditions permit. The tour is not suitable for children under 4 years.
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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 24 travelers
Inclusions
  • Swim with whales (when conditions permit)
  • Up-close whale encounter
  • Snorkeling gear and wetsuits are provided
  • Guaranteed whale sightings
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Lunch
Departure details
  • Hervey Bay Dive Centre, Dive Office Boat Club marina, Jetty St, Urangan QLD 4655, Australia Enter the marina via the gate next to the fuel station.
Duration
6h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • We champion a strict Code of Practice when interacting with the whales. The key component to this agreement, and a core philosophy of ours, is “on the whales terms”. In short this means we only interact with whales that are happy for us to do so.
  • We guarantee whale sightings (seeing a whale from the vessel) between 1st August and 14th October. In the unlikely event that the skipper cannot locate a whale during this period you will be offered a full refund or free return ticket.
  • Children under 8 years are not permitted to swim with the whales and a parental guardian must remain with them on the vessel. If 2 guardians are present they can interchange between the vessel and swimming when conditions permit. The tour is not suitable for children under 4 years.
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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 24 travelers
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Itzel C
Brisbane, Australia2 contributions
Hervey Bay Dive Centre are top tier operators and we cannot recommend them enough!
This is the third year my family and I have done the whale swim and second year diving the Ex HMAS Tobruk. We had the most amazing whale encounter with three whales sticking around and spy hopping really close to us. The whale swim trip is really well-catered and comfortable.
The Ex HMAS Trobruk is also rapidly becoming a really interesting wreck with lots to see.

We cannot rave enough about the crew. The crew are professional, friendly, and very focused on ensuring you have a good time. The trips are very organised and run smoothly.
Written August 11, 2020
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Crikey, thank you so much for the review.... very kind! We do try our best to deliver. Regards Ed & Rach
Written August 12, 2020
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Alan W
Brisbane, Australia12 contributions
This was our 4th year in a row diving and swimming with the whales, like a fine wine they keep on getting better, can't fault the crew boats and experiences. Booking for next year. Highly recommend Hervey Bay Dive centre, Awesome
Written August 22, 2021
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Ta Alan…. We are humbled by your support to our small business especially in these trying times
Written August 24, 2021
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NYandAussie
Maroochydore, Australia339 contributions
Couples
Ed and his crew were fantastic— so knowledgeable about the whales behaviour. Highlight was actually being in the water swimming with the whales. I went in for four short swims!!! I’m so glad we booked on this all day trip, as the whales initially were “uncooperative” and just sleeping on the surface. Later in the day they were more playful, and we were able to see breaching, tail slapping, spy hopping, and lots of rolling and slapping of pectoral fins. My partner and I loved this personalised and laid-back day on the water. So much nicer to be in a small group.
Written August 19, 2020
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It was a good day indeed... thanks for the review
Written August 24, 2020
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Maddie B
6 contributions
I have been on many whale watching experiences and it is rare you come across a crew as awesome as this one. They were incredibly considerate of the whales and patient to ensure that we swam with an appropriate pod. They don't try to rush this experience into a few hours like some tour operators might, taking that extra time is well worth it because the interactions we had when we got in the water were fantastic, for many will be once in a lifetime. You can tell the crew have done plenty of whale season and really understand the behavior of the whales in this area. They work to guarantee you the best day possible without compromising the whales.
Written July 27, 2021
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Thanks Maddie, it was great to have someone like you aboard... we were so interested in the work you do with the worms in Antarctica. all the very best with your career..... Ed, Grant and the Team Extreme
Written July 28, 2021
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Mike M
3 contributions
Friends
First time adventurers with Dive Centre crew. These guy's were absolutely fantastic, very friendly staff, polite, courteous and provided a relaxed enjoyable atmosphere - A+ ! Thanks for making our day so amazing guy's. The whole experience from beginning to end was nothing short of spectacular and to be able swim near the whale's as they were breaching the water surface was absolutely exhilarating !

Thanks for a great day out.
Written August 8, 2021
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Wow.... that is a nice review.... we are humbled! The main thing of course is that you had a blast! Thanks heaps.... regards Ed and the Team Extreme
Written August 10, 2021
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Léandre22
Paris, France11 contributions
Couples
Wonderful afternoon!

We had a beautiful show all along the afternoon, with a very respectful contact from the company.
The wonderful show came crescendo, and the final was amazing. We had the chance to see a male whale flirting with mum, with her baby.
They were playing very closely from the boat.
The crew was giving very interesting explanations about whales behaviours. We really felt the passion and excitement for the whales from the crew. We also heard their songs.

Amazing time. Thanks so much, we probably going to dream about it for a very long time.
Written September 9, 2020
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So humbled by your very kind review... thank you Regards Ed
Written September 11, 2020
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Maria G
2 contributions
Friends
What a totally awesome experience!! Firstly we saw 2 whales breach about 30 to 40 times. Unreal to see and you never get tired of watching. We then had one whale swim around our boat for about 2 hours. As you are in a smaller boat than the whale watch only boats, you are so much closer to the water and the whales. It costs more but there are way less people and most definitely worth it. Well the whale swim was unbelievable!!! You must add this to your bucket list!!! The crew Ed, Grant and Jess were great and very knowledgable and helped make it a fantastic experience!! I had tried 5 times previously to go whale swimming in Mooloolaba without success due to weather and whales not playing the game. It was well worth the wait. If you don't get to swim with them due to conditions etc, don't give up on the chance to swim with these beautiful creatures.

Only one suggestion for Trip Advisor. I had to put travel with friends, as family option had only with children and teens. I travelled with my sister and there was no option for sibling or parent.
Written August 12, 2020
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Thanks heaps for the review... very kind
Written August 24, 2020
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NewYorkGumnut
New York67 contributions
Went out with Hervey Bay Dive Centre for their Whale Swim on a beautiful August day. Our skipper Ed new exactly where to go and we were lucky to find some whales who were interested in checking us out. Grant made sure we had a sensational and safe experience in the water, and also offered a hot cuppa when you got out. It's truly magical seeing these gentle giants up close and in their element!
Written August 15, 2020
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The whales are certainly amazing... thanks for the review... Ed
Written August 24, 2020
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amanda b
Maryborough, Australia3 contributions
Couples
Me and my partner went whale watching on the first day this season! It was amazing. Such a good day and they did their best to make sure we were happy the whole day. We got to swim with the whales and i would highly recommend it if you get the opportunity! We were given lunch and loads of snacks…we were stuffed getting off the boat! Such a great day and will definitely be going again this season to support them in the times we are in!
Written August 4, 2021
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Fantastic! 🙏 we are so very thankful for your support and glad you enjoyed the tour. Ed
Written August 5, 2021
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RachaelK
4 contributions
What an experience to see these majestic humpback whales in there environment. But what’s more was to swim with them. It was the most awesome experience EVER.
5 STARS goes to the captain and crew, to the food, and of course 5 BIG STARS to finding the whales and getting us in amoungest them. Thanks guys
Written July 19, 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to provide the review; much appreciated….. all the best Ed
Written July 20, 2022
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By: Hervey Bay Dive Centre
Linda P
Linda P
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Wonderful Day
We had a wonderful whale watching tour with Hervey Bay Dive Centre. They were well organised and we were well looke
250ruthb
250ruthb
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Fun day whale watching
Despite the whales not being as cooperative as on other days, the skipper and staff worked extremely hard at findin
loreleimurdoch
loreleimurdoch
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Great day out
Swimming with the whales. Great company to put your trust into for a good day. Staff very good and interact well wi
alanaanne
alanaanne
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Amazing tour, highly recommend.
This tour was one of the best experiences we have ever been on. Crew were exceptional and went above and beyond. We
A1372VSkenh
A1372VSkenh
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Brilliant Experience
Whales whales whales- the crew were brilliant, friendly and helpful. This is the only boat that allows you to swim
MaggieeScotty
MaggieeScotty
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Amazing!
Me and my partner did diving course and swim with whales with Hervey Bay Dive Centre and we couldn’t be recommendin
dwardle67
dwardle67
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Excellent.
Great staff who go above and beyond to make the day a memorable experience for all onboard. They made sure every gu
Aleis D
Aleis D
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Great day!
Awesome experience! We were able to jump in the water with a couple of pods and even the ones we didn’t swim with c
stevesturge
stevesturge
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This Team is the One You Want
Definitely recommend Hervey Bay Dive Centre Whale excursion - they are a great team and their energy takes them a s
MegJSmythe89
MegJSmythe89
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Dream come true🐋💙
My partner and i recently did the Whale swim and it fulfilled my life long dream of swimming with whales. First of
knolldominik
knolldominik
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Amazing Swimming with Whales!
Perfectly organized, super enjoyable, getting so close to the giants! Excellent value for the money, spent lots of
571zacwwww
571zacwwww
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Great whale watching and swimming experience
This company is fantastic. They run small boat tours to experience whales with the opportunity to swim with whales
pacificstreetFB
pacificstreetFB
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Best Dive Centre set-up EVER.
Been diving since 1985 with many different operators and Hervey Bay Dive Centre would have to be the best set-up I
P4533PEjonathanw
P4533PEjonathanw
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PADI open water
Great teachers for the PADI open water. Very knowledgeable and clear instructors, Matt was brilliant. The wrecks we
johnkG8207SO
johnkG8207SO
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Amazing experience with awesome dive team
My son and I had two fantastic dives on the HMAS Tobruk this week, heaps of turtles and lots more and is a must for
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