We booked a whale watching tour in the knowledge that if we did not see any whales we could re-book for free. I had lived in Fremantle for 50 years and had no idea that these whales migrated between the mainland and Rottnest twice a year on their way to and from Antarctica.
It was a two hour tour and we didn't see any whales for the first hour and were beginning to think we never would. Suddenly a passenger spotted a whale, alerted the staff and we raced off towards it. The first humpback whale and calf we saw was a bout 400 metres away, but later we saw lots much closer. They are spectacular as they raise their enormous tails before diving. They are the size of a bus! The commentary and information sheets were excellent.
FInally, as we were watching another a whale 100 metres away, another whale surfaced just in front of the boat . Absolutely spectacular. Much to our delight the boat stayed an extra 20 minutes as towards the end of our scheduled tour the whales seemed to be coming thick and fast.
The boat trip itself was very pretty anyway, even without the whales. Strongly recommended.
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