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Gold Coast Whale Watching Season is CLOSED

Whale Watching season is now Closed For Bookings on Gold Coast.

Whale watching tours will start up again from around late May 2017. The information on these pages about the prices and details refer to 2016 Season. It is left here for planning purposes so you can get an idea of how much for the cruises, when and where they go from . Information for the 2017 Whale Watching Season will be updated in early May 2017.

If you want to get out on the water whilst on the Gold Coast why not check out Gold Coast Cruise Options. Several of the Whale Watching boats run cruises during the off season.

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Whales In Paradise Surfers Paradise

Whales In Paradise Only Whale Watching Cruise To Depart From Surfers Paradise.

They have two custom designed whale watching boats. These catamarans offer greater stability in the water and a more intimate experience for visitors.

This season they are offering 5 cruises daily during the whale watching season, enabling visitors a wider choice of departure times to fit in with other activities.

* If you read all the information or you get lost in it, you can always ask me directly anything I haven't covered. The easiest way is to email me through my contact form.

On the Whales in Paradise tour you might see a whale tail or even more!

Whale tail off the coast of Surfers Paradise.

Quick Facts about Whales in Paradise Gold Coast Whale Watching

Whales in Paradise is the only Gold Coast whale watching tour that leaves from the heart of Surfers Paradise for their whale watching tour aboard their two customised catamarans Mahi Mahi and Kaiala.

There are 5 tours daily. These are the times of the cruises:

  7.30am to 10.45am (boarding 7.10am)
  9.00am to 12.15am (boarding 8.40am)
  11.00am to 2.15pm (boarding 10.40am)
   1.00pm to 4.15pm (boarding 12.40pm)
   2.30pm to 5.45pm (boarding 2.10pm)

Maximum on the cruise is 65 passengers for Mahi Mahi and 120 passengers for Kaiala. This tour includes a cruise through the canals of Surfers Paradise.

Departure is from the Surfers Paradise Jetty at the western end of Cavill Mall.  The jetty is to be found between Appel Park and the Vibe Hotel at 42 Ferny Avenue.

You need to be at the jetty about half an hour before the tour departs. 

Pre-book your tours, especially during school holidays as the the whale watching tour fill up quickly especially the 11am cruise. 

About This Gold Coast Whale Watching Tour Operator

Whales in Paradise has two boats. A 14m catamaran called the Mahi Mahi which was commissioned in 2008. And a new boat called Kaiala which is 16m long and was commissioned in 2015.

Whilst Mahi Mahi is one of smaller of the Gold Coast whale watching boats, it offers viewing closer to the water and plenty of rail space. The larger boat Kaiala also has similar close to water viewing for it's passengers to enjoy the whale watching.

Both boats have several viewing platforms and a low centre of gravity to reduce swaying (and help reduce feeling of seasickness). And feature eco engines for the safety of the environment and the whales.  

There is 360 degree viewing including the bow and their unique water level viewing platform to help you get really up close and personal with the whales!

The smaller catamaran takes only 65 passengers, whilst the larger one can cater for up to 120 passengers. Both are smaller than the ones that go from Marina Mirage and Sea World.

Book your Surfers Paradise Whale Watching tour.

  • Whale Watching From Surfers Paradise Great Season Opening Deal

    Surfers Paradise Whale Watching
    EASY ACCESS - GREAT VALUE

    These cruises go from the heart of Surfers Paradise, so you don't need transfers! Departs times per day - morning, midday and afternoon.

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    Surfers Paradise Whale Watching
    3½ hours inc. Canal Cruise
    Great Value & Options for Visitors

    Adult
    $99.00
    Child (0-14)
    $69.00
    Family (2A 2C)
    $267.00


     

    Surfers Paradise Whale Watch

    Whales in Paradise Cruising

    Surfers Paradise Whale Watching Cruises
    5 Cruises Per Day For Great Flexibility

    This is the only whale watching cruise that leaves from the centre of Surfers Paradise.

    If you are staying in Surfers, Broadbeach, Main Beach or even Southport, you can either walk (Surfers Paradise only) or take the new G:Link or a bus to this cruise. No need to use an attraction transfer for this one!

    If you need to drive, you can easily park across the road, under Circle on Cavill or Chevron Renaissance. Parking charges will apply.

    There are a couple of great advantages for this whale watch including the convenience of the departure location, a bonus canal cruise to see the houses of the rich and famous from the Gold Coast before you head out to see the whales and the flexibility to choose one of 5 daily cruises to see the whales.

    Cruises are just over 3 hours and depart at 7.30am, 9am, 11am, 1pm and 2.30pm daily. You need to be checked in at least 20 minutes before departure.

    This whale watching company offers the following guarantee: 'Guaranteed whale sightings or free return cruise.'

    All cruises are dependent upon weather conditions, which is why I always recommend you plan your itinerary for your holiday beforehand.

    Book your cruise before you arrive in Gold Coast and make sure it is early in the vacation.


    This is in case it has to be rescheduled due to weather conditions - it would be terrible to miss out on seeing the whales.

    BE QUICK. Click for more info or BOOK NOW

    Whale Watching from Surfers Paradise
    Adult $99
    Child (0-14 years) $69
    Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) $267

    BOOK NOW 

    Outstanding Value - no credit card or booking fees. Print your own or use mobile vouchers.

Review of this Gold Coast Whale Watching Tour

Please note that tours details change from year to year, including times etc. Please check details when booking.

Current Review

This tour is convenient if you are staying in a Surfers Paradise.  You may be able to walk to the jetty to catch this trip depending upon where you are staying, saving you on transfers or taxis.

If you drive, you will can park and pay under Chevron Renaissance, Circle on Cavill or Bishop Bruce Car Park (also known as the Transit Centre Car Park on Beach Road) which is a little further away, but a little less expensive. If you are staying in Surfers it is definitely a bonus if you can walk!

Previously, I have made comments about the size of these boats, however after talking with Anthony, who has been operating this business since 2004, he assures me that you are less likely to get sea sick on a smaller boat as there is less of a pendulum movement that you get on the bigger boats.

One of the nifty things that Anthony also told me was that they are really upfront about the conditions out to sea each day. Passengers are briefed beforehand and can purchase motion sickness tablets from the crew if needed. Because the first half hour or so is the calm water cruise of the canals and the Gold Coast broadwater, by the time you get to the Gold Coast seaway the tablets should have kicked in and you are ready for an awesome couple of hours of whale spotting!

On your cruise your crew will point out interesting architecture and houses of the Gold Coast's rich and famous, whilst you navigate the canals and Nerang River to the Broadwater.

They claim this to be the longest whale watching tour on the coast. The reality is you won't spend any more time with the whales on this tour, however you do get the bonus canal cruise and time for the seasickness meds to kick in if you need them!

They guarantee sightings or you can return on a free cruise, and they claim to have 100% sighting record.

The 11am tour is particularly popular and it is recommended to book ahead and early in your holiday in case it needs to be rescheduled due to bad weather.

Here's a raw video taken on board of the whales. You will notice that the whales still put on a show even when the weather is a bit grey and showery.

If whale watching from Surfers Paradise is not what you are looking for, don't forget to check out the other tour operators in the Gold Coast to find something to suit your needs.

Current Top Options Whale Watching In Gold Coast

Here's a selection of the best current deals at the moment for the whale watching in Gold Coast. Please check here for all whale watching options including Coolangatta option for those staying in southern Gold Coast.

Please Note: These deals are for the 2016 Season, which is now closed. They are left here so you can see the approximate prices and deals for planning purposes. Check back in mid to late May 2017 for updates.

  • Sea World and Sea World Whale Watch Special Deal

    Sea World + Whales
    POPULAR OPTION

    This deal is ALWAYS POPULAR because it offers fantastic value if you want to visit Sea World theme park and go on a whale watching cruise.

    There are some special terms regarding the Sea World visit, so make sure to click more info and read on...

    Sea World Whale Watch
    & Sea World Entry Combo
    Great Value for Visitors

    Adult
    $178.00 $110.00
    Child (3-13)
    $141.00   $88.00
    Family (2A 2C)
    $561.00 $325.00


     

    Sea World Whale Watch & Sea World Entry Combo

    Sea World Whale Watch Season Options

    Sea World Whale Watching Cruise
    PLUS Entry to Sea World Gold Coast theme park*

    This popular deal is particularly good if you only want to visit Sea World (and not Movie World).

    If you want to visit both these theme parks, there may be better options for you by getting a combination theme park pass, and then looking at either just the Sea World Whale Watching or else choosing one of the other great value Whale Watching options.

    Sea World Whale Watch is a popular option, because it is easily recognisable, it has a large boat and is backed by the professionalism of Sea World.

    * This deal requires you to be quite organised with your holiday itinerary because of the terms surrounding the Sea World Entry. You have to pick up the Sea World Entry at the cruise terminal and may only use it on the day before your cruise, the day of your cruise or up to 2 days immediately following your cruise.

    In order to get the most value out of this amazing combination deal, I recommend you book your Sea World Whale Watch cruise early in your holiday and plan to go to Sea World theme park either the day before your cruise or on one of the two days the following your cruise. This allows you to have a full day at Sea World.

    However, if you are strapped for time, you can do the morning cruise and then have the afternoon from 12.30pm through to 5pm at Sea World.

    You will need to arrange transfers to get to the Sea World Cruise Terminal - which is in the car park of Sea World. You can use the standard Sea World theme park transfer for the morning cruise.

    This season there are two cruises daily. The morning cruise departs around 10am returning around 12.30pm. The afternoon cruise departs around 2pm returning around 4.30pm. All cruises are dependent upon weather conditions, which is why I always recommend you plan your itinerary for your holiday beforehand and book in your cruise early in the vacation, in case it has to be rescheduled. It would be terrible to miss out on seeing the whales.

    Sea World offers the following guarantee: 'Guaranteed sightings or full refund will be provided except during the months of May and November'

    Sea World + Whale Watching Cruise
    Adult $110
    Was
    $178 SAVE $68 per adult

    Child (3-13 years) $88
    Was
    $141 SAVE $53 per child

    Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) $325
    Was
    $561 SAVE $236 per family

    Sea World Whale Watch PLUS Sea World Entry

    More Sea World Options

    Sea World Whale Watching Cruise
    Adult $99
    Child (3-13 years) $77
    Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) $275


    Sea World Whale Watch

    Outstanding Value - no credit card or booking fees. Print your own vouchers. Mobile Vouchers Accepted.

  • Whale Watching From Surfers Paradise Great Season Opening Deal

    Surfers Paradise Whale Watching
    EASY ACCESS - GREAT VALUE

    These cruises go from the heart of Surfers Paradise, so you don't need transfers! Departs 5 times per day - morning, midday and afternoon.

    Click for more info or BOOK NOW...

    Surfers Paradise Whale Watching
    3½ hours inc. Canal Cruise
    Great Value & Options for Visitors

    Adult
    $99.00
    Child (0-14)
    $69.00
    Family (2A 2C)
    $267.00


     

    Surfers Paradise Whale Watch

    Whales in Paradise Cruising

    Surfers Paradise Whale Watching Cruises
    3 Cruises Per Day For Great Flexibility

    This is the only whale watching cruise that leaves from the centre of Surfers Paradise.

    If you are staying in Surfers, Broadbeach, Main Beach or even Southport, you can either walk (Surfers Paradise only) or take the new G:Link or a bus to this cruise. No need to use an attraction transfer for this one!

    If you need to drive, you can easily park across the road, under Circle on Cavill or Chevron Renaissance. Parking charges will apply.

    There are a couple of great advantages for this whale watch including the convenience of the departure location, a bonus canal cruise to see the houses of the rich and famous from the Gold Coast before you head out to see the whales and the flexibility to choose one of 3 daily cruises to see the whales.

    Cruises are just over 3 hours and depart at 7.30am, 11am and 2.30pm daily. You need to be checked in at least 20 minutes before departure.

    This whale watching company offers the following guarantee: 'Guaranteed whale sightings or free return cruise.'

    All cruises are dependent upon weather conditions, which is why I always recommend you plan your itinerary for your holiday beforehand.

    Book your cruise before you arrive in Gold Coast and make sure it is early in the vacation.


    This is in case it has to be rescheduled due to weather conditions - it would be terrible to miss out on seeing the whales.

    BE QUICK. Click for more info or BOOK NOW

    Whale Watching from Surfers Paradise
    Adult $99
    Child (0-14 years) $69
    Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) $267

    BOOK NOW 

    Outstanding Value - no credit card or booking fees. Print your own or use mobile vouchers.

  • 2016 Season Opening Deal for whale watching from Main Beach

    Main Beach Whale Watching
    Big Boat

    This is one of the biggest boats that go out whale watching on the Gold Coast.

    SHORT TIME ONLY ADULTS PRICES $69 BE QUICK - BOOK FOR ANY CRUISE IN 2016. Click for more info and read on...

    Main Beach Whale Watching

    Great Deal for Visitors

    Adult
    $99.00 $69.00
    Child (4-14)
    $69.00
    Family (2A+2C)
    $267.00

     

    Whale Watch at Main Beach

    Main Beach Whale Watch Options

    Whale Watching Cruise From Main Beach

    As with all whale watching deals I highly recommend booking in early to ensure you get the cruise dates you want.

    The operators of this cruise are professional, they've been around for as long as I have been in the Gold Coast! It's a big boat, which gives you quite a bit of comfort, especially if you are not so familiar with going on boats.

    This cruise leaves from Mariners Cove Marina, which is next door to Marina Mirage in Main Beach. If you require transfers, they can be organised directly with the tour operator after booking. Otherwise, you can catch a taxi from Surfers Paradise or use a public bus.

    Morning Cruises depart daily during the season around 9am returning by approximately 11.30am. Check-in by 8.30am.

    All cruises are dependent upon weather conditions, if they have to cancel they offer a full refund or the option to reschedule.

    I always recommend you plan your itinerary for your holiday beforehand. Book your cruise before you arrive in Gold Coast and make sure it is early in the vacation. That way you can reschedule rather than miss out on seeing the whales.

    They offer the following guarantee: 'If no whales are sighted, a free open dated Whale Watch voucher will be issued on return of cruise and/or upgraded to a full afternoon island tour that day, FREE of charge, as no refunds will be given.'

    Main Beach Whale Watching Cruise
    Adult $69 For limited time only was $99

    Child (4-14 years) $69

    Family (2A + 2Ch) $267

    BOOK NOW  

    Outstanding Value - no credit card or booking fees. Print your own or use mobile vouchers.

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