Sea World Whale Watching has the most modern whale watching boat on the Gold Coast. It is probably the most well known of all the Gold Coast whale watch cruises and there are many reasons why this may be the right cruise for you.
On this page, you will find more information about Sea World Whale Watching cruises including details on the cruises, where they are located, latest deals and suggested combinations with other Gold Coast activities.
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This Gold Coast Whale Watching Tour Operator
Sea World Whale Watch was launched in the Gold Coast in 2008 with their brand new custom designed boat. Sea World have
been watching the whales for a long time but this is the first time they have offered tours for visitors.
The Sea World Whale Watch boat is operated by Whale Watch Australia
which is owned by the renowned Kaikoura Whale Watch from New Zealand.
Kaikoura Whale Watch offer visitors to New
Zealand's South Island a superb whale watching experience.
Kaikoura is about 3 hours drive north of Christchurch.
This experience from both sides means that they are certainly
aiming to ensure that their boat and the technology they use
is the cutting edge for whale watching.
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 your Sea World Entry ticket 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.
Sea World Whale Watch Cruises are now available in the morning from 10am to 12.30pm or afternoon from 2pm to 4pm.
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 have a short holiday and not much time, you can do the morning cruise and then have the afternoon from 12.30pm through to 5pm at Sea World. Or go to the theme park in the morning and then go on the cruise at 2pm.
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$178SAVE $68 per adult
Child (3-13 years) $90
Was$141SAVE $51 per child
Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) $350
Was$561SAVE $211 per family
Outstanding Value - no credit card or booking fees. Print your own vouchers. Mobile Vouchers Accepted.
Review of this Gold Coast Whale
Please note that tours details change from year to year, including times etc. Please check details when booking.
Initially, I wasn't very positive about this whale watching tour in comparison to the other options on the Gold Coast because of the price when they first started. However, in recent years the price of tickets has been structured to be on a level with the other Gold Coast tour operators.
This is still a premium tour, and you get most value by taking advantage of the combo deal with a day entry to Sea World.
This combo deal has restrictions, in that it must be used either on the day before your whale watch, the day of your whale watch or on either of the next two days after. If you plan around this restriction and make sure to use the Sea World entry for a full day, it is a VERY good deal.
Their whale guarantee is that if your tour does not see a whale, you will receive a full refund or be offered an alternative tour.
They offer that, because it would be extremely rare not to see a whale during a cruise.
During the early season May trips or late season November trips, they sometimes offer half price or highly discounted tours, but the whale sighting guarantee does not cover those special priced trips.
What they cannot guarantee is how many you will see, what they will be doing and how close you will be to see them.
Having said that, any whale sighting is breath taking.
Cruises can be cancelled due to bad weather and you will be offered a reschedule or full refund.
Children under 3 years are not permitted on the cruise, and the seniors pricing is only available to Australian and New Zealand Seniors with a valid Seniors Card.
You can book whale watch tours directly by phone or online with My Fun, however they charge a booking fee both for phone bookings and online bookings, plus credit card surcharges. You can book online without fees and charges through our ticket desk.
Here is a video of a whale right by the Sea World Cruise boat. This is the kind of sighting you can have! This should give you a taste for what you will see, without spoiling ALL the fun! To be there, is way cooler than watching it on video! Enjoy this whale watching video.
Where Whale Watch Cruise Departs From Sea World
Map below shows where the Sea World cruise boat departs from. You can see where the boats are moored approximately. As you can see plenty of parking! Make sure you arrive 30 minutes before departure time. You can switch to map view to see the roads more clearly and you can zoom right in for the aerial view. Use it to get directions if you plan to drive and park.
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.
Surfers Paradise Whale Watching
EASY ACCESS - GREAT VALUE
These cruises go from the heart of Surfers Paradise, so you don't need transfers! Departs 4 times per day - two in the morning morning, a midday and an afternoon departure.
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BEFORE END OF MAY For Travel up to 4 November & SAVE $40 per adult*...
Surfers Paradise Whale Watching 3½ hours inc. Canal Cruise
Great Value & Options for Visitors
Surfers Paradise Whale Watching Cruises 4 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 4 daily cruises to see the whales.
Cruises are just over 3 hours and depart at 8.30am, 10.30am, 12.30pm 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.
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Travel During 2018 Whale Watching Season & Save. Be Quick. Limited Time.
Whale Watching from Surfers Paradise
Adult $99NOW $59
Child (0-14 years) $69NOW $59
Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) $267
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