Pros and Cons of Whale Watching From Surfers Paradise
Wharf at Surfers Paradise behind Vibe Hotel
This season there's a choice of 4 cruises per day running with their two catamarans. They are the only full size boat whale watch cruises departing from the heart of Surfers Paradise.
The cruises depart:
10.30am (boarding 10.10am)
12.30pm (boarding 12.10am)
2.30pm (boarding 2.10pm)
This offers even more options for visitors, especially the morning options which allows you to do another activity afterward.
If you are staying in the centre of Surfers it's best to walk to the jetty which is located behind Vibe Hotel near Appel Park.
On the downside, there isn't any free parking here. If you need to drive and park there is parking under Circle on Cavill or Chevron Renaissance, which are both within about 100m of the wharf.
Hotel transfers can be arranged at additional cost.
There are several things I like about this cruise, over and above them being the only large boat cruises to depart from Surfers and five tours daily. You also get a bonus canal cruise to check out some of the rather nice houses (and I believe a few celebrity gossip moments too) along the canals as you head out to the Broadwater and then out to see the whales.
Follow the sign to Whale Watching
This extra cruise time also gives you plenty of time for the seasickness tablets to kick in before you head out into the open water. And if you forget yours, they can sell you some on board.
The other really good thing about this boat, is that although the boats are smaller than the Sea World and Tall Ships boats, they have the advantage of having water level viewing decks. The smaller of the two only takes a maximum of 65 people whilst Kaiala (commissioned in 2015) takes up to 120 passengers. The boats have been modified to maximise whale watching experience with a custom water level viewing deck and a walk around deck.
If you feel that a smaller boat may not be as stable as a larger boat, you will find that these boats have a lower centre of gravity and so don't sway as much as the bigger boats.
The family package is a nice saving, making this quite affordable for all the family to enjoy. This cruise is not recommended for Children under 3 years of age.
If you are staying in Broadbeach, Mermaid Beach or Carrara, this is probably your closest whale watching cruise option.
Don't forget to plan your itinerary around doing you whale watching cruise early in your holiday in case it has to be rescheduled due to poor weather conditions.
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