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Search for whales during this 8-hour wildlife-watching tour from Hervey Bay. Aboard a fully equipped catamaran that can accommodate up to 24 guests, sail out to Frasier Island's Platypus Bay. Climb on to the submerged platform to view whales in the water at a safe distance, and use the boat's hydrophone to hear their songs. Tea and a buffet lunch included.
  • 8-hour whale watching tour to Platypus Bay on Frasier Island
  • Travel via fully equipped, eco-friendly catamaran
  • Watch whales from the boat's submerged platform
  • Use a hydrophone to hear the whale songs
  • Buffet lunch, tea, and refreshments provided
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Professional guide
Live commentary on board
Coffee and/or Tea
Lunch and beverage
Afternoon tea
National park fees
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Tourist Terminal , Tourist Terminal, Buccaneer Dr, Urangan QLD 4655, Australia

Free parking

7:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Rise and shine for hotel pickup in Hervey Bay around 7:30am; then transfer to the waterfront in a tour vehicle. Board the 38-foot (12-meter) catamaran, fully equipped with eco-friendly features and docked in the Great Sandy Straits Marina. 

Find a space to relax on the deck, which offers plenty of both sun and shade and can handle up to 24 guests. Watch the coastal scenery as the boat leaves the marina and heads for Platypus Bay on the western side of Frasier Island. 

Once whales are spotted, the boat will approach and, at a safe and respectful distance, you'll get a chance to see the huge creatures in action. Climb onto the immersive platform that allows you to view the whales from in the water, or use the hydrophone to hear the whales calling to each other. Listen to commentary from your skipper, who has more than three decades' of experience working with marine mammals. 

During the day, you'll be treated to morning and afternoon tea, as well as a buffet lunch. Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase. 

End your day with the whales with convenient hotel drop-off once you return to land.
Stop At:  
Hervey Bay
After hotel pickup in the morning, board the Blue Dolphin, a 38-foot (11.6-metre) eco-friendly catamaran departing Great Sandy Straits Marina at Hervey Bay. This modern and luxurious sailing vessel is well-appointed with plenty of shaded seating areas and wide, flat decks — perfectly suited for up to 24 passengers. 
Duration: 8 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Platypus Bay
This long-running and award-winning whale watching tour heads out to Platypus Bay, situated on the western side of K'gari (Fraser Island.) Marine life abounds in the region, from the little-known Australian humpback dolphins to the well-known humpback whales that visit during the winter months.
Duration: 8 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Fraser Island
Throughout the day you will be offered the opportunity to see the whales, including from an immersive platform. An informative talk is given by your skipper, who shares more than 30 years of experience working with marine mammals. Your guide's knowledge and passion of the animals and the marine environment ensures a unique experience. Reference material is also available along with a hydrophone on board to hear the migratory mammals underwater. An intimate day tour for those who want to be one of the few not the many.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult (best suited to children 8 years and older)
  • Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free options are available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Tour may be cancelled due to adverse weather conditions
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Blue Dolphin Marine Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Fraser Island Whale Watch Encounter?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Fraser Island Whale Watch Encounter.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Fraser Island Whale Watch Encounter?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Fraser Island Whale Watch Encounter.

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My dream
, Aug 2022
I’ve always dreamed of seeing the whales up close. And I did. They also gave you a lot of information about the whales. It was a fun day. Thanks to the Blue Dolphin.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you Gavin for joining us on Blue Dolphin. It was our pleasure to introduce you to the wonderful Humpback Whales, aren't they the best!!!! Hope to see you back for some more whales in the future.
Excellent Whale watching experience
, Jul 2021
We did this Whale watching cruise on Friday 23rd July on the Blue Dolphin Catamaran. While we saw quite a few whales it was early in the season and they were a bit quiet. The boat was great and the staff were great,. Peter and Jodie and Carolina looked after everyone very well. Lunch and all the nibbles were excellent. The boat is small and with about 24 guests it was easy for everyone to get a good view. we may go back later in the season when the whales should be more active
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thank you Phillip for joining us on Blue Dolphin. We would love to see you back to show you the season in full swing with whale soup, it is truly a memorable day out. Many thanks Jodie
, Aug 2020
WE had an exceptional day out with Blue Dolphin. A whole day tour with so may whales up close cavorting and staying with the boat. Truly stunning, we will come again.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Thankyou for your review and for choosing Blue Dolphin for your whale encounter. We look forward to welcoming you back to Hervey Bay to see the whales again. Many thanks
Incredible Experience
, Oct 2019
Peter is amazing at his job, he told us finding a whale is easy but finding a good whale is key, one(s) that will pec slap, tail lob, breach and even sing all come down to right place, right time and Peter with all of his knowledge and experience certainly didn't disappoint us!! We saw a couple of passing dolphins, a large turtle and a couple of good pods of whales and it honestly blew our expectations out of the water. 😉 Cass put on an amazing morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea and was a beautiful host. The whole day was just incredible and the memories from this experience will last a life time. Thank you to the team at Blue Dolphin Marine Tours!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank you so much Emma for your lovely review and kind words. Both Pete and Cassie work so hard to ensure that all our guests enjoy their day on the water whilst viewing the beautiful whales. Happy to be a part of creating life long memories, thank you.
We loved the tour. Captain Pete was so...
Sujay S
, Oct 2016
We loved the tour. Captain Pete was so welcoming. Going on a small boat had a personal touch.

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