Daily Whale Sightings

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  • The 2017 Whale Watching season operates 20 May to approximately 01 November 2017
  • For more info about Whales in Sydney download the About Whales - Whale Watching Guide
  • Each day we record Whale sightings which can be viewed online (below), or view a selection of last season's reports here 
  • We have a 95%+ Whale Sighting success
  • Passenger comfort is our priority -  waves, swell, winds & visibility can be very different outside the Harbour
  • We only operate when we believe you will enjoy the experience - This Week's Predicted Comfort Levels & Weather
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2017 Sightings A selection of sightings from each month 

Date Details
19 July Today's passenger highlight was a juvenile Humpback breaching inside Sydney Harbour! Later we followed a pod of 3 adults approx 1mile outside the Heads, a pod of at least 10 common dolphins, and lots of birdlife to top off a great afternoon.
15 July Near perfect conditions today as we observed 6 Humpback whales, including 2 juveniles, playing about in the sunshine. Behaviours displayed were peduncle throws and blows. 
14 July Lots of action on today's cruise with a pair of whales breaching and double breaching all the way from Tamarama to North Head. Behaviours observed include blows, arched backs, tail up dives and chin slaps. We also spotted a little penguin!
12 July A total of 5 adult Humpbacks sighted today displaying some typical behaviours in rainy conditions - blows, arched back, peduncle throw & tail up dive, plus a few breaches in the distance near the end of our cruise. Also plenty of birdlife with over 20 Albatross observed.
11 July Action from the get-go today when 2 whales were sighted cruising casually just outside the Heads. Approx 1km east we saw a massive breach, followed by a solo juvenile breaching regularly, then to top if all off, a visit from 6 common dolphins playing off the bow.
10 July Great conditions today with light swells and good visibility. We encountered a couple pods of sleepy whales on our cruise today, however they were still able to remain active as onlookers were treated to arched backs, tail up dives and blows. 
09 July A bit of a fresh start to the morning, but well worth it as we spent most of our time with a competition pod of 6 males just off Coogee. Behaviours observed were spy hopping, charging, rolling belly up, chin slaps, tail up dives, arched backs and blows. The afternoon cruise was a tad quieter, however we were joined by a pair of whales alongside for a majority of the afternoon. 
08 July What a spectacular day! Both passengers and crew were treated to multiple breaches and double breaches on today's cruise with blows, arched backs, tail up dives, pectoral slaps, chin slaps and peduncle throws being the cherry on top of a fantastic display!
06 July  We followed 3 pods of 7 humpbacks today and were joined by a pod of 12 dolphins alongside. Highlights today include blows, arched backs and tail up dives. 
05 July  What an amazing season we are having, with whale sightings almost everyday! Today we were joined by 3 pods of 5 humpbacks, including 1 juvenile, alongside in beautiful weather conditions. A few highlights of the day include blows, arched backs and tail up dives. 
04 July Sydney producing the goods again with the beautiful weather! Within minutes of passing through the heads we were met by 3 pods of humpbacks and 30+ dolphins enjoying the warm sunny day. For the last 30 minutes we followed 2 whales constantly breaching - delighting both passengers and crew!  
03 July We set out today in light to moderate chilly conditions and were greeted by a solo juvenile humpback. We ventured a further 1 km east and found 2 very active pods of 9 whales in total, who were having a whale of a time performing breaches, pectoral slaps, peduncle throws, blows, arched backs, chin slaps and tail up dives. 
02 July Dolphins were the main attraction this morning as passengers were treated to the sight of hundreds of dolphins as we passed through the heads. We also followed a few pods of 8 humpbacks, including 3 juveniles, who delighted viewers with a few pectoral slaps and breaches. 
29 June Today was all about breaches, breaches, breaches. For the last hour we had a pair breaching and double breaching over and over, right alongside our vessel - an amazing sight for all! 
28 June In the glassy conditions it was easy to spot the active whale, with lots of breaching action only a mile offshore. We then followed a pod of 5 competing males, intent on head charging and encroaching on other pods. Boys will be boys!
27 June One of the best days so far this season! We spotted a total of 24 Humpbacks today, including 2 large pods of 8, plus 4 pods of 2. Passengers & crew were thrilled when a pod of 2 mugged our boat extensively approx 100m off North Head. 
26 June A beautiful day with great visibility - perfect for all the breaches we saw! More than 10 Humpbacks observed, and at least 5 of those were juveniles, with several pods close together throughout the cruise. The highlights were some juveniles practicing the moves of a competition pod, and a mother & yearling calf pair breaching closeby for about an hour.
23 June Another great day out at sea in near perfect conditions. We spotted 10 - 15 humpback whales today and they did not disappoint with the aerial arobatics, with our passengers entertained by regular breaches, tail slapping, tail up dives, blows and chin slaps. 
22 June Oh Baby! Passengers were thrilled to see a newborn calf today (possibly only a few days old), along with mummy and an escort. Another juvenile breached and chin slapped repeatedly, giving us a good show. We rode with at least 30 common dolphins for half an hour, leaping out of the water and adding to the excitement of today's outing. A big day!
21 June Four Humpbacks spotted today approx. 2nm outside of Sydney Heads. Passengers enjoyed the blue skies and soaking up the sunshine on deck, observing several blows from these gentle giants.
20 June We got mugged! Three times! A great cruise again today, sighting a total of 6 adult Humpbacks in 2 pods 3, with repeated close views and mugging of our vessel.
19 June The highlight for our passengers today a pod of 4 just outside of South Head showing off for us - spinning around, lying upside down and raising both pectoral fins out of the water - an amazing sight! There were plenty more whales spotted in the distance, and a surprise breach off the front of the boat that several lucky passengers saw.
17 June A light breeze and good visibility made for 2 great cruises today. AM Cruise - A pod of 2 adults and 1 juvenile showing off with some blows, arched back & a tail up dive. PM Cruise - A total of 8 Humpbacks including 2 juveniles, plus 5 Albatross sighted. More action this afternoon with blows, pectoral slap, peduncle throw, and a tail up dive.
16 June A little overcast today, however still an amazing cruise with passengers treated to a double breach (cow and calf) alongside our vessel! This pod of 2 adult females & a calf played just outside the Heads early on in our cruise. We continued on to find another pod of 2 and observed a tail up dive, peduncle throw, and under water blowing.
15 June Whales everywhere! What an exciting sight that greeted us as we passed through the heads, over 20 whales and 10 dolphins sighted by our delighted passengers and crew, with a breach close to the boat by one playful whale. The calm conditions made for a spectacular afternoon at sea. 
14 June Great cruise this afternoon regardless of a little drizzle - repeated close views and mugging of our vessel. We saw a pod of at least 30 common dolphins, and a total of 8 Humpbacks including 2 juveniles - a pod of 4 giving the best show. 2 big adults behaving like a competition pod mugged us a couple of times, before settling into some surfacing games closeby. A thrill for all onboard, passengers and crew!
13 June An abundance of energetic behaviours visible along the horizon to our keen eyed passengers! A total of 5 individual Humpbacks spotted today, including 2 juveniles, with one whale bidding us farewell with a few tail slaps as we headed back into Sydney Harbour.
12 June An excellent outing today with plenty of Humpback sightings and loads of breaching throughout. A 'super pod' of at least 10, and another few pods of 2-3 whales, including 5 juveniles. We followed a number of whales showing multiple energetic and playful behaviours, then headed further North following the super pod for about 10min and saw some impressive breaching. Amazing!
11 June Back to blue skies today with good visibility and only a light wind. AM Cruise - Plenty of wildlife sightings with 3 Humpbacks, 2 individual seals and 3 albatross. PM Cruise - two pods of Humpbacks (5 individuals), and another seal sighting on our travels.
09 June Lots of action today in rainy conditions. We spotted 4 adult Humpbacks and 2 juveniles in pairs and singles, plus a pod of at least 30 bottlenose dolphins. Blows, arched back, tail up dive, chin slap, plus a big breach near the end of the cruise.
05 June Highlight of our cruise today was observing a mother and calf pod, plus two individual Humpbacks, and a small breach in the distance. Great whale watching conditions with glassy water and very little swell.
04 June We were joined by a small pod of whales for both our morning & afternoon departures. A few highlights from the gentle giants included arched backs, blows and pectoral slaps.
30 May Another big day with 6 whales and 2 fur seals. A pair of big adult Humpbacks in close viewing distance impressed with short dives and long up-times, plus a tail up dive and some blows.
29 May Light winds today with only a small swell and great visibility for whale spotting - 7 to be exact! Three pods of 2, 2 and 3 Humpbacks including 2 juveniles with loads of energy. We were treated to the works; a tail up dive, chin slap, arched back, pectoral slap, breaches and blows.
28 May Another amazing day of whale watching. Our morning departure saw almost non stop breaching and theatrics from an energetic juvenile Humpback. We also got an up-close look at a larger Humpback and a pod of dolphins on our afternoon cruise, with a rainbow to top it all off! A perfect ending to a perfect day on the harbour. 
25 May Our passengers were joined by a friendly juvenile Humpback whale who approached the boat a number of times to say hi, even diving directly underneath the boat!
24 May Two adult Humpbacks near North Head, entertaining our guests with several blows and a big breach.
23 May An amazing cruise spotting 10-15 common dolphins off South Head, and the highlight for our passengers - a Humpback off Botany Bay surface swimming alongside the vessel for approx 30min with 6-8 close-ups!
22 May One solo Humpback sighted today. Although fairly quiet, we were treated to a a couple of typical whale behaviours - blows and an arched back. Visit our About Whales pages for more info on these gentle giants.
21 May Day 2 of this season didn't disappoint! A pod of 2 adults Humpbacks off La Perouse early in the day, and the same pod again in the afternoon near Manly. Exciting passengers with pectoral slaps and blows, the highlight was a double breach.
20 May A wonderful start to season 2017 with a pod of 3 Humpbacks sighted off Botany Bay this afternoon. These gentle giants impressed all onboard with lots of blows, 4x peduncle throws, and a chin slap with average downtimes of approx. 10min. 
  You can also check out a selection of our 2016 season whale sightings here