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Our most recommended Western Australia Dolphin & Whale Watching

Rockingham: 1-hour Shoalwater Islands Tour & Penguin Island

1. Rockingham: 1-hour Shoalwater Islands Tour & Penguin Island

Enjoy the scenic highlights of the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park during a 1-hour glass bottom boat cruise that explores the ruggedly spectacular coastlines of Penguin, Seal & Bird Islands and takes advantage of the best wildlife spotting opportunities.  Take in the beautiful scenery in the marine park and through the glass panels you can also see what goes on beneath the surface. Wild dolphins, rare Australian sea lions, pelican rookeries, and birds of prey are regularly sighted and our friendly crew will get you right amongst the action. Though, please note that no sightings are guaranteed.  The Cruise concludes on Penguin Island to see the penguin feeding and then enjoy some island time before returning on the ferry at your own leisure. Penguin feedings are presented by a Parks & Wildlife Services ranger at 10.30am, 12.30 & 2.30pm and last around 20 minutes, after which the rangers are available to answer any visitor questions.

Mandurah Pirate Cruise

2. Mandurah Pirate Cruise

Ahoy there, matey! Take your seat as you depart from the eastern foreshore and venture through through Mandurah's beautiful inland waterways and canals on a fun-filled pirate cruise. Kids are encouraged to dress up in their favourite pirate costume (not supplied) and pretend they are sailing the seven seas. On this 45-minute adventure, they can steer the pirate wheel, look through the telescopes and take photos with the friendly captain, while adults are entertained with scenic views including a look at the prestigious homes dotted along the canals. Don't forget to bring your camera, Western Australia's largest residential population of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins can be found in the waterways all year round.

Koombana Bay: Dolphin Eco Cruise

3. Koombana Bay: Dolphin Eco Cruise

Take an exciting Dolphin Eco Cruise for 90 minutes at the Discovery Centre. The vessel provides an excellent viewing platform designed to get you as close as possible to the dolphins, without getting your feet wet. The team will introduce you to the local Bottlenose Dolphins as they interact in their natural environment. Many of the dolphins seen on the cruise call Koombana Bay their home. They can be seen frolicking, playing, sleeping, and feeding during the cruise. The informative commentary from the skipper will keep you updated throughout.

Whale Watching Cruise from Busselton, Augusta or Dunsborough

4. Whale Watching Cruise from Busselton, Augusta or Dunsborough

Enjoy an exciting and best value whale watching experience in Busselton, Augusta or Dunsborough. Cruise out into the pristine waters to see these lovable marine giants up close. Migrating humpback and southern right whales leave the cold, food rich Antarctic waters and begin arriving around June. Augusta, Busselton and Dunsborough are perfectly placed to view these spectacular wild animals as they make their way past, often stopping off for a rest and play. Geographe Bay, with its usually calm and sheltered waters, means a guided whale watching tour is the best way to see magnificent humpback and southern right whales up-close.

Coral Bay: Ningaloo Reef Swim and Snorkel with Whale Sharks

5. Coral Bay: Ningaloo Reef Swim and Snorkel with Whale Sharks

Join this 8 to 9-hour whale shark safari aboard Thunder. This vessel has been designed for comfort and has a large area for seating and standing, both downstairs and upstairs, and a 360-degree view from the wheelhouse. It is the perfect way to experience one of the few places in the world where these big beautiful whale sharks choose to visit.  Your tour will begin at 7:30 AM. Take a short bus transfer to the jetty to board the vessel. Then, head out for your first reef snorkeling experience in the beautiful coral gardens. You will encounter numerous fish, reef sharks, and other marine species. After morning tea, your journey to the outer reef will begin. By this time, the spotter plane is already searching for your whale sharks and informing the crew of any other exciting marine life they have spotted along the way. The crew will do their best to allow you to experience as much wildlife as possible during the tour.  Once the spotter plane has found a whale shark, the boat will make its way to it. You will be split into 2 groups of 10 and take turns to swim with the whale shark. To ensure that the whale sharks are not disturbed at their natural habit, you are allowed a maximum of 1 hour of swimming time with them. The boat stops on the return journey for a second reef snorkel at a different site. To finish the day, you can celebrate with a glass of champagne and enjoy a fruit platter.

Coral Bay: 3-Hour Whale Watching Experience

6. Coral Bay: 3-Hour Whale Watching Experience

Enjoy a leisurely cruise in style on board of a spacious multi-level luxury boat. Sit back, relax, and take in the sights and scenery as you travel the short journey to the whales' playground. The humpback whales migrate through Coral Bay from June to October each year. Visit these incredible and inquisitive mammals in their natural environment to watch them playing, tail-slapping, breaching, waving, slapping their massive pectoral fins, rolling, and even sleeping. Because the local waters are a safe-haven for migrating whales, it is common to see resting mothers and calves as they frolic in the calm waters of Bateman's Bay. Not only can you see the iconic humpback whales, there is also the chance to encounter many other marine animals such as turtles, dolphins, dugong, and other whale species throughout this trip. The tour departs runs for three hours, and your friendly and knowledgeable crew will look after you throughout the tour by offering information about the Ningaloo Reef and its marine life. A complimentary Champagne alongside finger food is provided, and you will also be welcome to BYO.

Fremantle: Whale-Watching Cruise

7. Fremantle: Whale-Watching Cruise

Enjoy whale watching aboard a state-of-the-art catamaran and reach Fremantle's whale grounds in air-conditioned comfort. Experience the thrill of coming face to face with the majestic humpback whales on their annual migration along the Western Australian coastline. Every year, from August to the end of November/ start of December, spot these gentle giants at play frolicking in the waters off Hillarys Boat Harbour. Enjoy the best possible view of the majestic whales from one of the catamaran's 3 viewing areas – take advantage of the large open deck space to capture spectacular close-up photographs. Relax knowing that whale sighting is 100% guaranteed and enjoy a drink or bite to eat at the onboard licensed bar. Benefit from the knowledge of a certified marine biologist from AQWA, The Aquarium of Western Australia, who will provide a running commentary during the cruise.

2-Hour Luxury Whale Watching Cruise from Augusta

8. 2-Hour Luxury Whale Watching Cruise from Augusta

Come aboard for an unforgettable experience! Depart from the Augusta Boat Harbor and cruise in style on the Steep Point, a purpose-built luxury catamaran, for a 2-hour whale watching experience.  On your cruise, spot the magnificent Humpback whale along with seals, dolphins and migratory birdlife from all over the world. From mid-July, you may also see the arrival of the rare and endangered Southern Right Whales who use Flinders Bay as their nursery ground. Meet Western Australia's Whale Watch family who operates whale watch experiences all year and is onboard every tour to share their knowledge and experience with guests. Experts will provide a live and educational commentary throughout the cruise and answer any questions you may have. An underwater camera and hydrophone allow you to watch and listen to the whales in their natural habitat (weather permitting). The Steep Point features 5 viewing decks over 3 levels, where you’ll enjoy stunning uninterrupted views from the water level to the huge open bow, upper grandstand deck, and heated interior saloon with luxury lounge seating. Your boat is the largest and most luxurious whale-watching vessel in Western Australia and has been purposely built for safety, comfort, luxury, and viewing enjoyment. Superior service and no crowding are guaranteed. There’s also a fully-licensed cafe on board that serves a range of refreshments.

Bunbury: Swim with Dolphins Tour

9. Bunbury: Swim with Dolphins Tour

On this tour, you are given the opportunity to swim with the wild Bottlenose Dolphins in their own environment. Accompanied by an experienced guide and trained volunteers you will venture into the open waters of Koombana Bay. Depending on dolphin sightings you will be guided into the water where the dolphins may elect to initiate interaction with the swimmers. As they are wild dolphins, interaction cannot be guaranteed.

Dunsborough: Whale Watching Tour

10. Dunsborough: Whale Watching Tour

Step on board the luxury vessel, Alison Maree, for a 2.5 hour scenic whale watching cruise in the pristine waters of Geographe Bay. Enjoy a cup of tea and a biscuit whilst you marvel at the sight of a pod of Humpback whales - with over 35000 Humpbacks migrating through the bay with their young, there is plenty to see. Humpback Whales are the playful ones, you can often see them breach, spy hop, and be very playful and friendly - no binoculars required. In the months of October and November the mighty Blue Whale is also often sighted, these whales are the largest living animal on the planet so it is an amazing feeling to look at these whales in awe with their graceful yet large presence. Dolphins are often seen riding the ship's bow, you will want to be standing up the front of the boat to get the best glimpse of these beautiful agile creatures. Not only is this an amazing whale watching cruise but the scenery is stunning; cruise along Eagle Bay, Castle Rock, Bunker Bay, and past the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse.

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What people are saying about Western Australia

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 118 reviews

Very pleasant day. Informative and entertaining feeding time at the Discovery Centre. All staff, in the Centre and on the ferries were very friendly, professional and helpful. Managed to get up close to see dolphins with new babies, very special. My family had a lovely day out.

Great Tour. Left on time, comfortable boat with good commentary throughout. Saw Dolphins around the boat and also two Sea Lions on Seal Island. Very enjoyable and great photos.

Lovely to see the dolphins. Also the penguins. Very friendly and up beat and inforative guides. Had great time.

Fun & Excited Experience.. Kids enjoy it so much.. Highly recomended..

Had a lovely cruise and saw quite a few dolphins. Lovely day.