Whale Watching without the crowds
What we will doWhale watching without the crowds!
Looking for a Whale Watching experience you will remember and want to talk about for a long time? Sure, its always amazing when you get to see the whales. But lets face it, doing so while trying to catch a glimpse over the top of 2 or more people in front of you isnt that great. Wouldnt it be a lot better if you always had an uncrowded rail-side position?! Always able to take pictures or video without the heads of other people in the way?! Of course you do. We all do. If we all loved being crowded with others, public transport would be WAY more popular! But reality is that we all prefer our own space in our own car whenever possible. Well, this tour is what you are looking for to have that little extra luxury!
Crusader 1 is a large, open deck vessel which allows full walk around access, even to the bow of the boat where you can often watch the dolphins play and follow our path. You will ALWAYS have that rail side position, ready for that perfect photo or that unobstructed view. With a maximum of 22 passengers at any time, all of our guests enjoy total visibility and proximity to whales, dolphins, as well as the many other kinds of marine life we encounter. And with the undoubtedly the most up-close and close-to-the-water viewing decks of any vessel on the Sunshine Coast, this tour offers a very special and personal day out on the water with these inquisitive, majestic animals. Add to this our friendly and professional staff, and we can guarantee you will enjoy an incredible day of whale watching. You really do have the chance to get up close and personal with these gentle giants of the sea and encounter pods of dolphins and turtles that are regular sightings.
Humpback whales are not only beautiful but also playful and curious creatures. You will be in awe of the spectacular breaching, close encounters, magical songs and tail slapping.
Light refreshments and non alcohol drinks are included. Our entire focus and goal is to give you a truly intimate encounter with these gentle giants of the ocean.
Our entire focus and goal is to give you a truly intimate encounter with these gentle giants of the ocean.
Where we will be
We depart from the Coast Guard & Boat Ramp Pontoon. (Pontoon is located between the 2 boat ramps).
For a GPS use 51 Parkyn Parade Mooloolaba Qld. These are the units across the road from the ramp.
Please DO NOT park your car in the Boat trailer areas here but rather find a park along Parkyn Parade where parking is free and unlimited in time. Cars parked incorrectly in the Boat ramp car park are likely to be towed.
Once parked please wait at the top of the ramp to the pontoon until instructed by the crew that it is safe to come down the ramp and board the vessel.
Parkyn Parade Mooloolaba 4557 Qld. See map.
About your guide
Here at Sunshine Coast Afloat we are local, family run and based in Mooloolaba on the incredible sunshine coast. A location that delivers outstanding marine and adventure experiences time and time again. Because of this, our companys passion and focus is aimed purely at ensuring the best possible experience is delivered to all adventurers, as well as showcasing just how stunning this amazing place is we call home.
Our passion has led us to win the sunshine coast business awards in 2014 as well as seeing us become finalists in 2015, a prestigious and well sought after award that truly encompasses the pride and outstanding service every adventurer will experience when booking with us.
This award also gives recognition to the hard work every single member of our small but dedicated team, puts in every single day to make sure you have the best possible experience.
You will find that we are also members of visit Sunshine Coast, a local tourism body as well as tourism Queensland.
All this means is that if you book with us, here on the amazing sunshine coast, you can book with the confidence that you will be looked after!
Everything we do here at Sunshine Coast Afloat is done with you in mind! We cater for everyone and have designed it so that no matter what the activity is, it will be an enjoyable experience!
Time and time again we have been told by adventurers that sunshine coast Afloat encompasses these key points! COMFORT, ROOM TO MOVE, FUN, ATTENTIVE STAFF, QUALITY and a clear PASSION for the business we are in! These are all things we strive to achieve each and everyday! We are problem solvers and are here to make your experience the best one possible.
Let us focus on you and the things important to your enjoyment, that way you can just focus on having fun!
Guest requirementsPlease note - This tour operates from 1st July to 20th October only!
Comfortable clothing, enclosed shoes, hat and sunglasses. Bring a rain jacket just in case. Dont forget your CAMERA! Alcohol is on a BYO basis.
Minimum height requirement is 120cm.
Minimum age of 10 years is recommended.
All children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Passengers must be at the departure point a minimum of 20 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.
See our terms and conditions.
Please arrive 20 to 30 minutes PRIOR to your noted departure time. We would hate for the tour to depart on time should you be late and we have not heard from you! Depending on the departure time you may need to ensure you have enough time to find a car park.
Please do not wait on the pontoon itself as the crew will be mooring the vessel on its arrival and we safety is paramount for all.
Searching for whales
We only really run our tours in the most active period of the whale season. After all we all want to be watching whales, not searching for them the entire time. Of course they are underwater for most of the time, and the Coral Sea is a large area. We ask all passengers to join in to keep an eye out for the distinctive Blow that is usually the first sign of whales.
The first of what will often be 2 or 3 different pods on the tour. The crew will provide information on the whale behaviour and other relevant facts during the tour. We cannot get closer than 100m to the left or right of the pod, or 300m to the rear of front of them. Once we are in position the hope is that the animals natural curiosity will bring them to us!
All good things must come to an end. We try to keep the return trip as short as possible to give us as much time with the whales as possible. On average the return trip takes about 30 minutes all up. Make yourself comfortable on the lounges ort seats, or ask the skipper if you can sit on the bow of the vessel. In the right conditions you will often see dolphins swimming along with Crusader 1 in the bow wake.