Starts: Hervey Bay QLD 4655, Australia
Ends: Hervey Bay QLD 4655, Australia
The morning Dolphin Cruise is on the waters of the Great Sandy Straits by Hervey Bay and Fraser Island. Here we look for the bottlenose dolphins (aduncas) and the indo-pacific humpback dolphins (sousa chineses), which is a lesser known species. Both of these species reside in small residential pods of up to 20 and are found around Hervey Bay and Fraser Island. The waters are also home to dugongs, turtles, seabirds and other marine life.
Our dolphin watching tours started back in December 1996 and we have maintained a 90% to 95 % success rate for finding the dolphins.
The cruise lasts for around 4 hours and morning tea is provided. During summer and weather permitting we also manage a swim on one of the shallow sand banks. Or try boom netting, lots of fun for the whole family.
The bottlenose dolphin is the better known of the two species and we now have about 25 individuals we can recognised by their dorsal fin. We have been working on a photo id catalogue for the last couple of years.
The indo-pacific humpback is a little bit smaller and a little harder to find and photograph them can be a difficult task but can be well worth it. Most guests have never seen this species before so it is always a good day when we see them.
The dugongs of the Great Sandy Straits have been heavily impacted upon in the recent years by floods down the Mary and Susan River systems and the loss of the sea grass beds. On the days that we encounter a dugong it is a great bonus for all on board. Tour Features
- Multi award winning sail vessel
- Low passenger numbers
- Over 27 years experience with marine mammals
- Multi lingual crew
- Lowest carbon footprint – responsible dolphin watching
- Morning tea
- Complimentary beverage (beer, wine or soft drink)
- Fully licensed
- Courtesy bus available
Dolphin Tour Details
Season: November to July
Times: Departs the marina at 8.30am and returns approx 12.30 hours.
Location: Berth B7,Great Sandy Straits Marina, Buccaneer Drive, Urangan, Hervey Bay, Queensland, 4655, Australia