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Whale Watching Nelson Bay

Discover the amazing whale watching Nelson Bay experiences on offer at RedBalloon. Marvel at these majestic animals with one of our whale watching cruises that will let you see them up close in person. Whale watching season has officially begun so there is no better time to book this animal experience then today!
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Nelson Bay whale watching cruise at RedBalloon

The popular coastal suburb of Nelson Bay is a haven for surfers, sightseers and whale watching in season. RedBalloon offers some of the best and eco-accredited whale watching cruises in Nelson Bay and also nearby in Newcastle. Capture the marine magic of these unforgettable tours by booking online at RedBalloon.

Where is Nelson Bay?

Nelson Bay is a suburb on the southern shore of Port Stephens in NSW. Located in the renowned Hunter Region winery area, Nelson Bay is about 60 kilometres northeast of Newcastle.

When is the best time to see whales in Nelson Bay?

The warmth and brightness of the midday sun presents the ideal time to view breaching whales coming out to play. But at any daylight hour, when the sun is high, you’re almost assured of capturing humpback whales in all their glory. The Whale Watching Cruise – 3 Hours, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, offered at RedBalloon, departs the Port Stephens Boat Harbour at 10:30am and 2pm daily. You’ll cruise offshore to watch the migrating humpbacks frolic in Port Stephens’ Great Lakes Marine Park.

Your tour provider is an award-winning Advanced Eco-Accredited company. The cruise takes place on a 54-foot catamaran, with sails hoisted in fine weather. This state-of-the-art vessel provides 360-degree viewing from its covered foredeck and a comfortable cabin. The craft moves so quietly that you can hear the whales breathing. Informative commentary is part of this unique marine-life adventure. There’s a licensed bar on board, with drinks and snacks available for purchase. A 90-minute express Nelson Bay whale-watching cruise is also offered at RedBalloon with the same renowned tour operator. However, this cruise takes place on board a 40-foot fast cat that zips along the waterways, capturing the same magical sights in half the time.

What time of year do whales migrate in Nelson Bay?

The humpback whale-watching season NSW in Nelson Bay officially begins on May 20 and concludes on November 20.

What else will I see on a Nelson Bay whale-watching experience?

On a Nelson By whale-watching experience, there is also the opportunity to view bottlenose dolphins, flocks of oceanic seabirds and witness the colony of Southern Fur seals that laze on the rocks at Cabbage Tree Island.

How to prepare for a whale-watching experience?

You should dress weather appropriately, in comfortable attire and footwear. It can be cool on board so bring a warm jacket. Wet-weather jackets are provided in the event of rain. If you’re prone to seasickness, taking prescription medication is advisable prior to your whale-watching expedition. Get a good night’s sleep and you’ll be primed for your unforgettable Nelson Bay whale-watching cruise. Don’t forget to bring your camera for capturing these majestic mammals in their element.