Central Coast and Pittwater Whale Watching

From Ettalong Wharf or Palm Beach Wharf

Have a whale of a time with Fantasea Cruising

Winter has never given you a better reason to get rugged up and out of the house than for the highly anticipated annual whale migration.

Fantasea Cruising offers our Central Coast and Northern Beaches guests, an unforgettable opportunity for a scenic, educational and up-close encounter with our favourite charismatic creatures of the sea, the ‘humpback’ whale.

This guided adventure is hosted by our very own Marine Naturalist Lisa. Alongside our highly skilled whale watching crew, Lisa will share her love and extensive knowledge of all thing’s whales, wildlife and some Northern Beaches history too.

Our well known catamarans 8 Seasons and Escapade provide for a thrilling whale watching experience. Both boasting plentiful seating and spacious observation areas, in no time at all you are sure to be as in awe of these graceful, gentle giants as we are.

With whale watching cruises departing from Palm Beach and Ettalong most weekends of both the Northern and Southern Migrations, now is the perfect time to book your whale watching cruise. So get on board, the whales are waiting for you.

Northern Migration

Between the months of May and August our majestic mammal friends are in search of warmer waters, embarking on a massive journey from Antarctica. 

The first to begin this migration are the females weaning their calves, closely followed by the sub-adult males and females. The peak of the migration sees the mature whales leave Antarctica. The ‘boys’ tend to lead as they travel either alone or in groups. These playful creatures are doing their best to attract a female! Lobtailing, chin slaps and breaching are thought to be a way of proving their dominance, second only to the mystical whale song. Finally, the new mums to be head toward warmer waters to give birth and feed their newborns. These whales often cross paths with the newly pregnant whales heading south!

Southern Migration

Spring has sprung and it is now time for these gentle giants of the sea to head back to Antarctica. Having eaten very little or not at all since their journey began, our memorizing mammal friends have now used their body fat reserves and they are hungry!

Newly pregnant females now take the lead as they need to feed as soon as possible! (you really shouldn’t deny a pregnant lady food now, should you!). The young adolescent whales soon join the journey followed by the mature adult whales. The last to leave are the new mums with their babies.

Young adolescent whales are very active and use lots of energy socializing and playing. We may get to see them chasing each other at high speed, tail sapping, fin slapping, tail fluke slapping, spy-hopping and breaching. This is also time for mum to teach her baby how to be a whale!

Meet Our Marine Naturalist and Host…

Marine Host LisaNAME: Lisa
JOB: Marine Host
HOME: Sydney’s Northern Beaches
Background: After working for 30 years in an executive career, 4 years ago I decided to leave that life behind and pursue a career as a tour guide. My ‘Sea Change’ came when I was offered a role with Fantasea as a host on board their vessels. I love spending my days showing people a side of Sydney they’ve never seen before. After completing a short course in Marine and Antarctic Science through the University of Tasmania, I began the exciting job of hosting whale watching cruises out of Palm Beach and Ettalong.

 

Rated "Excellent" by 200+ Travellers!

Whale watching from Umina

What an experience this was! It took us a little while to find the whales but the young lady that was speaking on the microphone was very interesting to listen to and kept us well informed you can tell she really enjoyed her job. The 2 whales we saw were so playfully jumping in and out of the water and waving to us. We had a lovely day thank you.

– Dream221848 via TripAdvisor
Whale Watching from Patonga - great!

We had a very pleasant whale watching trip from Patonga on the holiday weekend. We were lucky to see females with calves from early on in the trip, and were able to get some good photos too. An added bonus was to see the colony of seals at Barrenjoey rocks, along with a shag or a rock! A good few people were seasick, despite fairly calm conditions - they were well looked after by the crew, however. Tip: don't expect to see breaching or flukes during the Southern migration, as most are females with calves. Aim for the Northern migration in the autumn instead.

– EHinOz | Sydney, Australia via TripAdvisor
Palm Beach Whale watching....WOW

Wow, this was a great experience on so many levels. The weather was divine, a crisp day but the sun was beaming. The crew where great. Lisa the 'whale guide' was extremely informative, had a lovely voice and did an awesome job along with her team. I couldn't say a bad thing. And the WHALES well we were blessed to have them on show for us, The captain obviously knew what he was doing. The whales where with us the whole time. The catamaran had so many vantage points, top (open deck), lower deck, and the front. I saw whales from every view point. Even when Lisa said we had to go, one of the whales waved at us, true!!! Thank you Fantasea and a big Thank you to Lisa and her crew! Smooth sailing.

– Vanessa20182018 | Sydney, Australia via TripAdvisor
Whale watching cruise from Palm Beach wharf

Just over three hours on this most comfortable vessel. We saw so many whales at close range. The staff were superb. The young lady doing the commentary and PR was so natural and presentable. We had an NRMA deal which made the cost very attractive. Weather was perfect and seas slight. Sea lions were also seen at very close quarters. Highlight for me was crewman Dave who we discovered knew some of my friends in the UK. A one in a billion chance. We had such a good day we rebooked for a September cruise. A must for locals and definitely tourists.

– Lew J | Sydney, Australia via TripAdvisor
Whale Watching dep. Ettalong

It was a great winters day, lots of sun and only a gentle rolling swell. There were a lot of people on board, but not so many as to feel crowded. A number of whales were seen, and the passengers were polite and let everyone get a look. A whale would be spotted and the crew would try to manoeuvre to a spot where the whales would pass near the boat. Most times they got it spot on, if they didn’t show after about five minutes we moved on. A great way to spend the morning. Great boat, pleasant crew and a knowledgeable commentary. Obviously a certain amount of luck is necessary to get the weather, sea state and whale sightings coincident. We were lucky and would recommend to our friends. Well done Fantasea.

– Hawker2017 | Sydney, Australia via TripAdvisor
Awesome whale watching from Palm Beach

Super stable large Catamaran leaving from Palm Beach during the Whale Migration Friendly experienced crew and you can't beat the scenery in this part of the world! Best part is that you are all on your own outside the reach of the other boats right on the Whale highway . Had a pod of Dolphins surfing the bow wake and tracked a heap of Whales. Perfect for Northern Beaches or Central Coast guests without the need to travel to Sydney Harbour. Awesome experience!

– Retrosurfer | Sydney, Australia via TripAdvisor