Vivid and Whale Watching Package

Sydney’s best experiences on the water: 25 May to 16 June 

Like many humans, whales prefer to spend their winters in Australia. From the end of May until as late as December, pods of Humpback Whales fill Australia’s oceans as they migrate to mate and eventually give birth to calves.  Fantasea is dedicated not only to making sure you reach the Pacific’s “Whale Highway” in record time, but to providing you with a comfortable and memorable boating experience as well. Vivid Sydney night cruises include a complimentary welcoming drink and a stunning evening view of Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Harbour Lights, Taronga Zoo, the Botanical Gardens and Walsh Bay.  The Vivid and Whale watching package allows you to take in both these giants as well as the largest outdoor light show in the world for only $99.

Cruise 1. Hop aboard the large catamaran and enjoy complimentary refreshments while you cruise around Vivid Sydney for a 60- minute cruise from Darling Harbour to Fort Denison past the Botanical Gardens and a slow cruise around the Opera House taking in the light show from every angle, a view only possible from the water.

Cruise 2. Fantasea’s Whale Watching Cruise is one of the most popular Sydney Harbour cruise deals, nature lovers from every corner of the globe flock here just like the whales each winter to make the most of the experience, often glimpsing other wildlife such as dolphins and fairy penguins. The international community has done such a great job with whale conservation that 2018 is set to top 20,000 leviathan visitors, making it the busiest year to date. On our boats, you’ll find two spacious viewing decks that offer the ideal vantage point from which to spy on your giant photogenic prey.

*To use the Vivid and Whale watching package ticket, choose your Vivid tour. To redeem your whale watching voucher contact our office via e-mail or phone and quote your reference number your Whale tour is valid for 12 months from date of purchase.

Vivid Inclusions

A unique perspective and great photo opportunitiesA complimentary drink included
Sydney Harbour CruisesSee Opera House, Harbour Bridge as they are transformed into spectacular canvas boards of light, music and 3D projectionsFully licensed bar with drinks and snacks available for cash and card purchase

Whale Watching Inclusions

Fully hosted Whale Watching experience with friendly and professional crewComplimentary tea and coffee inside the harbour only
Sydney Harbour CruisesIconic sights of Sydney Harbour with unique photo opportunitiesSydney Harbour CruisesUltra-modern catamaran with two large open deck viewing areas
Snacks and refreshments available for cash and card purchaseHumpback Whales, Southern Rights, Dolphins, and variety of birds

Vivid Sydney Cruise Timetable

Fantasea Joy Bar Fantasea Catalina
Monday to Sunday6:00 PM & 7:30 PM N/A
All Saturdays and
25th May & 10th June
 N/A 7:00 PM
Cruise Duration 60 Minutes 60 Minutes

Whale Watching Timetable (Darling Harbour)

Darling Harbour (King Street Wharf 8)

3 Hour Cruise

Monday – Thursday
Friday – Sunday
9:30am & 1:30pm

Whale Watching Timetable (Circular Quay)

Circular Quay (Eastern Pontoon)

2.25 Hour Cruise

Monday – Thursday
Friday – Sunday
10:00am & 2:00pm




$ 99

$ 69

Some of our happy customers!


Reviewed 5 months ago

“Excellent New Years cruise”

We took the 90-minute cruise for New Years and we’re not disappointed – fab views of the new year fireworks. Not cheap but worth every penny.

Sarah G

Reviewed 5 months ago

“Superb trip!”

A great way to see the harbour and have a thrill. We thought this trip was great for teenagers and their aging parents to do together. Thoroughly recommended.

Kevin Sheather

Reviewed 5 months ago

A great experience, would recommend it to anyone.

It was a comfortable day to be on the water with little glare and enough wind to ensure an interesting start. The captain did a great job in positioning us for the start and made sure that we got a good look at the leaders as he let them power past. We were looked after by an experienced crew who made sure that we enjoyed hot food and the cold drink.

David Mitchell

Reviewed 5 months ago

Fantastic value compared to others we looked at.

A whole new way of seeing the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Right in the action from the start then offshore from Bondi Beach. Really great up close boating. Well done to all, great burgers+ cold drinks+ the best boat driving= fantastic value compared to others we looked at. 

Gareth G

Reviewed 1 year ago

“Essential Palm Beach Activity- Fabulous fun.”

Get you across to the basin and other river beach area including camping with facilities. Inexpensive way to see Pittwater and Hawkesbury areas- and the tea is not bad,

Jean M

Reviewed 1 year ago

“Way to travel”

Travel by ferry from Ettalong to Palm Beach is charming, especially if you don’t get to experience waterways like this.Use the bus (Opal Card) to get around.

Jennifer R

Reviewed 11 months ago

“Ettalong to Palm Beach ferry service”

We took the opportunity to enjoy the water experiences offered by Fantasea. We caught the ferry at Wagstaffe, which is a lovely quiet spot on the Box Head peninsular. We had a great ride via Booker Bay Wharf as Ettalong wharf was being “improved”. Palm Beach was warm and relaxed on a sunny winter’s day.

Roger H

Reviewed 9 months ago

“A breath of fresh air!”

A great way to add another dimension to the Northern Beaches. Took the Ettalong ferry over the Hawkesbury River, dog and bike friendly, clean and comfy, value at $11return. A nice blast of sea air and worth a visit to the Paranga?pub. Just do it.

Ann Sigford

Reviewed 8 months ago

Migaloo as the star!

Thanks again for the terrific whale cruise yesterday, with Migaloo as the star. It was unforgettable! I mentioned the work being done with dogs to locate whale droppings. This could be fun for your customers to hear about along with the breath sampling by drones.

Abbie R

Reviewed 8 months ago

An evening on Joy Bar!

My friends and I went on Joybar for an evening of wine and chocolate tasting. It was wonderful! The staff were attentive, approachable and were constantly making sure you were having a great time! We tried 3 different wines and chocolates to match each one. It was really well done. As if wine tasting wasn’t enough you are also cruising around the famous Sydney Harbour at dusk seeing all the famous sights up close and personal! It was a great evening and perfect for group friends!

George A

Reviewed 8 months ago

“A Harbour History Lesson With Syd D”

My partner and I were on a short weekend away from South Australia and wanted to get over to Taronga Zoo – a Water Taxi seemed the way to do it and were we lucky to get to ride with Syd? You bet. From Darling Harbour Syd gave us some insider knowledge on the naval vessels, history of the rocks, SH bridge, Kirribilli house and more. Entry to Taronga was part of our taxi fare – it was great. Thanks again Syd!


Reviewed 9 months ago

Wonderful Whale watching

We went on a whale watching cruise with Fantasea. The boat was big and new and the crew friendly and well informed. The crew included two marine biologists. We were lucky that we saw a lot of whales. My only regret was that the time passed too quickly. Could have stayed out at sea watching the whales for many more hours.

Daveyw Jones

Reviewed 1 year ago

NYE 2016/2017 9pm Fireworks

The entire team at Fantasea Crusing did an absolutely fantastic job before, during and after the cruise. Professional and organised, the team was also very compassionate and accommodating to the special needs of my family. Special thanks to Alexia for taking care of us and the crew on board for doing a great job during the spectacular fireworks show. A fabulous night to remember, thank you!

Trish Wilson

Reviewed 10 months ago

Best Harbour Trip with Your Fabulous Staff

Just went on the best harbour trip with your fabulous staff, Adam and Holly on the Shopper Hopper, they were so friendly and personable. Would definitely go again but only if these two are on duty


Reviewed 11 months ago

Fantastic Vivid Cruise.

This cruise exceeded my expectations. I have to use a forearm crutch to walk and balance and The crew were fantastic in assisting me with boarding and moving around the boat to be able to see the best of the “Vivid” light show. Not only did they help, but they did so in a friendly manner. Top marks to all, you made my Sydney Harbour cruise the highlight of my stay.

Timothy Henderson

Reviewed 11 months ago

Great Harbour Tour!

We got the last water taxi tour on the new years day bank holiday which was 45 minutes long and had a great time despite the weather. The guide was very knowledgeable of the area and the sites we saw.

Gary C

Reviewed 1 year ago

Great Cruise into Sydney!!!

This was the final leg of the Blue Mountains tour by Grey lines. The cruise was nice and so relaxing after a day of sight seeing west of Sydney. The drinks were great and I got some great pictures along the way. It ended at night and afforded a great view of the Harbor area upon arrival

Sujata C

Reviewed 10 months ago

Whale Watching- Most Fabulous Experience.

Most fabulous experience. Saw humpback whales doing the back flip. Amazing peaceful animals. Excellent facilities and manned by very good personnel. Would recommend only Fantasea if you want to guarantee whale watching. We have used other cruises before but only got to see whales with Fantasea.

Carol G

Reviewed 1 year ago

Fantasea Cruising for a fireworks cruise on NYE.

We joined the family on Fantasea Cruising for a fireworks cruise on NYE. The boat carried about 140 passengers so was very personal and we were pleased we chose this over one of the other boats.  Staff was pleasant & helpful.


Reviewed 9 months ago

Trip to Taronga Zoo and Back…Absolutely Great!!

Our skipper Chris was wonderful! He pointed out interesting sites and details, slowed down for photo opportunities, and gave us tips for things to see and do at the zoo! The whole experience was a pleasure and we enjoyed his great service!!

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