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2hr Express Cruise

Sydney's best value whale watching cruise

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Best Value Cruise – You want a quick whale watching fix but don’t want to give up on comfort? This cruise is perfect for you.

20min to the ocean – Don’t waste hours traveling to the whales and back. Minimal time in the harbour, maximum time with whales.

Twilight Cruise – Join our 15:00 departure for a magical whale watching experience as the sun sets over Sydney.

Adult
A$59
Child (4-15)
A$39
Family (2 Adults + 2 Children
A$159
Infant (0-4)
Free

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Departs Circular Quay – Wharf 6 at 10:00, 12:40 and 15:00

The 2hr Express Cruise is Sydney’s best value whale watching cruise if you want a quick whale watching fix but don’t want to give up on comfort.

Fantasea Catalina is an Australian built catamaran with contemporary interior décor and design. It is a great vessel for whale watching with two covered decks, an open front landing and an open top deck.

Reaching top speeds of up to 25 Knots, getting you from Circular Quay to the open ocean takes less than 20min, leaving almost an hour and a half for whale watching.

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Whale Watch in comfort with air-conditioned cabins with large windows and great indoor and outdoor seating. Informative commentary by our experienced crew and onboard multimedia presentations ensure you are fully informed of what to look out for so you can make the most out of this unique experience.

Complimentary coffee and tea is available while in the harbour and during suitable offshore conditions. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase from the onboard licensed bar. Fantasea Catalina is wheelchair accessible. If no whales are successfully watched on your cruise, you receive a free return cruise.

Vessel Features

  • Three levels of outside viewing decks
  • High speed vessels for minimal travel time
  • Purpose built for whale watching
  • multimedia presentations on screens
  • Comfortable cushioned seats
  • climate controlled cabin
  • wheelchair accessible
  • Toilets on board (1 disabled)

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Departs Circular Quay – Wharf 6 at 10:00, 12:40 and 15:00

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 thankyou.

– Dream221848 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 via TripAdvisor
Whale watching

"I'd like to thank the crew particularly Cassie and Josh for making a beautiful day even better. We were lucky enough to see a whale and I'll be back later in the season. The Catalina is a great boat, clean and well laid out with great views all round.."

– suelF3627NF via TripAdvisor
Fantastic

"Despite the wet weather and being quite early into the season we were able to spot a number of whales and have a lovely morning out! The vessel was very modern and comfortable. A must do for locals and visitors alike"

– Hayley C L via TripAdvisor
Fantastic day, great boat and professional and informative staff!

"Spent the afternoon for on this tour for my partner's birthday excellent crew, lots of commentary and a great day!"

– Monique S via TripAdvisor
Whale watching- Darling Habour

"Best tour! Emma was such a good guide !! We saw 5 whales 1pm Sunday 16th June 2019..Amazing experience and not crowned like other boats .. We nearly missed our boat but the team waited for us."

– Grace L via TripAdvisor
We saw whales!

"We had a great tour and were fortunate enough to watch two whales for about 30 minutes. The narration provided by the marine biologist was excellent. We would do this again."

– kent542015 via TripAdvisor
Wonderful

"First time to see the whale. smooth sailing to the deep sea area, nice breeze and beautiful scenery, really enjoyed it! While trying to spot whales, the staff gave some background knowledge about humpback whales, learned something as well. very good weather! we got to see four whales!! they were very active as well! Amazing to see how big the whales are and how they play in the sea. Cute creature! Seems that they were very happy that day! Not so many people on the cruise, everybody got plenty room to watch. Captain stopped the cruise for quite long time, so we could really enjoy ourselves! Staff are so friendly and attentive, also offered Free drink and snack. Overall it was rememberable experience! only one regret, we did not see enough!"

– Mel K via TripAdvisor
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