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3hr Discovery Cruise

The ultimate whale watching experience on the best boat in Sydney.

Quick Details

3hr Premium Cruise – fastest fleet of whale watching boats in Sydney with superior viewing decks spread out over 3 levels.

15min to the ocean – Don’t waste hours traveling to the whales and back. Minimal time in the harbour, maximum time with whales.

Photographer Onboard – Photos of your cruise are available for sale. Taken from either Catalina or Ocean Dreaming 2.

Adult
A$89
Child (4-15)
A$59
Family (2 Adults + 2 Children
A$239
Concession
A$79
Infant (0-4)
Free

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  • Departs Darling Harbour – Aquarium Wharf at 8:45 and 13:30
  • Departs Circular Quay – Wharf 6 at 9:15 and 14:00

Whale Watching Sydney’s 3hr Discovery Cruise is the best whale watching cruise in Sydney, combining high speed with 3 levels of viewing decks onboard our custom built, large catamarans.

Thanks to the high top speed (almost 30kts) of our flag ship vessel Fantasea Catalina, it only takes 15 minutes from Circular Quay to the open ocean. That means less travel time through the harbour and more time watching whales compared to other, slower boats.

Fantasea Catalina is Sydney’s largest purpose-built whale watching vessels. Enjoy unobstructed views from spacious wrap around decks over 3 levels. Check out the open top sun deck, providing 360 degrees of viewing!

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.

No need to worry if you don’t capture the perfect whale photos as our onboard professional photographer who is either on Catalina or Ocean Dreaming 2 (both boats usually watch the same whales), has that covered with photos available for purchase onboard (or pre-purchase during booking).

Tea, coffee and bottled water are included in this cruise. Additional drinks are available for purchase from the onboard licensed bar. Our vessels and toilets are 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
  • Comfortable cushioned seats
  • High speed vessel for minimal travel time
  • climate controlled cabin
  • Purpose built for whale watching
  • multimedia presentations on screens
  • wheelchair accessible
  • Toilets on board (1 disabled)

Sydney Map

  • Departs Darling Harbour – Aquarium Wharf at 8:45 and 13:30
  • Departs Circular Quay – Wharf 6 at 9:15 and 14:00

Rated "Excellent" by 200+ Travellers!

Great day out despite the weather

My friends and I had great time on a Fantasea whale watching cruise yesterday! Despite rough weather, the staff were extremely accommodating (especially Emma the marine biologist, Mitch the deckhand and Jeff the captain) and did their best to make sure everyone had a memorable experience. We were rewarded with breaching whales and more facts than we could remember by Emma. Thanks for a brilliant day! Will be going again.

– bethp934 | Newtown, Australia via TripAdvisor
Amazing experience to see whales

Having compared price & experience with other companies, I think we have made the best choice. Great professional staff who explained a lot about the whales. The boat is large and comfortable. Had free drink & snack included. We managed to see few whales. Amazing experience.

– Olivier-Dubai | The Marina, United Arab Emirates via TripAdvisor
A Whale of a Time

Even though we didn’t see too much whale action we still enjoyed this excursion. The crew was friendly and knowledgeable. We received one free drink (beer included) and one free snack while on the boat. I would go in this excursion again and recommend it for all ages!

– Rachel B via TripAdvisor
Great experience whale watching

Excellent time on the Fantasea whale watching afternoon where we got to see at least 8 whales. Friendly crew comfortable ship and good commentary on the whales spotted.

– Mark L | Sydney, Australia via TripAdvisor
Stunning whales - fantastic experience

What a fantastic trip. Great boat and it was brilliant to have a truly engaged marine biologist on board to talk to us about the whales we saw. Privileged to see a full breach and many hump back whales. I'm sorry we couldn't have gone again the next day

– C7313RLchrisl | Wellington, New Zealand 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 via TripAdvisor