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Sydney Ultimate Whale Watching Cruises

Departing Circular Quay or Darling Harbour

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Book early and save during our Season Launch Special!

Launch Special is valid for bookings made before 16 June 2019. Special is subject to change and can be removed earlier than the specified date.

Sydney’s ULTIMATE Wildlife Adventure

Can you tell the difference between a ‘Peduncle Throw’ and ‘Lobtailing’? Perhaps you have wondered how a whale can sleep whilst still remembering to swim and breathe?

Fantasea Cruising’s ULTIMATE whale watching cruises are more than just ‘watching whales’, they are a Sydney Harbour sightseeing cruise, ocean adventure, sea life and environmental learning experience all rolled into one.

Your ULTIMATE whale watching adventure with Fantasea Cruising begins at either Darling Harbour or Circular Quay, where you will board Fantasea Cruising’s flagship catamaran, Catalina. Fantasea Catalina is the largest, newest and most comfortable whale watching catamaran cruising out of Sydney Harbour!

On board you will be introduced to your friendly expert whale watching crew, as our marine biologist and host for the day guides you through the safety briefing and vessel facilities. Let us treat you to a warm drink and a snack as we cruise east out of Circular Quay. While taking in the famous Sydney Harbour sights headed for the open ocean you will be briefed with a life jacket demonstration, tips to help you spot the whales and of cause, how to avoid and/or manage sea sickness!

As we hit the Pacific, the fun begins, who will spot the first whale? Nothing quite prepares you for the breath taking thrill you feel seeing these massive mammals for the first time, undisturbed in their natural habitat. Notoriously playful, you may be fortunate and see a diverse display of behaviours, like spy hopping, peduncle throws, tail or pectoral slaps, though none are more highly anticipated than the breach!

Will you be lucky enough to witness 40 tonnes of whale leaping right out of the water?

Our whale watching crew are highly skilled, echo conscious and personable, their passion for their work is second to none. In just a few short hours, our love for boats, marine life and the sea will be sure to rub off on you, our ULTIMATE whale watching adventures have been known to be quite addictive! Whilst we cannot guarantee precisely what you will see or how active our whale friends will be, our whale guarantee means that in the unlikely event that we don’t get a glimpse of these beauties, we’ll keep inviting you back until you do!

At Fantasea cruising we guarantee the newest, most modern and comfortable sea going catamaran. We also guarantee the most experienced and knowledgeable crew with a marine biologist on every cruise out of Circular Quay and Darling Harbour. With an added bonus of Fantasea Catalina being the only vessel equipped with a hydrophone, combined with the right conditions, Fantasea Cruising offer the only opportunity on a whale watching cruise to possibly listen in, on a whale conversation.

Fantasea Cruising loves whales and you will too… so join us. The whales are waiting for you!

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Rated "Excellent" by 200+ Travellers!

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

"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

"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