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Whalesong Cruises - Hervey Bay Whale Watching experience

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    What to Expect
    We'll depart from the Great Sandy Straits Marina out towards Platypus Bay, where the mighty Humpback Whales come to rest and play. Some of the behaviours we'll observe are: breaching, spy-hopping, pec-slapping, tail-slapping and lunges. We usually see our resident bottlenose dolphins playing with their Humpback whale friends too. Cruising alongside the West Coast of K'gari (Fraser Island), we may even be lucky enough to spot a dingo. Let us know if you do!
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Great Sandy Straits Marina
    Duration
    4h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • AM departure - Morning tea and buffet lunch
    • PM departure - Light lunch of sub sandwiches, savoury platter of cheese and biscuits and cured meats
    • Access to water-level viewing area
    • Expert commentary - translated by our multilingual crew (German, French, Spanish, Italian)
    • Hydrophone and underwater cameras to listen to and view the Humpback Whales
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Hervey Bay accommodations
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    • Bottled water - Chilled, filtered, drinking water on tap - no plastic water bottles in sight!
    • Entry/Admission - Whalesong Cruises
    Exclusions
    • Drinks and snacks (available for purchase on board)
    • Souvenirs (available for purchase on board)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date
    • We recommend bringing comfortable shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat
    • In the event that no whales are spotted, you will receive a return ticket to come again at a future date
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    We knew when we booked this tour that there could be a chance we would not see whales however we were lucky enough to see many whales and calves. The crew form Whalesong were great. Doug, our captain ensured we were given lots of time to watch the whales and gave a very
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    Response from Whalesong C, General Manager at Whalesong Cruises - Hervey Bay Whale Watching experience
    Responded 1 week ago
    Thanks for the high recommendation. The entire team at Whalesong, from the office staff to the bus driver, from the crew to the skipper, all strive to give the best guest experience possible. Although it's the end of the season and there aren't many whales around, we'll make sure you still have a wonderful time with us! Thanks again for the wonderful review!
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    A thoroughly enjoyable experience. We took advantage of a morning cruise and despite being towards the end of the season we were fortunate to see a dozen or so whales which was fantastic. The cruise was very comfortable and the crew worked tirelessly to keep us engaged and well
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    Response from Whalesong C, General Manager at Whalesong Cruises - Hervey Bay Whale Watching experience
    Responded 1 week ago
    We're so glad to hear that you couldn't fault the experience. We try our best to make sure you can't! :-) . Thanks for the great review!
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    Great activity, perfect for couples and families. Staff were very friendly and welcoming. We managed to see a few whales but only in the distance (depends how the whales are feeling that day). Lunch was adequate but portions felt limited. Seating was also an issue when trying
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    Response from Whalesong C, General Manager at Whalesong Cruises - Hervey Bay Whale Watching experience
    Responded 1 week ago
    Thanks for taking the time to write a review for your experience with us. You're right, we're whale watching in the wild and their behaviour depends on how they're feeling - as it does with us humans. It also depends on the time in the season. We typically find more of the up close encounters occur in August and early September but it is quite sporadic later in the season. However, we often see more breaching later in the season. Again, just depends on their mood of the day. I am concerned with your comments about the food and commentary though. Although you mentioned they were adequate, it sounds as though they weren't great. And, it's the 'great' that we strive to achieve for every single trip! We have plenty of back-up food available to prepare more. More often than not, there's a lot of wastage (although our friend's chickens love this!), so it's strange the portions seemed limited to you. Also, the comment on the bus driver is very concerning for me. I would be very grateful if you could write to me personally rebecca@whalesong.com.au to discuss this more (as we have a few bus drivers so I'd like to get to the bottom of that one). Our drivers are definitely characters but I wouldn't call them arrogant at all. You're right, he's the first impression of the business so it has to be a good one! Even if the rest of the staff/crew are wonderful, it can all be tainted by that first impression. I'd appreciate further insight into this (and the limited portioned food). Thanks again for taking the time to point out some things we need to address.
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    Fantastic five hours were spent Whale Watching on Whalesong. The size of the boat and passengers were perfect - not too crowded and easy to move around to get a good view from any angle. The crew were very passionate and knowledgeable, and the morning tea & lunch was delicious.
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    Response from Whalesong C, General Manager at Whalesong Cruises - Hervey Bay Whale Watching experience
    Responded 1 week ago
    We would love to have you back next season and thanks for the fantastic review! Whalesong was purpose built for whale watching and we only take a maximum 60% of capacity. As we like to say 'everyone has a front row seat on Whalesong'. :-) . See you next year!
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    The team were friendly and passionate about their work and showed great knowledge and respect for the animals. They did their upmost to make sure we had some great experiences (so much so we arrived back late). Highly recommend this opportunity.
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    Response from Whalesong C, General Manager at Whalesong Cruises - Hervey Bay Whale Watching experience
    Responded 1 week ago
    Thanks for the high recommendation. Our entire team strive to give our guests the best experience possible! As long as we don't need to be back on time, because our guests have somewhere to be, we're often back a little bit late - more time with the majestic humpback whales! Thanks again for the review!
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