Whale Watch Tour


Adults at Kids Prices on selected tours — online offer only.
On selected tours
$89.00 RRP
Ages 3-13
Ages 0-2
On selected tours
2 Adults + 2 Children
$296.00 RRP

The Whale Watching Experience

Did you know we operate two vessels to ensure you have an intimate and personal whale watch experience?

Kaiala departures:  8:00 am, 11:00 am and 2:00 pm daily

Spirit of Migaloo II departures:  9:00 am, 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm daily


**NEW TOUR** Wake up with the whales! $89 Adults. Limited spaces available

6.30am whale watch with bonus BBQ breakfast before boarding our flagship vessel, Spirit of Migaloo II. Running this Saturday and Sunday. Simply click “Book Now” and choose the 6.30am option.

Every Whale Watching Tour by Sea World Cruises on the Gold Coast is a unique experience. Humpback Whales are the stars of the show although our tours often encounter Bottlenose Dolphins, Common Dolphins, sharks, turtles and albatross.

Within 20 minutes of departure you will be assisting our expert crew to find Humpback Whales by scanning the horizon for the famous “blow”. At this point in the tour there is always great anticipation which quickly turns to excitement when a distant splash or a great exhalation of breath confirms we have found a whale.

Want the full experience? Book the VIP Whale Watching Tour!

Details of the cruise

Your tour includes:
  • 2.5 hour whale watching tour
  • Informative commentary by marine mammal experts
  • 3 Levels of viewing platforms
  • Fully licensed onboard bar
  • 100% Whale Sighting Guarantee
  • Advanced EcoTourism Certified

Check-in time is at least 20 minutes prior to tour departure time.

Sea World Sandbar Cafe
Nothing builds up an appetite like a journey to the high seas. Thankfully the Sea World Cruises chefs recognise this and are serving up delicious brekky and lunch options on the daily. With a strong focus on seasonal and local produce and unrestricted views of the Gold Coast Broadwater – it’s the perfect way to begin, or complete, your whale watching adventure.

Where are we?
Sea World Cruises whale watching tours depart from the Sea World Cruises Main Beach Terminal in the car park outside Sea World at Main Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Entry to Sea World Marine Park is not required.

100% Whale Sightings Guarantee
In the unlikely event that your tour fails to sight a whale you will be provided with a FREE return whale watching cruise valid for 12-months.

Whale Watching tours depart three times daily during whale season. Allow at least 2.5 hours per tour.

  • 8:00 am
  • 9:00 am
  • 11:00 am
  • 12.00 pm
  • 2:00 pm
  • 03:00 pm

Please email us for enquiries about exclusive use charter of Spirit of Migaloo for functions, conferences or whale watching tours.

Booking changes and cancellations are available without penalty up to 24 hours before departure. Within 24 hours, 100% of the fare is forfeited. For groups of 10 or more, 72 hours notice is required. All cruises are weather, minimum passenger number, and Queensland Health advisory dependent. In the unlikely event of a cancellation by the operator, you will be provided with a full refund (excl. gift vouchers) or a 12-month credit to use towards another cruise. The operator reserves the right to substitute the vessel or change the itinerary without notice. All return times are approximate. Conditions of Travel may vary if you have booked with a travel agent as your booking is subject to their terms and conditions. For more information and to access the full Conditions of Travel, please visit thetourcollective.com.au/conditions.

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Frequently asked questions

Where do our cruises depart?

Sea World Cruises has 2 locations

Surfers Paradise Terminal – board here for Sightseeing & Dining Cruises

Main Beach Terminal – board here for Whale Watching

For more information, click here

What is our cancellation policy?

We understand plans change. As long as you let us know 24 hours prior to your departure, you can cancel at any time (excluding special event cruises). Date changes are also free of charge. Just call our customer support on (07) 5539 9299.

I have special dietary requirements

Our kitchen team can accomodate your dietary requirements. Please call our customer support on (07) 5539 9299 to discuss your requirements.

Will I see a whale?

We deliver on our promise to see a whale. If your tour fails to see a whale, we will provide you with a free return cruise.

Is food & drinks provided on the whale watching cruise?

Drinks and snacks are provided free of charge with our VIP Captains lounge tickets only. Food is available for purchase on-board or at our Sea World Cruises Main Beach Terminal Cafe.

What happens if my tour is cancelled due to bad weather?

On the rare occasion our tours are cancelled due to bad weather, we will contact you to advise. You can move your booking to another day OR a receive a full refund.

It's raining, do we still cruise?

The Gold Coast boasts 300 days of sunshine per year. All of the vessels in our fleet have ample indoor seating and do operate in the rain.

Can children go?

Children are more than welcome, but will require parent supervision at all times.

Can I take my pram onto the boat?

Prams can go on-board all cruises with the exception of whale watching. Prams can be stored at the Sea World Cruises Main Beach Terminal.

Are there toilets on-board?

Both of our vessels have 4 toilets on-board, one of which is wheelchair accessible.

Are the vessels wheelchair accessible?

Passengers who require the use of a wheelchair must notify Sea World Cruises at least 24 hours before the day of departure to ensure our crew are prepared and the wheelchair passenger is not inconvenienced. Wheelchair stations on the vessel are limited to one per tour. Due to safety reasons, we are unable to accommodate electric wheelchairs on our vessels. Electric wheelchairs are not permitted on the vessels due to safety requirements.

Note: Unfortunately disabled toilets are currently unavailable on the vessel Spirit of Elston. Affected tours include are our: Morning, Lunch, Afternoon and Dinner clam waterways cruise.

Please call our customer support on (07) 5539 9299 to notify us.

Still have questions? Feel free to contact us.

Book your Whale Watching Cruise today!

Call one of our friendly staff to book now or for any enquiries you may have.

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