2020 was a challenging year for so many people around the world. It has been a time of change and this is true for our business as well.
We have owned and operated the Merimbula Marina since 2008. When we purchased the business it was primarily a fishing charter business that did some dolphin and whale watching tours.
We soon realised that whale watching was our passion and started to build this arm of our business. Back in those early years winter was a quiet time in Merimbula with not many people holidaying at this time of year. So with a young family to support we decided to take a risk and took our boat True Blue to Sydney for the winter.
We figured that there were plenty of people in Sydney year round and thankfully the whales migrated past on their northern migration May to August. It was a success and what started as a way to get us through the winter has turned into a year round business - 'Go Whale Watching'. Running a business in Sydney gave us the income we needed to buy new boats and develop the whale watching tours we offered in Merimbula and helped us to become the company we are now.
WE HAVE A GENUINE LOVE FOR THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT
We are passionate about whales, dolphins, seals and the marine environment.
We are committed to helping to educate people about the threats that our ocean faces in today’s world.
It is our hope and prayer that by helping people to connect with the ocean and its amazing diversity that they may take actions to preserve and protect it.
Our dog Roger loves to accompany us on our tours and is quite a good whale spotter these days!
Late in 2020 the already shallow Merimbula Sandbar became even shallower when an east coast low dumped a large volume of sand on it. It is currently too shallow for our boats to safely cross and reliably run tours.
So our business continues to evolve and Merimbula Marina is becoming Sapphire Coastal Adventures. New look, new website, new locations - same friendly, welcoming, adventurous crew!
Our primary vessel Bubbles will remain in Sydney year round, whale watching May to November and operating private Sydney Harbour charters over the summer.
Our reliable, faithful True Blue has moved to Eden and we are super excited to be able to offer regular scheduled tours from this deep water Port.
And we have purchased a new boat, Extreme which is a shallow draft RIB which we will launch for the 2021 whale watch season in Merimbula. Read more about our vessels.
We like to think that we are a friendly, welcoming crew. We love having fun on our tours and sharing our passion for the ocean. We have so many people that come and visit us each year for their annual ‘whale holiday.’ It is always a joy to us to welcome back familiar faces.
Our ‘Whale Family’ continues to grow and we invite you to join us on our future adventures.
Simon, Jessica and the team at Merimbula Marina.