The Sapphire Coast of NSW is one of the world’s best locations to view the epic Humpback Whale Migration. Each year tens of thousands of Humpback Whales pass our shores on their annual migration from Antarctica to the Great Barrier Reef


Humpbacks and Southern Right Whales can be sighted on their northern migration during May to July, however it is on their Southern Migration where the fun really begins!


Each year during August and September humpbacks can be sighted feeding in the waters off the Sapphire Coast! Often we do not need to travel far to find large pods lateral and lunge feeding and in 2020 we also observed whales 'bubblenet' feeding! Being in the midst of a pod of feeding whales is a phenomenon few get to experience and one that you will remember for life


From late September to late November we see the mothers bringing their new season calves back down the coast. These young calves are energetic and playful.


It is simply beautiful and awesome to watch a mother teaching her young calf how to be a humpback whale - how to breach, how to tail slap, how to become one of the acrobats of the sea!


Many other sea creatures are seen on our cruises, including Minke, Bryde’s and Blue Whales, Common & Bottlenose Dolphins, Orca, Australian Fur Seals, penguins, flying fish, sunfish, turtles and many species of sea birds.

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For the past 13 years we have operated daily whale watching tours from Merimbula during the southern migration and Sydney for the whole whale season. We have also operated whale swimming tours from Tonga in the South Pacific. We love whales and simply love sharing our passion with you!


In 2021 we are excited to launch our whale watching tours from beautiful Eden. Eden is rich in cultural and whaling history and has a wonderful deep water port. We are also super excited to commence whale watching from the picturesque village of Bermagui.



Eden - Daily 10:00am and 1:00pm

Sunset Whale Watching on selected days

Bermagui - see booking calendar for departures

(this will be available closer to the 2021 season)

100% Whale Sighting Guarantee


The following applies to all tickets purchased directly from Sapphire Coastal Adventure & Merimbula Marina. If Whales are not sighted one of our whale watching cruises the following applies:

• A free return whale watching cruise is offered OR

• Receive a refund of half your fare!


Cruises depart multiple times each day from late August to November.


Mornings on the ocean are always the calmest so we recommend the morning as the best time for families and first time sailors! However we often see our most active whales on a windy afternoon! So if booking for an afternoon departure please make sure you dress warmly, take sea sickness prevention and bring your sense of adventure!

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