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 Bermagui. The waters off Bermagui are full of life and it is well known as a Humpback Whale 'feeding hotspot' on the Sapphire Coast. Thousands of young humpbacks gather off Montague Island, Bermagui and the Sapphire Coast each year to feed in these nutrient rich waters during August and September. Then mums and bubs journey past in October and November.


2hr Whale Watch Cruise 

Departing Bermagui Wharf Daily 10:00am 

Aboard 'True Blue'

75pax 16m powered catamaran

Morning Tea Provided

2hr Saturday Sunset Whale Watch Cruise 

Dress warmly and bring your camera to enjoy the late afternoon glow as the sun sets over Gulaga.

Departing each Saturday during whale season

Time varies throughout season see schedule.

2hr Sensational Whale Adventure!

Departing Bermagui Wharf daily 1:00pm

Aboard 'Sensational II'

50pax high powered 15m adventure RIB

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 FULL REFUND!


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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