Join the Southern Migration
Merimbula Marina offer regular whale watching cruises from August through to November. Humpbacks can be sighted on their Northern Migration May through to July, however, it is their Southern Migration when the fun really begins. Many other sea creatures are seen on our cruises, including Common & Bottlenose Dolphins, Australian Fur Seals, penguins, flying fish, sunfish, turtles and many species of sea birds.
The pristine waters off Merimbula on NSW’s Sapphire Coast are the perfect place for whale watching. Many species of whales can be sighted throughout the year including Humpbacks, Southern Rights, Minke, Bryde’s, Blue and Orcas whales.
From mid August through to late November large numbers of humpback whales travel past Merimbula. They can be seen lateral lunge feeding, one of the few places in the world where humpbacks can be observed doing this. Mothers and their young calves also provide hours of entertainment as they play in the Merimbula Bay.
In 2016 we had 100% whale sightings on all cruises throughout the season!
100% Whale Sighting Guarantee
The following applies to all tickets purchased directly from Merimbula Marina. If Whales are not sighted one of our Merimbula 3hr cruises the following applies:
- A free return 3hr cruise is offered
- For September cruises a half fare refund is offered
- For October cruises a FULL Fare Refund is offered.
- For November cruises a half fare refund is offered
If whales are not sighted on our Merimbula 2hr Cruises then a Free Return Cruise is offered.
Cruises depart multiple times each day from September 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!