Whale Watching


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.

Merimbula is a wonderful place to view whales from. It is only a very short (8 minute) cruise out into the Merimbula Bay and from this point whales can be found! In the waters of the Sapphire Coast they can be seen lateral lunge feeding, one of the few places in the world where humpbacks can be observed doing this!! A sight not to be missed!! Mothers and their young calves also provide hours of entertainment as they play in the Merimbula Bay.

For the past four years we had 100% whale sightings on all cruises throughout the season! We are looking forward to another fantastic whale watching season in 2020!

100% Whale Sighting Guarantee

The following applies to all tickets purchased directly from 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!

2 Hour Express Whale Watch
Maximise your time with the whales!
$69 Adult
$65 Senior or Student concession card holders
$50 Child 1 to 16 years
$30 Child under 12 months
$199 Family Ticket*
75 passenger catamaran with indoor and outdoor viewing
2 Hour Express Whale Watch
*Family – 2 adults, 2 children under 16yrs
$30 per additional child from same family
75 passenger catamaran with indoor and outdoor viewing