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Hinchinbrook Explorer
Departing at 10.00am and 1.30pm daily during Whale Watching Season.
This catamaran was originally designed to operate in the Southern Ocean waters of the Great Australian Bight. At 30 meters (100 feet) in length she is well at home in the local coastal waters of Port Stephens. She provides you with a very comfortable and safe journey. She has full walk around decks for viewing and large air conditioned indoor areas.
MV Spirit
Departing at 11.00am daily during Whale Watching Season (and additional cruises available during NSW School Holidays).
This catamaran is smaller than Hinchinbrook Explorer at 18 meters, however this intimate vessel is still twin level, with walk around viewing deck with 360 degree views. Being the smaller of vessels you can expect to be still amazed by these magnificent creatures
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Set out of the marina on the Hinchinbrook, good size boat, plenty of room to move around & seating. Absolutely beautiful day at Nelson Bay, sighted several whales migrating north, dolphins playing in our wake & seals basking on the rocks in the sun. Great...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Carole H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The staff were friendly and we had good weather to head out into the Tasman. What started off slowly turned into the most amazing afternoon seeing nature at her finest. As we made our way into the Tasman the Captain announced there were some whales...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Star_Trekers2000
Reviewed 14 July 2019

Brilliant scenery and spectacular views ... and whales sighted with some amazing tail antics, with dolphins playing around the vessel, this was an outstanding experience. The captain was well-informed and gave us good views of seals on Cabbage Tree Island and a safe trip.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank seetheworldthrwater
MoonshadowTQCCruises, Owner at Moonshadow - TQC Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2019

Hi seetheworldthrwater, We are delighted you enjoyed the experience on our Whale Watch, thank you for taking the time and writing this review. We hope to see you on board again in the future. Regards, Dianne

Reviewed 14 July 2019

What a great start to the cruise, no wind calm seas. Then it hit......the Capt did a great job in difficult conditions. You cant change the weather We saw plenty of whales and the Capt kept us reasonably stable and warned us when he was...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank sjp-sjp1957
MoonshadowTQCCruises, Owner at Moonshadow - TQC Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2019

Hi sjpdap, Thank you for choosing Moonshadow-TQC cruises for your whale watching experience in Port Stephens, we very much appreciate you writing this review. Hopefully, we will see you on board again in the future. Regards, Dianne

Reviewed 11 July 2019

Went on to this whale watching cruise on my birthday. The weather was brilliant, and the views around Port Stephens are just spectacular! The crew was friendly in total. Saw some humpbacks cruising around. Only one breach though. On the way back I felt a...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank 976natew
MoonshadowTQCCruises, Owner at Moonshadow - TQC Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2019

Dear 976natew, We are disappointed to read your review, particularly as this negative experience could so easily have been avoided. I’m at a loss under the mentioned circumstances as to why you were denied biscuits. Your review has been brought to the attention of our...More

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There are several Whale watching tours available, the websites should be able to give this information.
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