Exclusive Whale Watching Encounter

Top Rated on Tripadvisor, Google & Facebook 5/5

Full day (July - October 2024)

With over 39 years of experience in the field, we offer one of the most comprehensive Hervey Bay whale watching tours in Queensland.

Join us aboard a comfortable multi-award-winning sailing vessel, taking you right to the spot where the whales are playing and resting. Be ready for some tail-slapping, breaching, pectoral slapping or spy-hopping. These magnificent marine mammals will take your breath away as you get up close and personal with them in their own environment, creating a memory that will last forever.

Whale watching at its best!


  • Expert commentary with over 39 years experience with marine mammals
  • Multi award winning sail vessel
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Delicious full buffet lunch
  • Complimentary beverage (beer, wine or soft drink)
  • Courtesy pick-up and drop-off from your accommodation
  • Full day vessel – giving you more time with the whales
  • Free WiFi on board so you can instantly share your photos
  • 5 Star Rated: TripAdvisor, Google & Facebook


  • No Crowds = Great Views

    Maximum of 24 passengers

  • Eco Friendly Sailing Vessel

    Lowest carbon footprint

  • Hydrophone

    Listen to the whales singing

  • Wide Decks

    Plenty of undercover seating

  • Free All Day Parking

    Park in the Urangan marina for free

  • Spacious Modern Bathroom

    For your convenience & comfort

  • Catering For All Diets

    Gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian etc

  • Fully Licensed

    Buy beer, wine and spirits onboard

  • Onboard Payment Facilities

    No need for cash


From mid July to the end of October the calm waters of Hervey Bay and K’gari (formerly Fraser Island) become a sanctuary for the most magnificent and beautiful humpback whales. Every year the whales return to Hervey Bay; one of the worlds most exclusive whale watching destinations.

Most of the whales you will see on our whale watching tour are 10 to 13 metres in length and 30 tonnes or more, that’s over 5 times the boats weight. So when you see a whale with Blue Dolphin, you will really see a whale!


Peter Lynch

Your Skipper Pete has over 39 years experience with marine mammals. Over the years Pete has been involved with the rescue and rehabilitation of many stranded marine mammals both here in Australia and overseas. You can rest assured that your whale watching day will be very informative thanks to Pete’s wealth of experience and knowledge. He welcomes all your questions so please be sure to ask.


6:30 am
Complementary transfers from your Hervey Bay accommodation.
7:15 am
Boarding vessel.
7:30 am
Departs the Great Sandy Straits Marina, Hervey Bay.
10:30 am
Morning tea. Includes; tea, coffee, hot soup, muffins, biscuits, slices & bread.
1:00 pm
Delicious full buffet lunch served with a complimentary drink.
2:30 pm
Enjoy a fruit platter, cake, tea or coffee as we head back to the marina
4:00 pm
Arrive back at the marina between 3:30 - 4:30pm where you can then board the courtesy bus and be dropped back at your accommodation.

These are approximate times.


  • Camera

    Don't forget to capture your incredible whale watching moments (and tag us)!

  • Hat

    Having a hat with a wide brim will help shade you from the Queensland sun.

  • Sunglasses

    There can be a bit of glare out on the water, so a pair of sunglasses will help you see the whales better.

  • Jacket

    Bring a jacket as the wind can get a little chilly as we sail to the whales.

  • Sensible Non-Slip Shoes

    Please avoid wearing black soled shoes as these mark the deck or you can take them off when you are on board.


Child (8 - 14 years)
Family: 2 adults + 2 children (over 8yrs old)
Family: 2 adults + 3 children (over 8yrs old)
Extra children in family
$100 each
Private Charter

Prices valid for the 2024 whale season

  • Please note that this tour is best suited for children aged 8 years and above.
  • Group prices are available for 6 or more people - Contact us for more details.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure.
  • We are a non-smoking vessel. 

Our Other Hervey Bay Tours

Champagne Sunset Sail

Sit back, relax and take in the beautiful panoramic views of Hervey Bay and K'gari while sipping champagne.

  • Available: November - June
  • Departure Time: 5:00 pm
  • Duration: 90 minutes

Private Sailing Charters

Book your exclusive birthday, Christmas party, conference, engagement, hens night, wedding, staff party or any other event with us.

  • Available: All Year Round
  • Departure Time: Not Available
  • Duration: Various

Dolphin Eco Adventure

Outside of whale season we operate our Dolphin Eco Adventure with the opportunity to explore the Great Sandy Strait and the south west coast of K'gari (formerly Fraser Island).

  • Available: November - July
  • Departure Time: 8:30 am
  • Duration: Half day

K’gari (formerly Fraser Island) Exclusive Tours

For the ultimate experience combine the 1 day K'gari Exclusive Tour with our whale watching or dolphin cruise!

  • Available: All Year round
  • Departure Time: Not Available
  • Duration: 2 Day Packages

My family did a full day whale watching trip with Blue Dolphin Marine Tours, we had a wonderful day, saw many whales and were mugged by a mother Southern Right Whale and her calf. The boat is excellent, the skipper and staff very welcoming and looked after everyone very well. Definitely recommend.

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