Aqua Cruise (formerly Sea the Gold Coast) is a diverse Eco-tour operator that loves and lives for the ocean. We offer unique swim-with-whales experiences, small boat whale watching adventures as well as Eco cruises to several local islands and reefs, showcasing the magnificent wildlife and surroundings.
EXPLORE / EDUCATE / PROTECT.
We are driven by our love of nature and want to bring people closer to their natural environment by providing tours that showcase all that this beautiful region has to offer. Aqua Adventures was founded on a commitment to preserving Australia’s marine life and offer research expeditions, educating those who join us on our journeys about how we can all play an active role in protecting it for future generations.
At Aqua Cruise we explore, we educate, and we protect the natural treasures nature has given to us. Aqua Cruise is brought to you by Aqua Adventures, a diverse diving operator that loves and lives for the ocean and plays an active role in protecting it for our future generations. So come and join us on some amazing adventures, memories you will never forget.
We would love to share our insanely cool Gold Coast ocean encounters with our non-diving ocean lovers. We offer unique swim-with-whales experiences, small boat whale watching adventures as well as boating cruises to South Stradbroke Island, showcasing the magnificent surroundings. Our Aqua Cruise Adventures are a dream for every amateur and professional photographer alike and are an absolute personalised experience.
Aqua Cruise is a proud member of Aqua Adventures family. We are a true Ocean Adventure Company, operating in our backyard, the beautiful Gold Coast.
Aqua Cruise’s mission is to Explore, Educate and to Protect our marine environment for us and future generations. All our eco tours facilitate unique coastal interactions by minimising impact to the environment.
Our two custom built adventure boats are Salty Kiss at 7.66 m and Game Changer at 11.99m in length.
Salty Kiss, our smaller semi-inflatable vessel provides an unparalleled intimate experience with the ocean. She truly has seen it all. The compact size of this boat makes our experiences unique and special as we create a personal and private atmosphere with no more than 10 guests.
Game Changer is a stable catamaran design that ensures the best possible offshore experience. With her modern state of the art design and powerful engines, she offers her passengers the comfort and functionality unparalleled in a vessel her size. Multiple access point and a large swim platform ensures easy water entry and exit, essential for getting swimmers into the water when the whales come out to play.
We have a series of amazing blog posts for you to explore, giving you insights about our majestic humpback whales.
Boarding and disembarking our vessel requires a certain level of mobility. Our boat is not wheelchair friendly however, we are happy to assist you should you nevertheless prefer.
WHALE SWIM – Minimum age is 10 years for boating safety reasons e.g. life jacket sizes etc. One adult must accompany each child aged 10 to 16 at all times in and out of the water. If there are two children aged 10-16, there must be two paying adults to accompany them in the water and on the boat.
WHALE WATCHING – Minimum age is 5 years for boating safety reasons e.g. life jacket sizes etc. Adult supervision is required at all times during the trip. If there are two or more children aged 5 to 12, there must be the same number of adults as children in your booking. All adults and accompanying children will be required to wear a lifejacket during the tour.
It is rare but it does happen that customers get a little splashed if seas are rough. It’s all part of the adventure. We provide courtesy spray jackets to everyone just in case and also recommend to not bring unnecessary items onto the boat that could get water damaged.
Our point of difference is that we run our tours on a smaller vessel to provide a more unique experience with a private tour feel. Our boat is a 7.66m rigid inflatable vessel with a shade canopy and seating for 10 people. It is large enough to be seagoing and to feel safe on. It handles exceptionally well and is very fast and powerful. Once on board you will also get a jet boat like feel during the ride.
Salty Kiss is not equipped with a toilet but we have toilets at the marina so you will be able to visit the bathrooms just before we depart.
Game Changer is equipped with a marine toilet.
Be sun smart. Wear long sleeved clothes, a hat, and sunglasses. Thongs are fine as well as closed shoes. Feel free to bring a rain jacket but we have some as well for your convenience.
Just bring your happy self. We have drinking water, hot tea and some snacks but feel free to bring your own drinking bottle but we do ask to avoid glass.
AQUA MARINA, Aqua Adventure Centre, 95 Marine Parade, Southport.
Check your booking confirmation and the tour description for the correct departure location. We will meet in the Aqua Marina Reception office, Look out for a sign that has our logo on it and the writing ‘Marina Office’.. If you arrive early, please wait near the meeting point sign.