Aqua Cruise. Whale Tours.

Boutique Whale Watching Tour 2024 is now open

At Aqua Adventures we explore, we educate and we protect the natural treasures nature has given to us. Aqua Adventures (Formally Sea the Gold Coast) is 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.

Join us in 2024 on board Aqua Adventure’s Boutique Whale Watching tour, everyone is guaranteed a front-row seat. Book your ticket today and prepare yourself for a bespoke and intimate experience with these incredible giants of the sea. 

This is our premium 2-3h Gold Coast whale watching adventure tour in our super fast 8.5m RIB “Big Blue 1”. Spectators can expect a personalised experience and look forward to close encounters as humpback whales swim by and on occasion come right alongside the vessel to show off and pose for photos. With only 12 passengers everyone has a front row seat to see the whales breaching and enjoy the ultimate viewing of the humpback whales.

Whilst no vessel is allowed to approach whales closer than 100m, our experience shows that the whales are usually approaching us whilst our engines are turned off and the vessel drifts through the water. For this very reason, our vessel is frequently chartered by research groups to conduct field surveys and sampling. This Gold Coast whale watching cruise departs ex Southport, 95 Marine Parade. 


  • Up to 2-3h* return whale watching cruise on Game Changer express boat
  • Departs up to 2 times per day including at sunrise
  • Larger groups up to 42 guests
  • Great for photographers
  • Closer whale encounters possible
  • Whale sightings guaranteed*
  • Knowledgeable staff
  • Participate in whale research activities (optional)
  • Waterproof jackets provided

Our whale watching tours depart up to 2 times per day on selected days. Check our website calendar for live availability and times. Daily departure times may vary due to tides and other factors.

  • Meet 08:30am for 9:00am departure – Morning Tour (usually the calmest sea conditions and the least likelihood of a weather cancellation)
  • Meet at 11:30am for 12noon departure – Midday Tour (the most popular choice for locals)

Please note that departure times can vary and are subject to change on short notice. Please check your booking reminder emails for time changes or check our calendar for the latest times and availability. 


“Game Changer” is our fast, 40-foot whale watching vessel and features a top deck for the ultimate viewing experience.

  • 2023 Early Bird Price – $65pp (All Ages – limited time offer – saves 50%)
  • Private Charter for up to 42 people – $2200
  • A small booking fee is charged on check-out by the booking system provider.
  • This tour is conducted on a vessel that has modern seating and facilities. Boarding and disembarking as well as holding on whilst underway requires a moderate level of fitness and mobility.
  • Any person with a serious medical conditions, including pregnancy or physical disability, should please email us beforehand or consult your treating doctor prior to booking.
  • Whilst we try our best to plan tours around sea conditions, participants must be prepared to maybe get partially wet due to sea spray. We usually cancel and reschedule tours for comfort reasons if wind forecasts exceed 15 knots however sometimes forecasts aren’t 100% accurate.
  • Children under the age of 2 are free, however are required to sit on a parent’s lap. 
  • 8.30am – Meet us at the Aqua Adventure Centre Southport – use the toilets and get ready.
  • 8.45am – Safety brief, put on spray jackets
  • 9:00am – Depart marina and cruise through the Broadwater.
  • 9:15am – Enter the open ocean to find and watch the whales.
  • 11:00am – Commence return cruise to the Marina whilst watching whales.
  • 11:30am – Arrive back at our Southport Jetty.

*Other cruises follow the same itinerary but with a different departure times as advertised.


Our primary whale watching vessel is, a 12m long, aluminium, catamaran adventure boat with a capacity of up to 42 guests. This vessel provides an incredible intimate feel of closeness to the water. Due to its small size and quiet engine, whales love to check out our boat up close.

  • Select cruise date and time
  • Hit the book now button
  • Enter your personal details
  • Check-out and receive our booking confirmation via email
  • All of our tours must reach a minimum of 10 participants to depart

You can also participate in research activities such as filling in survey data sheets and using the hydrophone to listen to underwater sounds. Each participant will receive a print brochure with a summary of information about humpback whales and what options there are to get involved. Alternatively, you can simply sit back, relax, take photos enjoy the experience.

  • Sun-smart clothes (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen etc.)
  • Warm clothes as it can get cold
  • Drinking water (no glass)
  • Waterproof bag for phones etc.
  • Camera (splash-proof cameras recommended)
  • Seasickness medication if needed (take well before departure)
  • Meet us at 95 Marine Parade, Southport inside the Aqua Adventures Centre (Southport Fish and Dive Centre).
  • Your confirmation email and reminder emails will include a map and a hyperlink for directions.
  • Please be on time as we have to depart on time.

Our minimum return trip duration is 2 hours however the tour duration max be extended to up to 3 hours. If whales are not spotted on a designated whale watch tour between the months of June to September, each passenger will be entitled to a ’stand-by ticket’ enabling them to return on another subsequent tour date, subject to availability. Refer to our terms and conditions to read the full details about our sighting guarantee.

Maximum 12 passengers. Everyone has a front row seat.

Duration: 2.5 Hours (approx.)

Location: Southport