News

07

May

First whale sighted off the Gold Coast for the 2016 season

First whale sighted off the Gold Coast for the 2016 season!

Yes, that’s right! The first whale has been spotted off Surfers Paradise at the Kurrawa Surf Club and it only means one thing ladies and gentlemen… THE WHALES ARE ON THERE WAY!!

With the official date of the Gold Coast’s 2016 Whale Watching season fast approaching, we are gearing up for one of our best whale watching seasons yet! On Saturday the 28th of May we will be kicking off the season, with not one.. not two.. but up to FIVE departures

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11

March

Gold Coast Whale Watching Season 2017

Gold Coast Whale Watching Season 2017

The crew at Whales in Paradise are starting to get a little bit excited, about the approaching Gold Coast Whale Watching Season 2017. The 2017 Gold Coast Whale Watching Season, will bring around 20,000 Humpback Whales past the stunning beachfront of Surfers Paradise and along the stretch of Gold Coast beaches, from May to November 2017, as the Whales migrate from Antartica into the warm waters of North Queensland. Whale Watching cruises are offered from 27th of May to the 5th of November on the Gold Coast when Whales

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07

February

Japan to Recommence Whaling for Scientific Research

Japan to Recommence Whaling for Scientific Research

In late 2015 Japan announced their new scientific research plan to recommence the whaling of Minke whales in Antarctica. A target of 333 whales has been set for the end of Summer 2016, contributing to Japan’s long-term target of just fewer than 4,000 whales across a 12-year period.

The Japanese government has given the green light for its whaling companies to begin collecting Minke whales in Antarctic waters, on the basis that their research data they require can only be found using ‘lethal sampling’. Japan

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10

January

Albino Whale Found Deceased – Could Possibly Be Migaloo

Albino Whale Found Deceased – Could Possibly Be Migaloo

Albino Whale Found Deceased – Could Possibly Be Migaloo. There are reports that a white whale matching the description of the famous Migaloo has been found deceased.

If this information is true then one of the last times this beautiful white whale would have been seen was on the Gold Coast during our whale-watching season, where we were lucky enough to spot him on our Morning Whale Watch. Migaloo is one of the most treasured and famous jewel in the crown of the Gold

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15

October

Why do Humpback whales migrate?

Why do Humpback whales migrate?

Why do Humpback whales migrate? Every year we’re blessed enough to watch these beautiful Humpback whales cruise past the Gold Coast, from May to November. At the start of the season, we’re captivated as the pods make their way up into the warmer waters of the North, and even more thrilled when they return back down south with their brand new baby whale calves in tow!

We are so wrapped up in actually spotting and observing these majestic creatures that we often forget why the whales are

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10

October

It’s October Already – Can I Still See Whales on the Gold Coast?

It’s October Already – Can I Still See Whales on the Gold Coast?

It’s October Already – Can I Still See Whales on the Gold Coast? The year has flown by (how is it October already?) and we’re starting to get a few enquiries from keen whale watchers, wondering whether the Humpbacks have left the Gold Coast.

So as to whether you can still see whales on the Gold Coast, the answer is a resounding yes! There are still plenty of Humpback Whales cruising past the Gold Coast, as they migrate their way

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29

September

Tick Whale Watching Off Your School Holiday Bucket List, And Take Your Family Today!

Tick Whale Watching Off Your School Holiday Bucket List, And Take Your Family Today!

Tick Whale Watching Off Your School Holiday Bucket List, And Take Your Family Today!

Whale watching on the Gold Coast is in full swing with three tours leaving daily. If your scrambling for activities to keep your kids occupied for the rest of the school holidays and are after a fun, educational family activity that’s like no other, then whale watching on the Gold Coast something you should tick of the activities list pronto.

Fascinating (and hilarious!) commentary from

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18

September

Humpback Whale Migration Numbers On the Rise Thanks To Conservation Efforts

Humpback Whale Migration Numbers On the Rise Thanks To Conservation Efforts

Humpback Whale Migration Numbers On the Rise Thanks To Conservation Efforts

This season, our crew and passengers have seen more Humpback whales than ever before – sometimes more pods than they can count on one tour!

It’s amazing news that Humpback whale numbers have been increasing, especially considering they were once on the knife’s edge of extinction. Humpback whales are still classed as ‘vulnerable’ under government regulations, but since the 1960’s (when whaling was banned in the Southern Hemisphere) the numbers have

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14

September

Introducing ‘Kaiala’ – Our New Luxury Whale Watching Catamaran

Introducing ‘Kaiala’ – Our New Luxury Whale Watching Catamaran

Introducing ‘Kaiala’ – Our New Luxury Whale Watching Catamaran

Whales in Paradise are very excited to announce that our brand new vessel ‘Kaiala’ has officially set sail on our Gold Coast whale watching tours.

Kaiala has been carefully designed specifically for whale watching, to ensure it’s the best vessel on the coast to watch Humpbacks Whales in their natural habitat. The design of the vessel means you can keep having the intimate experiences with the Humpback whales that are often only metres away, without

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08

September

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Whales in Paradise Gets Mugged!

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Whales in Paradise Gets Mugged!

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Whales in Paradise Gets Mugged!

The Gold Coast whale watching industry is experience one of the best months for whale watching in its recent history – our tours have been sighting countless pods, more than our crew have ever seen. The Humpbacks have also been so inquisitive that many of our fellow whale watching passengers are getting to experience these incredible creatures only metres from the boat, if that. So, if you’ve been contemplating going whale watching but are still on the fence, now is the time

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