Meet the team

Whales in Paradise is a family owned business, and our extended family are our staff.  Over the past few years our team has tripled in size due to our year-round tours / charters, and our fleet now doing up to 5 whale watching trips per day, during the whale watching season.

Meet our team

Whales in Paradise end of season dinner.

Our experienced crew comes from all over the world, such as Japan, New Zealand and Vanuatu. They also come from a variety of backgrounds including dive masters, marine biologists, lifeguards, skippers, super yacht crew and stewardess, DJs, wildlife conservation, tour leaders, school teachers and travel agents.

Whales in Paradise is a young and dynamic company yet very professional with excellent standards.  Our staff deliver a great tour day in and day out.  

Our Facebook reviews are testament to our professionalism with recent feedback such as:

Rachel Hardy “Definitely the best whale watching company on the Gold Coast! I have gone out on the boat a total of 5 times throughout the season. Each experience was unique and the crew was always fantastic! They made sure everyone was comfortable, safe and could see the whales”

Kristy Purcell “Absolutely amazing cruise! So close to the whales and the crew were awesome! Will definitely go again”.

Tracey Knowland “Well run tour with cheerful, informative crew and good hospitality. We enjoyed the afternoon tea with commentary of the prestige property that lines the waterways on the way out to sea. Amazing whale action close at hand, while keeping a respectful distance. The crew obviously love what they do. Thanks Captain Ryan and crew for a wonderful, unforgettable experience”.

Our crew love to travel to far out places, in Australia, Indonesia, America, Europe, Pacific Islands and Africa, so they are well adept in meeting travelers from different nationalities, and making your whale watching experience fun, memorable and unique.

At Whales in Paradise we pride ourselves in developing staff, to reach their dreams and goals.  Many of the crew have progressed to skipper of our state of art vessels, and the calm waters of the Gold Coast provide the perfect safe learning experience.  The staff love their job in nature, working for a renowned company that values their staff.  The job never gets boring as they are constantly meeting new guests and learning about the inquisitive whales and their friendly behaviour.  Our team are experts in finding Whales as many of the staff have worked with us from the very beginning 10 years ago. 

Below are some fun pics of the staff throughout the season.

Whale watching season starts again in Autumn next year. In the meantime come dolphin watching with us in Moreton Island, with Dolphins in Paradise.  To book go to  or phone (07) 5606 6090.

Whale watching gold coast

Anthony our Director putting his feet up for once

Whale watching gold coast

A first class whale watching encounter. So close you can almost touch it!


Lloyd our skipper teaching the guests (aka batman) how to drive boats!

Trent spy hopping with Whales, the best job in the world!



When its not Whale season we go exploring Moreton Island, watching the local dolphins and snorkeling the famous Tangalooma Wrecks!