What’s the best time of day to go Whale Watching on the Gold Coast?

What's the best time of day to go Whale Watching on the Gold Coast?

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One of the more common questions visitors to the Gold Coast ask is, what's the best time of day to go Whale Watching on the Gold Coast?  This question is being asked more and more due to Whales in Paradise increasing their Whale Watching tours in 2016 and now have 5 tour times daily to get out to see the Humpback Whales.

There are a few reputable Whale Watching companies on the Gold Coast. All companies other than Whales in Paradise operate one morning tour per day for the majority of the Whale Watching season. Whales in Paradise are keeping up with demand and now have 5 tours per day which depart directly from Surfers Paradise, so there has never been a better opportunity to get out on the water to see Humpback Whales at a time that fits in with your daily schedule!

Whales in Paradise have tours departing at 7.30am, 9am, 11am, 1pm, and 2.30pm daily

So, what's the best time of day to go Whale Watching on the Gold Coast? Our answer is ANYTIME of day, whales are active all day long and love coming close to the boats at any time of day as they pass by Gold Coast beaches. Having chatted to the friendly crew onboard the Whales in Paradise fleet of vessels, below are some of the highlights described for some of the departure times.

7.30am Whale Watching Tour:

This is the quietest time on the water to watch whales before the day cruisers venture onto the ocean. We approach the ocean with the sun reflecting off the mirrored highrise buildings in Surfers Paradise. The sun shines across the surface of the water and a rainbow can often be seen as the sun highlights the blow from the Humpback Whales, as it rises above the surface of the water. This is a great way to start the day and leaves the rest of the day free for other activities.

9am, 11am and 1pm Whale Watching Tours: 

These tour times may be more suitable for those that don't want to be out and about so early. The sun has had a chance to rise higher in the sky, so as it shines down over the top of the whale watching vessel, you are able to see down deeper into the water. These tour times may also be more suitable for those that feel the cold or have been on an early morning tour like Hot Air Ballooning.

2.30pm Whale Watching Tour:

This is a great tour time if you have planned a half day tour in the morning. It gives you an opportunity to have some lunch prior to boarding your Whale Watching cruise. it can be a little cooler in the afternoon, but the afternoon tour provides some extra highlights. There is nothing more rewarding than watching whales, followed by seeing the sun go down behind the Gold Coast Hinterland. For those that enjoy a beverage or two, you can enjoy a cool Ale to celebrate an enjoyable Whale Watching experience.

To book a tour time that suits you, visit www.whalesinparadise.com.au/gold-coast or give the friendly reservation staff a call on 07 5538 2111 to reserve your seats!