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Ready yourself for an intimate encounter with one of the most remarkable creatures of the deep.

Set sail from Surfers Paradise for a dynamic up-close encounter that will stay with you for a lifetime. Witness one of the animal kingdom’s most breathtaking spectacles 35,000 migrating humpback whales passing close to Gold Coast shores twice each year travelling along an ancient route known as the Humpback Highway. Marvel at their dramatic aerial displays. See mothers tenderly care for calves. Feel dwarfed by their size as they curiously approach the vessel. Keep your camera at the ready because whales aren’t the only stars of the show – our tours routinely encounter charismatic dolphins, enormous green sea turtles and resident and migratory seabirds. A locally owned and family operated business, Whales in Paradise is the ultimate boutique marine wildlife experience.

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Railside Viewing

No Crowds & Ample Space

Expert Commentary

Fully Licensed Bar Onboard

Complimentary Cake & Coffee

100% Whale Sighting Guarantee

Our team has an innate ability for spotting whales, but on the rare chance they just cannot be found we offer a free return cruise so you can see them another day that suits your schedule.

Gold Coast

The Whales migrate up the Eastern Seaboard of Australia each year to mate and play in the warm waters off the Great Barrier Reef. Many Whales spectators can see the breaching Whales and the Whale blows directly off the coast line while walking the white sandy beaches or swimming in the crystal clears ocean. Some excellent vantage points for seeing Whales in their wild environment is in Byron Bay the most easterly point of Australia, Coolangatta and Tweed Heads, The Spit in Northern Gold Coast, Stradbroke Island and Moreton Island.

What customers say

"Fantastic tour. Wayne the skipper was very informative and told us lots of information on the way out to see the whales. The crew were also very helpful. We spent a lot of time with the whales and it’s is an experience we will never forget! Must do whilst at the Gold Coast."
- Sharon L

"Absolutely 11/10 experience, such a magical day out in the wonderful elements. Captain Wayne and his magnificent crew were absolutely awesome and provided such a special and genuine experience. Saw more than 3 humpbacks and even a couple of very special breaches! Thank you guys so much for a ripper day!"
- May Joy

"The weather was perfect, the crew was outstanding, the skipper Wayne was friendly and talkative, Matt took over the commentary half way through and was great value cracking jokes, Tomo was great at spotting the whales and a good laugh. They really went above and beyond to find the whales, they are the A Team."
- Stuart B

"This trip was just sensational! The crew were extremely professional, organised and very friendly. We saw an amazing amount of breaches, spy hopping and the whales were very interested in the boat. All protocols were observed properly and great commentary and energy from Captain Wayne & co. Would definitely go again."
- Leanna. Dave & Arianna

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