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Valuing our planet

We’re committed to minimising our impact on the planet – on the water and on the ground – so that future generations can continue to experience the wonder of travel.

Advanced Ecotourism

Whales in Paradise is certified through Ecotourism Australia’s world-leading ecotourism certification program. This means that when you travel with us, you are supporting a business that is backed by a strong, well-managed commitment to sustainable practices and provides high-quality nature-based tourism experiences.

Our certification demonstrates our commitment to:

  • Looking after our natural environment
  • Offering quality interpretation and educating guests
  • Supporting and engaging our local community
  • Reducing our carbon footprint
  • Protecting our unique wildlife and endangered species
  • Making real contributions to conservation
  • Helping to preserve Australian Indigenous cultures
  • Providing an unforgettable, high-quality guest experience

The Ecotourism Australia Certification programs are recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

Reducing our Carbon Footprint

In 2023, Whales in Paradise achieved a significant milestone by completing its baseline carbon accounting, signalling a profound commitment to sustainability in the face of pressing environmental challenges. 

This accomplishment holds particular significance in light of the escalating impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems, including iconic species like humpback whales. As rising sea temperatures and ocean acidification disrupt the delicate balance of marine habitats, humpback whales face mounting threats, from altered migration patterns to dwindling food sources. 

By taking proactive steps to reduce emissions, Whales in Paradise not only mitigates its own environmental footprint but also contributes to the broader effort to safeguard vulnerable species like humpback whales. This commitment underscores the urgent need for collective action to combat climate change and protect our oceans’ precious biodiversity for generations to come.

Contribution to research

Humpbacks & High-rises

Whales in Paradise is proud to help contribute to Queensland’s largest marine mammal monitoring program. Since 2011, Whales in Paradise has worked closely with the volunteers from Humpbacks & High-rises (HHR) enabling their research aboard our vessels. Designated seats on every tour are reserved for HHR volunteers who collect vital scientific data to help monitor the health, movement and well-being of humpback whales on the east coast of Australia.

HHR’s mission is to ensure present and future generations of the community have access to enjoy, appreciate and care for whales and dolphins through research, rescue and education. You can find out more information about HHR and how to volunteer on their website,

Happy Whale

Did you know that you can contribute to citizen science during your whale watching experience?

Individual whales can be identified by the unique patterns and shapes of their tails (flukes). Scientists have used this technique of visual matching since the 1970s, meticulously cataloguing thousands of individuals and helping to track their migration across oceans and to monitor population trends.

If you happen to capture a great shot of the whale’s fluke during your tour, you can upload the image to Happy Whale. This fantastic initiative engages citizen scientists like you, to identify Humpback Whales for fun and for scientific research!

How we can help the environment

Leave No Trace

  • Dispose of your rubbish responsibly.
  • Avoid single-use plastics, including balloons, as they can end up not only in landfills but also in the ocean, where unsuspecting marine animals may ingest them, leading to serious harm and even death.
  • Recycle your cans and bottles onboard the vessel.
  • Don’t forget to bring your drink bottle and keepcup!

Reduce your emissions

Minimise your carbon footprint by:

  • Turning off lights and air conditioning when leaving your hotel room.
  • Choosing to walk, ride or use public transport when travelling to your destination.

Public Transport options:

Departing from the heart of Surfers Paradise, our vessel is only a short walk from most hotels in the area. Alternatively, you will discover numerous public transport options available, including the Hopo Gold Coast Ferry, G:Link tram, Kinetic buses, and Lime bikes.


  • Educate yourself, your friends and your family on the importance of marine conservation and the threats facing our oceans.
  • Encourage others to adopt sustainable practices and make environmentally conscious choices in their daily lives.

Let’s work together to preserve our oceans and marine life for a sustainable future.