The Best Broome Whale Watching Tour 2023 Western Australia

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The Broome Whale Watching Sunset Tour was our favourite experience in Broome. It’s a must-do if you are there during the whale-watching season. We booked through Viator.

The small town of Broome in Australia’s North West is known for its beautiful beaches, multicultural community, and whale-watching. Whales migrate to the area from June to September to give birth, with many tour operators offering whale watching tours.

On one of our visits to Broome, we booked this Whale Watching Sunset Tour – read about our experience along with photos of the tour.

When is Whale Watching Season in Broome?

From June to September, humpback whales make their way from the cold Antarctica waters to the warmth of Broome. Here they will mate, calf and nurse their young. Broome is one of the best locations to witness this, with over 35,000 whales travelling along the coast of Western Australia during this time.

Why Broome Whale Watching Tour?

This company has over 20 years of experience in marine interaction and is Broome’s longest-operating company. They also guarantee whale sightings between July and September, or they will rebook you on another tour.

In 2007, they pioneered the first whale-watching charter in the northwest region. With so many whales frequenting the waters and ideal sailing conditions, they believed Broome would be the perfect whale-watching destination in Australia.

They are also passionate about environmental issues, including green travel. Broome Whale Watching has been single-use plastic-free since July 2017 and encourages guests to bring their own water bottles. You can buy them on board, with profits going to Roebuck Bay Working Group, a local not-for-profit organisation involved in monitoring local wildlife and habitat conservation.

Entering a partnership with Carbon Neutral, they offset their carbon through the Biodiversity Carbon Offset Scheme. Carbon produced on the Broome Whale Watching cruise is offset by the Plant a Tree Program.

There is a Nothing Overboard policy which means that anything lost overboard is retrieved along with items of litter found on the way.

Broome Whale Watching also helps rescue and rehabilitate injured sea turtles.

couple sitting at the front of the broome whale watching boat
Broome Whale Watching Cruise

How long is the Broome Whale Watching cruise?

The whale-watching tour starts at 1:30 pm and returns just after sunset, around 6 pm.

What boat is the Broome Whale Watching tour on?

The whale-watching cruise takes place on a beautiful 50-foot catamaran called Orcaella. There’s a toilet onboard which is kept spotless by the crew. The vessel has lots of space to relax up the front, and cushions are supplied to make it comfortable. You also have the option to sit in full shade in two areas of the boat.

The engines on the Orcaella are quiet and fuel-efficient, plus the catamaran causes minimal disturbance to marine life. There are solar panels that provide all the onboard electricity requirements for the tour.

people on a catamaran on broome whale watching cruise western australia

Our Review of Broome Whale Watching Tour

Our afternoon started by being collected from our accommodation at Broome Beach Resort by the courtesy bus. Upon arrival at Gantheaume Point (southern end of Cable Beach), we were transported to the catamaran by a tender. It was an amphibious vessel that allowed you to get into it on the beach. Once at the catamaran, stepping from the tender onto the boat was easy.

amphibious vessel used by Broome Whale Watching to transport passengers to the main boat
The amphibious vessel used by Broome Whale Watching to transport passengers to the boat

We headed to the front of the boat, grabbed some pillows to sit on, and made ourselves comfortable. There were under 30 passengers onboard, so there was plenty of room to find a place to relax.

Once everyone was on board and settled, the anchor was pulled up, and we set sail. The staff came around and asked if we wanted any drinks; you could take your own or buy from them at reasonable prices.

Sitting back with a drink was so relaxing, the wind blowing through your hair, taking in the turquoise water shimmering in the sun. I almost forgot we were on the lookout for whales!

humpback whale in broome
It was incredible to see whales up so close

Cheese antipasto platters & delicious canapes are included in the price and are brought around about every hour. Complimentary tea and coffee are also included in the tour price. The food was tasty and had fruit, frittata, lamb falafels with pita and cheese with biscuits.

The crew were knowledgeable and provided lots of information about whales, with a full commentary along the way.

The water was very calm on the day we went and much different to the experience when we went on the Bremer Bay Orca Tour. However, if you suffer from seasickness, take medication before the cruise, as the tour company cannot dispense tablets on the day.

The Best Broome Whale Watching Tour 2023 Western Australia
We even saw a few tail flips too

We saw quite a few whales, dolphins and marlin in different spots. Unfortunately, none of them was in a playful mood, so we didn’t get to see them breach. However, there were plenty of tail flicks, fins, and water spouts.

Before we knew it, we had to head back. Time went so fast; we could have spent the whole day looking at these majestic creatures.

It was peaceful and tranquil sailing back as the sun set upon the day.

This Broome Whale Watching tour is the best we have been on due to the smooth sailing, the number of whales we encountered, the incredible crew, and the food quality.

sunset over the ocean from the whale watching catamaran

Broome Whale Watching Tour Tickets

We booked our tickets through Viator due to their excellent cancellation policy and price guarantee.

tail of a humpback whale
We were amazed how many whales we saw on this tour

Snubfin Dolphin Tour

You can take the Snubfin Dolphin tour if it isn’t whale-watching season while you are there. Roebuck Bay has one of Australia’s largest population of snubfin dolphins and a large amount of marine life, including manta rays and turtles.

Where To Stay in Broome

We stayed at the Broome Beach Resort; you can read the Broome Beach Resort review here and find out the cheapest way to book it.

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18 thoughts on “The Best Broome Whale Watching Tour 2023 Western Australia”

  1. Fantastic! I once went to whale-watch in Kaikoura, NZ, but the weather was too rough to go out – a common occurrence it seems. This one sounds more reliable and very enjoyable too.

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    • It was so calm. I get seasick so it was a concern but the ocean was pretty flat and the catamaran didn’t rock hardly at all.

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    • Wow what a wonderful experience! This is our bucket list dream. I love how this tour cares about the environment too, especially with the carbon offsets. Definitely going to book this one if we are ever in the area 🙂

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  2. This sounds like an amazing experience and how wonderful that whale sightings are guaranteed! That company sounds fantastic and I appreciate their green travel policy. I’ll be keeping this in mind as I’d really like to do some whale watching someday.

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  3. What a great way to learn about some of our cousins of the deep. I wonder what the observed behaviors mean.

    Today on my blog I nominated you for a Blogging Award. No need to partake if it’s not your thing by the way. 🙂

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    • It was very interesting to hear about their behaviours.

      Thank you so much John, that is very kind of you and I’m honoured. Unfortunately, I may not have the time to do it but will try.

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  4. I’ve been whale watching before and not only did I get sea sick but I only saw a glimpse of a whale! The waters were super choppy.

    I also can’t imagine them serving food on it either hehe. But I’m glad you had a good experience! Maybe next time they’ll be more playful 🙂

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    • I normally get seasick too so I was a bit apprehensive about going. Thankfully, the ocean was very calm and there were quite a few whales around. I hope you have better luck next time Lannie.

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  5. No one is going to pay $8 for that Corona now. The company you went with sound great, that’s the kind of environmentally friendly thinking all should employ. Great experience.

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  6. I went whale watching once in my teens, in Argentina. That’s not something I want to tick off my list though (if I ever have a list). Maybe next time will be in Broome, who knows?

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