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The small town of Broome in Australia’s North West is known for its beautiful beaches, multicultural community, and now whale watching. Whales migrate to the area from June to September to give birth with many tour operators offering whale watching tours.
When is Whale Watching Season?
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 along with ideal sailing conditions, the 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 bottle. You can buy them on board with profits going to Roebuck Bay Working Group, a local not-for-profit organisation involved in the monitoring of 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 as well as items of litter found on the way.
Broome Whale Watching also helps rescue and rehabilitate injured sea turtles.
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.
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, 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, it was easy to step from the tender onto 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 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 can take your own or buy from them at reasonable prices.
It was so relaxing, sitting back with a drink, 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.
Cheese antipasto platters & delicious canapes are included in the price and are brought around about every hour. Free tea and coffee are also included in the tour price. The food was very tasty and included fruit, frittata, lamb falafels with pita and cheese with biscuits.
The crew are very 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 do suffer from seasickness, take medication prior to the cruise as the tour company cannot dispense tablets on the day.
We saw quite a few whales in different spots, dolphins and a marlin. Unfortunately, none of them were in a playful mood so we didn’t get to see them breach. However, there were plenty of tail flicks and fins as well as water spouts.
Before we knew it, we had to head back. Time went so fast, we could have spent the whole day out there 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 amount of whales we encountered, the incredible crew, and the quality of the food.
Broome Whale Watching Tour Tickets
Book tickets direct with Broome Whale Watching.
Snubfin Dolphin Tour
If it isn’t whale watching season while you are there, you can take the Snubfin Dolphin tour instead. 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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