Cairns Whale Watching

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Highlights & inclusions

90 minute whale watching experience
Up to 4 hours free time on Fitzroy Island (subject to availability)
Choice of 2 departure times
Optional activities available on Fitzroy Island
Best Whale experience in Cairns
Departs Cairns

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Tue, May 21, 2024

What you can expect

Witness the spectacular migration of the majestic Humpback Whales off the coast of Cairns and enjoy time on one of Australia's top ten beaches, Nudey Beach, at the picturesque Fitzroy Island. From mid July to the end of August, Humpback Whales take a holiday of their own leaving the cold waters of Antarctica to frolic in the Great Barrier Reef and give birth to their young calves. You can enjoy a front row seat to this natural spectacle on this Cairns adventure which includes a 90 minute whale watching tour and a choice of 2 hours or 4 hours free time on Fitzroy Island.

Choose the 9am ferry from Cairns and enjoy up to 4 hours free time on Fitzroy Island plus a midday Cairns whale watching cruise. However, if you prefer a sleep in, the 11am ferry departure from Cairns gives you the option to join the midday Cairns whale watching cruise with only 2 hours free time on Fitzroy Island. Get in quick and book your Cairns Whale Watching and Fitzroy Island adventure right here before the Humpback Whales leave for another year.


What you need to know

  • 45 minute catamaran transfer to Fitzroy Island
  • 90 minute whale watching tour
  • Up to 4 hours free time on Fitzroy Island (subject to availability)
  • Return hotel transfers from Cairns and Northern Beaches Hotels (9am departure only)
  • Purchases such as souvenirs, photos, food and drink purchases on the vessel or Fitzroy Island
  • 90 minute whale watching experience
  • Up to 4 hours free time on Fitzroy Island
  • Qualified Marine Biologist onboard
  • Activities such as snorkelling, stand up paddle boarding, paddle skis or glass bottom boat tours available on Fitzroy Island (additional costs)
  • Take a walk on world famous Nudey Beach
  • Spectacular whale watching and tropical island experience
  • Tours depart Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal at 9am and 11am and return at 2.50pm and 4.50pm
  • 9am passengers may be able to extend their time on Fitzroy Island by an extra 2 hours. This is only available on request and cannot be booked online
  • For passengers not requiring free time at Fitzroy Island an earlier departure from Fitzroy Island to return to Cairns at 2.50pm may be available on request however cannot be booked online
  • The Whale Watching Tours Cairns team will be happy to assist with the above requests when reconfirming your booking by calling (07) 4030 7910
  • Check-in is 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time at the Fitzroy Island Adventures counter inside the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal
What To Bring
  • Hat
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimwear
  • A dry change of clothes
  • Cash or credit card for optional island activities and onboard purchases
Terms And Conditions
  • Tours are conducted in known whale hot-spots and co-incide with the peak sighting period for Humpback Whales in Cairns. Despite our best efforts, whale encounters cannot be guaranteed and refunds not available in the event whales are not seen
  • Tours are weather dependent and may need to be cancelled or rescheduled at short notice. In the rare event we deem the weather too bad to travel and you are unable to reschedule, a full refund will be provided
  • Local ID: Valid local photographic ID must be provided at check-in or you will be asked to pay the difference in price. Passengers must live between Townsville and Cooktown to qualify
Cancellation Policy
  • All return times are approximate
Booking Information
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Cruise vessel subject to change without notice
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements