Kalbarri Whale Watching Tour
Kalbarri is blessed with seasonal (June/mid November) visits of the majestic Humpback whale and the occasional Southern Right whale. Each 2 hour whale watching boat trip is an opportunity to get close to these levethians in their marine environment.
The reason for this migration is simple: while their food supply (krill) is in Antarctica, Humpback whales must give birth in warm waters, as the calves are born without blubber, the layer of fat that protects them from the icy waters.
When feeding, a female whale can produce up to 600 litres of milk a day and the calf gains weight at a rate of 45 to 60 kg per day.
Whilst in the waters of Kalbarri, the whales feed their calves and rest for the journey back to Antartica. We usually spot whales within 20 minutes, otherwise we can pretty well assure encounters within the hour.
What can you expect to see when Humpback whale watching? Expect a lot of interaction, curiosity, showing-off and inquisitiveness! They certainly live up to their reputation and engage with us. Often we turn the boat's engine off, and let the creatures glide underneath us, as they stick their heads up and eye the crowd. When they're not doing this, they're tail slapping, spy hopping and breaching. There are also those who like to saunter by and ignore anything that doesn't resemble a fellow whale.
We have not yet had a tour during whale watching season, where we have not seen a whale. In saying this, every tour is different. Some days we will see the whales breech close to the boat. Other days, we will see the whales frolic from afar. Our skipper will always move the boat around to get the best possible visual for everyone, but they are still wild creatures and can sometimes be unpredictable.
Whale watching in Kalbarri is a very unique and special experience...white sand, clear water,stunning scenery of the cliffs and other marine wildlife. When finished your whale watch cruise, you can spend the rest of the day visiting Kalbarri's beaches, National Park and many other attractions.
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NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2020 - 2021 season. The 2020 - 2021 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2020 - 31st March 2021. The 2021 - 2022 season rates commence on the 1st April 2021.