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Broome is in the Kimberley region of Western Australia and one of the best places to experience whale watching.
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.
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 cruise takes place on a beautiful 42-foot catamaran called Ballena. It has lots of space to relax up the front and beanbags and cushions are supplied to make it comfortable. There are two toilets onboard which are kept very clean.
The engines on the Ballena 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 found some shade at the front, 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. Most guests were up the front of the boat but there is also supported seating at the back.
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 ($8 for Corona).
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. The food was very tasty and included fruit, frittata, lamb falafels with pita and cheese with biscuits.
The crew are very knowledgable with lots of information about whales and provided commentary along the way.
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. There were plenty of tail flicks and fins as well as water spouts though.
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.
Broome Whale Watching Tour Tickets
We book our tickets through Viator for their ease of booking, putting our minds at ease with their free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance, and lowest price guarantee.
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.
Other Broome Tours
For more things to do in Western Australia, check out this Western Australia Travel Guide.
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