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The Broome Whale Watching Sunset Tour was our favourite experience in Broome. We would even say it’s a must-do if you are there in the whale watching season.

Broome is in the Kimberley region of Western Australia and one of the best places to experience whale watching.

tail flip of a humpback whale in broome western australia

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.

humpback whale in broome western australia

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.

whale on the surface of the water in broome

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.

broome whale watching catamaran in the ocean with its sails down

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.

broome whale watching tender vessel on the beach
photo by Broome Whale Watching Tours

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.

catamaran with people seated at the front with turquoise ocean and white sandy Cable Beach

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.

side of the catamaran looking out onto the blue ocean shimmering in the sun

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.

sunset over the ocean cruising on a catamaran in broome

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.

Check the price here and read the amazing 5/5 stars from 67 reviews.

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

Broome Articles

For more things to do in Western Australia, check out this Western Australia Travel Guide.

Flights

plane flying over a beach

I use different sites to try and get the best possible price for flights.

First I visit matrix.itasoftware.com to get an idea of the cheapest dates, but you can’t book through this site.

Next I compare the cost of flights with Trip.com and try different routes.

Accommodation

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I mainly use Booking.com for accommodation as they consistently have the lowest rates with free cancellation on most properties.

Car Hire

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To compare rental car company prices, I use Rentalcars.com. They are world’s biggest car rental site, comparing all main brands including Europcar, Budget, Ace, Hertz, Avis, and Alamo.

Travel Insurance

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Don’t travel anywhere without travel insurance, it’s not worth the risk.

Travel insurance: simple & flexible

You can buy and claim online, even after you’ve left home. Travel insurance from WorldNomads.com is available to people from over 130 countries. It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.

Travel Information & Guides

This Australia Travel Guide, which includes all essential information and tips, will help with the planning of your holiday to this beautiful country.

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Humpback Whale doing a tail flip in the ocean

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18 Comments

  1. I have never seen whales or dolphins in the wild, but it’s something I’d love to do. Must be such a special sight. They look amazing.

    1. It was an incredible experience to see them in their natural habitat.

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

    1. Very true John 🙂 I hope more companies start thinking of green travel too.

  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 🙂

    1. 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.

  5. 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. 🙂

    1. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. 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 🙂

      1. Thank you Christie. We were very impressed with their level of commitment to green travel.

  8. Whale watching in Broome looks so beautiful! Being on the catamaran seems so peaceful too. That is great that they guarantee seeing whales or book another day for you!

    1. It was a great way to see them and good to know they guarantee sightings.

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