Pacific Whale Foundation
Ocean Defender Whale Watch
3 hour tour departs daily at 7am, 11am and 2.30pm
With each ticket helping to save whales, Pacific Whale Foundation offers the only whale watch tour in Hervey Bay based on over 30 years of humpback whale research and nearly four decades of marine animal research and ocean conservation around the world. Because we have the best rates, the ultimate Hervey Bay whale watching adventure is affordable for all.
Interact with our onboard Whale Researcher
Learn firsthand the latest whale facts and findings from our marine biologists as they collect data for our ongoing research studies.
Hear expert commentary from certified Marine Naturalists
All crew members are trained in marine sciences and have extensive experience interpreting the amazing humpback whale behaviours you’ll encounter.
Listen to live whale songs on our underwater hydrophones
You’ll not only see whales up close and personal, but also hear these majestic mammals as they sing to and with each other.
Engage your child in our onboard Jr. Naturalist Programme
Featuring fun and educational activities led by our Marine Naturalists to help inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.
Enjoy a small-group ecotour with water-level views
With a capacity of 40 passengers on our low-profile vessel, everyone gets personalised attention plus unobstructed 360 “whale’s eye” views.
Ride in comfort on our eco-friendly vessel
Ocean Defender is a 12m Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) built specifically for whale watching and research, with comfortable forward facing seats, plenty of shade and full size toilet.
Experience our hospitality
With FREE snacks and soft drinks, plus a full colour commemorative Whalewatch Guide developed by the Research Department at Pacific Whale Foundation.
Go again free if you don’t see whales
Whale sightings are guaranteed (July 16 – Oct 9), if you don’t see whales (an unlikely occurrence), we’ll give you a free return ticket good for up to one year.
Help protect whales and their ocean habitat
When you go with the experts at Pacific Whale Foundation, you’re supporting programs that benefit humpback whales in Hervey Bay and around the world.
"We took our Mum to see the whales to tick off an experience she has always longed for. Mum is almost 90 and in a wheelchair. The staff on Quick Cat were absolutely amazing and attentive making sure she had a wonderful time. Thank you so much loved every minute."
"Expert and passionate knowledge of Hervey Bay and its surroundings. Highly recommended."
"It was so easy to plan our trip and book online. We hired a 4WD and drove from Noosa to Fraser Island along the beach, it was the best thing I have ever done."
Matt & Jen
"We travelled through the Sunshine Coast and onto Hervey Bay and Fraser Island. I loved the hinterland and beaches, most beautiful place to hike & ride. Thank you “Nature Coast Australia”, can’t wait to visit again."
"It was so easy to see all the whale watching tours in one place and choose the right one for us. No where beats Hervey Bay for whale watching!"
"I have always wanted to go to Fraser Island and the day tour we booked was perfect, we want to come back for longer!"
Nick & Michelle
"My favourite tour was the remote west coast of Fraser Island. It was amazing and such a surprise how beautiful it is. Hervey Bay has some wonderful beaches & tours."
"I loved the Sunshine Coast Hinterland especially the quaint village of Maleny, lovely shops & food. The view to the Glasshouse Mountains is spectacular, next time I will hike them."
"We loved our trip to Lady Elliot Island, the reef is healthy and there are heaps of large turtles, manta rays and lots of fish to see when snorkelling, we didn't want to leave."