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Cairns Whale Watching Tours Now Operating

Created by Julie under Cairns Diving News on Monday 18th of July 2011 Cairns Whale Watching Tours Now Open for 2011

Reef Magic Cruises will start operating their half day whale watching tours from Cairns tomorrow, Tuesday 19 July 2011. The 3.5 hour tours depart Marlin Marina at 9am and include a comprehensive Humpback Whale commentary, photo opportunities and morning tea.

These specialist whale watching tours first started in 2009 and are the only of their kind in Cairns, delivering guests an excellent whale sighting rate of 99%.

The Cairns Post has reported that 13,500 whales are making the migratory trip from the Antarctic, up to Cairns and its Great Barrier Reef, a 10% increase on last year.

The most famous whale heading north is Migaloo, the world’s only all white Humpback Whale, who was last seen at Hinchinbrook Island over the weekend and is expected to make an appearance off Cairns any day now.

Cairns Whale Watching Tours are conducted on a 22m catamaran, providing a stable ride for passengers. Check in is at 9am for a 9.30am departure, with whales generally spotted around 30-45 minutes later. The boat returns to Cairns at 1pm.

In the unlikely event that you do not see whales on your trip, Reef Magic Cruises invite guests to travel again – free of charge – on the next available trip.

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2 Responses to “Cairns Whale Watching Tours Now Operating”

  1. clint says:

    Hello Homi,

    Thank you for getting in touch, unfortunately, there are no whale watching tours this season (2016).

    Not exactly sure why but the normal tour operators decided that they would not operate due to the whales locating themselves far offshore in the Coral Sea.

    We hope they travel in closer for next year 2017.

    Best Regards,

  2. Homi Ho says:


    I am wondering, is there still have any whale watching tour in coming September please? Thank you.

    Best Regards,

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