SPECIAL COVID 19 Restrictions 

We consistently monitor Government Advice regarding social distancing and maximum numbers, and adjust our numbers accordingly.

We are a “Non Essential Retail Outlet” legally requiring entry for vaccinated or medically exempt only.
Please use entry QR code and show proof of vaccination when joining us.
Please contact us if you require any more information.

We expect more Humpback Whales than ever before, the last two seasons have given us the best encounters we have seen. Now we also have WHALE SWIMS AT COFFS HARBOUR tour too!

WHALE WATCHING in COFFS HARBOUR, NSW, AUSTRAILA.

WHALE WATCHING season in COFFS HARBOUR is JUNE to OCTOBER

Family Friendly - All ages welcome!

Bookings are Essential!

With Jetty Dive, you're guaranteed to see a whale!

And if you don't? Come on another trip for free!

Whale Watching Coffs Harbour Prices

  • $85 per person
  • Infants under 3 years old are free.

(Sorry, no concession is available with our reduced numbers during COVID 19 restrictions).

Group Booking Prices –

  • Group of 3 – $240 (Equals out to $80 per person)
  • Group of 4 – $295 (Equals out to $73.75 per person)
  • Group of 5 – $350 (Equals out to $70 per person)

Group pricing is not available online. Give us a call or pop in store to book this in!

We take Service NSW Discover Vouchers up until 30th of June 2022! You must do this in person or over the phone, not available for online bookings.

Times & Location

We run trips 3 times a day from June to October! Trips are dependent on weather and reaching minimum numbers.

Our running times are:

9:00am, 11:00am, and 2:00pm.

Depending on demand, we usually start filling trips from morning through to afternoon times.

Our trips run for 1.5 hours – we allow 15 minutes each way for travel, so you’re spending an hour with the whales.

Meet us 15 minutes prior to departure at the Floating Wharf at Coffs Harbour International Marina.

Conditions

  • We take people of all ages, from babies (nursed in your lap) to people in their 90s!
  • To respect social distancing rules, we will have to reduce the number of passengers on the boats, which means you will get a small group experience.
  • Children (under 18) must be supervised by an adult at all times.
  • Trips are not too long which usually avoids Sea Sickness! We still recommend sea sickness medication if you are vulnerable to any motion sickness (If you get sick in a car, you are likely to at sea too!)

Our Whale Watch trips at Coffs Harbour operate daily from June to October, in the beautiful waters of the Solitary Islands Marine Park. The Solitary Islands Marine Park is minutes away from Coffs Harbour, and located mid way between Sydney and Brisbane on the New South Wales Mid North Coast.

The Migrating Humpback Whales play in the shallow waters off the Coffs Harbour coastline on their travels north and again on their return trip south. Want to see Whales up close? Forget about watching from the headlands, this is as close as it gets!

The Jetty Dive Difference

The Fast ride makes OUR Whale Watching Coffs Harbour trips unique!

The FAST Boat Ride out means we usually see whales only minutes after leaving the harbour. If we see whales in the distance jumping, we can move from one group to another in a very short time, and not miss any action. The one and a half hour trip is mostly spent watching whales, not getting there. It is not just a Whale Watch trip, it is a fun adventure boat ride too!

Hang onto your hat too!

Mega Wild is our new custom built Whale Watching Boat! Designed for maximum views and comfort, Mega Wild is Fast and stable. We get to the Whales quickly… spending less time getting there means more time for that amazing close-up Whale Watch experience!

If we see some Whale jumping action elsewhere, we have the ability to be onto the action very quickly.

Be prepared for a fun finale in the harbour on the journey home too!

  • “Mega Wild” has a fully covered cabin and an exceptionally dry smooth ride.
  • Motors are super quiet when idling along with the Whales – not disrupting them or scaring them away!

Our Whale Watching Coffs Harbour trips are more fun getting to the whales and then home again…and fast too !

Click on this link if you want more info about the plight of the Humpback Whale. It has some interesting reading!

Would you like to give a gift to someone? Buy a Whale Watching Gift Certificate

We have Whale Watching Gift Certificates available online to buy or call into our shop and purchase one for a Great Present!

Latest Whale Watch Reports at Coffs Harbour

Accessibility

As both of our current boats are “rigid hull inflatables” this gives us quite the advantage for accessibility. The inflatable sides can be sat on, with one’s legs being swung to the inside of the boat to allow boarding. Our staff are more than happy to help out wherever required or desired to assist you. Our boats feature twin ladders for boarding. Our staff can help lift your gear up individually prior to helping you get up the ladders back into the boat if you wish, to save the strain of walking up the ladders with the gear on your back. For our Whale Watching Trips or Eco Tours, we require all customers to remain seated whilst the boat is in movement.

We get you to meet us at Coffs Harbour International Marina for the Whale Watching Tours, which has ample parking (click here to check it out on google maps) and a ramp leading down the floating wharf to where you are to board the boat.

The boat has space for a stroller or pram to be stored, but due to our requirements whilst the boat is in movement the pram or stroller can not be in use on board.

If you have any questions in relation to accessibility, feel free to contact us.

Contribute to Humpback Whale Research with HappyWhale

Individual Humpback whales can be easily identified by the markings on the underside of their tail flukes, and the shape of the trailing edge. Each tail has a unique colouring and shape that is as distinct as our human fingerprints.

Great tail photos are often taken the moment before the whale does a deep dive and their tail rises

completely above the waterline.

You can also get great tail images during a tail slap.

Where to submit your images

Create your own account with www.happywhale.com OR email your tail pics to dive@jettydive.com.au and we’ll load them for you on Jetty Dive’s HappyWhale account (we will credit you as the photographer!).

If you plan to join HappyWhale and log your photos yourself, please keep a note of the time, date and general location of your whale photos, and the name of our Vessel (MegaWild).

Multiple photos of the same tail are helpful, please log these together as a single encounter.

Will donating your photos make a difference?

Yes! Being able to identify individual humpbacks from photos at known locations allows scientists to track these animals over time without disturbing them. This improves our knowledge about population size, migration timing, travel speeds and which whales travel together. HappyWhale is a global database that has identified over 43,000 humpbacks worldwide, and shares images and data with scientific organisations.