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Sunshine Coast Dolphin & whale watching

Our most recommended Sunshine Coast Dolphin & whale watching

Noosa Heads: Ocean Rider Dolphin Safari

1. Noosa Heads: Ocean Rider Dolphin Safari

Departing from Noosa Marina, Captain Nathan will take you on a relaxing scenic cruise down the Noosa River and around the headland. Soak up the amazing views of Noosa, and admire the iconic sights, including Hells Gate. Once at sea, these amazing mammals will come out and play. Get up close and personal with these beautiful dolphins as they feed and socialize. Look out for the varied species of birds before finishing with a relaxing cruise back to Noosa Marina.

Mooloolaba: Adventure Rafting Wildlife Tour

2. Mooloolaba: Adventure Rafting Wildlife Tour

Set off on a rafting adventure on a custom-built vessel as you explore the Mooloolaba coastline and Mudjimba Island. Get some informative commentary about the Sunshine Coast while you keep an eye out for dolphins and other sea life. Kick off your tour with a safety briefing before boarding your raft. Cruise the Mooloolah River while taking in the sights. See the local fish market, La Balsa Park, and some charming local houses. Admire the impressive Mooloolaba birdlife and meet some of the local Pelicans living at Point Cartwright. Check out the artwork featured on the Point Cartwright Lighthouse. Afterward, head to Mudjimba Island where you'll stop to view the local turtle population and learn about the Indigenous history that surrounds this interesting island.

Dolphin View Kayak and Great Beach Drive Tour from Noosa

3. Dolphin View Kayak and Great Beach Drive Tour from Noosa

Begin your 6-hour program with a Great Beach Drive in Great Sandy National Park. Head to Double Island Point for views of Fraser Island and the colored sands of Rainbow Beach. Head out on a kayaking tour around the headland and admire the beauty of your surroundings and the Double Island Point Lighthouse from a unique perspective. Bottlenose dolphin pods are often seen in the area, feeding on large schools of fish. They’re usually as curious about you as you are about them, so be prepared for an experience of a lifetime! In addition, see local and migrating wildlife, including humpback whales (June-November), turtles, manta rays, stingrays, and migrating sea birds.

Mooloolaba: Turtle Watching Boat Tour

4. Mooloolaba: Turtle Watching Boat Tour

Get up close with the wildlife of the Sunshine Coast on a boat tour from Mooloolaba wharf. Listen to educational onboard commentary from your local skipper. Sit back and relax in a comfortable seat with a high back as you cut through the water in a high-speed vessel. Feel the power of the engine as your skipper takes you to wildlife hot spots. Look for fish, turtles, and playful dolphins. See graceful sea birds and take a peak at what life is like below the waves with underwater cameras that live-stream what is happening below the ship in real time.

Whale Watching Without the Crowds

5. Whale Watching Without the Crowds

Looking for a whale watching experience you'll remember and want to talk about for a long time? Crusader 1 is limited to 22 passengers,  therefore offering you a personal day out on the water with unobstructed views of these inquisitive majestic animals. Be in awe of the spectacular breaching, close encounters, magical songs and tail slapping of the humback whales. Get up close and personal with these gentle giants of the sea and encounter pods of dolphins and turtles. The biggest advantage of whale watching on Crusader 1 is that you'll always have that rail side position ready for that perfect photo moment. Crusader 1 is an open deck vessel, very safe and allows full walk around access even to the bow of the boat where you can watch the dolphins play and follow your path.

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What people are saying about Sunshine Coast

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 13 reviews

We have THE BEST fun , the skipper and the new staff member who was along for the ride were lovely and engaging. We had our children with us and they checked in before and after any fast hairy parts (kids gave them the all clear haha) We felt safe but also had a fun and adrenaline rush !! So glad we went, it was beautiful out on the water ! 10/10

Super fun trip. At the beginning we didn't see any dolphins, but luckily we saw them swimming about 3 meters from our kayak. Also good guides who tell a lot about the area and enough time to relax.

This is a great boat trip! We saw lots of dolphins and it's also a really good way to see the coastline from Noosa to Sunshine Beach. Just stunning. We had an awesome time.

One of the best days I’ve had on a holiday. Vince was an awesome guide. We were privileged to have plenty of dolphins swimming around us.

Great day out. Guides were very friendly and helpful. They had heaps of information on the area of the tour. Well worth the trip.