Enjoy Spectacular Killer Whales (Orca) in Bremer Bay, Western Australia
Naturaliste Charters world renowned full day Killer Whale Expeditions depart from Bremer Bay, a two hour drive from Albany or five hour drive from Perth, Western Australia.
Naturaliste Charters is the only operator with knowledge and experience of the Bremer Canyon marine environment and it’s wildlife being the Founder's of Bremer Canyon Killer Whale Expeditions.
All crew are experienced in finding wildlife and have expert knowledge of the Southern ocean and weather conditions and are fully trained in all aspects of marine safety, constantly monitoring meteorological forecasts and responding professionally to any changes.
The crew lives, breathes and thrives on respecting the environment, and having fun on the water. We're passionate about creating extraordinary experiences for our guests, keeping you safe, and educating you along the way.
Every expedition is led by a qualified marine biologist with extensive knowledge and experience in local marine ecology, wildlife and environmental education. Their deep knowledge of the ocean and its inhabitants allows them to deliver informative, educational experiences to guests of all backgrounds.
Begin your day with an exciting and informative multimedia presentation detailing killer whale biology and ecology, as well as information about the other marine life you may encounter. Then, sail to the only location in Australia where you can reliably encounter killer whales in the wild, a journey of around 1.5 hours. Your day of unforgettable encounters is fully catered, with morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided, and unlimited hot and cold beverages are available.
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Duration: Approximately 8 hours. There is sometimes a slight variation due to wildlife activity or weather conditions.
DAILY departure, dependent on weather conditions and minimum numbers.
Dates: 2 January - 26 April
Departure time: Arrival 7.45am ready for vessel departure at 8.30am
Children: 10-17 years $300*
Bus and Expedition Package (Albany departure and return): $505
* Minimum age for children is 10 years. Please see our FAQ page for more information about bringing children on the expedition
Bremer Bay Boat Harbour. Located at the end of Swarbrick Road, Bremer Bay, an approximately 5 minute drive from the town centre. From Wellstead Road (the main road into Bremer Bay), turn onto Point Henry Road. Swarbrick Road is the first left hand turn if coming from town.
Bremer Bay Boat Harbour, Lot 115 Swarbrick Rd, WA 6338, Australia
From Albany, we also offer transport to and from Bremer Bay with Busy Blue Bus. Choose this option on our booking page to have all the driving taken care of while you relax and listen to the informative commentary about the unique history of the region from your friendly driver.
Encounter an astonishing aggregation of marine wildlife on an unforgettable oceanic expedition. From January to April, our full day expeditions visit one of the least explored places on earth, and the only place in Australia you can reliably encounter killer whales (orca), the ocean’s undisputed apex predator.
As the pristine and scenic bays and cliffs of one of the worlds most ancient coastlines slip from sight, the sparkling turquoise waters change to the deep blue of the southern ocean. Seabirds fill the sky as we leave the continental shelf behind and the sea floor plummets, now up to 3.5 kilometres below our keels.
Many dreams come true as tall black dorsal fins scythe the surface of the Southern Ocean. Orca families (pods) often approach and surround our vessel, playful giants just as curious as their human observers. If encountered hunting, be awed at the transformation to deadly black and white missiles that rocket through the ocean. You may even experience the wonder of seeing a newborn calf, or feel a profound sense of privilege as the pod engage in social behaviour, unconcerned by your delighted observation.
Your experience has another unique and special dimension. Our expedition voyages provide an important opportunity to learn more about these southern ocean stars. Photo identification is a non-invasive technique that has been used by scientists around the world to study whale and dolphin populations. Each animal within a population is unique, and has characteristics and markings which distinguish it from other individuals. Individual orca have variations in the shape of the dorsal fin, the white eye patch, and the grey marking on the back (the saddle). These are as unique as a human fingerprint!
Our photographers capture photo ID shots of the animals we encounter to contribute to the growing database of individuals. As a citizen scientist, your ID shots also make a valuable contribution to this important research, conducted by Project Orca. View the catalog and meet the orca of the Bremer Canyon here.
In addition to the incredible experience of seeing orca in the wild, you may also be able to hear them if conditions permit. Killer whales spend their entire life in a family pod, and communicate with a complex language of sounds. The language of each pod is unique, so recording vocalisations also helps researchers learn more about the lives of this iconic species.
The Bremer Canyon teems with life that is weird, wonderful and mostly unseen due to distance and depth, and our expeditions also collect information about this abundance of life, big and small, helping unlock the mysteries above and below the waves. Pelagic seabird surveys, plankton surveys, shark research and collection of water quality data are conducted on expeditions.
Your expedition may see pods of long-finned pilot whales, sperm whales, a rare beaked whale and the largest animal to ever have lived, the blue whale. You can also admire the acrobatics of large pods of bottlenose, striped, and common dolphins, and encounter shark species that include great whites, whaler sharks, and the beautiful oceanic blue, a species never seen from shore. Enormous oceanic sunfish surface, disc shaped bodies often 2 metres across. The remains of giant squid sometimes float on the surface, a predator of the deep reduced to scraps, squabbled over by an astonishing array of pelagic seabirds including albatross, shearwater and petrel species. Rare species are sighted each season, including the Barau’s and Black-Bellied Storm Petrel. The Bremer Canyon is a place like no other on the planet. Your experience like no other in your life.