Calm and Protected Whale Watching in Busselton

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Exhilarating Whale Watching Aboard The Vessel Dhu Force

Dhu Force is a single-hulled 18m Conquest, the ideal choice for an up close and personal interaction with the whales and other wildlife. The airy, spacious rear deck allows uninterrupted views, and perhaps the blessing of a cloud of whale breath if you are really lucky! With around 75% of the deck covered, you can make the most of those days of welcome winter sunshine, and if it rains, you can still enjoy the ocean without a soaking. Relax and enjoy the view at the comfortable outdoor seating for 20 or escape the elements in the cosy cabin. For an incredible “crow’s nest” experience and uninterrupted 360-degree panorama, spot wildlife with our skipper on the fly bridge. With a maximum of 22 guests, you are assured an uncrowded, authentic whale watching experience.

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Expedition Details

Please allow up to 2.5 hours depending on wildlife sightings

Exclusive Meal Deal's - Join Naturaliste Charters on a Whale Watching tour and receive 20% off Lunch or Dinner at Augusta Hotel, Equinox Bar & Cafe Busselton OR 15% off at Occy's Dunsborough

Each trip is led by our experienced, friendly and extremely knowledgeable staff who are eager to share with you their knowledge and passion for Western Australia's marine wildlife. As a locally owned and operated family business, we're delighted to share the wonders of the South West with you - we'll make you feel right at home! Complimentary AUSSIE morning/afternoon tea including coffee, herbal tea, water, biscuits and lamingtons will complete your comfort on board.

PLUS Your Whale Watching ticket gains you free entry on to the Busselton Jetty & 10% off at their gift shop.
Dates: 1st September to mid November
Departure times: Daily at 10.00am & 1:30pm
Naturaliste Charters extraordinary Busselton Whale Watching Experiences depart daily from the iconic Busselton Jetty, Busselton Beachfront, or from Port Geographe Marina if the weather is not favourable for a jetty departure.

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Busselton Whale Watching Southern Migration

Busselton is one of Western Australia’s favourite seaside towns, nestled at the northern end of beautiful Geographe Bay.  Gateway to the world famous Margaret River wine region and home to the iconic Busselton Jetty and it’s amazing waterfront precinct, Busselton is an ideal destination for your whale watching experience.

A popular choice for all ages, comfortable, easy boarding access is assured from the Busselton Jetty or the waterfront marina. Sail the clear sparkling seas of Geographe Bay, the only true north facing bay in Western Australia. The calm protected conditions are not only popular with passengers, they are also welcomed by the whales.

From the beginning of September, Humpback Whales make their epic southern migration to the feeding  grounds of Antarctica. In October, we begin to see Blue Whales in the bay as they too head south. The southern migration is special.  In the protective care of their mothers, calves leave their birthplace in the tropical north and make the epic trek south for the first time, an incredible journey for a baby only months old. The calm, protected waters of Geographe Bay offer the weary wanderers an opportunity to rest before crossing an entire ocean for the first time.

The relaxed cetacean visitors are unconcerned by our careful and respectful approach. Be enthralled as curiosity outweighs caution and a calf approaches our vessel, or delight in the sight of it nursing in the shallows. Feel an incredible sense of awe as you appreciate  the sheer size of the largest animals on earth, often swimming so close you will hear them breathe.

Look down through waters so clear you can see the emerald seagrass meadows below, the foundation of an ecosystem more productive than a coral reef, and a nursery for some of our most highly prized fish species. As we drift peacefully past the stunning shores, see fur seals resting between fishing expeditions on the rocks. Look out for sea eagles and ospreys soaring overhead, while petrels and shearwaters skim the surface and diving gannets drop from the sky to capture fish in the depths. Minke whales are also sighted on occasion, and pods of common and bottlenose dolphins also often join our tours, surfing alongside, or engaging in stunning acrobatic displays.