Flinders Bay in Augusta is a winter oasis along the South West Coast of WA that harbors multiple species of migratory marine mammals from May-August. If you’d like to witness HUMPBACK WHALES, Southern Right whales and dolphins from the comfort of a custom built sothern ocean vessel then Naturaliste Charters has you covered.
A Winter Whale Wonderland
Augusta whale watching is one of the best Humpbacks are the predominant species that commonly steal the show with their curious and boisterous nature! The tours are always action PACKED, from inquisitive juveniles to pods of competitive bulls fighting for a female’s attention, these 40 tonne giants sure know how to put on a show! The crystal-clear waters along the coast make witnessing these magnificent marine creatures rising from the depths toward our vessel VERY easy! From the powerful pumps of their tail to the playful slaps of their pec fins there is never a dull moment with humpback whales!
Witness Newborn Calves in the Calm Coastal Waters of the Bay
Southern right whales are much LARGER than humpbacks, and because of their size they can withstand the cool waters of the south-west and use Augusta as a breeding, calving and resting area where they give birth to their 1 TONNE babies within 500m of the beach! On the rare occasion we are lucky enough to witness these 90 tonne mammals BREACH their entire body right out of the water! There is truly nothing quite like it, from the plume of white water to the cracking sound that dissipates throughout the rest of the bay when they land.
EASY and ACCESSIBLE
The new state of the art harbour enables any and EVERYONE to board with ease and is also now home to the “Ocean Grown Abalone” company that sustainably grow, harvest and process abalone right here in the South-West.
Our vessel “Alison Maree” is a modern, spacious and luxurious 20m catamaran that provides the ultimate in stability, comfort and safety making her a popular choice for all ages and those with less mobility. With multiple viewing decks you can spot wildlife both outside and among the action or indoors away from the elements.
View St Alouran, Flinders and Seal Islands on Tour
The islands are significant for their copious bird and large seal colonies which can be seen with ease from the vessel. The whales regularly manoeuvre through the channels between the islands as they venture out into open waters after residing in the protected waters of Flinders Bay and this is where we witness most of the ACTION! Tail slaps, deep diving fluke lifts and BREACHES are just some of the surface activity we encounter out in the deeper waters whilst you can also take in the beautiful scenery as we cruise past the Islands that encapsulate the bay.
The Leeuwin Lighthouse
After the tour and whilst you’re in the south west you must visit the Leeuwin Lighthouse, where the roaring seas of Southern and the Indian Oceans meet. After your tour you’ll be much more informed about the beautiful area and the whales that inhabit it as our on board marine biologist provides information and expert commentary throughout the duration of your tour. We are not only the founding operators of the south-west whale watching tours but our crew are committed to giving you an outstanding and educational experience. In fact SO confident that we GUARANTEE that we will find you whales OR you can join us again for FREE!