What Are We Currently Seeing
1 day ago
This past week has been filled with incredible Minke Whale interactions! A unique and curious whale has been giving us plenty of photo opportunities! Read all about it here plus all the other action from this weeks tours! https://www.whales-australia.com.au/ ... See MoreSee Less
4 days ago
That was quick! Great to see a MILLION dollars go out to support the domestic tourism industry.
Spaces are available for school holidays but get in quick because they are booking up fast!
The whales are plentiful at the moment with tours departing twice daily from Dunsborough and Busselton ✨WELL...THAT WAS QUICK 😟
Just over eight minutes after it was launched, the WA Government's latest initiative to boost domestic tourism hit it's limit.
10,000 of the $100 'Wonder Out Yonder" vouchers were snapped up...did you snag one? ... See MoreSee Less
6 days ago
The State Government has announced it will provide a $100 credit to members of the public to use on accredited tours and experiences throughout WA in a dollar-for-dollar initiative. You must be one of the first 10,000 to register, from 10am Monday 21st Sept. And you must book your experience by Oct 31st for ANY of our whale watching, eco and fishing charters between 21st Sept and 31st Dec 2020.
That's a huge 50% OFF your first $200!!!
There's a million reasons to cheers right there, so make sure you're online at 10am next Monday at: www.wandervoucher.com.au
Here's some ideas to get you thinking....
ALL tours 10am AND 2pm DAILY, and when numbers permit 4:30pm sunset tours
Pricing: Whale watching/eco charters: $90 adults, $50 children (3-14), infants (0-2) FREE
Fishing Charters $350pp (FULL day, breakfast/lunch, bait/gear and filleting included.
☆ Fishing Charters
☆ Busselton Whale Watching Expedition
☆ Dunsborough Whale Watching Expeditions
☆ Sunset Whale Watching/Eco Charters
For more info visit: https://westernaustralia.com/au/Pages/… ... See MoreSee Less
RARE SIGHTING ALERT! 16/09/20
Yesterday's humpback sightings were exceptional, to say the least! Six whales of a diverse size range came together to form a tight pod just beside the vessel! The group of two boisterous sub-adults quickly grew and so did their surface activity. Once the pod had calmed down they cruised alongside us for over 40mins, rolling, pec slapping, and playing as we sang a beautiful customer Pat happy birthday! What a great 80th birthday surprise!
BUT then, as they often do, a minke whale appeared off the back of the vessel out of nowhere! The first glimpse was fleeting as the tiny grey dorsal appeared for only seconds before darting back down to the depths! We've already had at least 5 quick encounters like that this season! Short but always sweet. However today, this cute little guy stole the show! Only moments later the 2.5m calf/yearling popped up at the bow, customers (and crew) couldn't help their cheers, might I add, all at much higher decibels than the humpback cheers! So tiny!
The minke did bog laps around the vessel for around 10 minutes, surfacing just the tip of its rostrum out of the water as it hovered, blew bubbles, and checked us out! The zippy little one was showing such great signs of curiosity and inquisitiveness, more than we'd ever encountered before! This rare and extended sighting enabled us to collect great ID shots and video footage to send off for review of the species, all of which enable us to uncover valuable information on the species! Big shout out firstly to our customers, without you we wouldn't be out here observing these incredible animals and especially to the researchers at the Friends of the Minke Whale Project for confirming that this minke wasn't a common or "dwarf" minke at all, it was an ANTARCTIC MINKE! This is huge and exciting news amongst the research world and we're beyond thrilled to have yet another rare sighting and another species IDs from the Nat Charters vessel! Here's to hopefully many more encounters of this little one and hopefully, it's friends! Let us know if and where you'd been lucky to encounter one of these little guys!
Cetal Fauna Western Whale Research Images by our onboard marine biologist Brodee Elsdon ... See MoreSee Less
Hey good looking! We see you checking out our page, liking my picture... well did you know that you can see me and the rest of the pod from January to April! We have the highest encounter rate of Orca IN THE WORLD throughout the Bremer Season. So what’re you waiting for?? Come join the FOUNDERS of the Bremer Bay Expeditions with expert knowledge and information. Now taking bookings for 2021! ... See MoreSee Less
Whilst we count down the months until we are back in Bremer Bay we are currently departing from Busselton & Dunsborough enjoying the Humpback Whale Migration. It has been an incredible start to our season with sightings of Humpbacks, Southern Rights, Dwarfe Minkes and BLUE whales! We would love to welcome you on board on one of our relaxing, informative and fun whale watching cruises which is fun for the whole family 🥰
BOOK NOW: www.whales-australia.com.au
Video taken on board Naturaliste Charters by Aeroture
Australia's South West Australia.com The Margaret River Region Western Australia #wanderoutyonder #adventureawaits #justanotherdayinwa ... See MoreSee Less
It’s a KILLER match! What an awesome achievement thanks to citizen science 😍 If you EVER see a killer whale when you’re out on the water be sure to grab some photos/video, preferably with the eye patch and dorsal fin visible and send them through to the guys at Project ORCA - Orca Research & Conservation Australia to cross match 💙🐋🙏🏻 ... See MoreSee Less
With the world battling a pandemic it is comforting to look back on memories and feel hopeful that this craziness won't last long and that everyone will be back to living #wildandfree sooner rather than later. Whilst our team is currently safe and sound in #WesternAustralia our thoughts and prayers are with you all, no matter where in the world you are. Sending you all hugs, keep your spirits high, we will get through this 💙 ... See MoreSee Less
More mid week nostalgia! How epic is this image Keith Lightbody captured of a large orca bull surging! This behaviour gives the crew goosebumps as it indicates the orca are chasing or hunting down prey. They are the ultimate APEX predator. ... See MoreSee Less
What we are currently seeing
Every day is hump day aboard Naturaliste Charters whale watching experiences! From May to November, humpback whales visit the south west of Western Australia as they undertake their annual migration, an incredible journey from the feeding grounds of Antarctica to the warm waters of Australia’s north west and beyond to breed and calve. Our locations span the scenic south west, and as a result we have the longest whale migration season anywhere in the world.
From May, humpback whales arrive at the scenic seaside town of Augusta. Competitive, curious and acrobatic, this is whale watching at it’s most dramatic and spectacular. Rare blue, minke and fin whales are also sighted on occasion as they too make the epic trek north. From July, endangered southern right whales also arrive, giving birth to their calves in the protected waters of Flinders Bay.
As spring arrives, the whales retrace their steps 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 to Antarctic waters for the first time, an incredible journey for a baby just months old. The calm, protected waters of Geographe Bay offer a welcome respite to the weary wanderers, an opportunity to rest before crossing an entire ocean for the first time. The humpbacks arrive first, followed by regular sightings of blue whales from October through to early December.
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.
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 sometimes 2 meters 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…