Whale Watching Safari

Sydney’s most exciting and most personal whale watching experience.

Whale Sightings Guaranteed.

If whales are not sighted on your tour, come out again for free!*

Whale watching season runs from mid May until early November.

This year it is expected that up to 45 000 humpbacks are going to make their annual migration past Sydney as they travel from Antarctica to the Great Barrier Reef and back. Come on a tour with us to observe these majestic creatures on their journey. You might even see a breach or two!

Ocean Extreme offers the most exciting and most personal whale watching experience in Sydney.

Operating the fastest commercial vessel in Sydney, Ocean Extreme is able to get you to the whales quicker than ever before. The open design of our vessel, along with its low position in the water, offers an unparalleled, unobstructed and up close viewing experience. Ocean Extreme promotes responsible & respectful whale watching.

We are so confident of finding whales on every tour that we GUARANTEE it. If whales are not spotted on your adventure then come out again for FREE.*

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We accept NSW Discover vouchers. Simply text a screenshot of your voucher to 0404 212 043. We will text you straight back with a $25 discount code you can use to book online. Use as many vouchers as you wish on a single booking.


*If whales are not spotted on a tour, each passenger will be issued with a reride credit for another tour during the same season. The credit is non-transferable, therefore it must be used by the original participant. If the tour takes place in November then the credit is valid the following season.

Recent Sightings

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4 days ago
Ocean Extreme

Who wants to come on the first trip of the season? This Saturday 8am. Conditions look good! If we don’t see any 🐳 you’ll receive an unconditional gift voucher to rebook anytime 😁 or gift to someone else. Let’s gooooooo 🚀 ... See MoreSee Less

Who wants to come on the first trip of the season? This Saturday 8am. Conditions look good! If we don’t see any 🐳 you’ll receive an unconditional gift voucher to rebook anytime 😁 or gift to someone else. Let’s gooooooo 🚀
3 months ago
Ocean Extreme

Season ‘22 is only 3 months away. Who’s excited? 🙋‍♂️

📷 by the great @jpgood_photo
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Season ‘22 is only 3 months away. Who’s excited? 🙋‍♂️

📷 by the great @jpgood_photo
6 months ago
Ocean Extreme

2021 whale watching season has come to an end. This year the whales headed off slightly earlier than usual and we did our last tour on November 3rd. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported us before and after the lockdown. Hopefully we’ll see you all again next season 👋🏼 🐳.
(📷 from June 14th this season)
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2021 whale watching season has come to an end. This year the whales headed off slightly earlier than usual and we did our last tour on November 3rd.  Thanks to everyone who came out and supported us before and after the lockdown. Hopefully we’ll see you all again next season 👋🏼 🐳. 
(📷 from June 14th this season)
6 months ago
Ocean Extreme

The swell was too big for us to head out this morning but luckily for us it backed off enough for us to get out this afternoon. Here are some pics from the 12:30pm session today 🚀 ... See MoreSee Less

The swell was too big for us to head out this morning but luckily for us it backed off enough for us to get out this afternoon. Here are some pics from the 12:30pm session today 🚀Image attachmentImage attachment
6 months ago
Ocean Extreme

We covered a lot of ground this afternoon and then found this pair off Long Reef having a serious party 🥳 ... See MoreSee Less

6 months ago
Ocean Extreme

Pics from three trips today 🙂🙂🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

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What is the best time of day to see whales?

This is the question we get asked the most often. The answer is there is no time that is better than any other. The whales are migrating up and down the coast 24 hours a day. There is an equal chance of finding some whales at all times throughout the day.

Where to go whale watching?

Some good land based whale watching locations include: North head, Long Reef, Vaucluse, Cape Solander. At different times of the year the whales track different distances off the coast. To see the whales up close you will need to go out on a boat. We head anywhere from 1km to 20km offshore depending on the migratory route of the whales at that point of the season.

How long does whale watching take?

Ocean Extreme uses the fastest vessels in town, so we can get you to and from the whales quicker than any other boat. Thus, our tours don’t last as long. A tour can take about 2 hours if we board at Circular Quay and about 1.5 hours if we depart from Manly Wharf.

When is the whale, dolphin, seal watching season?

From mid-May to late November, locals and tourists alike can watch the whales migrating along the Sydney coastline. Dolphins are quite common around the coast of Sydney and you can spot them any time of the year. The same goes for seals. Our seals are here nearly all year round.

What to wear for whale watching?

Unless it’s a windy day, you don’t have to worry about getting wet. We also supply spray jackets to keep you nice and dry. In the winter months, it can get very cold out at sea. Thus, you need to wear several layers under our jacket to stay warm throughout the trip. Wear a beanie and gloves on colder days.

What to bring whale watching?

Whether you’re watching the whales from the shore or at sea, you must wear sunglasses and sunscreen to protect your eyes and skin from the harsh glare of the sun. And of course—don’t forget the camera! But if you want, Ocean Extreme can also take your photos for you.

Is whale watching bad for whales?

Whale watching can be bad for whales if the skipper of the boat isn’t responsible or doesn’t know the correct rules for driving around whales. We have been operating tours for over 14 years and always show upmost care. We are required to keep our distance from the whales (100m) and it is up to the whales if the decide to approach our boat. Humpback whales are naturally very curious and they do often approach us however we cannot force this interaction.

What kind of whales can be seen around Sydney?

It is predominantly humpback whales that we see off Sydney and generally in New South Wales. Very occasionally we will spot minke whales, southern right whales, pilot whales, killer whales and one blue whale was spotted in 2015.

How much does whale watching cost?

For a memorable whale watching experience on the Ocean Extreme vessel, it will cost $119 per person. Check out our bookings and vouchers page page for tours leaving Circular Quay and Manly Wharf. Contact us if you have any questions.

Check our whale watching and celebrities photo galleries.