The Spirit is a family owned and operated whale watching business established in 1987. With over 22 years in the Hervey Bay whale watching industry we provide first class cruising and comfort and know what it takes to make your whale watch experience an awesome one.
In July 2008 we had the great pleasure of launching the New “Spirit of Hervey Bay” whale watching vessel. Our new boat is world class and was built right here in Hervey Bay by local boat builder Streamline Catamarans and was officially named by the Queensland Premier Anna Bligh.
The new Spirit of Hervey Bay is superb and purpose built for whale watching making it very comfortable and spacious.
A 24 metre ocean going catamaran the Spirit was built with supreme stability, comfort and safety in mind. Five levels of viewing decks offer you the freedom of walking around the Spirit and discovering the many vantage points to capture the whale’s antics. No crowding, so much room to move around and stretch those legs!
Level 1 – Underwater Viewing Windows
Level 2 – Bottom Level Galley
Level 3 – Waterline Viewing Platform
Level 4 – Lounge area + amphitheatre seating
Level 5 – Open air top deck
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A terrific feature of the Spirit is its Underwater Viewing Rooms. These extra large rooms are located in each hull of the boat which put you below the surface with the whales in their underwater world. Come and feel the exhilaration of eye-balling a humpback whale and getting closer than you ever thought possible to them. Their curious nature beckons them to swim alongside the vessels windows and have a peek inside. Are we watching them? Or are they watching us?
Another feature for close up encounters is our Waterline Viewing Platform. This platform can be lowered right to the waterline for your chance to come face to face with a friendly humpback whale, what a thrill to be only an arms length away from one of the largest creatures of the sea
The friendly crew aboard the Spirit offer a wealth of knowledge, not only about this region and waters but experts on whales. They will help make your whale watching cruise a fun experience you will never forget. They are all fully qualified with shipboard elements and first aid qualifications we ensure a safe and comfortable cruise suitable for all ages. Our crew are a very sociable, outgoing team who are passionate about the Great Sandy Straits Marine Park, where our whales play, and its environment.