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Spirit your best choice for fantastic whale encounters

Did you know the whales are attracted to bright colours, making the Spirit your best choice for fantastic whale encounters. The Spirit is a favourite amongst the friendly and inquisitive whales that visit Hervey Bay from late July, August, September and October each year. After their long journey they spend their time in Hervey Bay enjoying some well earned rest, relaxation, fun and frivolity and generally showing off to excite and delight our passengers!

Fast and luxurious, the Spirit gets you to the whale’s playground with minimal travelling time for maximum viewing pleasure with the whales. Extra comfortable with 6 viewing decks spread over 5 spacious levels, personal space is at a premium to move around at your leisure and ideal for taking those special holiday photos.

Fantastic features include our impressive underwater viewing rooms that place you below the waterline for a spiritual experience in the whales underwater world, also our amazing waterline viewing platform that lowers you to the water’s edge within arms reach of the gentle giants and of course we are hydrophone equipped so we can listen to the beautiful whales melodic songs.

We have been offering whale watch cruises for over 25 years in Hervey Bay so we know what it takes to make your cruise with us an entertaining and adventurous one.  We are also the only boat that offers a money back guarantee on sightings (5/8 – 15/10) or another cruise free outside these dates.

With free extras such as a whale souvenir DVD, WIFI connection, children’s activities and transfers from your Hervey Bay tourist accommodation, the Spirit of Hervey Bay has everything you need for a truly memorable experience out with the whales.  Join our friendly crew for an adventure of a lifetime, the whales would love to meet you.

Level 5 - Open air top deck

Level 5 - Open air top deck

10 metres above the water for 360 degree panoramic views of the spectacular bay, Fraser Island and the whales.
Level 4 - Lounge area + amphitheatre seating

Level 4 - Lounge area + amphitheatre seating

After a hard days whale watching relax in our cozy lounge area, be careful you may just fall asleep. This deck also offers a 360 degree viewing area around the vessel. If you like the “wind in the hair” rush of fast cruising the amphitheatre seating up front is perfect for you.

Level 3 - Waterline Viewing Platform

Level 3 - Waterline Viewing Platform

This platform can be lowered to the waterline for those extra close up encounters with the mighty humpback whale
Level 2 - Bottom Level Gallery

Level 2 - Bottom Level Gallery

Here you’ll find the souvenir and refreshment kiosk along with super comfy seating with loads of viewing area.
Level 1 - Underwater Viewing Rooms

Level 1 - Underwater Viewing Rooms

These rooms place you below the waterline to see the whales in their underwater world through the windows
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Take a short tour of Spirit of Hervey Bay

Underwater Viewing Rooms

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?

Waterline Viewing Platform

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.