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Half-day Whale Watching Cruise
Reef Magic Cruises

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This 1 day trip is rated easy.

Departure Information
Departure is from Reef Fleet Terminal, Cairns at 9:30 AM every day, return time 1:00 PM. Trips do not run 9/1/2018 to 6/30/2019.

The Trip

Humpback whales migrate up the east coast of Australia from Antarctica every year. From July through September about 2000 whales make it all the way up to the area inside the reefs off of Cairns, which provide a sheltered area for calving and breeding. This trip operates when whale populations off Cairns are at their peak, from July through August.

Reef Magic is the only company in Cairns that offers this experience. They've been doing this for years now, and are very confident that you'll see whales, so much so that if you don't they'll offer you a free trip out on the next available tour. Typically whales are spotted within 35 minutes of leaving Cairns.

Your tour includes

-up to 3.5 hours of Whale Watching activities

-Comprehensive commentary on the biology and habits of Humpback Whales

-Excellent photo opportunities and professional photos available for purchase from Reef Magic's on board photographer.

-Use of spotter aircraft in the event Whales are hard to locate

Morning Tea/Coffee and biscuits are included. Additional snacks, chips, chocolates and a licensed bar is also available on board.

For a detailed trip itinerary, click here.


  • morning tea and muffin break
  • experienced guides

Book This Trip
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All prices are in US Dollars.

Suggested Items to bring on this trip:

binoculars sunglasses sweater or jacket (May-Sept.) hat

The Company

The owner/operators of Reef Magic Cruises, Tim North and Don Cowie, are Cairns locals who have been business partners since 1980. Over the years they have refined their operations and now specialize in offering fast catamaran reef trips. Their boat, the Reef Magic, is quite noticeable in Cairns Harbor. We have always been impressed by the organized, friendly and professional demeanor of the many red-uniformed staff lined up to greet and say farewell to their guests!

Just recently the company has anchored a large platform at one of it's reef sites, which provides massive amounts of additional space for guests to the reef.

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