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Whale Watching by Boat

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by Jon Jones (subscribe)
Founder and chief editor of WeekendNotes.
Published May 28th 2010
As the rain and cold settles in over Sydney (believe it or not, May is not our wettest month) it's time again for the gentle giants of the ocean to start making their way north past our blustery coast. Late May, June and July is prime whale watching season.

While there are plenty of great places to watch whales from on solid ground, there is nothing quite like getting up and close in a boat, as long as you follow the rules.

Sydney offers a whole range of operators who can take you out for a peek. Most cost in the range of $80 to $90 per person.

I think going out in a smaller more maneuverable boat provides the best experience. Not only does the skipper have a better chance of giving you a good close up view without worrying the whale too much, you'll also appreciate the awesome scale of the creatures a little more. It's a totally different experience to sitting in a massive heated ferry with 100 other people clamouring for a good view through 2 inches of scratched glass.

Pro Dive have a good reputation and use a smaller boat with an experienced skipper. I even managed to wrangle a deal out of them for WeekendNotes readers - $55 instead of the usual $89. The catch is that you have to go on a weekday. Sign up for the deal here.

Pro Dive have a good whale watching photo gallery which includes pictures of their boat and the hippo's closest living relative having a good frolic.

If anyone else has any good recommendations or tips, leave a comment so other can share the good sauce.
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Why? They are big and alive.
When: Late May, June, and July
Where: Out past Sydney Heads
Cost: Around $80 to $90 per person
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