If you have ever wanted to get up and personal with the magnificent whales which are often found frolicking off the NSW coastline, now is the time, as it is currently Humpback Migration season (between April and December each year).
Whale watching is a fun activity for children and adults alike. Whilst on a vessel, you will be able to witness these grand creatures in their natural environment, displaying typical behaviour such as tail slapping, lunging and breaching.
Below, you can see some of the images captured from the Sydney Harbour Boat Hoochie Mumma, which is currently offering Whale Watching Tours at a special discounted rate for WeekendNotes readers; $75 for Adults, $40 for Children (5-13 years of age) and $200 for Families of two adults and two children, under the age of 13.
Image appears courtesy of the Sydney Charter Boat Website
In addition to spectacular views on the safe vessel, Hoochie Mumma Whale Watching Tours are particularly unique. What separates their service from other NSW Whale Watching Tours, is that their professional guides detail the significance of these gentle giants of the sea through traditional Aboriginal lore.
"Whales used to be Elders on the land, flesh Elders, but then they moved to the sea to protect the fish and look after the food and medicines there."
Uncle Max Dulumunmun Harrison, Yuin Elder.
In particular you will learn about whale dreaming through age old traditional stories and music performed by a Tribal Warrior. This is certainly a wonderful way to appreciate these grand creatures beyond natural science.
You will be able to take a camera with you (still and/or video), binoculars and it is recommended that you wear a jacket designed to protect you from wind and rain - and remember to wear warm clothing. If you suffer from sea sickness, make sure to take your medication before boarding. The vessel holds 38 people and there is no minimum age for this vessel. You will also be provided with a light refreshment while aboard.
The Whale Watching Tours last approximately three hours; departing Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club at 10.00am (or at 9am in Sydney) and returning to Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club at approximately 1.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Plus, you can cap off this memorable experience by dining at Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club and as a customer of Sydney Harbour Boat Hoochie Mumma, you will receive a 20% discount off the bill.
For bookings and further information on this fantastic family experience, please see the Sydney Charter Boat website located here.