Whale Watching Eden
Eden is one of the few places in the world that Humpback Whales feed on their southern migration in spring. Due to the meeting of currents from the north and south, the waters in and around Twofold Bay are rich with nutrients, encouraging many species of whale and dolphin to stop and feed through spring.
Twofold Bay’s calm waters and open ocean access give you a unique experience of seeing these massive giants up close. We also have a large amount of attractions related to whales past and present. See our Whale Adventure page to see the best way to plan your Eden whale experience.
Whale watching cruises operate from late September through to late November. Check here for discounts on tours and accommodation this whale season.
There are also several key vantage points to watch the action from land, and the Eden Killer Whale Museum sounds a siren when whales aresight of these places.
Check out these great locations around Eden for quality shore-based whale watching.
To view an individual point of interest, click on a marker below and select 'more info'. From there you can step through the trail one point at a time. Download links for GPS devices and Google Earth can be found below.
If your GPS requires a specific format for map data, download the GPX file above and use an online converter such as GPS Visualiser to convert to a format appropriate for your GPS. Select 'Waypoints' as the type of GPS data you would like to convert.
Eden Whale Watching Tours
Cat Balou Cruises – Whale Watching and Bay Cruises
Experience nature at its best when you take a cruise aboard the multi award winning vessel, Cat Balou at Eden, voted the number 1 Whale Watching destination in Australia in 2014!
Known for their outstanding Whale Watching trips, Cat Balou Cruises also offers Bay and Wilderness Coast cruises.
Owner operators since 1987, Ros and Gordon Butt are NSW’s most experienced whale watching operators and offer daily whale watching cruises from mid September until late November with a 99% success rate of seeing whales.
It is mainly Humpback whales seen on their southern migration but there is also a chance of seeing other species of whales along with dolphins, seals and a variety of seabirds. Cat Balou has a hydrophone onboard to enable passengers to listen to whales singing. Throughout the year Cat Balou also offer a Twofold Bay Cruise which highlights the history, industries and natural beauty of this whaling port plus a good chance of seeing dolphins & seals.
Cat Balou is a 15mt catamaran with optimum viewing and inside seating for all passengers in case of inclement weather. A live informative commentary is given on all cruises.
The South Coast Tourism Awards inducted Cat Balou Cruises into their Hall of Fame in 2013 as well as awarding them the Ecotourism Winner. Trip Advisor has also acknowledged them with their Certificate of Excellence in 2013 and 2014.
All cruises depart from Eden which has direct ocean access with no sand bar crossings.
Bookings are essential.
Merimbula Marina operates multiple cruises each day during September to November. We are a family owned and operated business and believe in responsible and respectful whale watching practices. We have a deep love of the ocean and all its amazing creatures and enjoy sharing this with our passengers.
We have been operating our vessel True Blue from Merimbula for over 10 years. She is a 16 metre Super Sea Cat with three unobstructed 360 degree viewing decks to whale watch from. She has both indoor and outdoor seating and onboard toilets. Live and informative whale commentary and morning or afternoon tea is provided. You are also likely to see other whales like Southern Rights, Minkes, Bryde’s, Blue and Orcas and marine life like dolphins, sea turtles, Australian Fur Seals, a bounty of sea birds and more from the boat.
We offer a money back guarantee that whales with be sighted on your cruise –please check our website for full details.
Launched in May 2015 “Sensational” is the Sapphire Coast’s newest and fastest whale watching experience! She is a fast, economical eco-RIB.
Get out to the whales fast and spend more time with them! Licensed to carry 20 passengers plus crew ensuring you a more personalised and intimate experience with the whales. With real 360 degree water level viewing this vessel allows you to get up close and personal with the whales!
Check out our daily photos and whale reports on our facebook page. Like our page and download photos taken from your cruise for free!
If whale watching is not your thing then why not try one of our NEW: 45min Sensational Beaches Blast trips. This high speed adventure is an awesome way to see Merimbula’s coastline whilst having a blast!
Outside of whale season we operate Marine Discovery Tours, showcasing the regions spectacular coastline and amazing wildlife.
Fishing Charters for the beginner to experienced anglers also available year round.
Enjoy whale watching aboard the Connemara with their experienced and friendly crew this whale season. An intimate and informative tour for up to 12 people. Excellent for photography, plenty of room and homemade pastries and refreshments on offer. This season when you book your whale watching trip on the Connemara you will also enjoy FREE entry to the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre.
Freedom Charters also operate reef, game and kingfish charters for individual anglers and groups.
Cat Balou Cruises
As a family owned & operated business they have gained the reputation of maintaining high safety standards, providing exceptional service and value on all cruises as well as sharing their love of the area and the ocean with their passengers.
They also assist with whale & dolphin research.