Intimate Whale Watching

- Mooloolaba -

Intimate Whale Watching

This unique and intimate whale watching experience uses specialist equipment to give you a sneak peak into life below the water. As well as an explosive and acrobatic display on the surface, and all from the dry comfort of your seat. Fitted with underwater HD cameras and a hydrophone, you’ll be treated to an incredible look at life below the waves, as well as having the rare opportunity to listen to humpback whale song.
Their custom-built vessel is fast and comfortable, with protection from the elements, and operating a small vessel puts your closers to the water’s edge and closer to the action. Book now for one of the best whale watching Sunshine Coast tours.







Minimum Age

5 YEARS + 

Food & Drink




Adult Rates (15 years+)
Child Rates (5-14 years)
Children must be 5 years + to join this tour. 

Looking for more adrenaline (10 years+)? Join their sister vessel “Adventure Rafting” and go Whale Watching, but with more horse-power. CLICK HERE.

Please be aware that the crew reserves the right to prohibit anyone from participating in the activity if they deem it unsafe. If any of the below is not found out until on the day, you may not be permitted to join the tour and you may not receive a refund.

  • Passengers must have a reasonable level of manoeuvrability. If you are unable to walk on-board or are wheelchair bound, unfortunately, you are not able to join this tour.
  • If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, are taking prescription medication or you are suffering from any injury or illness, then it is important that the tour provider is made aware in-advance. If they deem it too dangerous or unsafe, they reserve the right to prohibit you from joining the tour.You’ll be asked to fill out a participation waiver prior to departure, disclosing any of the above.

This tour operates out of the The Wharf, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, QLD.

Boarding begins 15 mins prior to departure, at address: The Wharf Mooloolaba, 123 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba.

Their jetty is located behind the restaurants on the river (not in the marina). There is a directory located at the main entrance to The Wharf. Parking at the Wharf can be very congested, especially during school holidays and weekends, please allow plenty of time to find a space.

Customers are NOT contacted UNLESS the trip is cancelled. If you don’t hear from anyone, please meet at the time and location stated in your booking details.

You will receive a confirmation email upon purchasing this tour which will provide you with all of the relevant information, e.g. CONTACT NUMBERS,  ADDRESS ETC.

Warm clothing/ windproof jacket, sensible non-slip shoes (Please NO black-soled shoes). Polarised sunglasses are recommended for best viewing through the surface of the water.

A dry bag is recommended for valuables, or these can be left at their office before departure. 

Medication: (If you require to take medication throughout the duration of this tour, please remember to bring this with you. If you deem it necessary, please inform a member of staff, on board your vessel, where within your belongings this can be found).

Seasickness Medication – You may experience seasickness out on the open ocean. We suggest that you should speak with your pharmacist in advance of your trip, to seek their advice on seasickness medication. We will not reschedule bookings or issue refunds for those suffering from seasickness.

Coastal Express” is a custom-built 11-metre rigid-hull RIB with a large canopy and side clears giving protection from the elements. There’s a toilet on board, comfortable seating and the vessel boasts underwater cameras and a hydrophone providing an immersive experience of the whales.

On-Board: Maximum of 20 passengers

Cancellations/changes to your booking must be made in writing directly to Salty Swims – Please contact Salty Swims  via email (, or Facebook (via the chat icon linked to this page).

Please be aware that refund policies do not cover travel, accommodation or any other associated costs. We recommend you take out travel insurance to cover unforeseeable cancellations.

What if the tour provider cancels?
In the event of poor sea conditions, minimum numbers not being reached or for any other reason, the tour operator reserves the right to cancel the tour. If your trip cannot be rescheduled to your satisfaction, you will receive a full refund.

What if you cancel?

If you wish to cancel your booking MORE THAN 48 hours of your departure, you will receive a full refund.

If you wish to cancel your booking WITHIN 48 hours of your departure, you will not receive a refund.

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