Citizen Science research expedition – Whale & Dolphin watching Gold Coast

Experience, contribute and enjoy the wild world of Whales & dolphins!
Join us for a unique experience on our Whale and dolphin watching gold coast research expedition. This tour offers a unique experience for those passionate about dolphins, Whales and the marine environment, to contribute to increasing knowledge, awareness and improving conservation efforts.


2.5 hrs

Daily Departure Times

2pm Friday & Saturday


$140 per person


  • Private/intimate experience with small groups (up to 12 pax per tour)

  • Tea, Coffee & snacks pre-departure

  • Experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable crew

  • 100% success rate finding Humpback Whales

  • Unique commentary from our onboard marine scientists

  • Observe stunning coastline and an abundance of wildlife including the possibility of seeing Eagles, Turtles, and flying fish

  • Interactive research experience - Learn about whales and dolphins like never before!

Join whale and dolphin research experts from local charity, Dolphin Research Australia for a unique tour experience.

During this informative tour, you will not only enjoy an intimate experience with whales and dolphins but also have the opportunity to be part of the research.

You’ll encounter migrating humpback whales and local dolphins along the way. We’ll be learning about them as we go and recording vital observations that will help improve the understanding of these mysterious animals!

You can choose to sit back and relax or help researchers along the way. Experience an adventure at sea and a behind the scenes look at the science behind whales and dolphins.
By joining this tour, you will actively be contributing to improving the knowledge about these incredible animals and their conservation. You will also supporting a local grass-roots marine conservation charity.


On arrival you will be greeted by one of the friendly crew, they will check you in on the iPad and conduct a few COVID19 safety precautions with each passenger.

Hand Sanitize/signing a standard covid declaration for current hotspots.

Tea and coffee are on offer while the crew assist you with your gear, including wetsuit, mask, snorkel and fins providing you’re on one of our swim tours.

Following the introduction and safety briefing from your Skipper, your lifejackets will be fitted, and we will board the vessel for your Whale watching Gold Coast/Coolangatta research adventure!


It is colder out on the water so come prepared with layers.
We recommend:

  • Beanie, warm jumper/ jacket 
  • Spray jacket/ Rain coat
  • Sunglasses and hat
  • Camera, Gopro etc
  • Drinking water


  • 8 Years+ minimum age
  • Any children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian
  • Not suitable for pregnant woman or anyone with a back injury.
  • Sense of adventure!

*Anyone with cold or flu symptoms will not be allowed to board the vessel

Onboard safety

Your safety is our priority at all times.

All crew trained in First Aid, CPR/Oxygen and Advanced resuscitation. 

Your qualified fully trained Skipper and crew has extensive experience in the local area and have expert knowledge of whales and whale behaviour. 

In depth briefings before departing, ensure you understand the procedures in place and time will be given to any questions and concerns you may have before getting on the boat.

Oxygen, Defibrillator and a comprehensive Australian Maritime Safety Authority first aid kit maintained onboard.


Our departure location is  Chinderah, situated 5mins from the pacific highway.

139-151 Chinderah bay drive Nsw 2487

Usually we offer a pick up/ drop off shuttle bus service, however due to COVID-19 we are unable to provide this. 


If you are driving from the south on the pacific motorway, take the Kingscliff/ Cudgen exit. and go left at the round about, follow this road.

If you are driving from the north on the Pacific Motorway, take the Kingscliff/Cudgen exit, and go right at the round about. Passing under the motor way and then follow this road.


There is street parking available along Chinderah Bay Dr.

Please Note: Do not park in front of the Cubby Bakehouse.


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