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Naturaliste Charters are opening and safely operating with tours commencing as of 30th May 2020. The whales are here for the season and in very good numbers! We’re thrilled to welcome people aboard the Alison Maree once again, but with increased precautionary measures.

Naturaliste Charters – Whale Watching & Eco Tours

Open 24 Hours
  • Child Friendly
    Child Friendly
  • Fishing & Boating
    Fishing & Boating
  • Nature & Wildlife Spotting
    Nature & Wildlife Spotting
  • Open for Business
    Open for Business
  • Whale Watching
    Whale Watching

Established in 1993 Naturaliste Charters are the longest running whale watching company in the South West with fun, interactive tours departing all year round from several locations.

Naturaliste Charters developed the world-renowned Bremer Canyon Killer Whale Expeditions in 2015. They are the only operator with knowledge and experience in this remote offshore environment. Unrivalled in finding wildlife and experts at keeping you safe while educating you along the way. Creating world-class experiences isn't just their job, it is a passion and something they would love to share with you.

Whale Watching tours depart all year round with Naturaliste Charters

Bremer Bay Canyon Killer Whale and Pelagic Expedition
January - April 
Encounter Killer Whales, Sperm Whales and an astonishing array of the ocean's most iconic inhabitants on an unforgettable offshore odyssey. A full day expedition departing Bremer Bay at 8.30 am and returning approx. 4.30 pm. Bremer Bay is the only location in Australia where you can join a tour where you can reliably encounter Orca and with a remarkable 96% success sighting rate you won't be disappointed.  Be sure to join the founders of these expeditions, Naturaliste Charters, to experience a day like no other! Please note there is a minimum age of 10 to join this expedition.

Humpback Whale Migration
Every year more than 35,000 Humpback whales plus other species including Blue Whales, Southern Right Whales & Minke Whales migrate along the West Australian coastline on their annual migration to the warmer waters. This 6 month migration gives Naturaliste Charters the opportunity to provide informative, fun and interactive Whale Watching tours from 4 different locations including Augusta, Albany, Dunsborough & Busselton. Each family-friendly tour goes for approx 2.5 hours and offers a 99% success sighting rate, if you don't see whales on your tour you can join another for free! Each tour offers expert commentary, great viewing of the whales and morning or afternoon tea.

A 20-metre catamaran vessel, the beautiful ‘Alison Maree’ is purpose-built for the Southern Ocean, providing excellent stability and comfort for passengers. Great viewing from the cabin and fantastic viewing areas from the flybridge, bow and stern. Spend time spotting wildlife on the bow, the huge upper and lower rear decks or try all three. Inside join the skipper on the flybridge for the ultimate 360-degree birds-eye view or relax in the air-conditioned, spacious and comfortable main saloon.

The vessel Dhu Force is a single-hulled 18m Conquest, the perfect vessel to enhance your day on the water. A beautiful rear deck provides the perfect location for your wildlife encounter. There is plenty of open space for uninterrupted views and safe, high railings. Around 80% of the deck is covered for those long, sunny days, and if it rains, you can enjoy the ocean without a soaking! 
  • Accredited Tourism business: Trust the Tick. 
  • Eco Certified EcoTourism.
  • Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019. 
  • Tripadvisor Hall of Fame 2019. 
 Exclusive Meal Deals - 20% off Lunch or Dinner at Augusta Hotel, Equinox Bar & Cafe Busselton OR Occy's Dunsborough.

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Plan Your Trip: Featured Itineraries

2020 Global Eco Conference – Margaret River Stay Package – 4 nights

4 nights accommodation as selected

This itinerary can be tailored specifically to your travel dates and interests. Please contact Central Reservations on +61 8 9780 5911 or enquire below.

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2020 Global Eco Conference – Margaret River Coast Package – 7 nights

7 nights accommodation as selected
Cape Naturaliste Coast & Wildlife Tour
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Busselton Jetty & Underwater Observatory Tour
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Tower Tour
Jewel Cave Tour

This itinerary can be tailored specifically to your travel dates and interests. Please contact Central Reservations on +61 8 9780 5911 or enquire below.

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  • 1 x whale watching tour for the whole family
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Google Reviews

29
Sep
2020
Would highly recommend doing this tour. Fabulous large comfy boat & lovely vivacious crew & we experienced a whale spectacle. This company does everything it can to ensure you have the best experience... Raelene Kay
23
Oct
2020
Fabulous tour. 4 Humpbacks and 2 Blue Whales. Great staff, very friendly and full of knowledge. Well worth the experience to see beautiful animals in their natural enviroment Trish WINTER
09
Oct
2020
Whale watching was the final stop on our recent family holiday and a bit of a last minute decision but boy are we glad we did it and are delighted we chose Naturaliste Charters. We truly left the best for last. I had my 2 boys with me, aged 8 and 4 and despite my worry that their excitement of the experience would wear off over the course of the afternoon, it never did. That is thanks in no small part to the Skipper, Crossie and his First Mate, Kyle who were so patient with the kids, carefully and entertainingly answering all of their questions (No matter how unrelated to whales/boats/ocean they were), even going as far as to explain what each piece of equipment was for. Nothing was made off limits to the kids. The star of the show was obviously the whales and boy did we get a treat, whales in abundance and we even got to see one breach which I'm told is a bit of a rarity, the whales follow their own schedule but their is a lot to be said for crew for constantly getting tourists to the right place at the right time. This is an experience we will never forget and we will be coming back for the Orca tour on our next family trip. Thank you Naturalists Charters. Connor Dodd
25
Jun
2020
After being run around by another company, Naturaliste Charters allowed us to join the tour at the last minute. The customer service was amazing and the crew was very knowledgeable. The vessel was comfortable to be in and everyone was well looked after by the crew. The morning turned from being a huge let down to one to remember forever thanks to the team at Naturaliste Charters. Daniel Sheppard
29
Jun
2020
Ive been out with Naturaliste Charters on 10 trips, whale watching in both Augusta & Dunsborough. Its a truly wonderful experience, and i cant recommend Naturaliste Charters highly enough. The knowledge from the crew onboard is outstanding. Sandra Kennedy
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