Naturaliste Charters – Whale Watching & Eco Tours

Star 4.7 (84 Google reviews)
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

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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

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.

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.

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Naturaliste Charters – Whale Watching & Eco Tours

25 Dunn Bay Rd, Dunsborough WA 6281, Australia

Reviews

Star 4.7 (84 Google reviews)
Jas K 15 June 2022

The crew are an experienced bunch and managed to spot many whales for our viewing pleasure. They also took care of the guests who ain’t feel too great with the choppy waters. Informed crew at boarding that one pax within my party could not make it that morning. She told me she will relay the message to office and see if they could help. Didn’t expect any positive outcome actually but to my pleasant surprise, she came back to me before we disembark and told me that the refund has been processed. Awesome administration and excellent ground operation.

Till Spielhoff 12 June 2022

I booked my 5 year old and his grandparents on a whale watching tour and we had a fantastic time. We saw plenty of whales close to our boat and also dolphins and sea lions. The captain and crew where amazing, we felt super welcome on board. They had a lot of info about the whales and their behaviours, really fascinating - I am sure this was not the last time we booked a tour with these guys.

Caitlin Amos 06 March 2022

Wow! What a day! Myself and my partner were lucky enough to go on the charter last weekend and it did not disappoint! A lot of money, but absolutely worth it! 6 hours of watching 2 pods of killer whales swimming right next to the boat with their babies. Absolutely unbelievable! But what makes it five stars is the amazing crew who we joined. Dundee was an awesome skipper, so friendly and passionate about his job which is just so lovely to see! Mason brought the laughs with his happy go lucky relaxed attitude, and Pia and the other marine biologists were just so insightful and educational. Cannot recommend this enough! If you’re thinking about doing it, go for it!!

Charlotte Roigt 12 April 2022

Amazing experience. The crew was very knowledgeable, easy going and always there if needed be. We spotted many different species and always had scientific explanations due to the presence on board of a marine biologist. Highly recommend. Even being sea sick, it's worst the money. A once in a life time experience.