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Whale watching in Perth 2019

See whales so close that you can practically touch them on these top whale watching cruises.

Whales flock to Perth almost year round as they take their migration paths to meet up with future partners. It's a hot spot to be for a number of whale species such as humpbacks, southern right whales, blue whales and more.

The whales come so close to the shore that you can almost spot them with your bare eyes, so just imagine how close you'll get when you join one of our top picks for whale watching cruises in Perth.


Our top picks for whale watching cruises in Perth:

Best for price: Extreme Whale Watching with Westcoast Fremantle Jet Boats

Best for price: Extreme Whale Watching with Westcoast Fremantle Jet Boats from Adrenaline

Highlights:

  • Cost: $55
  • Duration: Up to 105 minutes
  • Available on: Weekends during whale watching season (September to November)
  • Extras: Travel in a low lying vessel so you’re closer to the whales in a boat that travels up to 75km/hr

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Best for value: Whale Watching Cruise and Aquarium Experience with Rottnest Fast Ferries

Best for value: Whale Watching Cruise and Aquarium Experience with Rottnest Fast Ferries from RedBalloon

Highlights:

  • Cost: $90
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Available on: Daily except for Tuesday and Thursdays during whale watching season (September to November)
  • Extras: Cruise on Western Australia’s largest whale watching vessel. The tour includes entrance to Aquarium of Western Australia

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Best for experience length: Full Day Blue Whale Experience Fremantle with Whale Watch Western Australia

Best for experience length: Full Day Blue Whale Experience Fremantle with Whale Watch Western Australia from Viator

Highlights:

  • Cost: $350
  • Duration: Full day, 7 hours
  • Available on: Friday to Sunday from April to May
  • Extras: See blue whales, sperm whales, sharks and sea lions and get the chance to participate in research with marine experts in the Perth Canyon

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Best for kids: 2-Hour Whale Watching Tour with Rottnest Fast Ferries

Best for kids: 2-Hour Whale Watching Tour with Rottnest Fast Ferries from RedBalloon

Highlights:

  • Cost: $60
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Available on: Daily except Tuesdays and Thursdays during whale watching season (September to November)
  • Extras: Suitable for kids 4+ years old and includes on-board commentary by a marine biologist and return transfers

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Best for guaranteed sightings: Whale Watching Tour with Whale Watch Western Australia

Best for guaranteed sightings: Whale Watching Tour with Whale Watch Western Australia from Viator

Highlights:

  • Cost: $88
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Available on: Daily during whale watching season (September to November)
  • Extras: Choice of morning or afternoon departures as well as an optional upgrade to the Captain’s Lounge

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When is whale watching season in Perth?

Perth has two peak seasons for spotting whales, so time your visit according to what species you would like to see.

From March to May, humpback whales migrate north making it a prime time to spot them. August is the best time to see the endangered southern right whales. During this month, there will also still be humpback whales around, though not as many as in March to May.

Compare whale watching cruises in Perth

Cruise nameLocationDurationExtras/inclusionsPrice (from)Book
Extreme Whale WatchingFremantle1 hour and 45 minutesFast boat$55Adrenaline
2-Hour Whale Watching TourHillarys Boat Harbour2 hoursTransfers available on request$60RedBalloon
Whale Watching Cruise and Aquarium ExperienceHillarys Boat Harbour2 hoursIncludes entry to Aquarium of Western Australia$90RedBalloon
Whale Watching ExperienceSardine Jetty Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour (Fremantle)3 hoursComplimentary tea, coffee and biscuits, free postcard, guaranteed spotting$88Viator
VIP Captain's Lounge Whale Watching ExperienceSardine Jetty Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour (Fremantle)3 hoursExclusive access to Captain's Lounge, premium service, early vessel boarding, wine, beer, coffee, tea, desserts and finger foods included$150Viator
Full Day Blue Whale Experience FremantleWhale Watching Western Australia (Fremantle)7 hoursMorning and afternoon tea and lunch included, assist in research with marine experts$350Viator

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Taylor Lorenz

Taylor Lorenz is a writer for Finder, focusing on travel content. She has previously written guides for World Nomads, Matador Network and the Huffington Post, and she also writes for her own travel blog, Taylor’s Tracks. Taylor makes her way around the globe writing and beach hopping and can usually be found with a book and a cup of tea in hand.

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