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In July and August, Magnetic island's waters become an ideal playground for the Humpback whales and their calf. Making our island home one of the best locations to spot this majestic creature. 

At Island time cruises we don't do "whale watching" as such just because we can never guarantee we will see whales (and no one can) However there are more than 90% chances to see whales on our tour during whale season and they quiet often put up a show breaching near the vessel. 

If you don't see whale, we'll make sure you have a great time on the water anyway, whether it's on our snorkeling and fishing "day cruise" or on our "Radical Bay sunset tour".



More about the Humpback whales

More About the Humpback whale​​Each year between April and November, Australia’s eastern coastline comes alive with the spectacular acrobatic displays of humpback whales. After a summer of feeding on krill in Antarctic waters, these charismatic animals migrate north to sub-tropical waters where they mate and give birth. During their annual migration of up to 10 000 kilometers, humpbacks attract thousands of visitors to coastal towns such as Byron Bay, Hervey Bay and Magnetic Island. The exact timing of the migration period can vary from year to year depending on water temperature, sea ice, predation risk, prey abundance and the location of their feeding ground. The majority of humpbacks in Australian waters migrate north from June to August, and back towards the Southern Ocean from September to November. Groups of young males typically lead the migration while pregnant cows and cow-calf pairs bring up the rear. Adult breeding animals form the bulk of the migration in the middle stages. At a maximum length of 16 meters, the humpback is not the largest whale found in Australian waters, but it is the most iconic.​​


* source: Australian government

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