Whale watching in Cairns.

Posted By: GetawayAdmin on Jun 14, 2013 in Things to See and Do around Cairns

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With the dry season arriving in Cairns (a little late for some) the giants Humpback and Dwarf Minke Whales get to our coasts looking for warmer waters to mate and give birth to their young.

For the lucky people spending some time here, this is an unforgettable sightseeing attraction that you can’t miss.

The first one to arrive is the Dwarf Minke Whale, the smallest of the baleen whale. It generally starts to appear from May onwards.

It has no teeth, instead it has a series of baleen plates that hang from both side of their mouth and are used like a filter to trap the krill. As they have never been seen feeding on Great Barrier Reef it is thought that they feed opportunistically in Open Ocean while visiting the tropics. Growing to a size up to 8 meters they can swim in bursts at speeds of up to 12 knots.

Last but not least, from July to September the giant Humpback Whales arrives to the area showing off and breaching around the excited audience. They are the noisiest of all marine life with their constant loud vocals, performed only by males during mating season. Female Humpbacks are larger than the male and can reach lengths of 15 meters and weigh over 40 tones. Humpbacks have the largest flippers of all whales up to one third length of bodies.

Both whales will provide a spectacular experience that will remain in your memory for long time, and it can only be truly appreciated when living it: hearing the loud splashs of the water and singings of the whales, with their enormous and heavy bodies jumping around and saluting with their flukes to the camera’s flashes. The peak month to take this tour in Cairns is August.

For those a little more adventurous, some operators offers the possibility to swim with the Minke whales for a once in a life experience. They are friendly and absolutely amazing to watch from near.


For prices and tour options don’t hesitate in contact us.

Check out our Facebook album of last year’s whale watching photos.

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