IF you prefer to see whales from the comfort of a boat then you're in luck.
Captain Cook Cruises' Sydney Whale Watching pre-season sale offers a discount of about 45 per cent on whale watching cruises between May 19 and June 30. The discount brings the price down to $45 per person (normally $85) but you must book before May 17.
The cruise takes passengers past the Opera House, Fort Denison and the eastern suburbs, before passing through the harbour headlands into open water.
Humpbacks visit Sydney's coastline as part of their annual migration. On occasion, southern rights, orcas and minke whales can also be seen, as well as seals, albatross and fairy penguins. Dolphins nearly always accompany the cruise, with some pods numbering up to 100.
Whales were spotted on more than 95 per cent of departures last year, with up to 18 whales seen each time. The company predicts an even better season this year.
Captain Cook Cruises operates whale watching cruises from May 19 to October 31 and offer a whale guarantee: if a whale isn't spotted, passengers can cruise again for free.
The cruises operate daily from Circular Quay Wharf 6, from 1.30-4.15pm. Morning cruises operate on weekends, 10.15am-1pm.
- (02) 9206-1111, www.captaincook.com.au