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Manly Ocean Adventures

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Address: 1/40 East Esplanade, Manly, New South Wales 2095, Australia
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+61 1300 062 659
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

Manly Ocean Adventures is the home of the 'Whale Watching Safari,' Sydney's...

Manly Ocean Adventures is the home of the 'Whale Watching Safari,' Sydney's smallest, most personal and most exciting whale watching adventure. Our high speed adventure vessel will get you to the whales quicker than anybody else. Our completely open vessel offers unobstructed views of these majestic animals. Our low position in the water offers you unparalleled, up-close viewing opportunities of the whales, dolphins, penguins and even the occasional seal or shark.

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Amazing close and personal encounter

So great in this small boat with a knowledgeable friendly captain (Blake). Got real close to mother and baby calf. The whales were curious and came right up to the boat for a... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2016
Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 7 November 2016

So great in this small boat with a knowledgeable friendly captain (Blake). Got real close to mother and baby calf. The whales were curious and came right up to the boat for a little while. Saw them double breach in sync. Fantastic experience for a great price. 900HP boat too for exciting trip back and forth :)

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Reviewed 7 November 2016

Awesome. This is the only word I need to use. However, it deserves a more in-depth description: - The boat: very stable despite the high jumps, and very comfortable seats, so that it is harmless (which can usually happen in some boats). - The captain: very friendly and expert on whales. He explained us all kind of whale characteristics and... More 

Thank Julià L
Singapore, Singapore
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 30 October 2016

We spotted a group of Whales right away out of the Sydney Harbour and enjoyed watching great jumps and splashes for the entire trip. The boat is well designed for observation and very secure. We had a great time! Thanks Blake

Thank christophecc19
Northampton, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 22 October 2016

This is a must do experience. Definitely my highlight in Sydney. We saw a pod of humpback whales up close with lots of opportunities for photos. Blake also took some himself which was brilliant as it meant we could focus on the whales rather than trying to catch the action. The time whizzed past. Looking forwards to going out again... More 

Thank iachurch
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Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Me & my girlfriend Sarah went out on the 11:30 trip on Saturday and absolutely loved it! Blake was brilliant from start to finish, would highly recommended booking with him. Great knowledge of the sea & the whales. Even though the whales weren't as active as we hoped we would 100% do it all over again. Another thing ticked off... More 

Thank Ross1791
Green Point, Australia
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Reviewed 15 October 2016

Blake and his 900 Hp rocket get out to the whale highway and back before you can blink. Sit on your hat as this boat launches into hyperdrive. Great experience watching the whales glide by.

Thank PJay2412
2 reviews
Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

The beauty of going on the super fast rubber boat is you get to the whale watching grounds quickly and move from pod to pod in an instant. Very informative and enjoyable trip. I highly recommend it and will do it again.

Thank dermofmanly
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

The trip was amazing! Sailing with a rubber speed boat with 900hp is a blast!! We've Deen 4 pods of Wales and they went really close! The guide is easy going and knows a lot about the Wales and the surroundings! I would recommend this trip to everyone who likes a fast boat trip and would like to see the... More 

Thank Marloes K
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Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Went on my fourth trip with Manly Ocean Adventures yesterday. It was as always an amazing thrilling ride. Great sceneries and always a rush when you get close to the rocks.. Captain Blake always makes it a trip to remember and especially this time of the year we didn't even had to search for whales. Heaps around and it seems... More 

Thank Bram N
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Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Great experience with Manly Ocean Adventures! We were bought a Whale Watching experience as a gift before travelling Australia. Blake was very informative and fun with his session, there were other, bigger companies present on the water that day and they didn't seem to be getting half the experience as we did. As you go out on the water on... More 

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A 40-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay will take you to the famous northern beach of Manly. The beaches here are perfect for learning to surf or spending the day sun-tanning. The walk from Spit Bridge to Manly is a great way to experience Sydney Harbour Bay and the Australian bush land. Along the foreshore, there are plenty of watering holes and wine bars with excellent cuisine. There are plenty of kid-friendly restaurants as well, especially along the family-oriented areas like Shelly Beach. An excellent way to experience Manly is to rent a bike and explore the dedicated bike paths and off road trails. The North Head National Park is another must-see. Located on the southern tip of Manly, North Head National Park offers great bushwalks and panoramic views of the city.
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