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May 1, 2018

Capturing the best Dolphin and Whale Photos

Capturing the best Dolphin and Whale Photos

Have you always dreamed of having a breath taking photo of a breaching Humpback Whale or surfing Dolphin, that you took yourself hanging on your wall?

We have compiled a few handy tips from our crew to help you in your quest for an image worthy of your wall space.


Our very skilled and experienced skippers always maintain a balance of respecting appropriate distances under the ‘Australian National Guidelines for Whale and Dolphin Watching’ whilst providing a unique and personal whale watching encounter- with lighting behind you and illuminating the whales.


– A good quality camera, will provide you with high resolution and crisper images than an iPhone.

– If using a phone it is a great idea to film your experience and screenshot out the stills.

– Utilise ‘sports mode’ feature on cameras and devices


– Consider the conditions, a sunny calm day makes for enjoyable experiences and well illuminated photos.



– Watch for movement on the surface such as bubbles or spray before whales may surface and prepare to zoom and or focus.

– Keep your camera to your eye once you have a fixture on the animals.

Patience persistence and a positive attitude.

For some inspiration these images have been taken by great photographers; Maree Clout, Jordan Robins and our very own deckhand Michelle – Whilst on board our cruises.

Maree Clout

Jordan Robins

Michelle Stewart

Are there any other photo taking tips you have?

"My husband and I did a 2 hour whale watch cruise today and it was amazing."

My husband and I did a 2 hour whale watch cruise today and it was amazing. The captain and crew were fantastic and the whales really put on a show for us. We had whales going under the boat and rolling around in the water within metres of our vessel. Perfect day, thank you.