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?

"Heaps of Dolphins, Seals, Birds and a Few whales"

The weather wasn't all that good, and there was a swell, we were fortunate to have a bait ball of fish swim very close to our boat, which in turn meant, heaps of dolphins, seals birds and even a few whales enjoying the fun!