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?

"I really respect that the whale was more important than us"

Arrived just in time from our overnight stay in Canberra to go on the cruise. We got to see two whales swimming and breaching. Was a spectacular sight. The operators stayed what I though was a decent distance from the whales and when they had gone into the bay and another operator went in further than we did our guy decided that we would move away to give the whales space to get out of the bay. I really respect that the whale was more important that us . Well done