Cruise: Fingal Island Tour
This was one of the best things we did in Nelson Bay. Really fun speedboat trip out to Fingal Island, and then we were taken around the island by the local Eco Guide. It was stunning and the history very interesting. The kids loved the snorkelling and there was even a cup of tea on the beach! We took kids aged 6 to 14 and they all enjoyed it. Would definitely recommend this trip.
Name: Maddy Lyon
Date on Board: April 2015 Dolphin Watch
BEST tour ever. We had such an amazing experience. Our captain ‘captain crusty’ and guide Lisa were just spectacular. The wealth of knowledge they both had of the area was unbelievable, not only did we have an amazing time, we also learnt so much and got to see so many dolphins!! Honestly best afternoon ever. Highly recommend!!!!!!
Name: Christoper Gibbs (England)
We went out on a 1.5 hour Dolphin cruise on 25th April and it was spectacular.
We must have seen 50 Dolphins during the cruise with the first sighting only 15 minutes out of port. The boat is small compared to some so you get a much more personalised experience. They have an expert on Dolphins who knows the individuals all by sight,and the crew give you loads of interesting facts during the trip.
If you want to do this then go with Imagine Cruises you will not be disappointed.
Name: Christine Lindsay
Date on Board: 19th October 2014- Whale Watch
Name: Barbara Ray
There is no better way to see the whales in the Port Stephens area than on an Imagine Cruise. This catamaran is a lovely way to sail. Firstly, the knowledge of the skippers is amazing, they live and love this area. Sailing out of the heads and then seeing whales close up is an awesome experience. You are usually guaranteed a sighting, or a free return visit if you don’t happen to see them. This has only happened to me once. The whales are a joy to watch, so majestic, and when they breach, it’s breathtaking. On the way back, if there’s enough breeze, they usually return under sail. What a relaxing thing to do. Just the sound of the wind, & the water. They usually sail around Cabbage Tree Island & see some seals, you nearly always see dolphins, and we’ve even seen huge turtles. Each time we have visitors, we always do an Imagine cruise, it’s the only way to go. I would not hesitate in recomminding this tour operator.
I have used imagine cruises for the past 5 years and have never been disappointed. This weekend we had the best experience, Frank the skipper was very knowledgable and found the whales who I might add put on an excellent show for all on board, it was wonderful making memories with my nieces who are visiting from the uk.
Went out whale watching on a smaller sail boat with an excellent and very knowledgeable crew. Got very close to the whales and as there were only 25 people on board all got an excellent view of a whale that ‘played’ for at least 45 minutes up close to our boat.
Much better than going on the bigger boats where you have to jostle for window positions.
Also great to have the tour of the area and see the seals and dolphins up close as well. They even emailed us photos they had taken which was great for those who didn’t bring a camera(and at no cost).
Name: Melody Miranda
Date on board: 26th March 2013- Marine Discovery
Name: Christy-lee Townsend
Date on Board: 16th February 2013- Private Charter Wedding
Name: Monique White
Date on Board: Valentine’s Day 2013- Private Charter Wedding
Name: Lisa Nu
Date on Board: Jan 2013- Seafood BBQ Dinner
Name: Christine Simpson
Hometown: Bobs Farm
Date onboard: 18th January 2013 – Private Charter Wedding
Name: HenkThe “Imagine” is our favourite whale watching vessel. The skipper really knows how to find and follow the migrating whales and you are hardly ever disappointed. We have sailed on the “Imagine” at least half a dozen times: as whale watchers, to celebrate a friends birthdays (dinner cruises) and last night to celebrate the New Year with a cruise with copious finger food, kebabs and cooked prawns of excellent quality.
Each time was great: the atmosphere on board is friendly and the crew do their utmost to give you a good time. Quality of food and drinks is good and service is friendly.
As the “Imagine” is a catamaran it is more stable than single hull vessels in rough weather, but for passengers that think they may have a problem there are free sea-sickness tablets available.
Most of the trips we made with the Imagine it went under sail as soon as we left the marina which makes it extra attractive.