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Cat Balou Cruises

Experience nature at its best when you cruise aboard the multi award winning vessel, Cat Balou at Eden. Cat Balou is a 16 metre catamaran and is equipped with a hydrophone to enable passengers to hear whales singing.

Ros and Gordon Butt have been owner/operators Cat Balou Cruises since 1987 and are the most experienced whale watching operators in NSW. They also assist various research groups.

Whale watching cruises depart daily from mid September until late November. Cat Balou Cruises have a 99 per cent success rate in sighting whales. A whale guarantee applies if no whales are sighted.

Twofold Bay Cruises operate all year. These highlight the history, natural beauty, industries of the historic whaling port. Dolphins and seals are seen on most trips.

On all cruises a live informative commentary is given and refreshments are included.

Bookings essential.

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Half Day Whale Watching
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The main type of whales seen are Humpbacks which travel close to shore, at times coming right into Twofold Bay on their southern migration, but at times other species are seen including the rare Blue Whales, Minke, Bryde's, Southern Right and Orca.

You may witness the awesome sight of Humpback whales engaged in lateral lunge feeding - normally only seen in Antarctic waters.

Other sea life frequently seen are Common and Bottlenose Dolphins, Australian Fur Seals, Penguins, Sunfish and occasionally turtles. Bird watchers are amazed at the variety of sea birds including Albatross, Shearwaters, White Breasted Sea Eagles and Gannets to name a few.

Cat Balou offer a free return cruise or refund half fare if whales are not seen on any whale watching cruise.
start Location Highlights
Main Wharf 8am. Mid September until late November, Eden Twofold Bay and Beyond, Eden
Travel by: Duration:
Catamaran, Motor Vessel Half Day or less.
$60.00-$225.00 Price Range Adults and seniors, AUD75. All children to 16 years, AUD60. Two adults and two children under 16 years, AUD225.
Twofold Bay Sealife Cruises
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A two hour cruise around Eden's historic Twofold Bay. These cruises operate all year and give passengers an insight into this historic whaling port.

There is a resident pod of dolphins seen on most trips, also seals and penguins. Discover the beauty of the bay which is surrounded by the Ben Boyd National Park, Mount Imlay, State Forests and many pristine beaches.
start Location Highlights
Main Wharf, Eden Twofold Bay, Eden
Travel by: Duration:
Catamaran Half Day or less.
$27.50-$30.00 Price Range Family ticket AUD85.00, two adults and three children under 16 years