My partner took me on the Manly Ocean Adventures for my birthday. Amazing high speed '"Naval Assault Boat" with 3 x 300 hp Yamaha 4 strokes with a top speed of 50 knots (93 kph) - which is like doing 185 kph on land. 4 rows of 8 passengers with straddle seats and grab handles. We had perfect weather and flat seas with a gentle swell. The boat rides very well, you need warm clothes in winter. Spray jackets are provided to help keep out the wind and any spray if the wind whips up a larger chop.
Blake prefers to find whales away from the other large whale watching boats. The size of the boat means you feel closer to nature. He gives a guarantee of a whale sighting or a free return trip. He offers pick up from Sydney or Manly, Ii was $85 each for 2 hours from Manly. The highlight for us was a huge pod of over 40 very playful dolphins. We followed parallel to a single humpback for 30 minutes. He finishes your trip with a high speed blast in the calm water on the return to Manly. Blake checks in with other boats for locating the whales.. often the whales seem to be more active - when the see is less calm. Great fun.
The previous week we saw 2 whales breaching off Long Reef headland on the northern beaches. The next Sunday we went south to the Cape Solander where there is a whale watch monitor station. 28th June tally by 2 pm was 36. For the season 1546 whales. Peak sightings are usually the second & third weeks of July as whale scurry north. On their return until October the mothers and calves tend to hug the coast and with the boys further out to sea.
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