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Imagine Cruises

Committed to the preservation of our marine environment, Imagine Cruises a sailing Eco-tour leader, offers a friendly and entertaining interpretation of the ports local eco-systems with dolphins and whales being the stars of the show.

Imagine sails out of Port Stephens, perhaps the most naturally beautiful and accessible waterway in New South Wales. Dolphin & whale watching cruises operate 7 days a week, with a 99% success rate in dolphin sightings!

To book phone 02 4984 9000 or e-mail

Touring Options

Dolphin & Snorkelling Island Discovery

Leaving the Port, you will enter the South Pacific Ocean where the offshore islands offer a remarkable and very impressive sight. Pass Australia’s southern most rainforest island, which is Cabbage Tree Island. Home to our most endangered sea bird the Gould’s Petrel.
Anchor just off the Islands where you can proceed to take a swim or snorkel in the beautiful clear water. You can bring your own lunch and enjoy a glass of wine or soft drink.
– Snorkelling equipment
– Free professional divemaster assistance
– Dolphin guarantee and outer island cruise included
– Boomnetting
– Free dolphin literature, great for school projects
– Friendly, informative and factual commentary
– Rich in history and natural wildlife
– Licensed bar and comfortable downstairs lounge
– Free return dolphin cruise if no dolphins sighted
– Free tea, coffee and biscuits with bottomless cups available

Whale and Dolphin Watching

From June to Mid November close to 5,800 humpback whales will migrate just off Port Stephens on their annual migration. First for their northern migration to the warmer waters of the South Pacific, then will return for their southern migration back to Antarctica.
To watch these awesome creatures from the stable deck of Imagine, with skippers Frank & Yves, is an experience not to forget. Both have a fascination for whale and dolphins and are actively working for their preservation.

– Common dolphins a great chance to see huge pods offshore
– Free tea, coffee and biscuits with bottomless cups available
– Whale guarantee – 1/2 price return at any time if no whales sighted
– Hydrophone – listen to the whales sing
– Friendly, professional and factual commentary
– Licensed bar and comfortable downstairs lounge
– Turtles, Fairy penguins, Albatross can also be seen
– Dolphin and whale literature on board, great for school projects

Private Charters & Conference Escapes

You will be well looked after by our friendly and professional crew to make your event a real success. Your guests will remember it forever!

Christmas Parties, Corporate Dinners, Reunions, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Doe’s Show, Weddings (see our wedding page) and Sailing Regatta’s are some of our specialities.

Come for a party, a dinner and adventure cruise and we will cater to all your needs and personalise your exclusive charter.

Imagine provides a safe and comfortable atmosphere for people of all ages. We are in our 6th year of operation so we are confident and have experience in creating private special events.

Please see the website for further information.

Sunset Cruise

Relax at the best hours of the day during this one and a half hour cruise with complimentary glass of champagne and nibbles while we put up the sails and head into the sunset.

– Sail without the crowds into the beautiful colours of the sunset.
– Free tea, coffee and biscuits with bottomless cups available
– A good chance to see the local bottlenose dolphins
– Licensed bar & comfortable downstairs lounge area
– Relaxed, informative commentary
– See the rich natural diversity of the Bay

Sail with the dolphins

With over 120 bottlenose dolphins in the port there is a 99% success rate in dolphin sightings. They are a joy to watch and it is fascinating to understand their complex behaviour. After 6 years Imagine Cruises have seen a lot of changes and it is always a pleasure to go and meet them. Have a close encounter from our bow net or get in the water to enjoy a ride in the boomnet. It’s a great feeling and real fun!

– Sailing experience with professionals on the Big Cat
– Dolphins GUARANTEED!!!
– Free tea, coffee and biscuits available
– Hydrophone – listen to the dolphins communicate
– Free dolphin literature, great for school projects
– Friendly, personal and factual commentary
– Licensed bar and comfortable downstairs lounge
– 2 huge boomnets – fun to be close to the dolphins
– Spacious foredeck for dolphin watching with 360 degree views
– Also chance to see Fairy penguins, turtles & sea eagles…



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