Dolphin & Whale Watching Cruises Nelson Bay

Bay Booking Office

Covid 19 – update:

We received good news from some of the operators with regard to opening up cruises and sandboarding in early June.

Our office will reopen on Monday, 1 June on restricted hours, however, due to heavily restricted availability on all activities, please look at our on-line booking options at, if you would like to book now. We envisage having more news soon regarding other operators and activities, so please touch base with our website each week.

We are all looking forward to welcoming customers again, to this beautiful part of the world.

Whale Watching – Available from 6 June

The Whale Watching Season generally runs from mid May to late October. At the moment online bookings can be made at:

Numbers are stictly limited, in accordance with the current Covid 19 social distancing rules.

In the meantime, see our Whale FAQs for info about these magnificent creatures.

Dolphin Watching – Available from 6 June

In accordance with the current Covid 19 social distancing rules, numbers are strictly limited.

Dolphin watch cruises generally operate all year round. You can enjoy an informative commentary from the skipper, as you cruise around the Bay for 1.5 hours, while keeping an eye out for our resident wild dolphins.  In addition, all cruises offer free tea and coffee and a free return cruise, if no dolphins are sighted.  

Dolphin Watching FAQ’s

JET SKIS – Available from – yet to be advised

Yes it is chilly, however Jet Skis are still available, beg, borrow or steal a wetsuit and give us a call. Alternatively just rug up and make sure you don’t fall off. You will get your thrills  when you speed around the large designated jet ski area for thirty minutes, on one of our Yamaha VX1100’s.   Read more 

SANDBOARDING – Available from 5 June

In accordance with the current Covid 19 social distancing rules, numbers are strictly limited.

Sandboarding is a great physical work out. Spend some time on our magnificent dunes and you won’t have to go to the gym that day. However, if you are not physically inclined, you can choose to take some fantastic photos instead, so bring your camera. You can book online at:

QUAD BIKES – Available from 6 June

The quad bikes are so much fun, but they can book out quickly. We recommend booking at least one day in advance at the weekends and during the holidays, at least two days in advance.  Don’t miss out on this experience, call us on 0249 843 843 to secure your spot or book online here :

For more details see Quad Bike King for the FAQs.  

SPEEDBOAT – Summer Months only

Escape the crowds with Bay Speedboat Adventures – this is a private trip $150 for 20 mins, max of 6 Adults. See  Bay Speedboat Adventures


Enjoy a Sunset Dinner Cruise, departing at 7:15pm on Saturday evenings only, offering the same lovely food and great service that you have come to expect from Moonshadow’s on-board chefs and other staff.  For further information see here.  Dinner Cruises.

BOAT HIRE – No longer available

Please Note: We are no longer running Boat Hire.  The nearest boat hire is Nelson Bay Boat Hire on the Public Wharf – Jetty 7.

Bay Booking Office – Tel 02 49 843 843