Dolphin & Whale Watching Cruises Nelson Bay

Bau Booking Office Nelson Bay

Covid 19 – update:

Victorian travellers : Please note Moonshadow TQC cruises are currently not permitting anyone from Victoria onboard any of their cruises. Post codes will be asked for at time of booking.

We would like to thank all our customers for their understanding, during the current situation. Due to the NSW Government Covid 19 restrictions, all activities are limited in capacity. Therefore, it is recommended, that you book ahead.

In person at our office: Dock C, d’Albora Marinas, Teramby Road, Nelson Bay. Our office will open daily between 09:00 – 14:30.

By tel : 02 49 843 843


Please read our Covid-19 Protocols for Cruises & Activities here

We are all looking forward to welcoming new and returning customers, back to this beautiful part of the world.

Whale Watching – Please book ahead

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

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 – Please check for availability daily

Yes it is chilly, however Jet Skis may still be available. Please call and check with us on the day. Beg, borrow or steal a wetsuit. 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 


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

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

DINNER CRUISES – Currently unavailable

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