AWE-INSPIRING: The Coffs Coast is again proving popular as a whale watching destination.
AWE-INSPIRING: The Coffs Coast is again proving popular as a whale watching destination.

Whales' high seas hijinks amaze on Coffs Coast

IT'S usually heavy traffic on the Pacific Highway that causes conversation, but this week everyone is talking about congestion in the Pacific Ocean.

With humpback and southern right whales still making their way up north to calve, and the first of the whales returning with their newborns heading south, the waters of the Coffs Coast could use a traffic light or two.

As the whales cruise past our patch of blue, plenty of photos are being snapped as these giants put on a show. And the show doesn't get much better than on board with Jetty Dive, where passengers have been getting quite a ride.

"We've seen a lot more whales around than last year," Jetty Dive owner Mike Davey said.

"Whales have been coming in close, brushing past against the boat and even pushed off the nose."

On Sunday at 3.15pm as passengers watched the yacht Wild Oats casually sail by, a whale breached right in front of them.

"Our passengers were over the moon when it happened. I've been doing whale watching tours for 15 years and it's always amazing. This week we've had quite a few close-up encounters and 'wow' moments."

With a spotter on Beacon Hill, Mike and the other skippers, Lindsay and Andrew, are guided to the best vantage points. Jetty Dive operates daily (weather permitting). Bookings and inquiries: jettydive.com.au.


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