Video | Cronulla Whale Watching cruises enjoy great start to season

Cronulla Whale Watching cruise on Saturday afternoon during the season opening weekend. Picture: supplied
Cronulla Whale Watching cruise on Saturday afternoon during the season opening weekend. Picture: supplied

A Cronulla based whale watching cruise company enjoyed a very successful start to their season on the weekend.

Mike Abbott, of Cronulla Whale Watching, said, "There were plenty of whales around, and they were all very close to the cliffs".

"With beautiful sunny weather and flat seas, conditions were perfect for observing these majestic beings."

Cronulla Whale Watching cruise on the opening weekend of the season.

The business has received a boost from the temporary closure of the Cape Solander whale watching platform and people able to use their NSW Discover Vouchers until June 30.

"We have been getting a lot of inquiries from people who are disappointed the road to Cape Solander has been closed for four months while they replace the viewing platform," Mr Abbott said.

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"We are expecting many more people to join our family friendly tours."

However, the business is still suffering from the collapse of tourism as a result of COVID-19.

"We have continued with the same COVID calendar as last year, which unfortunately is around 40 per cent less weekly tours than before the virus," Mr Abbott said.

"We would like to thank local residents who have supported us throughout these difficult times.

A whale puts on show in front of a cruise boat on the weekend. Picture: supplied

A whale puts on show in front of a cruise boat on the weekend. Picture: supplied

"In 2019, locals represented 45 per cent of our customer base, but last year the proportion grew to 85."

Mr Abbott advised of a special offer this week.

"The first 50 bookings that use Promo Code - LEADER15 will receive a 15 per cent discount off the total booking price," he said.

"This also includes gift vouchers that are purchased online."

The company's cruises run from Cronulla public wharf on Wednesday and Friday mornings and in both the morning and afternoon Saturday and Sunday.

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