What to bring

A small pair of good quality binoculars, 8-10X magnification is advised.

There will be opportunities to photograph birds at close range, although lenses up to 300mm or even 400mm are useful. Cetaceans can be both close & far away Bring plenty memory cards. Tripods /monopods are of minimal use due to the motion of the boat. Cameras hand held using image stabilisation and fast shutter speeds will get you really good results. There are usually many experienced photographers on board who are always willing to lend a hand on camera settings etc if you need it. Do not hesitate to ask.

Warm and wet weather clothing
A water/wind proof jacket for days when there is a lot of spray. Many also prefer to wear waterproof footwear. A hat and sunglasses are essential, especially in summer.

Food and drink
Please bring water with you as well as bite to eat.

Sun Screen Sun block (15+) even in winter

Monthly statistics for the Sydney trips
Species Statistics.

Species checklist
Download and print a checklist to bring with you on the day.

If in doubt about your “sea legs”, consult your doctor or pharmacist as to the remedies available. Remember you will be in the open ocean where the wave height and swell will rarely be minimal.

Hints on how to help prevent seasickness

  1. Get a full night’s sleep the night before. A night out on the town before the tour is not recommended.
  2. Eat a hearty breakfast
  3. Take remedies as directed - don’t take extra just to be sure.
  4. Stand up as much as possible when on board and remain outside.
  5. Look at the horizon, (It helps control your balance).
  6. Keep yourself busy observing what is around.
  7. Eat solid foods such as biscuits and bread rolls while on board.

Relax & enjoy the adventure.