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Address: Teramby Road | Dock C d'Alboras Marina, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2319, Australia
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+61 2 4984 9000
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'Imagine Cruises' is an advanced Eco-Accredited company that is dedicated...

'Imagine Cruises' is an advanced Eco-Accredited company that is dedicated to the protection of Dolphins and Whales.

'Imagine' is a 54ft Sailing Catamaran, purpose-designed as a model for Eco-tourism and capable of both offshore and inshore cruising. She offers a covered foredeck, as well as a comfortable downstairs cabin and bar. Whenever possible, we will hoist the sails and share with you our passion for sailing!

'Envision' is a 40ft power cat, designed to move through the water quickly but safely and smoothly. She provides a 360° viewing platform which is perfect for the keen photographer!She is also capable of delivering guests directly onto the beach. 'Envision' is ideal for a relaxed, personalised and crowd-free experience.

We offer four seasonal tours that all carry Advanced Ecotourism certification: Dolphin Watch + Sailing, Whale and Dolphin Watching, Dolphin Watch + Snorkeling and Seafood BBQ Dinner Cruise.

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Great, personalised trip

Absolutely loved our trip with Imagine cruises. A group of 8 of us booked last minute and had a blast. Snorkelling off Broughton Island and guided sightseeing were great, and the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Letterkenny, Ireland
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Letterkenny, Ireland
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Absolutely loved our trip with Imagine cruises. A group of 8 of us booked last minute and had a blast. Snorkelling off Broughton Island and guided sightseeing were great, and the crew were fantastic. Will definitely be back to see them soon!

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ImagineCruises, Manager at Imagine Cruises, responded to this review

Thanks for your recent review of our 3hr Broughton island snorkel trip on envision, sounds like your group had a great time, and we look forward to welcoming you back on board again soon! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This company was great to deal with. It was cancelled due to bad weather the first day and we received very personal service. The captain and crew were very friendly. The island and surrounds were great.

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ImagineCruises, Manager at Imagine Cruises, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent review, due to some of our cruises being offshore, they can be impacted by weather/sea conditions, we are so glad you managed to reschedule and still get to experience our best kept secret of Broughton Island More 

Greater Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I imagine when I die and go to heaven, it will be something like Port Stephens. Lots of little villages strung out around a beautiful peninsula with perfect beaches and lots of nearby places to visit - pity I'm an aetheist! However, that's not the point of this review. What I want to say is that the best way to... More 

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ImagineCruises, Manager at Imagine Cruises, responded to this review

We often think that our beautiful backyard is perfection, a little bit of paradise/heaven.. and we are so glad you felt the same way. Your marine discovery cruise to Cabbage tree island, sounded like a perfect afternoon on the water, we truly hope to be able to expand on your heaven vision the next time you are visiting our beautiful... More 

Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My partner and I went on the Marine Discovery cruise to do some snorkelling at Nelson Bay. Fantastic value. Nice boat. Friendly and informative crew. I'd highly recommend this cruise to anyone. A great way to spend an afternoon.

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ImagineCruises, Manager at Imagine Cruises, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent review of our 3.5hr Marine Discovery on board Imagine, so glad you had a great time enjoying Dolphin Watch & Snorkelling, we hope to see you back on board again soon. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were lucky enough to spend a couple of days in Port Stephens and chose to do the Sunset BBQ cruise, we chose the sailboat for a smaller number of people, it would be one of the best things we did, beautiful boat, great staff, delicious fresh seafood meal and we even spotted a dolphin or two. Its not expensive... More 

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ImagineCruises, Manager at Imagine Cruises, responded to this review

Seafood, Sailing & Sunset its truly a perfect way to end the day, and sounds like you had a great time on our 2.5hr Seafood BBQ Dinner Cruise. Thank you for your great review & we hope to welcome you back on board again soon More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great catamaran boat. Choose this over the bigger vessel from Moonshaddow, its more intimate and closer to the sea and same price. Amazing informative staff who knew EVERYTHING about dolphins. A good couple of hours well spent.

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ImagineCruises, Manager at Imagine Cruises, responded to this review

Thanks for your review of our 1.5hr Dolphin Watch on board Imagine, we do aim to provide a relaxed, personalised, informative & crowd free experience, and it seems you experienced it all. We hope to see you back on board in the future More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did the 1.5hr dolphin watching cruise. A fantastic experience from start to finish. From the wonderful lady I dealt with when booking in, to the exceptionally friendly and informative skipper. My daughters and I had a blast! A beautiful craft, fabulous staff and a great location! Oh and yes, there were dolphins and fairy penguins to watch! I'm jealous... More 

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ImagineCruises, Manager at Imagine Cruises, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent review of our 1.5hr Dolphin Watch on board Imagine, we so happy to hear you and your daughters had a great and memorable cruise, and we look forward to welcoming you back on board. More 

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the time you step on to the time you step off, the crew on board are fabulous, informative and welcoming. We booked a snorkelling and dolphin watch tour and headed out the bay towards Cabbage Tree Island. On the way out of the heads we spotted dolphins, a crab and jellyfish. We anchored off the island out of the... More 

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ImagineCruises, Manager at Imagine Cruises, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent review of our 3.5hr Marine Discovery Cruise on board Imagine, sounds like you had a great time within our much loved Marine Park, and experiencing all that it had to offer. We hope to welcome you back on board if you are ever visiting Port Stephens again More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been coming to Nelson Bay for 25 years and never been on one of those tours. We were so thrilled to have experienced a trip on the Imagine. It was quite simply awesome! Terrific crew, beautiful boat, great morning tea, lots of dolphins (they know exactly where to go), the boom net was fabulous fun and most of... More 

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ImagineCruises, Manager at Imagine Cruises, responded to this review

After 25yrs we loved welcoming you on board, and we so glad that the cruise did not disappoint, it sounds like you had a great day on the water onboard Imagine. We pride ourselves on a relaxed, personalised & crowd-free experience. We look forward to welcoming you on board on your next visit to experience another part of our much... More 

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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous way to spend a morning in Nelson Bay aboard a catamaran sailing around the bay, watching dolphins, laying about in the water in the boom net. The staff are very relaxed and friendly also.

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ImagineCruises, Manager at Imagine Cruises, responded to this review

Many thanks for you recent review of our dolphin watch on board Imagine, so glad you had a lovely morning cruising around our much loved bay viewing our resident bottlenose dolphins. We hope to see you on board again soon More 

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