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Explorer Whale Watching




56' Motor Vessel New Year's Day Charter

MV Explorer is a comfortable catamaran with 1C certification which enables the boat to follow the fleet outside the heads as far as Botany Bay.



  • From $660 Per Hour
  • 70 Max Passengers
  • This boat does allow
    "Bring Your Own Food and Beverages"



Total cost =  Vessel Hire   +   Food   +  Beverages   +   Staff Fees  +   Optional Extras   +   Wharf fees

Includes Captain

New Year's Day
$660 per hour
Minimum 4 hour charter $2640
Includes a surcharge for the public holiday

BYO Charters
$200 surcharge applies to BYO charters
BBQ and eskies available onboard
Please Note - All crockery, cutlery, glassware, and ice will need to be provided by the client

20% surcharge applicable to catering options

Wharf fees

Pick up and drop off wharf fees apply (Usually $100 total). Check your quote and contract for more info.

Staff Fees

Wait Staff for catered charters only
1 x wait staff required
$300 per wait staff for a 4 hour charter
Includes a surcharge for the public holiday

Explorer BBQ Menu
$25 per person

BBQ beef and chicken skewers
BBQ prawns served with dipping sauce
Cheese platters consisting of 3 x cheeses, Italian sausage, nuts, breads and dips
Seasonal fruit platter

Explorer Beverage Package
$12.50 per person per hour

Premium Beer
Light Beer
Cabernet Merlot
Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
Premium Spirits
Coke, Lemonade and Water

Explorer Christmas BBQ Menu

BBQ Menu
25 per person

3 Homemade Dips with bread & crudities
BBQ Skewers (Beef / Chicken / Holoumi and Vegetable)
Seasonal fruit Platters served last hour of charter
Beverage Menu
$10 per person per hour

House wine

BYO Food and Drinks


All prices in $AUS and include GST
Prices are subject to change without notice
50% deposit required to confirm your booking
No stiletto heels to be worn on board
Boat inspections are welcome by appointment


  •   BBQ Available
  •   Bring your own drinks available
  •   Bring your own food available
  •   This boat has a licenced bar
  •   You can get into/out of the water to swim from this boat

Brand : Custom Built

• Available for Harbour Cruises, Private Charters, Fishing Charters, Filming
• Experienced & friendly crew with 15+ years in the offshore and sheltered waters charter industry
• Designed for maximum outdoor seating/viewing capacity, making it perfect for watching the fireworks on NYE
• Massive two tiered front deck with seating
• Walk around the whole top deck for maximum 360 degree viewing
• Large indoor cabin with plenty of seating
• Comfortable sized galley can be easily used as a bar
• Eskies for drinks provided, just bring your drinks and ice • Massive BBQ downstairs on the back deck
• Explorer is predominantly used as an offshore whale watching vessel so it’s maintained in sound mechanical condition
• Male & Female toilets
• Full 4 channel Fusion Audio System; CD, DVD, AUX, iPod, USB, Bluetooth connectivity; Speakers on all outer decks including inside; Separate volume controls for each area.
• Take a swim off the back deck. (Swimming on NYE & Boxing Day is not advised due to excessive harbour traffic.)

Boat Suitability :

Private charters, corporate charters, private parties, bucks parties, hens parties, small weddings, fishing charters, whale watching


More Information

What is the maximum capacity of the boat?
Boat is surveyed to hold a maximum of 73 passengers. Please note, an infant, regardless of age is considered a passenger.

Is the boat suitable for children?
Yes, it is suitable for children and appropriate sized lifejackets lifejackets are available on request. Children must be under adult supervision at all times.

Catered Food Options
Can we organise a meal on board?

Yes, we can recommend some excellent caterers for you where we can design the perfect menu to suit your budget and taste.

On Tour
Can we have music on board?

Yes, the vessel is equipped with a sound system where you can plug in a music compatible device like an iPhone. Please ensure your mp3 player is fully charged.

Where can we go during our charter?
Your skipper can take you most places within Sydney Harbour, providing it is within the surveyed boundaries. Should your guests wish to go to a specific location within Sydney Harbour please let us know at time of briefing.

Can we extend our charter time during the charter?
Yes, although this is subject to availability. Please note, the charter will be extended based on the decision of the captain on board and payment will be processed post charter by authorised bond.

Booking and Payment
How do I secure my booking?

A minimum 50% deposit is required to confirm booking, with the balance payable 14 days prior to commencement of the charter. Upon payment of your deposit, a Skippered Charter Contract will be emailed to you, confirming details relevant to your charter, which must be signed and returned. Payment can be made by MasterCard, Visa, EFTPOS, Electronic Funds Transfer or cash. Diners Card, Bankcard and Cheques are not accepted.

Is there any paperwork to complete before we go on our charter?
Yes, we require your signed contract and authorised bond form prior to your charter commencing.

If I cancel the charter, can I get a refund?

We do not offer refunds should you wish to cancel your charter. If boating conditions are unsafe, as determined by the management of Sydney Harbour Escapes, we will offer a six month voucher where you can reschedule your charter based on availability. Please see our General Booking Information on our website or contact a staff member on 02 9328 4748 for details.

Preparations and Arrival
What do you advise we bring along for our charter?
As conditions can vary on the water, it is suggested that you bring along a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, swimmers, and seasonal jumper or jacket.

Does our party need to get there before the set time of the charter?
All your party should be at the designated pick up point at least 15 minutes prior to your charter time to allow loading of passengers and gear and to enable enough time for the skipper's safety briefing. Please note, our charter will start and finish at the times on your contract.

Can one of our guests be picked up late and dropped off early from another wharf?
Multiple pick up and drop off points are not recommended as this will shorten your charter time significantly. We suggest that guests wishing to join the charter late or leave early should arrange alternative transportation via water taxi at their own cost. Please ask one of the Sydney Harbour Escapes team members for a Water Taxi contact.


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