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Saturday 3rd August 2019

15 Whales

Byron Bay




Today there was plenty of action out off the coast of Ballina and Byron Bay. We enjoyed breaching, comp groups, muggings & tail slapping on our Byron Bay Whale Watching Cruises at 8:00am & 11:00am. Conditions are looking good this week, so be sure to book aboard our Byron Bay Whale Watching Cruise.

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Our Story

From passion grew inspiration

Out Of The Blue Adventures specialise in premier eco cruises & tours, including Whale Watching, Ocean Adventures & River Cruises. All cruises are guided by a passionate Marine Biologist and the business is owned & operated by local, Dean Fox.

Our mission is; “Educate visitors and local community about the areas marine life, ecosystem, vulnerable species while delivering a unique and memorable ocean & river adventure, which allows us to continue supporting and promoting marine research.”

Our Team

Boat captain out at sea.

Dean J. Fox

Your Captain

Dean has been a Master of multiple commercial vessels for the last 10 years. He has gained extensive knowledge from operating these vessels here in Australia, New Zealand and Europe.

During this time, he also lived, breathed and dove the expanse of coast off Brunswick, Byron Bay & Ballina. Over the years, Dean has gained invaluable local knowledge and unparalleled understanding of these waters and bar crossings.

Falling in love with the ocean at a very young age, Dean grew up exploring local rock pools and diving the underwater playground he found so fascinating. He has a profound appreciation for this area and the ocean itself.

Dean enjoys offering the opportunity to truly connect with the aquatic world and raise awareness of preservation aboard his vessel. He is very proud to live in such a beautiful part of the world and loves sharing incredible oceanic experiences with others.

Dean states “I have turned my passion into a way of life.”

Staff member on a tour boat.

Gabrielle Pappas

Marine Biologist

Gabrielle has been working in Eco-tourism aboard commercial vessels for the last 6 years. She received a Bachelor of Marine Science degree from the University of California Santa Barbara with a semester abroad at the University of Queensland.

Gabby wished to continue sharing this process and enthusiasm with the public through outreach and education. After her studies, she worked as a naturalist aboard Humpback Whale Watching and reef snorkelling expeditions in Hawaii.

After years spent on the water, she came to intimately understand the oceans and reef systems. She states, “Through observation and education, we increase our knowledge and ability to help conserve threatened species and vulnerable ecosystems.”

She fell in love with Australia at a young age and pursued her childhood dream of guiding snorkel tours on the Great Barrier Reef. After reaching this goal, her background was a great match for Out of the Blue Adventures when she moved to Byron Bay.

Sharing knowledge of local history and wildlife is a passion of hers. She quotes Babe Dioum “In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will only love what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.”

Our Vessel

Our purpose-built vessel provides 360 degree views for unparalleled whale, dolphin and sightseeing experiences. It’s unique hull design ensures a smooth, comfortable ride in all cruising conditions, with individual seating for up to 20 guests.

Our modern eco-vessel allows our guests to exclusively explore areas along our stunning coastline, only accessible by boat. It’s low profile and high-speed potential allows more time for passengers to get up-close and personal to marine life.


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Our Commitment

Photographer looking out across the water.
We have an unwavering personal and professional commitment to the environment, Cape Byron Marine Park and surrounds. We operate all our cruises under the ethos of minimal impact and to maintain and protect the natural environment and sanctuaries visited. Amongst other responsibilities, we discourage single use plastic on board the vessel.

Our tours are careful not to disturb wildlife mating and migration patterns, and as the only touring company with a resident marine biologist, we are passionate about providing scientific information about the region and its inhabitants in a light-hearted, fun-filled, and unforgettable setting. During our tours, our on-board marine biologist will provide an interpretive talk, which educates guests in marine conservation and the natural environment they are experiencing.

We are proud sponsors of various research projects, including Dolphin Research Australia’s, Healthy Waterways-Healthy Dolphins Project! Out of The Blue Adventures is excited to have the opportunity to directly help the vulnerable bottlenose dolphin communities that use the estuaries in Northern New South Wales; and more specifically those that rely on the Richmond River. These dolphins are particularly vulnerable to decline from exposure to dense human activities and habitat degradation, which can lead to disease, injury and mortality.

We offer our support to Dolphin Research Australia by providing our vessel for surveys in the Richmond River and field research assistance from our Marine Biologist. Together we can reach the goal of understanding the status and health of local dolphin communities and help to provide for their future protection.

Out of The Blue Adventures will also be part of the Dolphin Watchers program. Contributions through this program assists Dolphin Research Australia to monitor dolphin populations in the region. Our Marine Biologist will share in-depth knowledge on current findings from these research projects to our guests on board our tours, as well as educating students through school & university group charters.

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