Eye to Eye Marine Encounters

Multiple Locations

For the adventure of a lifetime look into the eyes of a minke whale or dive with sharks at the most pristine sites on the Great Barrier Reef.

Eye to Eye Marine Encounters (E2E) offer scheduled (four to nine day) expeditions. John Rumney and his team have over 30 years experience and are passionate about providing the best wildlife encounters possible.

E2E specialises in Swim With Minke Whale expeditions which occur each June and July.

The crew's attitude, enthusiasm and quest for adventure have won them the respect and loyalty of many guests who return year after year to join these special expeditions. E2E provides free spaces to researchers who conduct fieldwork and give interpretive talks on board, adding a unique element to these trips whilst supporting research.

E2E also specialises in coordinating scientific expeditions and documentary film expeditions having worked directly with National Geographic, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, IMAX, BBC and many more.

E2E also guides and runs conservation/biology/management courses to university groups

Private family/group charters also available.

Activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Scuba-Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming

Other Information

Family Friendly:

Family friendly – please refer to operator's website for services and facilities.

Our Tours

Shark and Turtle Discovery Expeditions

The Coral Sea (Osprey Reef) and Far Northern Great Barrier Reef are home to many species of sharks and other pelagics. Eye to Eye Marine Encounters runs trips to both these wilderness areas throughout the year providing guests with the opportunity to explore Australia's most remote locations while getting up close and personal with iconic animals in their natural environment.

Expeditions also feature on board biologists and scientists who conduct shark and turtle tagging and tracking, providing an educational and exciting element to this experience. Although these expeditions actively support conservation, there is also plenty of time for recreational diving and exploring some of Australia's most isolated and pristine sites along with the other Outer Great Barrier Reef's 'top spots'.

Indicative rates

From To Inclusions
$600 $1000
Swim With Minke Whales

Dwarf minke whales travel to the Great Barrier Reef each winter (May - August). While in the area they show a remarkable interest in boats and people, often approaching within a few meters of snorkellers/divers.

Eye to Eye Marine Encounters (E2E) offers 4-6 day live-aboard trips to swim with these friendly little whales. Guests will also snorkel/dive some of the best sites on the Great Barrier Reef and share in the passionate and fun atmosphere fostered by the crew and researchers.

As the original and most experienced operator, E2E helped develop the Code or Practice for swimming with minke whales and have worked tirelessly for the past 20 years to protect them. All encounters are carried out on the whale's terms and E2E maintains a flexible itinerary to make the most out of changing sea conditions and whale behaviours/movements.

As well as providing guests with the best wildlife encounters possible, E2E continues to gives free space to researchers from the Minke Whale Project who conduct fieldwork and give interpretive talks whilst on board, adding a unique element to these trips.

E2E offers both scheduled and custom expeditions.

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Mouth of Baffle Creek Conservation Park

Baffle Creek, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Mouth of Baffle Creek Conservation Park protects the mouth of one of Queensland's few remaining undisturbed coastal rivers. The northern shore of the creek estuary features sandy beaches backed by low, open casuarina woodlands, with paperbark woodlands further inland.

Severance Shipwreck Dive Site

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
Quite a few ships have come to grief on the fringing reef around Lady Elliot Island, but only one of these can be dived, the Severance. This fully intact yacht sank in 1998 and still has much of its rigging in place that is now covered in glorious soft corals.

Maori Wrasse Bommie Dive Site

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
Maori Wrasse Bommie off Lady Elliot Island is named after the family of Maori wrasse that call the area home. The site is located 14 to 18 metres beneath the surface and is ideal for intermediate divers looking to explore - reef sharks can often be spotted patrolling the reef wall and arches near the bommie, and just north of the wall is Spiders Ledge, named for the number of shells that decorate the outcrop.

Lighthouse Bommies Dive Site

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
Just off the western side of Lady Elliot Island is a group of small coral outcrops known as Lighthouse Bommies. Descend down the mooring line and drift onto the bommies to discover a vast array of marine life - batfish, stingrays, white-spotted shovelnose rays, green and loggerhead turtles, sea snakes, moray eels, coral trout, reef sharks, trevally, barracuda, and manta rays waiting to be groomed by cleaner wrasse.

Entrance Bommie Dive Site

Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Located at the entrance to Lady Musgrave Island lagoon, Entrance Bommie is a large blade of coral sitting in 22 metres of water. This elongated bommie is riddled with ledges and caves, which are usually overflowing with baitfish.

Manta Ray Bommie Dive SIte

Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone Area
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Manta Ray Bommie is not just one coral head, but a collection of bommies off the western side of Lady Musgrave Island. These bommies come in a range of sizes, in depths from 12 to 20 metres, with the biggest ones decorated with gorgonians, soft corals and sponges.

Second Reef Dive Site

Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Located off the western side of Lady Elliot Island, Second Reef is a long ridge of coral that varies in depth from 2 to 12 metres. Lovely hard corals feature on this reef, but with many ledges and caves to explore it is always a fascinating dive.

Anchor Bommie Dive Site

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
Lady Elliot Island has many wonderful dive sites, but one of its most impressive is Anchor Bommie. This tower of coral sits on the sandy sea floor at 21 metres and stands 10 metres tall, a very imposing sight.

Lady Musgrave Lagoon Dive Site

Seventeen Seventy, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Lady Musgrave Island is accessible on a day trip from the Town of 1770. This lovely coral cay is surrounded by a long fringing reef, and has a large lagoon that is a popular diving and snorkelling site.

Lady Musgrave Island Dive Sites

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
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Lady Musgrave Island on the Great Barrier Reef is accessible from either Bundaberg or the Town of 1770. This 44 acre coral cay sits in a lagoon of approximately 3,000 acres with 14 world class dive sites:
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