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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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Free Entry
The Boondall Wetlands lie on the edge of Moreton Bay between Nudgee Beach, Boondall and Shorncliffe. The wetlands include more than 1000 hectares of tidal flats, mangroves, salt marshes, melaleuca, grasslands, open forests and woodlands.

Millstream Falls National Park

Ravenshoe, Tablelands Area
Free Entry
Plunging over the edge of a columnar basalt lava flow, Big Millstream Falls is reputedly the widest single-drop waterfall in Australia. Lying in the rain shadow of the eastern dividing ranges, the dry open woodland here is in stark contrast with the rainforest which is only kilometres away.

Boondall Wetlands Reserve

Boondall, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Boondall Wetlands lies on the edge of Moreton Bay between Nudgee Beach, Boondall and Shorncliffe and includes more than 1,000 hectares of tidal flats, mangroves, saltmarshes, melaleuca wetlands, grasslands, open forests and woodlands.

Clump Mountain National Park

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
This park, on the scenic coast just north of Mission Beach, contains some of the few remaining patches of undisturbed tropical lowland rainforest in North Queensland. These rainforest remnants are important habitat for the endangered southern cassowary.

Djiru National Park

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
This park protects some of the last remaining lowland rainforest in the wet tropics, including a rare patch of licuala fan palm forest and is one of the few places you're likely to see an unusual and endangered bird, the southern cassowary.

Tully Gorge National Park

Tully, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
In this park, the Tully River plunges down the Cardwell Range, through the densely forested Tully Gorge, in Australia's wettest area, part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Heavy rainfall encourages lush tropical vegetation and ensures plenty of white-water on the Tully River.

Mamu Tropical Skywalk

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$19 - 23
The Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway is a spectacular walk through the canopy of World Heritage rainforest. It is an iconic tourist attraction in the heart of the Wet Tropics. With a 350 metre long elevated walkway through the canopy, a cantilever, a 37 metre observation tower and more than 1200 metres of walking tracks, this attraction is a must do for anyone visiting the region.

Conway National Park

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Conway National Park is a peaceful coastal park with rainforest-clad hills, secluded beaches and panoramic outlooks over the scenic Whitsunday area. This park includes the rainforest-clad Conway Peninsula and protects the largest area of lowland tropical rainforest in Queensland outside Tropical North Queensland.

Licuala State Forest

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Licuala State Forest boasts several enjoyable walking tracks. Enjoy the native wildlife of the area as you walk around the forest…the Ulysses butterfly, cassowaries and green tree frogs. Be sure to look upwards to enjoy the sunlight shining through the beautiful palm leaves…it's truly remarkable!

Wild Horse Mountain Lookout

Caboolture, Moreton Bay Area
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Wild Horse Mountain Lookout stands out against the skyline as one drives north. The turnoff is located 30 kilometres north of Brisbane just off the Bruce Highway near Caboolture . Named after the wild brumbies which roamed the area, Wild horse Mountain stands 123 metres above sea level.
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