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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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Mount Fox

Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
Free Entry
Located south-west of Ingham, Mount Fox was created by a violent volcanic explosion about 100000 years ago. In the explosion, a lava flow 10 metres thick spewed from the southern end of the crater and chunks of molten magma were thrown out of the volcano's vent.

Bees on Keswick Island

Keswick Island, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Keswick Island is home to thriving hives of purebred Caucasian bees. Unlike bees on the Australian mainland, these bees are free of many other diseases and are sometimes used as breeding stock for the mainland colonies.

Condamine Gorge '14 River Crossing'

Killarney, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
Accessible by four-wheel-drive vehicles only, the Condamine Gorge's '14 River Crossings' track is appropriately named after the 14 river crossings you have to make exploring this beautiful part of the Gorge.

Mothar Mountain Rockpools

Gympie, Gympie Area
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Looking for a relaxing, sheltered place to while away some hours, you can't go past the Mothar Mountain Rock Pools. Located in the Woondum National Park, about a 20 minutes, 16 kilometres drive from Gympie's Central Business District, the Mothar Mountain Rock Pools day area provides the perfect family friendly location for a barbecue or picnic.

Art Gallery, The

Injune, Maranoa Area
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Be ready to be awed by what awaits you on this walk in Carnarvon Gorge National Park, as The Art Gallery contains some of the finest Aboriginal rock art in Australia. Just 5.6 kilometres from the trailhead, at the junction of Kamoloo Creek, a signposted access track leaves the main walking trail upstream of crossing number 10, providing a gentle climb to the escarpment base where the site is located.

Minerva Hills National Park

Springsure, Central Highlands Area
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A relatively small National Park near Springsure in Central Queensland, Minerva Hills is dominated by Mount Boorambool, rising 600 metres above sea level, and the larger cliff fringed Mount Zamia (560 metres), which offer panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
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Located just 20 minutes from the Ipswich Central Business District and 35 minutes' from Brisbane Central Business District, White Rock - Spring Mountain Conservation Estate features the distinctive, sculptured, rocky outcrops of White Rock and Spring Mountain.

Kinkuna Section

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
Kinkuna section of Burrum Coast National Park preserves a wilderness area of coastal vegetation and wide, unspoilt beaches, just 30 kilometres south of Bundaberg. The Burrum Coast National Park which also incorporates both Woodgate and Burrum River sections is part of the Great Sandy Region, of which Fraser Island is best known.

Birdwatching on Keswick Island

Keswick Island, Mackay Area
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Keswick Island is a bird watcher's paradise. The island is home to many different bird species, with sightings of at least 33 different birds documented to date - an impressive variety for an island of Keswick's size.

Rollingstone Park

Rollingstone, Townsville Area
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Pitch your tent and relax by the freshwater creek at Rollingstone Park. With a free designated tent and vehicle camping area, this is a great spot for a weekend getaway and cool down in the freshwater swimming area.
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