WITH the wind in our hair and the sun on our faces, we set out aboard the Whale Watcher in the hope of finding some humpbacks.
Although the elusive Migaloo had been spotted just days before, we still had high hopes of seeing some exciting whale action.
Run by Tony and Carol Hunt, Aquatic Blue Charters offers daily cruises aboard their 50-foot catamaran, Whale Watcher.
Looking at the amazing photos captured by people who had been out on previous whale watching tours, it was hard not to get excited.
Not long after departure from the jetty at Coolangatta/Tweed Heads Golf Club, we crossed the Tweed bar and let our eyes scan the horizon in anticipation.
The conditions were pristine - no wind, bright sunshine and calm blue water as far as the eye could see.
It was only about 15 minutes before someone shouted “Whale!”, at which everyone aboard eagerly rushed to one side of the boat. We managed to set our sights on a pod of about six whales and followed them as they made their annual northerly migration.
While it was amazing to see the humps of their backs breaking the ocean's surface, the occasional flick of a tail and water fountains shooting out of blowholes, it was a breach that we really longed for.
“When you first see a whale breaching,” Mrs Hunt told us, “it's incredible. You will get this warm fuzzy feeling.”
The first breach was like nothing I had ever seen before.
It only lasted a few seconds, but to see that enormous creature lift itself out of the water was something I will not forget.
We were lucky enough to see several breaches, with one totally black whale even throwing itself up to greet us.
It was a magical experience and I could not stop smiling.