Mollymook Migration offers new whale swim and walk packages by Bannisters

Mollymook Migration offers new whale swim and walk packages by Bannisters
Edited by Travel Weekly

    Bannisters by the Sea has launched new whale swim and walk packages, Mollymook Migration, to offer guests a unique, immersive holiday experience while unwinding in coastal luxury.

    Available during July, September and October, Bannisters has partnered with eco-tourism leaders Woebegone Freedive, to offer guests the chance to explore Jervis Bay Marine Park, via a small boat, to swim with humpback whales, fur seals and dolphins.

    Bannisters on the point at Mollymook.

    Passionate about conservation, sustainability, ethical tourism and marine life, Woebegone Freedive is one of the only operators in NSW that holds a license allowing guests to swim with majestic humpbacks.

    “While encountering these gentle giants is a remarkable privilege, interactions with them are respectful and on their terms – never forced. Our tours offer a chance to appreciate these incredible creatures in their own environment, ensuring a truly memorable and ethical ocean adventure,” Woebegone Freedive founder, Dylan Boag, said.

    One of the best locations in NSW to see whales, Jervis Bay is halfway along the whales’ 5,000km migration route and home to the Wandi Wandian people from the Yuin Nation, who have been deeply connected to whales and their migration patterns for more than 60,000 years.

    Matthew Simms.

    As part of the package, guests can also join Matthew Simms, CEO and cofounder of Djiriba Waagura on a cultural experience on country that shares the significance of whales in the area to his people and ancestors.

    “Bannisters guests are always excited to spot whales from the deck or their rooms during their migration, so much that we added binoculars to each room,” Bannisters by the Sea general manager, Rupert Sakora, said.

    “We are elevating the Shoalhaven whale-experience for guests by partnering with Woebegone and Djiriba Waagura. This natural occurrence is an honour to witness, and we are thrilled to offer guests this unique experience in the place we love so much, while supporting two passionate local operators.”

    Departure for the trip is an early self-drive from Bannisters by the Sea at 6am to Jervis Bay Marine Park, around 45 minutes.

    The offer includes two-nights of coastal luxury at Bannisters by the Sea, daily breakfasts, including one breakfast at Rick Stein and one in-room early breakfast tray delivery for the morning of the swim.

    A six-hour whale expedition led by Woebegone on their small boat. Trips includes waterproof jackets, reef-safe sunscreen, to protect the ocean’s delicate ecosystems, homemade vegan morning tea and premium freediving gear including snorkel, wetsuit and flippers.

    Sightseeing and educational insights into whales’ behaviours and the natural history of Jervis Bay. Dinner for two at Rick Stein’s seafood restaurant, includes entrée and main (excludes shellfish).

    Cultural walk on Yuin Nation with Djiriba Waagura

    Guests can walk on country with Matthew Simms CEO and cofounder of Djiriba Waagura, as he shares his culture to ensure all clients and guests leave feeling connected and empowered having learned new skills, knowledge and wisdom.

    The South Coast of NSW has over 60,000 years of Aboriginal history and is the lands of Yuin people who continue the cultural responsibility of caring for Country and community.

    Whale Cultural Walks are available on Saturday and Sunday. Minimum numbers apply for departure.

    Feature image: Humpback double breach in Jervis Bay. Shoalhaven Tourism

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