About us

Naturaliste Charters was the first company to introduce whale watching tours to Western Australia’s South West region. The family owned business has now been operating for more than 20 years, and continues to provide one of the most exhilarating whale watching experiences in Australia.

In 2009, Paul and Alison Cross bought Naturaliste Charters with a view to further developing the company and its services. They set about improving their customer’s whale watching experience with the introduction of expert commentary and complimentary beverages on-board each tour.

Paul and Alison are passionate about ocean and marine life and have travelled to over 30 countries to experience first-hand the natural wonders of the world. They are also passionate about WA’s South West and are committed to sustainability in the region – ensuring the whales, marine life and coastline remain for generations to come.

Tours & Charters

Naturaliste Charters hosts whale watching tours out of the beautiful Margaret River region, departing from the beachside towns of Augusta and Dunsborough between the migration months of May to December.

September to January we operate Sunset Eco Wilderness Tours along the South West’s pristine coastline – exploring the Cape-to-Cape region with its dolphins, seal colony, bird life, amazing limestone cliffs and picturesque beaches. During whale watching season you will also get to watch whales on your Sunset Whale Watching Tour. Delicious platter of food included and a licenced bar to purchase drinks… sit back… relax… and enjoy the scenery!

We also charter our luxury vessel, the ‘Cetacean Explorer’, for private functions such as weddings, Christmas parties and corporate functions.

Naturaliste Charters run the exclusive Bremer Canyon Killer Whale Expedition – the only tour of its kind in Australia!
From late January to mid April we depart from Bremer Bay and head out to a marine wilderness hotspot, full of amazing wildlife including killer whales, sperm whales, pilot whales, dolphins, giant sun fish, shoals of tuna, superb and often rare marine birdlife, sharks! and much more!!
Naturaliste Charters are exclusively aligned with Riggs Australia who are doing scientific research and filming of this mysterious phenomenon.

Our Staff

Naturaliste Charters’ crew are passionate about ocean and marine life, and our crew have marine science backgrounds.

Our skipper Mal has a degree in Marine Biology and provides professional (and amusing) commentary on all of our tours.