Thank you for the most supremely perfect whale watching experience last Saturday! All five of us – two Aussies and three Germans – had the most magical day out on Freedom III with you and are still buzzing from the encounter! We loved every second – the boat, staff, food, and of course the wonderful whales were all A+++ and we honestly can’t thank you enough for this unforgettable day out from beautiful Hervey Bay! I will be recommending your charter to everyone I can back in Brisbane and can’t wait to go again – hopefully next year! You are all amazing and so lucky to have such a brilliant work life! Thank you again, with all my heart xo
Another brilliant day on Freedom111, always see something unexpected and made so much better by a great crew, food is awesome and onboard comfort is top class, maximum 45 passengers means everyone has a premium viewing position and is able to move anywhere on board easily in safety and comfort. Keith the Skipper goes above and beyond to make sure everyone on board gets the very best out of their time on the trip and see as many whales as possible, as close as the whales choose to come to the vessel, this was our 3rd trip and we will be back in July next year they say it’s even better early in the season!!!
Hi, just wanted to say had an amazing! & Awesome day yesterday! Couldn’t have been better!! Everyone was amazing & the food was so fresh! You do a great job!! Will be back!!
We wanted to say a huge thanks for our amazing trip with you yesterday. Over the years we have been on at least a dozen whale watch tours here in Ozzy and yours, hands down, is the best we have ever been on.
Sue has been incredible and has accommodated our enforced changes and re bookings of this Whale Watching tour and we so excited to finally be with you yesterday.
Not only were the crew, boat and food top drawer, the number of whale sightings and level of activity was pure Gold! We are still smiling this morning and will be for a long time yet!
Amazing, thanks so much and see you again next year!
This trip was by far the best I have been treated in 75 years. Not expecting to see much we saw loads of whales. You stayed out with engines running for one and a half hours over time to please us which was so generous of your time and costs. Freshly prepared food was topped up throughout the day as needed. Your friendly mature attitude is lovely. And being in Oz their was no bucket on exit or announcement for tips. All for last day heavily discounted price. Still amazed. 100% five stars
My wife and I are relatively new residents of Hervey Bay and today we went on our first whale watching tour. This is something that Laura has wanted to do for a very long time and we can’t thank the crew enough for their diligence, generosity with their time and all round friendliness and professionalism. The meals were great and the day was truly memorable. I showed a couple of photos to Toni and she asked if I was willing to forward them onto you, so here they are. I have a feeling that I will be pressured into going again very soon. Please pass on our gratitude to everyone involved!
We just wanted to pass on our personal thanks to Keith, Toni & Natalie for making our day out on Friday 9th August 2019 absolutely memorable. Keith just kept on finding whales for everyone to enjoy all day and his personalised, cheery, yet fact-filled commentary was great and not hype-filled tourist rhubarb we have experienced on another Whale Watching trip further south. Toni and Natalie were very passionate about their work and this was clearly evident especially with their enthusiasm for ‘calling up’ the whales. Your food on board was both plentiful and amazing.
My Wife was especially grateful for the extra care and concern shown by Natalie for Robbie’s mobility around the boat as she took a tumble last year on Tangalooma during her 70th birthday and has lost a lot of confidence on her feet since and she was very impressed by Natalie’s mindfulness. Toni & Natalie both ensured all guests had the best experience possible and made every effort to assist the one poor German Lady who struggled the whole day with motion sickness. Keith made sure the Vessel as stable as possible during our lunch break to minimise upset, which was a really good effort with the swell & chop that was about. I commented to my Wife about the excellent condition & general presentation of the Vessel too, as a former boat owner, I know how very hard it is in a marine environment especially when used daily to keep things looking fresh and free from old stale boat aromas.
In short, your team are awesome and we would love to come back again and will recommend Freedom to others as we have already done on Trip Advisor.
Many thanks again for a great experience, keep up the good work.
Phil & Robyn Mackenzie
We would very much like to thank Keith, Ivan and Natalie, the crew of Freedom III, together with Neil who picked us up and later returned us to our overnight accomodation, for their outstanding 10 out of 10, 5 Star Whale Watch customer service and experience from start to finish on our recent trip out of Hervey Bay on the 14 August 2019.
The level of comfort, pre-briefing, effort and information throughout our full day on board was a credit to this family run business and worthy of the highest praise. The on board food and refreshments were also of the best for being of the utmost freshness with the standard of hygiene exemplary. All this at a price hard to match for the attention to detail afforded to all onboard in today’s competitive tourist market.
Thank you one and all for an unforgettable day.
Bill Ward and Lynn Douglas
Great Value for Money!
July 13th, 2019 was the first day of the whale season, so I was not expecting to see many whales, but we did! We saw 3 different pods of whales. On the way back to the marina, two whales were spotted so the Captain made a detour so that we could watch the playful whales. It was just awesome! The whales swam to us and then under and around the boat and seem to enjoy the attention!! The crew were very informative, friendly and professional. The morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea was delicious! The trip was a great day out and value for money!
Fabulous Freedom III!
Wow! Another absolutely fabulous day! Not only was I floating around on a boat, but Jeff and I were out Whale Watching on the fabulous Freedom III. Brilliant team of people who looked after us exceptionally well, and made sure we saw lots and lots of whales!
We decided to do the whole day option and were glad we did because the whales did not really start appearing until about lunch time. I am privileged enough to have seen whales in their feeding ground in Alaska, but here they were at play and up to all sorts of antics. Jeff did the most incredible job capturing some on camera, not an easy thing because you just never knew when they would do something amazing! Too many photos to put up here, but have included a few.
The end of the cruise took us close to the shoreline of Fraser Island .. thanks to the great commentary from our Skipper Keith, we learned today three things. Firstly it was Prince Charles that had the island listed as a heritage site, and secondly that Fraser Island is no longer Fraser Island. It has now officially been renamed K’gari, pronounced “gurri” and meaning paradise, which is the original name used by the Butchulla people. Third, Fraser came from the name of an English woman who was held captor there for 5 years (quite some time ago!).
A trip to K´gari is on our bucket list. Not sure when it will happen, but I don’t suppose it will coincide with the visit of Harry and Meghan on 22nd October!!!!
Oh, and that ski slope you think you can see are actually sand dunes on K´gari … pure white silica sand!
We would love to hear your thoughts!
Here at Freedom III we always strive to do our best to show our customers a fantastic time whether it be experiencing the awesome humpback whales or relaxing watching the sunset over the sparkling waters of the Great Sandy Strait. We would love to hear about your experience, good or bad. We are always looking to improve and welcome any constructive feedback you could provide. We can’t wait to hear from you!