At the heart of the venture is a state-of-the-art, 12.5 metre rigid inflatable boat powered by four 300hp engines with exhaust emissions among the lowest from available outboards, according to Sean.
Formerly a corporate executive in Sydney and a macadamia farmer at Tintenbar and Dunoon, Sean, now living at Bangalow, said he saw a niche in the local market for a whale-watching operation.
“Whale watching is big business in places like Hervey Bay in Queensland and I couldn’t understand why anybody wasn’t doing it on a larger scale here,” he said.
Sean’s boat, which is based at the Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour, can seat 38 people on tiered seating. There are two tours daily – 7.30 am and 9.30 am – and there is a free shuttle bus from Byron Bay.
For more information on the tours, go to www.1300humpback.com
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