Naturaliste Charters

Naturaliste Charters

Encounter some of the oceans rarest and most spectacular wildlife!
See whales in the wild all year round with the pioneers of Whale Watching in the South West since 1993.

Naturaliste Charters are the proud founders of whale watching in the Southwest. For over 25 years, our family owned business has had the privilege of providing our guests with the opportunity to encounter some of the oceans rarest and most spectacular wildlife in this pristine marine wilderness we call home. Join us for an experience you will never forget, your experience will include interpretive and educational tours with commentary by our highly experienced crew and on-board Marine Biologists. Morning or afternoon tea provided on all tours – PLUS don’t forget our guarantee – see whales or join us again for free!! –  (T’s & C’s apply)

  • Eco Certified by Ecotourism
  • Accredited Tourism Business Australia (“Trust the Tick”).
  • China Ready
  • Members of Australian Wildlife Journeys

OUR VESSEL – Alison Maree


The ‘Alison Maree’ is a modern, spacious and luxurious 20m catamaran. Providing the ultimate in stability, comfort and safety, making her a popular choice for all ages and those with less mobility. Spot wildlife from the bow or from the huge upper and lower rear decks, or try all three!  Everyone is welcome to escape the elements and join the skipper in the comfort of the air-conditioned wheelhouse with an uninterrupted 360 degree panoramic view. Downstairs, relax in the spacious and comfortable air-conditioned main saloon where seat-to-ceiling windows ensure wildlife viewing in comfort.

OUR VESSEL – Dhu Force


Welcome aboard ‘Dhu Force’ a 57ft single hull conquest offering fantastic viewing opportunities of the majestic whales. Everyone is welcome to join the skipper on the fly-bridge for a birds eye view, venture out to the bow and test your spotting skills or relax on the rear open deck with roll down protection for your comfort which also offers the best views with easy access and plenty of space. Dhu Force is a true legend on the bay!

Naturaliste Charters, an Australian Wildlife Journeys Signature Experience

Naturaliste Charters are proud members of Australian Wildlife Journeys. A group of expert independently owned and operated wildlife tourism operators, who have joined together to raise awareness of Australia as a world class destination for authentic and sustainable encounters with wildlife in the wild. Members of the group have a passion and commitment to provide in-depth information about Australia’s diverse wildlife species, and are dedicated to the conservation and regeneration of Australia’s natural heritage. Central to these touring experiences is the guarantee of knowledgeable high-quality guiding, interpretation, and hospitality that connects visitors with nature, fosters learning and respects local communities and environments.

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Office hours Monday to Friday: 8.30-4.30pm Weekends: 9-2pm Available after hours by phone or visit our website to make a direct secure booking.

Things To Do Around Here

Find out what to do while you’re in Australia’s South West.

Black Brewing Co

Craft beers, boutique gin, and some of Margaret River’s best wine varieties.

Shelter Brewing Co

Shelter sits at the foot of the famous Busselton Jetty, overlooking tinnies on the bay and foreshore picnics.

Nina’s Jewellery

Master jewellers specialising in rare natural coloured diamonds.

Bettenay’s Margaret River

Book a wine and nougat experience in Margaret River.

Origins Market

Enjoy food, drinks, wine tastings and live entertainment in Busselton.

Blue Manna Bistro

An Asian infused menu bursting with freshly caught seafood.

Gralyn Estate

Dry and sweet wines, and aged port styles from a landmark cellar door.

Other Side of the Moon Restaurant

Showcasing the Margaret River Region’s world renowned local produce and wines.

Fishbone Wines

Boutique winery in Margaret River with a Japanese inspired restaurant.

Cape Mentelle

Visit this pioneer winery of the Margaret River wine region.


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Swings & Roundabouts

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The Margaret River Chocolate Company

Mouth-watering, handmade premium Australian made chocolate.

Tree Chalets

Eco friendly, luxury adults only accommodation with views of Australian bush & wildlife in Busselton.

Margaret River Distilling Company

Craft spirits, gastro-pub cuisine and ‘Ginversity’ gin blending classes.

Margaret River Providore

Amazing food options, homewares, chocolate liqueurs, wine, and pantry delights.

Domaine Naturaliste

A relaxing cellar door to taste award-winning wines and take in vineyard views.

Forest Rise Chalets & Lodge

Eco-certified secluded forest chalets in the Margaret River region.

Blackwood River

Take a trip or dip in the Blackwood River, the South West’s largest river stretching from Wagin to Augusta.

Fraser Gallop Estate

Minimal intervention estate winery in the Margaret River region.

Clairault Streicker Wines

An iconic cellar door and vineyard kitchen overlooking the vines.

Leeuwin Estate

Sprawling estate winery offering tastings & tours, an upscale restaurant & gallery.

Little House Republic

Experience off-grid luxury in this eco-friendly tiny house in Scott River.

Meelup Beach

Beautiful white sand, clear turquoise water and shady grassed areas, the perfect spot for a family beach day.

John Miller Design

Iconic Australian artisan jewellery workshop with stores in Yallingup and Margaret River.

Happs Wines & Commonage Pottery

Visit this self-serve wine tasting venue and art gallery.

Sugarloaf Rock

Soak up the views of one the South West’s most iconic granite rock structures.

Xanadu Wines

With a long history of crafting outstanding wines that embody the Margaret River region.

Boranup Forest

Towering karri trees strewn across the Margaret River Region, the sunlight dappled through the trees is a sight to behold.

Hamelin Bay

A vast expanse of bright white sand, turquoise waters filled with marine life, and spectacular coastal cliff walks.

Nearby Accommodation

Check out where to stay when you visit Australia’s South West.

Eight Willows Retreat

Self contained luxury chalets in natural bushland in the heart of the Margaret River region.

Summerstar Busselton Lazy Days Caravan Park

Perfect base to explore Busselton, for savvy guests travelling on a budget.

Coastal Retreats Western Australia

Luxury holiday homes in Dunsborough, Yallingup and Eagle Bay.

Arimia Estate

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Private Properties Holiday Homes

Discover luxury holiday homes in the South West for an unforgettable holiday.

RAC Busselton Holiday Park

On 20 acres of peppermint tree parklands, the park offers a quiet location for your holiday.

Gracetown Caravan Park

Chalets, cabins and caravan sites nestled within natural bushland.

Hamelin Bay Holiday Park

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RAC Margaret River Nature Park

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Riverglen Chalets

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Bayview Geographe Resort

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In-House Holidays

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Four Seasons Holiday Park

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Forest Rise Chalets & Lodge

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Dunsborough Beach Cottages

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Cape Executive Holiday Properties

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Mandalay Holiday Resort and Tourist Park

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Tree Chalets

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Bayshore Beachside Resort

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Abbey Beach Resort

A deluxe resort right on the beachfront.

Summerstar Margaret River Tourist Park

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Whalers Cove Villas

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Summerstar Riverview Tourist Park

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Margaret River Holiday Cottages

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BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Busselton

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Southern Stars Holiday Park

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Little House Republic

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Broadwater Resort

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Burnside Organic Farm

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Aqua Resort Busselton

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Margarets Beach Resort

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Margarets In Town Apartments

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Margaret River B&B

Luxury rooms with spa-bath-jacuzzi hidden in beautiful native forest.

Walk Talk Taste Margaret River

Fun and food-filled gourmet walking tours through Margaret River town and glamping experiences.

Heyscape Tiny Cabins

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Walk into Luxury

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The Sebel Busselton

Spacious apartment style accommodation with beach access.

Tanah Marah

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What brings you here

Lost & Found Festival

7-10 September

Bunbury & surrounds

Margaret River Region

Open Studios

9-24 September

12 Days

The South West Edge

Road Trip

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