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Phillip Island Seal-Watching Cruise

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US$ 59.18
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    What to Expect
    Make your way to Cowes Jetty on Phillip Island to board the spacious twin-deck catamaran for your afternoon seal-watching cruise. Choose seats on an outdoor or indoor deck; both offer great views as you motor over to Seal Rocks, located 1.25 miles (2 km) off the coast of Phillip Island, which serves as the breeding grounds for an estimated 12,000 fur seals.

    On your way to Seal Rocks learn about the various landmarks from an onboard guide who shares expert commentary about the wildlife and history of the area along the coast of Phillip Island and the Mornington Peninsula.

    The seal population has been steadily increasing since Seal Rocks became a marine sanctuary in 1928 and a State Fauna Reserve in 1966, after unrestricted hunting in the 1800s drastically reduced the seal population. When you reach Seal Rocks, the boat drifts along as you watch the playful antics of the seals. The naturally curious creatures are likely to come close to your boat to take a look at you too.

    While you're out on the water, be on the lookout for whales, dolphins, penguins and seabirds. During the return journey, you are welcome to visit the captain’s bridge and learn about boat operations firsthand (weather permitting).

    Your cruise includes an afternoon tea on your return journey, that consists tea, coffee, biscuits and cake.

    After an informative and entertaining two hours on the water, your boat returns you to Cowes Jetty to end your tour.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Cowes Jetty, Phillip Island
    Departure Time
    2:00 PM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Live commentary on board
    • Afternoon tea
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair and stroller accessible
    • Cruises are weather dependent, please contact your local tour operator prior to departure, please dress appropriately
    • Operates in open water. The vessel motion may cause discomfort to those who are affected by motion sickness
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Wildlife Cruises does an excellent job, safe, knowledgeable, friendly. They love what they do and it shows. Going out to see the amazing seal colony, watching them interact with each other, the bulls strutting their stuff, the beautiful cows on their rocky islands off the...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank BluebonnetTx
    jrd_50, Environmental Officer at Wildlife Coast Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Thank you so much for leaving us a great review! We do love our job and love sharing our experiences with as many people as we can. We hope you can join us again sometime again in the future! Cecilia

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    It was such an amazing experience to get up close to so many seals in their natural environment and everyone on board was in awe of these beautiful creatures. The crew were all friendly and would chat to you about the seals - they clearly...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
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    jrd_50, Environmental Officer at Wildlife Coast Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Thank you so much for leaving us a great review! We hope to see you aboard again in the near future. Have a great day! Cecilia

    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    So informative and fun. The cruise was two hours long and we went out to Seal Rock. The crew were so lovely and accommodating. My child had a twisted ankle and couldn’t walk, so we were late getting there as she couldn’t walk fast. They...More

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    jrd_50, Public Relations Manager at Wildlife Coast Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Hi cathf813, thank you so much for your kind words. We are so pleased that you had a magical day, and we are so happy that our staff were accommodationg. Yes it is a wonderful island and the coastline is beautiful. It certainly is a...More

    Reviewed 23 August 2019

    Thank you so much for our cruise. Was so much more than I expected, boat was great, staff were great seals were amazing. Would recommend to anyone young or old. Definitely one of the best things I have ever seen. Thank you for great memoriesMore

    Date of experience: August 2019
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    jrd_50, Admissions at Wildlife Coast Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2019

    Thanks Andysweekends for the great review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your cruise. The seals are so cute and playful and it's great to see Australia's largest seal colony in their natural habitat. We hope to see you on board with us again soon. Kind...More

    Reviewed 17 August 2019

    Took my 2 kids 8 and 3 ... 5 minutes into cruise we saw 2 hump back whales. After visiting the playful seals who came right up to the boat, when saw another 2 whales. Absolutely spectacular!!!!More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Amandaplus2
    jrd_50, Manager at Wildlife Coast Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2019

    Hi Amanda, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a fantastic review! It sounds as though you really enjoyed yourselves. Sounds like you all got super lucky and enjoyed some amazing whale sightings. The whales and seals are so incredible to see. Hope...More

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    19 July 2019|
    Response from igrant53 | Reviewed this property |
    Cruise takes 2hrs 2.00pm -4.00pm Take a look at Wildlife Coast cruises website
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    4 December 2018|
    Response from 1956sal | Reviewed this property |
    I recommend 2 pm
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