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  • Australian Fur Seals

  • Humpback Whale

  • Humpback Whale

  • Shy Albatross

  • Australasian Gannet

Wildlife Coast Cruises

Wildlife Coast Cruises

Founded by John Dickie, Wildlife Coast Cruises has shown locals and visitors the spectacular wildlife and coastal scenery around Phillip Island, Seal Rocks, Westernport Bay and Wilsons Promontory for over 23 years. As a long-term ambassador in the eco-tourism space, Wildlife Coast Cruises boasts many environmental and tourism accreditations, and offer a range of up close and personal wildlife experiences.

Some of the wildlife highlights include the largest Australian Fur Seal breeding colony, Whale & Dolphin watching, seabirds such as White-bellied Sea Eagles, Short-tailed Shearwaters and Shy Albatross. The team believes strongly in conservation through appreciation, and are passionate to engage passengers from all around the world. The captain and crew have a thorough knowledge of local wildlife, habitat and history, which is shared through engaging commentary and warm hospitality.


Speciality areas

  • Birds
  • Marine Mammals

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Quick facts

  • Home to Australia's largest colony of Australian Fur Seals
  • Important sanctuary for up to 26,000 Little Penguins
  • Spectacular coastlines, sandy beaches and crystal blue bays
  • Numerous seabird rookeries including Crested Terns and Pacific Gulls
  • Hotspot to see Common and Bottlenose Dolphins and Humpback Whales in the winter

About the region

Phillip Island

Phillip Island is located southeast of Melbourne and is renowned for spectacular coastal scenery, abundant marine wildlife and important seabird colonies. Phillip Island is surrounded by very contrasting coastal and marine ecosystems; from tranquil mangrove-lined inlets to the wild surf of the Bass Strait, it boasts long stretches of sandy beaches, fascinating basalt and granite cliffs and caves, remote crystal blue bays and rugged rocky outcrops.

Abundant marine wildlife can be seen around Phillip Island including Common and Bottlenose Dolphins, the largest colony of Australian Fur Seals on the continent at Seal Rocks, Little Penguins, and three species of whales – Humpback, Southern Right and Orcas. Birdwatchers will be delighted to see the wide diversity of birds, including raptors, wader birds, and seabirds, with White-bellied Sea Eagles, Wedge-tailed Eagles, Australasian Gannets and Shy Albatross highlights.

This area is thought to support over 1% of the world’s population of Little Penguin (with up to 26,000 birds), up to 45,000 pairs of Short-tailed Shearwaters, Pacific Gulls and one the largest breeding colonies of Crested Terns in Victoria (2800 pairs).

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Meet our guides

  • Meet our guides

    John Dickie

    John was born on Phillip Island and followed his father and grandfather’s footsteps by working in the fishing industry in the Bass Strait and Westernport Bay. Over the years as a captain, he has accumulated a wealth of marine knowledge and experience, and commenced the tourism business in 1993. Having owned and managed Wildlife Coast Cruises for over 23 years now, John offers engaging commentary to all those on board, demonstrating his passion for the region and its fascinating and unique wildlife. John is never far from the water...

    Meet our guides

    John Dickie

    John was born on Phillip Island and followed his father and grandfather’s footsteps by working in the fishing industry in the Bass Strait and Westernport Bay. Over the years as a captain, he has accumulated a wealth of marine knowledge and experience, and commenced the tourism business in 1993. Having owned and managed Wildlife Coast Cruises for over 23 years now, John offers engaging commentary to all those on board, demonstrating his passion for the region and its fascinating and unique wildlife. John is never far from the water and enjoys travelling (usually on boats) and goes surfing whenever he has a chance.
  • Meet our guides

    Mikala Peters

    Mika migrated from The Netherlands to Australia to study marine biology, and has since worked in marine education and marine park conservation. She has a keen interest in marine mammals and enjoys engaging people of all ages in learning and experiencing these amazing animals in their natural habitat. Having worked with Wildlife Coast Cruises since 2013 Mika has focused her work on marine ecotourism, wildlife monitoring and education, and is especially keen on engaging the community in whale watching. Mika enjoys the island lifestyle and loves to surf.

    Meet our guides

    Mikala Peters

    Mika migrated from The Netherlands to Australia to study marine biology, and has since worked in marine education and marine park conservation. She has a keen interest in marine mammals and enjoys engaging people of all ages in learning and experiencing these amazing animals in their natural habitat. Having worked with Wildlife Coast Cruises since 2013 Mika has focused her work on marine ecotourism, wildlife monitoring and education, and is especially keen on engaging the community in whale watching. Mika enjoys the island lifestyle and loves to surf.