Australian Fur Seals
Duration: 2 hours - Phillip Island
Interests: Birds, Marine Mammals.
Spectacular close up encounters with Australia’s largest population of Australian Fur Seals is promised on this scenic coastal boat tour. Venturing to the aptly named Seal Rocks, visitors will drift amongst 7000+ seals. Seals are present all year round, from young pups to adult bulls, with the crew providing insights into the fascinating social displays of these agile and playful creatures.
The spectacular coastline along the northern and western shores of Phillip Island, provide abundant viewing opportunities for dolphins, Little Penguins and a vast array of seabirds.
About 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 and award winner 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, shared through engaging commentary and warm hospitality.
Departing from Cowes Jetty on Phillip Island, guests will board the spacious twin-deck catamaran for this delightful afternoon seal watching cruise over to Seal Rocks, located 2 kilometres (1.25 miles) off the coast of Phillip Island, which serves as the breeding grounds for an estimated 12,000 Australian Fur Seals.
As guests cruise through various landmarks, on-board guides will share expert commentary about the wildlife and history of the area along the spectacular coasts 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. Upon arriving at 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 the boat to take a look at us visitors. The captain and crew are passionate about the wildlife and will provide ample wildlife interpretation including the behaviour of young pups and territorial male bulls.
Whilst out on the water, guests should be on the lookout for Bottlenose and Common Dolphins, Humpback, Killer and Southern Right Whales (during winter months), Little Penguins and seabirds such as Australasian Gannet, Shy Albatross, Crested Tern, Sooty Oystercatcher, cormorants and Pacific Gull.
Other birds that are occasional sightings include Ruddy Turnstones and Giant Petrels. During the return journey, guests are welcome to visit the captain’s bridge and learn about boat operations firsthand. The cruise includes an afternoon tea that consists of unlimited tea or coffee accompanied by cakes and other light refreshments. After an informative and entertaining two hours on the water, the boat returns you to Cowes Jetty to end your tour.
Pricing: from $80.00 per person (adult), $55.00 (children aged 4-15 years)
Vessel Details: The ‘Kasey Lee’ is a 20 metre (64 foot) modern catamaran, comfortably seating 120 passengers in indoor and outdoor areas on two floors, with a fully licensed bar, souvenir and snack shop.
Pick-up and Drop Off Point: Cowes Jetty, Phillip Island, 11-13 The Esplanade, Cowes, Victoria
Pick-up and Drop-off Time: 2.00pm Daily, Extra cruises in summer and school holidays (11.00am and 4.30pm), Returns approximately 4:00pm.
As part of our commitment to sustainability we have developed a code of practice relating to our wildlife interactions along with involvement in several conservation programs. We have also sought independent verification of our practices through Ecotourism Australia. Our Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation is awarded to Australia's leading and most innovative ecotourism products, providing an opportunity to learn about the environment with an operator who is committed to achieving best practice when using resources wisely, contributing to the conservation of the environment and helping local communities.
WINNER TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018 • 2017 • 2016 • 2015 • 2014
WINNER Bass Coast Business of the Year 2014
RUNNER UP RACV Victorian Tourism Awards 2017
The Seal Watching Cruise is available to be booked online via the button below.
"An absolutely brilliant experience. Worth every cent. The seals came so close you could almost touch them. Seeing these seals in their natural habitat was a highlight of our stay." - Deb, Australia
"The whole experience was great from initial booking to saying farewell to the crew and vessel. This was our third trip with Wildlife Coast Cruises and it exceeded all our expectations with many humpback whales to watch as well as common dolphins, Australian fur seals, lots of seabirds from Albatross to gannets to Sooty Oystercatchers. A thoroughly enjoyable day with the knowledgeable, skilled friendly crew and perfect weather conditions, all in all a fantastic and unforgettable day observing all the whale behaviours from breaching, tail slapping and fin waving - it couldn't have been better and the food was really great too - a big thank you for the experience to Wildlife Coast Cruises" - Joy, Australia
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