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Phillip Island Seal Cruise

Departs Cowes Jetty Daily 2pm

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Phillip Island Seal Cruise

2 hours – Phillip Island – Departs Cowes Jetty

Come aboard this spectacular 2hr coastal wildlife cruise, and experience an up-close encounter with thousands of seals at Australia’s largest fur seal colony

Seal Rocks is situated 2kms off the rugged southwest coast of Phillip Island. The boat drifts within meters of the seals, enabling you to witness them in their natural environment firsthand. It is impossible not to be captivated by these naturally playful and inquisitive animals, as they regularly approach the boat for a closer look at you!

Along the way, you’ll be enthralled by the beautiful coastline and learn all about the history of Phillip Island’s western shoreline.

Includes

  • 2 Hour scenic coastal cruise
  • An average of 5000+ seals sighted up close
  • Complimentary afternoon or morning tea
  • Discover a variety of seabirds including crested terns and sooty oystercatcher
  • Learn about marine mammals and their habitat
  • Undercover viewing
  • Licensed Bar ( Eftpos payment available )
  • Free Wifi

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Departure Location

Cowes Jetty, Phillip Island
11-13 The Esplanade, Cowes VIC

During busy periods such as school holidays and weekends, please allow extra time for parking at your departure location.
This tour travels into open waters and vessel motion may occur at times, taking motion sickness tablets is recommended.
For passengers’ safety, the front deck (bow) is restricted to persons over 1 metre tall.
Adult:
$102.00
Concession:
$92.00
Child (ages 3-15):
$72.00
Infant (ages 0-2):
$0.00
Family (2A+2C):
$285.00
Group 5+:
$83.60 pp
Group 20+:
$81.60 pp
Departs Cowes
2.00pm
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Autumn at Seal Rocks

Seal pups are spending a lot of time swimming, diving and practicing prey-chasing, although still staying in groups for safety.

As the pups explore their environment they can be seen to ‘play’ with seaweed, learning to use their teeth to catch and tear prey. The pups’ curiosity to boats is evident as they confidently approach in large pods within meters of the boat!

Cows stay away for longer in search of food, often leaving their pups on the rocks for up to 10 days. Moulting begins, and while seals can still go to sea and feed during their moult, but they spend a lot of time resting ashore, grunting and scratching.

Pups have their first moult too, changing their distinctive black fur for a brown-silver coat.

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Frequent Questions

Where does the Phillip Island Seal Cruise depart?

The Phillip Island Seal Cruise departs from the Cowes Jetty, unless otherwise specified.

What time should I arrive for my cruise?

We recommend arriving at your departure destination 30 minutes before your cruise departure time to allow for parking and unforeseen delays.

Boarding commences at our boat 15 minutes prior to cruise departure time.

If you are running late or having issues finding our departure locations please contact our office on 1300 763 739 as cruises will depart on time

Please note: If you do end up missing your cruise your ticket is forfeited, non-transferable and non-refundable.

What should I bring/wear?

  • A camera as there are plenty of photo opportunities.
  • A jacket as conditions are always cooler on the water
  • Sunglasses and a hat
  • Refillable water bottle

Are we allowed to use drones or underwater gopros on poles?

Due to regulations and safety issues we do not allow the use of drones or underwater go pros on poles on public cruises. We may be able to allow this on private charters, with the relevant permits. Please contact us for more information.

How can I use my Vist Phillip Island Pass

Please contact us directly via phone 1300 763 739 or at our office to book in your Vist Phillip Island Pass

What food is served onboard?

Tea & coffee is complimentary onboard and cake will be served on the return duration of the trip.

Will the cruise be rough?

This varies a lot with the weather on the day, but we do recommend taking sea sickness tablets as the cruise does travel into open waters of Bass Straight and may be choppy at times during the cruise.

Should I take sea sickness tablets?

Yes, we recommend taking sea sickness tablets that you can get from a local chemist as the cruise does travel into open waters of Bass Straight and may be choppy at times during the cruise.

Can infants come on the boat?

Yes, children under 4 are considered infants, please remember to add them to your booking and ensure they are always under adult supervision on the tour.

Are there any restrictions for younger children?

For passengers safety, to access the front deck you are required to be over 1 metre tall. We also require that all children be supervised by an adult or guardian throughout the cruise
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