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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.


  • 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
  • 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, which may be choppy at times, taking motion sickness tablets is recommended.
Child (ages 4-15):
Infant (ages 0-3):
Family (2A+2C):
Group 5+:
$75.40 pp
Group 20+:
$73.60 pp
Departs Cowes
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*Cruises are subject to min numbers & weather conditions. See terms & conditions for further info. Kids love the seals

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

What should I bring/wear?

  • Mask, mobile to check and provide proof of vaccination
  • 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

What food is severed 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.
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