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Phillip Island Seal Cruise

Departs Cowes Jetty Daily 2pm
Next available cruise:
Wednesday 6th June
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Departs San Remo Jetty 10.45 am
Next available cruise:
Wednesday 6th June
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Whale Tail Winter Whale Cruise

Departs Rhyll Jetty Daily 9 am
Next available cruise:
Tuesday 12th July
Bookings Essential

Dolphin & Whale Cruise

Departs San Remo Jetty Daily 1 pm
Next cruise:
Tuesday 12th July

Bookings Essential

Wilsons Prom Whale Cruise

Departs Port Welshpool Jetty 10 am
Next cruise:
Tuesday 5th July
Bookings Essential

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Winter Whale Cruise

Three in One Cruise - 4 hours – Phillip Island – Departs Rhyll Jetty

Embark on a winter whale adventure discovering Phillip Island’s picturesque coastline.

Depart Rhyll to circumnavigate Phillip Island*, keeping a lookout for humpback and southern right whales, searching for that immense blow in the distance, the smooth footprint on the water, or a glancing dorsal fin, then edging closer to view these majestic mammals.

Whales exhibit a range of behaviours from tail and peduncle slapping, spy-hopping, breaching, feeding, whilst others are just travelling through the area.

When touring around Phillip Island you will visit Seal Rocks where thousands of curious Australian Fur Seals can be spotted in the water and on the rocks, going about their day in this natural habitat.

Common or bottlenose dolphins are a regular sight on the cruise and can often spotted playing in the wake of the boat.

Our captain and crew will keep you informed with historic commentary and wildlife interpretation through the course of your cruise.

A fantastic opportunity to experience whales only 1.5 – 2 hour drive from Melbourne.

Highlights

  • Encounters with migrating humpback and/or southern right whales (Expected 80%)
  • Be captivated by dolphins frolicking alongside the boat (Expected 80%)
  • Discover a natural habitat for seabirds such as Shy Albatross and Australasian gannets.
  • Be enthralled by thousands of Australian fur seals when visiting Seal Rocks
  • Learn about the history of the area
  • Gain insights about the marine life and wildlife that populate Phillip Island and surrounds

Includes

  • 4-hour Phillip Island coastal cruise
  • Regular whale and dolphin sightings (expected 80% – not guaranteed)
  • See thousands of seals at Seal Rocks*
  • Circumnavigate Phillip Island*
  • Wildlife information and interpretation
  • Licensed bar
  • Delicious freshly made lunch
  • Morning Tea
  • Complimentary Tea and Coffee

*Weather conditions allowing

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Departure Location

Rhyll Jetty, Phillip Island
16 Beach Rd, Rhyll VIC

For Whale enthusiasts please check out our Whale Season Pass

This tour travels into open waters which may be choppy at times, taking motion sickness tablets is recommended.
If you would like to join a waiting list for booked out dates please contact us.
Adult:
$160.00
Concession:
$144.00
Child (ages 4-15):
$112.00
Family (2A+2C):
$446.00
Group 5+:
$131.20 pp
Group 20+:
$128.00 pp
June - Early August
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9:00am till 1:00pm Daily
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*Cruises are subject to min numbers & weather conditions. See terms & conditions for further info.

Frequent Questions

Where does the Winter Whale Cruise depart?

The Winter Whale Cruise departs from the Rhyll Jetty, unless otherwise specified.

What time does the Winter Whale Cruise depart?

The Winter Whale Cruise generally departs at 9am (boarding 15 mins prior), but please double check on your booking confirmation.

Will the cruise be rough?

This varies a lot on 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 we will generally be travelling through choppy areas 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 we will generally be travelling through choppy areas at times during the cruise.

Do I need to book ahead?

Yes, Bookings are essential on this cruise as it will regularly sell out, so please book ahead to avoid disappointment.

What’s the difference between our Winter Whale and Dolphin & Whale cruises?

The Winter Whale Cruise - 4 hours, Circumnavigate Phillip Island, short stop at Seal Rocks, morning tea & light lunch.

The Dolphin & Whale cruise – 3 hours, Cruise the southern coast of Phillip Island, afternoon tea.

Both have a similar likelihood of viewing whales and dolphins.

Is the morning or afternoon better for spotting whales?

Both the morning and afternoon times are similar for whale sightings.

Am I guaranteed to see whales?

No, we do not guarantee whale sightings however we estimate an 80% chance of seeing whales.

What food is served onboard?

Tea & coffee is complimentary onboard, cake and a light lunch will be served during the trip.

Download the free Wildlife Whales App

Get live whale notifications from Phillip Island and Wilsons Promontory. A whale watchers guide to these areas with information on the best lookouts, whale behaviour, what to look for, whale cruises and more.

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