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Phillip Island Seal-Watching Cruise

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    What to Expect
    Make your way to Cowes Jetty on Phillip Island to board the spacious twin-deck catamaran for your afternoon seal-watching cruise. Choose seats on an outdoor or indoor deck; both offer great views as you motor over to Seal Rocks, located 1.25 miles (2 km) off the coast of Phillip Island, which serves as the breeding grounds for an estimated 12,000 fur seals.

    On your way to Seal Rocks learn about the various landmarks from an onboard guide who shares expert commentary about the wildlife and history of the area along the coast 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, after unrestricted hunting in the 1800s drastically reduced the seal population. When you reach 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 your boat to take a look at you too.

    While you're out on the water, be on the lookout for whales, dolphins, penguins and seabirds. During the return journey, you are welcome to visit the captain’s bridge and learn about boat operations firsthand (weather permitting).

    Your cruise includes an afternoon tea on your return journey, that consists tea, coffee, biscuits and cake.

    After an informative and entertaining two hours on the water, your boat returns you to Cowes Jetty to end your tour.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Cowes Jetty, Phillip Island
    Departure Time
    2:00 PM
    Duration
    2h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Live commentary on board
    • Afternoon tea
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair and stroller accessible
    • Cruises are weather dependent, please contact your local tour operator prior to departure, please dress appropriately
    • Operates in open water. The vessel motion may cause discomfort to those who are affected by motion sickness
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    I was not going to go - only my Sister would - when in the last minute, I decided to leave my dog on his own for 3 hours, and join her. I do not regret it!!!...It is one more experience in Phillip Island that gets us closer to the non-human animals. And the more we know about
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    Response from jrd_50, Public Relations Manager at Phillip Island Seal-Watching Cruise
    Responded 1 week ago
    Thanks SavvyTravellerOK for the great review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your cruise. The seals are amazing and it's great to see them in their natural habitat. I will pass your kind words on. We hope to see you on board with us again soon. Maybe to see the whales and dolphins over winter! Kind regards, Bree
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    We went on a day where it was cold, rainy and windy for the majority... the sea was a tad bumpy and my wife and son got a little motion sick... but we all had such a fantastic time! The tour guide on the mic was fantastic- very informative. Seals are one of my favourite
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    Response from jrd_50, Public Relations Manager at Phillip Island Seal-Watching Cruise
    Responded 1 week ago
    Hi Crocojack, Thanks for sharing your review, it can be very adventurous out there on the water when it is windy, although I am glad you had the opportunity to experience Australia’s largest colony of Australian Fur Seals! We appreciate you taking the time to share your review and we hope to see you on board with us again very soon! Kind regards, Bree
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    So beautiful and stunning! The nature will just amaze you. And fantastic staff! Staff were so kind and caring! Thank you!
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    Response from jrd_50, Manager at Phillip Island Seal-Watching Cruise
    Responded 2 weeks ago
    Hi Youuuuuk, Thank you for writing us a lovely review! We are happy to hear how much you enjoyed the nature and wildlife on your Seal Watching Cruise. We hope to see you on board one of our cruises again soon!
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    Wildlife Cruises does an excellent job, safe, knowledgeable, friendly. They love what they do and it shows. Going out to see the amazing seal colony, watching them interact with each other, the bulls strutting their stuff, the beautiful cows on their rocky islands off the coast
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    Response from jrd_50, Environmental Officer at Phillip Island Seal-Watching Cruise
    Responded 4 weeks ago
    Thank you so much for leaving us a great review! We do love our job and love sharing our experiences with as many people as we can. We hope you can join us again sometime again in the future! Cecilia
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    It was such an amazing experience to get up close to so many seals in their natural environment and everyone on board was in awe of these beautiful creatures. The crew were all friendly and would chat to you about the seals - they clearly love their job (who wouldn't)! I would
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    Response from jrd_50, Environmental Officer at Phillip Island Seal-Watching Cruise
    Responded 4 weeks ago
    Thank you so much for leaving us a great review! We hope to see you aboard again in the near future. Have a great day! Cecilia
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