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Naturaliste Tours

French Island, Australia
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About Naturaliste Tours
Discover the history, natural beauty & abundant wildlife of French Island, an unspoilt, remote island only 1 hour from Melbourne and a 15 min ferry from Phillip Island and the Mornington Peninsula. Naturaliste Tours operates small guided tours in 4WD off ride vehicles. Experience the vast array of flora & fauna, stop at historic sites, lookout points and see the wildlife such as koalas & echidnas.
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Dora Exploradora wrote a review Mar 2022
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Brilliant tour, guide and taste of the island. My partner and I did the explorer tour. Can’t say enough. Very easy to book online includes ferry ticket - great value! Lunch with a local was amazing with some local wine to try as well. Highly recommend. Only complaint was it wasn’t long enough! 🙂
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Response from Leanne J, Manager at Naturaliste Tours
Responded 30 Mar 2022
Thank you Dora_siempre_anda, for the lovely review and feedback. The Discover French Island is a great introductory tour and give you a glimpse of this very large island and the beautiful flora and fauna and of course the lovely locals and their fascinating off grid lifestyle. Hope to you see you back on our French Island Winery Tour - Wines, Vines and Vistas where you explore the delightful vineyard, meet the local winemaker and have a fabulous lunch. Warm regards, Leanne
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Abu Abdullah wrote a review Dec 2021
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French Island was an amazing place, and I would have no other tour guide to accompany us than Naturaliste Tours - especially when your guide was Adam. He was an insightful yet charming tour guide who took us through the tranquil place that is French Island. Cecile and Louis were amazing caretakers in our trip to the island, and the place was wonderful. Such a beautiful landscape, and so quite, it's as if you are tens of thousands of kilometres away from the city, when its just around 50 from Melbourne City. Would highly recommend!
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Date of experience: December 2021
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Response from Leanne J, Manager at Naturaliste Tours
Responded 6 Feb 2022
Thank you GlassesGuy321 for the fantastic review. French Island is indeed a hidden treasure and right on our door step. So glad you enjoyed the experience. Your lovely comments have been passed on. Warm regards, Leanne
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Neil M wrote a review Nov 2021
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This was a great experience with our guide Matt who introduced us to outstanding local people where we not only learnt about the history, flora and fauna but were really impressed with the gracious welcome we received. Thoroughly recommend this tour for all.
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Response from Leanne J, Manager at Naturaliste Tours
Responded 1 Dec 2021
Thank you for the lovely review and feedback. You comments have been passed on to Matt. Glad you enjoyed the interesting history, flora and fauna of course the warm welcome, that is French Island. Hope to see you again. Regards, Leanne
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Jane Northwood wrote a review Mar 2020
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After taking a UK and American visitor and ourselves on this tour after 30 years on the Peninsula we were not disappointed. Steve, our guide, spotted all the animals on request. A wonderful home cooked lunch with the owner of the homestead at the end of the tour was amazing. We will bring other friends with us and spread the word. Fantastic day, thank you so much.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Leanne J, Manager at Naturaliste Tours
Responded 22 Mar 2020
Thank you for the wonderful review. French Island is a hidden gem, right on our doorstep. With wildlife encounters, an opportunity to meet locals and hear about the fascinating, off grid lifestyle and history of the island it truly is unique experience. We look forward to welcoming you and friends and family back again. Warmest regards,
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Local wrote a review Jan 2020
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French Island is certainly not the ordinary destination but Naturaliste Tours goes further and makes it like a discovery journey.Thanks to Steve who has a wealth of knowledge about the island, I learned a lot about the History of French Island,the tradition of chicory and the local flora and fauna .During the Tour, we saw echidnas, koalas, spiders, one snake and a lot of migratory birds.If you like Tours with a difference, focused on nature, in a peaceful environment with a nice and very informative guide, this tour is for you.The tour finishes at the local cafe.Ferries are very reliable. Finally, the price of the Tour is very reasonable and includes lunch. Final tip : ferries are free for seniors on weekends and public holidays
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Leanne J, Manager at Naturaliste Tours
Responded 9 Feb 2020
Thank you Annie for the wonderful review. You have encapsulated the "Discover French Island Tour" very well. Our guides are very knowledgable and enthusiastic about the Island, its history, flora and fauna. We have recently added the" Wines, Vines & Vistas" tour which is great for food, wine and nature lovers and for those looking for a unique experience away from the normal offerings. Hope to see you on another tour or sailing with Western Port Ferries sometime soon. Warm regards, Leanne
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