Phillip Island Seal-Watching Cruise

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  • Duration: 2 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    02:00 PM
  • Departure Details :
    Cowes Jetty, Cowes VIC 3922, Australia
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


See thousands of Australian fur seals in their natural habitat during a 2-hour wildlife cruise from Phillip island. Journey on a comfortable catamaran with indoor and outdoor viewing decks to Seal Rocks, home to the largest colony of fur seals in Australia. En route, look for dolphins, whales, penguins and seabirds while your onboard guide provides informative commentary about the wildlife and history of Phillip Island and the Mornington Peninsula. Includes complimentary afternoon tea with light snacks and coffee or tea.

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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 captains 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.


Live commentary on board

Afternoon tea


Food and drinks, unless specified

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

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

Not wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

Infants must sit on laps

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 110 travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

COVID-19 vaccination required for guides

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  • 24-Oct-2022

    The cruise was fantastic and the driver was very skilled at managing the choppy waters. The boat was nice, well presented etc.

  • 03-Oct-2022

    Excellent boat trip to see Australia’s largest wild seal area! Saw many close up and yet still at respectable distance. The Captain provided lots of information… tea, coffee and cake was appreciated as we were hungry after… excellent safety information provided.. windy and cold of course when motoring around.. Took some sea sick tablets prior, in case (was a bit rough at times) which helped….

  • 27-Sep-2022

    Thrilled to be close enough without disturbing the seals. Interesting snippets of information from the crew as well. On the downside, there's an expectation of a proper afternoon tea where there's really only coffee /tea and a slice of cake, maybe not worth mentioning next time.

  • 17-Sep-2022

    Excellent move to see close up with seals must go adventure if your are visiting Phillip island . The cruise staff were so friendly and provided Vital information about all animals ( whale,penguins.seals )

  • 23-Jul-2022

    Great experience, amazing service, thanks, hope to see you again. You can find places inside or outside, there's even a corner with books for kids

  • 18-Jul-2022

    A great experience from the booking through to on board the boat. The weather was not the best on our trip out but fined up for our arrival at Seal Rocks. All the crew were great, super friendly & knowledgeable. We had plenty of time to observe the seals and get photos before the return to port and as an added bonus, the Captain spotted a pod of whales for us to watch for a few minutes. The crew also provided kids with an activity sheet & crayons to keep them busy for the return leg. Would highly recommend if planning a visit to Phillip Island

  • 01-Jul-2022

    So many seals! Informative staff on board to make this a wonderful experience. It’s a must do when in Phillip Island

  • 30-Apr-2022

    Seeing the baby seals jumping in and out of the water Watch the mothers catch fish and feeding the young The commentator was great

  • 20-Apr-2022

    The seals were the best part, of course! But the whole trip was lovely, as were the cruise staff, and the captain, Michael. We had such a great time, even though the weather was quite bouncy and windy on the way out there and whilst with the seals, they were very playful, and it was amazing!! The only feedback I'd like to offer is that it would be great if the boat had lots more handrais/handhold all over for the rough weather :)

  • 10-Apr-2022

    The whole thing The whole family enjoyed the cruise Loved seeing the seals Staff were great very friendly

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