Phillip Island Whale Watching Tour

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    09:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    16 Beach Rd, Rhyll VIC 3923, 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.

Overview

Join a spectacular 4-hour cruise around Phillip island with beautiful coastal scenery and up-close marine wildlife viewing. See thousands of playful fur seals at Seal Rocks, look for the seabirds such as the Little Penguin andShy Albatross, spotthe wave-riding Common Dolphins and be in awe of the great whales including the Humpback Whales on their migration along the coast of Victoria.

Highlights

Close encounter with wildlife

Family friendly

Informative, friendly and professional guide

Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

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Your whale watching cruise starts at Rhyll jetty where you will be welcomed aboard the comfortable catamaran 'Kasey Lee' by the friendly captain and crew. Find a seat indoors or stay on the front or top deck, and enjoy a warm cup of tea or coffee to start the journey.

While the cruise takes you along the north coast of Phillip Island, listen to the captain's commentary highlighting several points of interest including indigenous history, the lonely grave at Grossard Point and the picturesque church on Trennavin Hill.
After 45-minutes you will have a great sea perspective of the Summerlands Peninsula, home to at least 30,000 breeding pairs of Little Penguins. See the famous landmark The Nobbies, the most south-western point of the island, a breeding rookery for crested terns and silver gulls. Just as the cruise leaves the bay and heads into Bass Strait to Seal Rocks you will be able to view a large cave on Round Island, only visible from the sea.

Upon arrival at Seal Rocks marvel at the thousands of fur seals who call these islands home, you will certainly be impressed by their playfulness, diving skills, and antics in their natural habitat. The captain and crew are passionate about the wildlife and will provide ample wildlife interpretation throughout and will point out exciting things such as young pups, territorial males and other seal behaviors.

After approximately 20-minutes enjoy a hot drink with cake. The cruise will continue its route along the south coast of Phillip Island in search of the great whales. Learn some great whale spotting tips from the crew and help them spot whale blows as you look out and enjoy the spectacular ocean scenery. Look out for the spectacular Shy Albatross with a 2.5m wingspan, shearwaters and even Little Penguin. Common Dolphins are often curious about the boat and would come wave-riding the wake of the boat, watch their impressive acrobatic skills alongside the boat.

When we spot a whale get ready to be in awe of their majestic size as they surface and take a breath of air. Every whale encounter is different, some might be elusive while others could approach the boat and you will have a fantastic view of their features including the large pectoral fins and the huge flukes. Depending on the whale behavior you might cruise along with them as they travel slowly or you may look for others. Learn about their biology, social behavior, communication and migration patterns as the captain and crew share their knowledge and passion about these animals.

Enjoy lunch onboard consisting of hot soup and sandwiches as you cruise along the cliffs and caves of Cape Woolamai, a nature park on the eastern most point. Wedge-tail or white-bellied sea eagles are frequently sighted here, soaring above the cliffs over the turquoise blue water. Cruise past the quaint port of San Remo and under the Phillip Island bridge as you head back towards Rhyll jetty.

Inclusions

Morning tea (coffee, tea, cake & biscuits)

Lunch

Local guide

Live commentary on board

Exclusions

Food and drinks, unless specified

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship

Whale sightings are not guaranteed, we expect between 70-90% sightings success between June and August.

Not wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Infant seats available

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 70 travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

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

Traveler Reviews

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  • 01-Sep-2022

    Whales usually pass through the Phillip Island region from May to November. You can sometimes see these giants of the deep from the shore, but the whale watching cruise will give you a better view. The waters of Bass Strait are one of the world's best locations for whale watching.

  • 26-Jul-2022

    Such a fun day out, I was so excited to see a whale. Plenty of seals and dolphins as well. Crew were professional and friendly. It was a great day out.

  • 01-Aug-2021

    The crew were amazing and friendly, the commentary was informative, lunch was great and after noon tea ✅ unfortunately the whales weren’t cooperating, but the seals made up for that

  • 16-Jul-2021

    We had a great time on the trip. Staff were informative, helpful and courteous, and yes , we did see a whale!!!

  • 27-Jun-2021

    Awesome day, staff were brilliant, lovely lunch and of course the seals and dolphins were great though the whales were a bit stand offish but we saw them would love to go every week

  • 24-Jun-2021

    I have done several whale watching cruises overseas but this was our first trip in Australia and it was equal if not better than the overseas ones. We where fortunate to see a whale as it’s a bit hit and miss if the whales are sighted. Not only did we see a humpback whale but also saw pods of juvenile seals and common dolphins. The staff on the boat where very helpful with information about the area and the wildlife we saw. It was cold but you could stay inside until the wildlife was sighted. Morning tea and a light lunch plus tea and coffee was included in the ticket. If you have any dietary requirements if you advised these when booking they where catered for. I had a lovely time and would highly recommend this cruise.

  • 27-Jul-2020

    A wonderful afternoon. Saw 4 whales, one of which put on a spectacular show. Loads of dolphins and seals. Highly recommend.

  • 31-Dec-2019

    We had an awesome whale watching trip. We saw a lot more whales than we expected. It was fantastic!! Would highly recommend this trip. Definitely will go again.

  • 15-Aug-2019

    saw the first mother and calf of the season. plus 2 different adult whales. Crew was nice and relaxed. Memorable experience. bring warm clothes.

  • 15-Aug-2019

    saw the first mother and calf of the season. plus 2 different adult whales. Crew was nice and relaxed. Memorable experience. bring warm clothes.

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