Phillip Island Wildlife Cruises
Phillip Island has a lot of native wildlife species in the vicinity besides the iconic and legendary Penguin Parade. The best way to enjoy the beauty of the natural fauna here is to go on a wildlife cruise. Thankfully, there are several cruise operators that offer a wide range of Phillip Island wildlife cruises to suit every persons taste and budget
Seal Watching Cruise
Phillip Island is home to one of the largest Australian fur seal colonies. The seals bask at Seal Rocks and it can be mesmerising to see them in their natural environment from just a few metres away. The cruises depart from Cowes Jetty at Phillip Island and it is practically impossible not to have a good time during these cruises. It is adorable and fascinating to watch the seals come close to the boats to take a good look at the visitors!
This cruise is offered between mid-June and beginning of August when the Southern whales start their annual migration. The cruise departs from Cowes Jetty and circumnavigates the island to offer passengers a close view of these majestic creatures. Many cruise boats also make a halt at Seal Rocks, so that people can enjoy watching the Australian fur seal colony in their natural habitat. During the cruise, it is quite common to see albatrosses flying. Their massive wingspan can be awe-inspiring. Many cruise operators offer a light lunch during the cruise. The lunch usually comprises of the local fish in the form of fish and chips with a side dish of a salad.
French Island Cruise
The calm and sheltered waters of the Western Port Bay offer the perfect access to French Island, the largest island in Victoria. While passengers cruise the Bay, they can spot koalas, marine birds and hordes of other wildlife. In addition, visitors enjoy a tour of the Prison Farm, get to see wild flowers in full bloom and get information about the local aboriginal history. This cruise can give visitors a lot of knowledge and also fulfil their desire to see the native wildlife. Typically, this cruise lasts for five hours and includes lunch and light refreshments.
Twilight Cruise of Phillip Island
There is something romantic about going on a twilight cruise. However, this cruise is the perfect opportunity to spy dolphins and seals. It also is the perfect cruise to see flocks of shearwaters, also known as mutton birds, head back to their burrows located on Tortoise head after a whole day’s fishing and feeding.
Usually, cruise operators serve hot and cold snacks and soothing onboard music. Many cruise boats have licensed on-board bars where guests can purchase their beverage of choice. With light commentary, this cruise is perfect for spotting the local marine wildlife.
Cost of Phillip Island Wildlife Cruises
The cost of the cruise depends on the tour operator selected and the type of cruise selected. The operators do offer special discounts to pensioners and children. It is best to get in touch with the tour operator and book the cruise to enjoy the magnificent wildlife of Phillip Island.