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Phillip Island Seal-Watching Cruise

  • 2-hour seal watching cruise to Seal Rocks, from Phillip Island
  • Enjoy great views from indoor or outdoor seating areas
  • Learn about historic landmarks along the way from the onboard live commentary
Phillip Island Seal-Watching Cruise
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Phillip Island Seal-Watching Cruise
Get up close to the wildlife of Phillip Island and discover Australia’s largest colony of Australian fur seals on this 2-hour catamaran cruise. Watch the adorable seals lounging on the rocks and swimming in the bays; spot seabirds swooping overhead and look out for dolphins, whales and penguins as you float around the island. Finally, tuck into afternoon tea on-board as you listen to the live commentary and learn more about the island’s varied wildlife. 
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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Best cruise ever

I spoted a whale and we followed it for about an hour! Then saw the seals. The seals come right up to the boat, which was cool

Thank sharm g
jrd_50, Crew at Wildlife Coast Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi sharm g! Congratulations on spotting a whale! It's so exciting to see that blow for the first time! Thank you so much for taking the time to review your cruise and we hope to see you on board again soon! Kind Regards, Jen

Reviewed 3 July 2018
Seal Watching plus whales

Did the Seal watching with my family for my 30th birthday. I was very impressed that they messaged me to say the cruise was going to be half an hour late, which worked for us as we were able to have a quick lunch around...More

Thank Justine C
jrd_50, Photographer at Wildlife Coast Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2018

Thanks Justine for your great review! We have been very lucky to see whales on all of our cruise options this season, this time of year we always have look to see what may be about! Its lovely to hear our crew looked after you...More

Reviewed 20 June 2018
Seal Watching with Bonus Whales

The whale watching cruise was sold out so we took the seal watching cruise instead. The seals were fantastic, the sheer number and amount of activity was truly amazing. Whales were sighted in the area so we took off into the open ocean to spot...More

1  Thank Dazb6000
jrd_50, Crew at Wildlife Coast Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2018

Hi Dazb6000, Our seals are a highlight of the Island and the young pups and yearling this time of year are very inquisitive and playful! Whale sightings this year are fantastic and we are so glad to hear that you were able to see them...More

Reviewed 12 June 2018
The seal watching cruise aka whale watching cruise

I really enjoyed this cruise and would recommend it. Was so glad I got to see the whales but I think I loved the dolphins the most. They were swimming under the bow of the boat and easily seen up close. They seemed to be...More

Thank Kerrie C
jrd_50, Photographer at Wildlife Coast Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2018

Hi Kerrie How fantastic you got to see whales and dolphins on your Seal Watching Cruise! This happens often this time of year, as we are always on the lookout while the whales are in the area. The dolphins usually find us first, and they...More

Reviewed 12 June 2018
Seals and Whales!

Even though we went on the Seal Cruise, the whales were about and they put on a magnificent show for us. Captain Michael and the crew are extremely knowledgeable with informative commentary which really added to the excitement of watching the whales. I've been on...More

Thank Michelle Y
jrd_50, Photographer at Wildlife Coast Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2018

Hi Michelle Aren't whales just the best! Great to hear our captain and crew looked after you and that you had a whaley good experience. We would love to see you on our Whale Cruise at the Prom when the whales are on their southern...More

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