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Lakes-Explorer Sea Safari & Water Taxi

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| Post Office Jetty, Lakes Entrance, Victoria 3909, Australia
+61 458 511 438
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Great short tour perfect length with the kids

Skipper Pete provided a great tour at very good value. Daughter (6) really enjoyed finding all the... read more

Reviewed 16 April 2017
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A great trip around Lakes Entrance. Skipper Pete was a wealth of knowledge about the local... read more

Reviewed 15 April 2017
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Skipper Pete runs Water-taxi and Eco-Tour (Sea-Safari) services on the Gippsland Lakes, Lake Tyers and major Gippsland rivers. The modern (2017) and quick commercial vessel "Lakes-Explorer 5" is designed to carry up to 4 passengers to unique and remote locations on the calm water-ways. We do not go into the ocean! Skipper Pete is an acredditted Eco-Guide (Eco-Tourism Australia), Licensed Tour Operator, former National Park Ranger (land & marine), qualified tour guide, member of Wildlife Tourism Australia and member of Birdlife Australia. We have been operating since 2007. We have no set departure times as Eco-tours (Sea-Safari) and Water-taxi services are dependant on suitable weather and wildlife viewing opportunities. The Gippsland Lakes are known for Burranun Dolphins, Australian Fur Seals, Pelicans, Terns, Sea-Eagles, Cormorants, Oyster-catchers etc.
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| Post Office Jetty, Lakes Entrance, Victoria 3909, Australia
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Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Skipper Pete provided a great tour at very good value. Daughter (6) really enjoyed finding all the different birds along the way and tracking in the worksheet provided. For a 1.5hr tour is a good way to see around the area and find out about...More

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Skipper-Pete11438, Owner at Lakes-Explorer Sea Safari & Water Taxi, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2017

Thank you for your feedback. We try to fit in as much as possible into our 1.15 hour Ocean Entrance Sea-Safaris. We find the bird spotting activity will alert young passengers to the many different species of birds that rely on the Gippsland Lakes....

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Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

A great trip around Lakes Entrance. Skipper Pete was a wealth of knowledge about the local wildlife, and took us to some good places to view seals and sea birds. We also learned about the geological history of Lakes Entrance and the beaches. On the...More

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Skipper-Pete11438, Owner at Lakes-Explorer Sea Safari & Water Taxi, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2017

Thank you for your feed back. We look forward to feedback as it gives us ideas for future Sea Safaris. Each Sea-Safari is different due to various weather, tides and wildlife viewing. We look forward to you joining us again....

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Reviewed 20 March 2017

We learnt so much we didn't know about the lakes ,our guide was so good and had alote of time for his passages

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Skipper-Pete11438, Owner at Lakes-Explorer Sea Safari & Water Taxi, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2017

Thank you for the feedback.... we try to make our Ocean Entrance Sea Safaris interesting and educational. As we only take 10 passengers, each Sea Safaris is designed to suit the group.

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Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

What a great little cruise, only takes ten people so very personal with plenty of space and very comfortable. Skipper Pete is very knowledgeable and passionate of the area and wild life. Thank you Pete we loved our trip. Darren, Michelle and the girlsMore

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Skipper-Pete11438, Owner at Lakes-Explorer Sea Safari & Water Taxi, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2017

Thank you for your feedback... We have only resumed Sea-Safaris last week as we suspended Sea-Safaris for 3 weeks over Christmas-New Year due to busy waterways (too many boats!) As a small group tour, we have the opportunity to change our itinerary to best suit...More

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Reviewed 9 December 2016

Our friendly, informative and humorous Skipper Pete introduced us to the geological history of the lakes, the settlement the region and the wildlife. Excellent value for money and a great fun way to spend 90 minutes. Highly recommend.

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Skipper-Pete11438, Owner at Lakes-Explorer Sea Safari & Water Taxi, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2016

Thanks for feedback. Our Sea Safari tours are only 80-90 minutes thus we try to pack a lot in.... our focus is education, in an enjoyable location....

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Reviewed 28 November 2016

In a small cruise boat, Skipper Pete introduced us to the lakes, wildlife, birdlife and features of the lakes in one and a half hours. Great fun and excellent value for money.

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Skipper-Pete11438, Owner at Lakes-Explorer Sea Safari & Water Taxi, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2016

Thanks for your feedback... we only take upto 10 passengers thus try to tailor each Sea Safari to suit the group. Being a smaller Tour Boat, we keep fees affordable at $15 an Adult.

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Reviewed 26 November 2016

This was a freak scorcher in amongst some truly cold and foul days. was 38 on the water and with the breeze and cover the trip was really good. We saw seals at the Entrance, Cormorants and Pacific Gulls all working the moving feed coming...More

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Skipper-Pete11438, Owner at Lakes-Explorer Sea Safari & Water Taxi, responded to this reviewResponded 26 November 2016

Thanks for the feedback. Our vessel "Lakes-Explorer" can handle most weather conditions including hot days due to full length roof-line. The Ocean Entrance is always a great place to view wildlife and birdlife thus we vary our times to suit the tidal changes. Hopefully our...More

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Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Awesome trip this afternoon with Skipper Pete and Sue . Very knowledgable and informative. Our three boys loved it and had heaps of questions answered. Pete was a mine of information about everything!! We had the added bonus of dolphins swimming so close to the...More

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Skipper-Pete11438, Owner at Lakes-Explorer Sea Safari & Water Taxi, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2016

Thanks for your feedback. We try to plan our Sea-Safari to suit the weather and tides thus depart at various times.... While our boat is smaller than other Tour Boats, it is manoeuvrable when looking at wildlife. During my 20+ years as a National Park...More

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Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

Just finished our tour this morning with skipper Pete- boys had a fantastic time trying to find all the different birds - and we were lucky enough to see seals and Dolphins - would recommend for a short trip and not expensive at all- thanx...More

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Skipper-Pete11438, Owner at Lakes-Explorer Sea Safari & Water Taxi, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2016

Thanks for your feed back. The Ocean Entrance is an amazing place to see seals and occasionally Dolphins. We try to put an educative aspect to our tours with out sounding like a "Teacher"..... It is school holidays!

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Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

We did an Afternoon tour it was great, very educational and fun we saw lots of different birds and was informed of their breed. Then we saw a group of seals at the entrance skipper Pete took his time to show us the group and...More

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Skipper-Pete11438, Owner at Lakes-Explorer Sea Safari & Water Taxi, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2016

Thanks for your feedback. We are only a smaller boat (10 passengers) thus often modify our Ocean Entrance Sea-Safari tours to focus on wildlife, sea-birds and water-ways around Lakes Entrance for different age groups. Being an Eco-Guide, accredited with Eco-Tourism Australia, we try to make...More

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Jennifer M
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Response from Skipper Pete J | Property representative |
Hi, we are not running until late March. Usual fee for a 1 hour tour is $15 per person or $50 family (2a+2c), to visit the Ocean Entrance where Dolphins and Seals are often seen.
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