Dolphin and Seal Watching Eco Boat Cruise Mornington Peninsula

By WaterMaarq
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See entertaining unique local wildlife on our boutique 1.5-hour adventure cruise for up to 12 guests.

Cruise the glorious coast of the Mornington Peninsula and southern Port Phillip Bay. At any time of year you’re likely to see gannets diving, fur seals playing, nesting cormorants, or a pod of dolphins riding the waves and frolicking about.

Activity location

    • 3943, Sorrento, Victoria, Australia

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    • 3943, Sorrento, Victoria, Australia

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What's included, what's not

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  • What's includedWhat's includedParks Victoria use fees
  • What's includedWhat's includedFull open vessel for unobstructed views
  • What's includedWhat's includedQualified and experienced guides
  • What's includedWhat's includedTailored experience for small groups of 12 guests
  • What's includedWhat's includedAmazing photo opportunities
  • What's excludedWhat's excludedNot Included:
  • What's excludedWhat's excludedAccommodation Pick-up / Drop Offs
  • What's excludedWhat's excludedMeals

Know before you book

  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Children must be at least 5 years old to join the tour
  • It is highly recommended that you wear warm clothing and clothing that you don't mind getting wet, including shoes
  • Subject to favourable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Guests will have the opportunity to spot dolphins, however sightings can not be guaranteed as they are wild animals
  • The supplier reserves the right to substitute the vessel and / or change the day’s itinerary without notice
  • Medical Conditions: Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
  • Getting There
  • From Melbourne you'll need to drive around 90 minutes south to Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula (allow 2 hours in summer, sometimes longer). Once you're in Sorrento, you should park near the ferry terminal. Make your way to the Sorrento Pier (at the end of the Esplanade)
  • From Queenscliff, catch the Sorrento-Queenscliff ferry towards Sorrento and once arrived, make your way to the end of Sorrento Pier.
  • Esplanade, Sorrento VIC 3943
  • On Google Maps make your way to the pin-drop for WaterMaarq
  • Tours depart at the scheduled time and will not wait for late guests
  • WaterMaarq is an Australian Tourism Industry Council certified COVID Clean Practicing Business.

Activity itinerary

Make your way to Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula to meet your local guide and your rigid inflatable boat (RIB). Sorrento is around a 1.5hr drive from Melbourne. Meeting at the Sorrento Pier at least 20 minutes early (allow up to 1 hour in summer), you'll listen to a short briefing on what to expect during the scenic ecotour.  Departing shore, we'll quickly gather pace and zoom our way by Millionaire's Walk and Point King towards the Chinaman's Hat, a man-made seal haul-out platform.  Be prepared for a lively ride as you venture into the bay to explore our wonderful marine playground. On the return journey, it's a grand opportunity to get close to the Australian Fur Seals, where you can watch them rest and play.  During the voyage we'll seek out the resident Bottlenose Dolphins and if they're not fishing they may even come to play. In winter months we'll explore the broader waters for whale sightings including Humpback, Southern Right and Killer whales (Orca). Make sure you dress warmly - warm jackets, scarves, beanies and gloves are recommended in Autumn and Spring, sometimes even in summer. And remember your camera!

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures
  • High-touch surfaces cleaned and disinfected
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Vehicles and venues cleaned with disinfectants
  • Gear and equipment sanitized between use
Social distancing
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Social distancing measures in place
Safety measures
  • Hand sanitizer provided
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Activity location

    • 3943, Sorrento, Victoria, Australia

Meeting/Redemption Point

    • 3943, Sorrento, Victoria, Australia

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Reviewed on Viator
Apr 04, 2023
Thank you for a beautiful experience! The animals put up a wonderful show for us, even on a less sunny weather. We enjoyed it a lot!

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Reviewed on Viator
Mar 20, 2023
It was a really cute experience. The boat ride on its own is really nice with beautiful views. We were lucky enough to spot dolphins swimming around and the staff went beyond their way to make sure we dont miss out. The guide was so friendly and gave many stories and facts about the monuments around the bay. We spent time near the seals and it was honestly very entertaining to see them interact with eaach other. The trip didnt feel too short or too long. Its definitely worth trying out.

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