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Phillip Island Whale Watching Tour provided by Wildlife Coast Cruises

Phillip Island Whale Watching Tour

Phillip Island Whale Watching Tour
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93% of travelers recommend this experience
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
4h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
70
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 7074P5
Important information
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
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • 16 Beach Rd, Rhyll VIC 3923, Australia
Additional information
  • 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 it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 70 travelers
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
Departure details
  • 16 Beach Rd, Rhyll VIC 3923, Australia
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • 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 it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 70 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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5.0
80 reviews
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Very good
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Maria W
Melbourne, Australia120 contributions
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.
Written June 24, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Fukurō N
Singapore, Singapore91 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
The Winter Whale Watching cruise was surprising popular considering we were on board an almost empty Gordon River Cruise at Strahan, Tasmania the previous week.

People were queuing at the jetty long before boarding commence. Many people were flocking to the small upper deck. This is not necessary as you will be able to watch the wildlife from any part of the ship. Main deck bow is a good spot too.

We wacthed the fur seal colony at Round Island for about 15mins, watching the seals swim, play and feed before we head east along the sounthern shores of Phillip Island. That's where the whale search begin.

We spent a good hour cruising east wards before the crew caught sight of the first blow near Pinnacles Lookout. There was a couple of humpbacks feeding in the area as we watch them for an hour. We were fortunate that one humpback decided to breach once and never again for our cruise. One of the whale came near to the boat and we can see her glide under the water. The whales are usually far away and it's futile to use your smartphone to take a photo of the whale.

The snack and lunch onboard was reasonable with free flow hot drinks available.

Considering the amount of time we spent on the boat and the different sights and commentary provided by the Cpt, this tour is value for money.
Written July 14, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Johnny_Neo, Thank you so much for taking the time to review your cruise! How exciting to hear that you saw a breaching whale! Did you know researchers think they jump out of the water to communicate or maybe to knock off any barnacles they may have on their skin? Very lucky to see this amazing activity. We hope to see you onboard again. Kind regards, Bree
Written July 22, 2019
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P4rtyofsix
Melbourne, Australia28 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
I have to give credit to the crew, especially Mel, they were fantastic and really made the cruise enjoyable - even though it was 2.5m swells. We were lucky enough to have a curious whale come right up to the boat. I would recommend this cruise to anyone without hesitation.
Written July 11, 2019
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Thank you P4rtyofsix for your kind words, I will be sure to pass this review onto Mel and the other crew. It sounds like you like you had a wonderful day. Kind regards, Bree
Written July 22, 2019
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MRoth18
Melbourne, Australia11 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
Fantastic crew. Friendly and informative.made sure everyone was looked after. Spent as long as possible with the whales. Pointed out all the wildlife in the area. Will definitely go on another cruise
Written June 11, 2018
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Hi MRoth18 Sounds like you had a great day out with us on the Brianna Lee whale watching! We really appreciate your review, and look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind Regards Renee
Written June 12, 2018
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Liz K
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
Jul 2019 • Family
We did two cruises, winter whale watching and dolphin and whale watching both at Phillip Island. The crew was very knowledgeable, friendly and caring. We enjoyed the view of whales and seals and we learnt a lot about these sea animals. However on board the boat there was not rubbish separation between recyclable, landfill and compostable. Even though the Phillip Island shire has this classification for the rubbish of the island the boats don't follow it. Also, tea and coffee cups were not recyclable or compostable, tea bags wrappers were plastic and they had lots of disposable plastic cutlery on board. Hence the chances of these cups, wrappers and cutlery ending in the ocean inside of our beloved whales is quite high :( Besides, all of the items mentioned above came in plastic bags and lets dont talk about the massive waste of paper for all the photos tourists didn't buy and this paper wasn't even recycled after disposal :( ................ @WildlifeCruises should definitely apply in their business what they preach about caring for sea animals and their environment.
Written July 21, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hello 523lizk, Thank you for taking the time to send in your feedback. Our crew love what they do and we are always glad to hear this shines through. In regards to your feedback about the eco friendliness onboard this is something we are constantly working on and have made a significant number of changes. Some of these changes are not so visible, such as changing our power source from generators to a much more environmentally friendly inverter systems. We also have stopped supplying straws, as well as stocking carton water. Our plates and cutlery are all reusable and we are in the process of changing suppliers for our coffee cups to a compostable option. We always request customers bring along there own water bottle and keep cup for tea and coffee. While we cannot control our suppliers we do always request minimal or no plastic packaging where possible. If plastic package is supplied we do our best to re-use or recycle it. Our crew are always on the lookout for rubbish and debris which we pick up from the jetty and collect from the water, from chairs to toys, balloons and even roadwork signage. We also employ an environmental officer who apart from many other tasks, partakes in ocean clean up education days along with PINP rangers With some way to go, we have almost halved the rubbish produced just by changing onboard operations in the last 3 years, with the aim of halving that again in the next 2 years. We will take your feedback on board and as always we will endeavour to do our part for the environment. Kind Regards, Jess.
Written July 23, 2019
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Jennifer L
1 contribution
Jun 2019 • Family
Our booked cruise was transferred from the Sunday to Saturday due to predicted bad weather. We had an amazing time, saw 5-6 whales and heaps of seals. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommend this tour company and will definitely cruise again with them in the future.
Written June 30, 2019
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Thank you Jennifer L for your lovely review, Sounds as though you had a whale of a time! It was our pleasure having you on board. Thank you so much for taking the time to review your cruise Kind regards, Bree
Written July 6, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

toothdoctor12
21 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
We had a great time today! Saw 4 whales and two of them came really close to our boat! My 3 year old enjoyed himself tremendously! Captain and the crew were very friendly and great at spotting whales from far away! Highly recommend! and thanks for the yummy muffins.
Written June 28, 2019
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Hi toothdoctor12, Thank you for your great review, It sounds like you both had a fantastic trip, we are very lucky to see these incredible animals in our backyard. We hope to see you on board again soon. Regards, Bree
Written June 29, 2019
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Wayne P
3 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
Awesome day out with the crew of Brianna-Lee. Very comfortable day aboard despite 2-3 meter swell running. Saw 2 humpbacks as soon as we rounded Seal Rocks into Bass Strait. Seals, seabirds and scenery as well. Great day guys, thanks.
Written July 26, 2018
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Hi Wayne P, Thank you for taking the time to review us, we love hearing about your cruises! There's a lot to see in Bass Strait and I'm glad to hear that you got to experience it all! We are starting to run our Wilsons Promontory Cruises in September and if you enjoyed the Phillip Island Cruises you'd love the Wilson Promontory ones! Hope to see you on board again soon! Jen
Written August 4, 2018
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Patricia C
3 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
This cruise is departing from San Remo Jetty and I truly enjoyed watching the dolphins and a couple of whales. The weather that day was bad and the swells were pretty frequent, which left many feeling the motion sickness. However, the crews were attentive to the passengers and before the cruise, I received an sms to be prepared before the cruise. During this trip, I noticed that someone brought a baby and the poor baby is vomiting throughout the whole trip. For safety reasons, parents should not bring infants!
Written July 23, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Patricia C We are so glad that you enjoyed your dolphin/whale cruise. They are such beautiful animals to observe. We are very lucky here on Phillip Island to be a part of natures wonders.
Written July 25, 2018
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kulchgirl
Melbourne, Australia4 contributions
We had a wonderful day watching whales, dolphins and seals even though the weather was chilly . The crew were great very helpful and excited as we were to see the whales.
Written July 11, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hey Kulchgirl! Winter is one of the best times to visit the Island with the Whale Migration and the Common Dolphins further inshore! Thanks for taking the time to review us! Hope to see you on-board again soon! Jen
Written July 12, 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Leisurely cruise
A relaxing leisurely cruise for a Sunday morning. Beautiful granite cliffs, but sadly no seals or dolphins.
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Seals Galore!
The seals were the best part, of course! But the whole trip was lovely, as were the cruise staff, and the captain,
MelbResident
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Great value, good fun
The staff were really friendly and the boat was comfortable. There was enough seating inside in case of bad weather
CATTY1244
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Great experience
Seals on rocks and splasing in water near vessel. Staff on cruise were very knowledgeable and helpful.
GlennS950
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Highly recommended
Fantastic time! Great sights,good nibbles and fantastic staff! Highly recommended as a post dinner/pre dessert acti
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Seal Heaven!
What a great way to spend the afternoon! We had a lovely cruise out to the seal colony. It was great to see the sea
114christar
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Wonderful experience for families
Fantastic trip, friendly staff and a perfect little trip when you are taking kids. Even got to see a seal!
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Fun trip to see the seals
We thoroughly enjoyed our boat cruise out to seal rock to see the seals up close. Loved seeing the baby seals play
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Terrrible cruise
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Great Fun!
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Really great way to get a different perspective of the coastline
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Awesome day out
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Fantastic experience
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