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Fowlers Bay, Australia
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EP Cruises operates from both Fowlers Bay and Streaky Bay on the South Australian Eyre Peninsula. July, August and September Operating from Fowlers Bay - Whale Watching Cruises depart daily from the jetty at 10am. August Operating from Fowlers Bay - Whale Guided Kayaking departs on request October Operating from Streaky Bay - Ocean to Plate Taster Cruises depart twice per week from the jetty. This is an interactive seafood harvest tour - includes seafood platter lunch. October - May Operating from Streaky Bay - 4 night / 3 day Nuyts Expeditions depart once per month from the jetty. This is an all inclusive swag camping expedition. Guest will have the opportunity to explore, dive, snorkel and hike some of South Australia's most remote and untouched islands.
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Steph G wrote a review Feb 2021
Adelaide, Australia275 contributions88 helpful votes
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I was part of a group that did Rod's trial scuba diving trip to the Nuyts Archipelago (usually the water activities have included snorkeling, paddle boarding, swimming, and maybe hookah diving - scuba involves taking a lot more gear, so it was a new venture). Firstly, I have to say that the whole 4 days was a fantastic, once-in-a-lifetime bucket list experience! We were incredibly lucky with the weather window and had a good 4-hour trip out and an even better one back (so no seasickness!) - our Day 3 cruise to some of the other islands was beautiful, the sun shone the whole time and the nights were warm, with a cooling breeze. The buzzword for the trip and a running joke was "Awesome!" - and it really was! St Francis Island where the camp site is situated is a pristine, wilderness spot - with some old homestead ruins, spectacular beaches, bays with crystal clear blue water, and a rocky coastline with great granite boulders and slopes. Wildlife included dolphins, the occasional sea lion, bandicoots and large skinks; also reputed to have a large snake population, but they stayed away and we only saw one beautiful young carpet python (highlight for me, I love snakes!). Snorkeling, we saw large blue groper on the reef right near the beach, plus many other fish - and we were often joined by a curious sea lion. Of course, swimming with the resident pod of dolphins is a highlight! The other constant companions were hundreds of sand flies, which have a very nasty bite - so be sure to bring plenty of insect repellant and antihistamine cream (the plus side is that if you squish them you can feed the occasional skinks that ventures into the gazebo!) The swags provided are very comfortable and reasonably easy to assemble and pack up (and the crew will always help if you have difficulty). Breakfast was in the gazebo that we set up on arrival and dinner was on the beach with a glass of wine or a beer and a spectacular sunset. The food was plentiful and good. Toilet is a portaloo and washing is wet wipes after a swim (fresh water has to be carried onto the island, so no shower). The crew are amazing! Rod is so passionate about the islands, the wildlife, the ecology and getting people to see how great the area is - Jai, deckhand, head chef and bottlewasher, porter and all-around legend(!) and Trevor, who came along to generally help out with the boat and everything else and was so kind to an old crock like me! Activities other than scuba included a hike, snorkeling, swimming and a cruise to Maslin Island for a dive - we needed more time to do and see all that was on offer! The scuba experience? - amazing dive sites with loads of fish (especially Blue Groper) and great walls, bommies and ledges. Rod is still discovering the best spots, but has made a good start. Okay, so I've raved about all the positives (and there were so many!) - now a couple of words of caution. Sadly, I am getting old and arthritic and, other than underwater, I am quite physically impaired, so the hike from the beach up the sandy hill to the campsite was a challenge, especially carrying anything - so that put an extra imposition on the crew, who gallantly carried my gear for me. I decided I couldn't manage the 4-hour hike, but was very happy swimming and pottering on the beach or reading while the others went. Getting into and out of the tender boat is easy for most levels of fitness, but I did need help (which was always forthcoming). I had a sturdy walking stick, which was a life-saver. Before attempting the trip you do need to assess whether your level of fitness or physical health is up to the challenge - I would suggest talking to Rod before making the commitment. This is a trip of a lifetime - something that not many people have seen and a chance to experience a true pristine wilderness. If you can, Do It!
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Response from Simone K, Owner at EP Cruises
Responded Mar 24, 2021
Wow! Thanks for such a great review! So glad you enjoyed yourself - it really is a unique experience, and we totally agree - it's not for the faint hearted. That being said - you did amazing to give everything a go and can cross this one off your bucket list! Thanks again!
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Felicity O wrote a review Jan 2021
Seaford Rise, Australia16 contributions3 helpful votes
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So we treated ourselves to an Ocean to Plate cruise for Christmas.. and it was one of the best experiences we've ever done! It was so much fun pulling up crabs, surrounded by dolphins, shucking and sampling oysters, diving for razor fish, snorkelling, laughing, and eating more seafood cooked or raw than we had all year! 😆 We were lucky enough to have the most wonderful group, with our boys having a ball with other children. Rod and Simone worked so hard catching and cooking for us, even down to cooking up frankfurts for kids who might not be as keen on seafood as the adults. We didn't want to leave. We absolutely loved it! If you're in Streaky, this is a must. #epcruises #oceantoplate #experiencelife #epcruisesstreakybay #experiencesoverstuff #memoriesforlife
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Response from Simone K, Owner at EP Cruises
Responded Mar 24, 2021
Thanks! We love doing this trip - its so much fun for young and old. The Frankfurt's are always a winner for the kids. So glad you all enjoyed it, it's great to share our little piece of paradise!
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Shewgabun wrote a review Jan 2021
5 contributions1 helpful vote
This trip was absolutely fantastic! Some of the highlights for me were crabbing, catching snook and eating the incredible seafood we caught. It was beyond delicious! We had 2 children with us aged 12 and 9 who delighted in catching the fish and spent the afternoon diving off the side of the boat with the other kids on the cruise. We had a completely wonderful day and I thoroughly recommend it. The crew were so helpful and both worked so hard to make sure everyone had a wonderful day. Thank you so much.... really was a highlight of our trip.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Response from Simone K, Owner at EP Cruises
Responded Mar 24, 2021
That's awesome to hear! The Ocean to Plate Taster is so much fun - even if you're not keen on eating seafood. We love seeing the kids getting so excited and involved. So glad you had a great time!
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Trevor M wrote a review Oct 2020
Lobethal, Australia127 contributions41 helpful votes
Rod and crew should be very proud of themselves! They told us in advance the whales had gone missing, but they found us heaps to see, plus some fishing! My grandies loved it apart from some seasickness.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from Simone K, Owner at EP Cruises
Responded Mar 24, 2021
Hi Trevor and Sue, Sorry, we missed your review! Unfortunately the whales don't make it easy for us sometimes.....but the beauty of Fowlers is that there is so much more to see. So glad you enjoyed it despite the whales not showing up.
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Carolynt23 wrote a review Sep 2020
Adelaide, Australia340 contributions182 helpful votes
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We visited in early September and were lucky enough on our cruise to see Mum Scarlett (named for some unfortunate scars on her side) and her entertaining tail slapping calf, Ash. Even though the cruise was scheduled to be for 2 hours we stayed for 3 hours in Fowlers Bay as there was a lot of wildlife to see. We stayed about 90 mins with our whale pair and then were taken to see a pair of white bellied sea eagles, numerous sea lions (one swimming around the boat) and one dolphin checked us out too! Do book ahead as the cruise is popular and numbers are capped. Jia our guide was gregarious and knowledgeable and the booking process and prior information from Simone was excellent.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from Simone K, Owner at EP Cruises
Responded Mar 24, 2021
Thanks for your wonderful review - its great to hear that our passengers are enjoying themselves!
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