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“Fantastic tour”

Stanley Seal Cruises
Reviewed October 22, 2012

We took this cruise some time ago now but reading more recent reviews confirms its value. Initially our cruise was cancelled due to bad weather but when the weather firmed a bit it was all go. Friendly skipper and deckhand were 'real' people who had a great sense of humour and very up to speed to answer questions about the area and the seals. Weather was perfect for viewing; blue skies and slight breeze. Totally relaxing and yet invigorating at the same time to witness the seals up close - and you can smell them before your see them - and get a different look at that part of the coast. Definitely go back again for this one.

1  Thank Robert H
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

We have been 3 times in the last 5 years and we never tire of the great scenery wonderful sights of the seals. The staff set the cruise apart from all others by making all feel friendly and welcome.
We have taken people from 2 to 85 and they all just love it.
If you are in Northern Tasmania you must do this cruise!!!

1  Thank HobartXmas
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Reviewed May 21, 2012

Went last week in the off season and got the entire boat to ourselves. I booked ahead to make sure it was running and had good communication as at first they were not going to run a trip but they changed their maintenance date.

So many seals in the wild, makes seeing them in a zoo/seaworld seem so wrong. We also did the eco trip around Tasman Island near Port Arthur which says it has seals as a highlight but we only saw about 10. Here we saw over 400! The boat justs drifts back and forth around the rocks with so much time to take it all in. Awesome experience.

Go in the off season, its cold but the seals will still be there and no one to get in the way of your photos.

3  Thank shortripeople
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Reviewed March 15, 2012

We went on this cruise on a perfect sunny day and absolutely loved it. It doesn't take long to get to the island that is just off the coast. Got a great view of the Nut as we went by. There were hundreds of seals, lazing around, swimming around the boat , jumping out of the water. We had heaps of time to watch their antics, they were very entertaining. There was only about 10 people on the cruise so was easy to get a good position to watch and take photos.

3  Thank winelover00
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Reviewed February 9, 2012

Overall it was an enjoyable experience. It was a 75 minute trip to Bull Rock. Along the way you got a different perspective of Stanleys most unique feature the Nut. At Bull Rock there were hundreds of seals just enjoying life basking in the sun and playing in the water. Alas we did see one seal with a fishing line caught around it's neck.
As you would expect with hundreds of seals was the extraodinary smell. Honestly gut wrenching when the wind blew the wrong way.
The tour was a little disorganised to begin with as we had to crowd through a small cafe and then down a steep ramp onto the boat but once on board everything went well.

4  Thank TassieTravellers99
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