Water activity

Encounter Bay: Southern Ocean Adventure Cruise

4.6 / 5

19 reviews

Activity provider: Big Duck Boat Tours

Encounter Bay: Southern Ocean Adventure Cruise

Activity provider: Big Duck Boat Tours

From US$ 53.08 per person

Experience a spectacular ocean adventure just 60-minutes from Adelaide. Keep an eye out for seals, sea lions, dolphins, and whales (seasonal).

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Duration 1.5 hours
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  • Enjoy a breathtaking experience in the Southern Ocean
  • See frolicking fur seals, sea lions, dolphins and whales (in season)
  • View Seal Island, Wright Island, The Bluff, West Island and the Waitpinga Cliffs
  • Self-drive or opt to include transfers from Adelaide (select option when booking)
Full description

Spot seals, sea lions, dolphins, whales (seasonal), beautiful islands and coastline on a memorable 1.5-hour cruise. The cruise departs from Victor Harbor, located on the south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, about 90 minutes south of Adelaide’s center. Embark on a breathtaking cruise from the Granite Island causeway past many offshore islands and spectacular cliffs. Admire seals, sea lions and dolphins along the way from the waterline. Cruise through the Encounter Marine Park where you can view whales during the winter months when they migrate from Antarctica to the warm waters of Encounter Bay. Please note that whale sightings cannot be guaranteed.

  • 1.5-hour whale watching cruise
  • Live commentary
  • Spray jacket and life jacket
  • Onboard bathroom
    Not suitable for
    • Pregnant women
    • Wheelchair users

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    Meeting point

    Please adhere to parking signage and allow time to walk approximately 200 meters out onto the Granite Island Causeway.

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • The cruise operates year round and whale season is generally from June to September
    • The maximum approach distance for whales is 300 meters
    • Whale sightings cannot be guaranteed on the tours, the number of whales is highly variable from year to year
    • This tour is not wheelchair accessible
    • The minimum age for this activity is 2 years old
    • This tour is not recommended for pregnant women as sea conditions can sometimes be quite rough
    • Cruise routes are dependent on weather conditions and locations of wildlife and are subject to change
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.6 /5

    based on 19 reviews

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    Simply amazing

    Where do I start the staff are lovely and give u alot of info on the tour but not to much that they are talking the whole trip u get to sit back and relax while enjoying seals and dolphins but more specially if ur lucky enough like we were got right up and close to a whale Definitely worth it and great fun for the kids to

    July 13, 2018

    A lovely cruise around the islands off the Bluff at Victor Harbor. The staff were excellent and the narration was very interesting as well as informative. We saw a lot of dolphins!! One thing- wear the spray coats offered as it is cold out in the open!!

    May 24, 2022

    March 25, 2022

    Product ID: 101390