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Our most recommended Phillip Island Cruises & Boat Tours

Philip Island: Seal Watching Cruise

1. Philip Island: Seal Watching Cruise

Enjoy a 2-hour scenic coastal boat tour to Seal Rocks, where you will drift among over 7,000 Australian Fur Seals. There are seals all year round, from young pups to adult bulls, there is always something exciting to see! Benefit from educational commentary on board, helping you identify the seals and the other diverse wildlife in this rich ocean, as well as pointing out the various historical sights visible from the boat. Relax in comfort with complimentary afternoon or morning tea, a warm undercover viewing area, as well as activities for children onboard. Visit the captain's bridge for an insight into how the boat operates!

Phillip Island: 1-Hour Cape Woolamai Nature Cruise

2. Phillip Island: 1-Hour Cape Woolamai Nature Cruise

Depart on a boat cruise to Cape Woolamai from San Remo. As you sail along the coast, witness the most spectacular scenery that Phillip Island has to offer, including sheer granite cliffs and caves surrounded by turquoise water. You will cruise under the Phillip Island Bridge.  You will have the chance to see an abundance of marine life such as dolphins and seals. There are also many bird species that populate the area, with cormorants, gannets and wedge-tailed eagles being spotted regularly.  On the boat, listen to a commentary telling you about the local wildlife and scenery. You will arrive back at San Remo at midday, in time to watch the daily feeding of the pelicans.

Melbourne: Phillip Island Tour & Penguin Parade

3. Melbourne: Phillip Island Tour & Penguin Parade

Experience a day of Australian animals and nature on this guided day trip from Melbourne. Begin your animal adventure with hotel pickup and a trip to the Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park. Experience up-close encounters with kangaroos, wombats and echidnas in this unique habitat. Next, it's time for Phillip Island. Witness the waves and die-hard surfers of Woolamai Surf Beach, then journey to the dramatic west coast and the dramatic scenery of the Nobbies. Enjoy the commentary and learning about the scenery from your expert, local guide. Finally, settle into your seat on a beachside protective platform for the famous Penguin Parade. Watch hundreds of little penguins waddle out onto the beach in this adorable natural spectacular.

Melbourne: Healesville Sanctuary & Phillip Island Tour

4. Melbourne: Healesville Sanctuary & Phillip Island Tour

After being picked up from your accommodation in Melbourne, ride in air-conditioned comfort with free Wi-Fi to your first stop on this full-day tour. Wander around the world-renowned Healesville Sanctuary and see Australia's native wildlife, including koalas, kangaroos, platypus, birds of prey, and more. Take part in animal education lessons and live shows to learn more about these wonderful creatures. Choose to buy your lunch here before heading to the next stop. Visit Nobbies Tourist Information Center, where you will be able to find out all you need to know about the Nobbies Blowhole and Seal Rock precinct. Then, continue to the Nobbies Lookout and Boardwalk. Take on the glorious views of the Nobbies and Seal Rock region from this iconic viewpoint. Walk along the boardwalk with ocean views to the Nobbies Blowhole and Seal Rock and enjoy the spectacular surrounds. Head to Phillip Island, where you can purchase your dinner at the venue. Then, get ready to witness the world-famous Penguin Parade. Watch the penguins emerge from the rolling waves and make their way across the sand to their burrows. After a day to delight animal and nature lovers, return back to Melbourne city center and be dropped back off at your accommodation.

Phillip Island: Sunset Cruise

5. Phillip Island: Sunset Cruise

Enjoy a leisurely evening sunset cruise through the sheltered waters of Western Port Bay, aboard the local partner's 19-meter vessel, the ‘Kasey Lee’. Grab a chilled drink from the licensed bar (not included in the price of the tour), take in the relaxed atmosphere, and watch the towns light up around the bay as the sun sets. Indulge in some delicious appetizers and keep a lookout for a variety of birdlife. If you're lucky, you may even be able to spot some dolphins and seals. You'll also learn some history as you listen to the captain's commentary on the local area. This cruise is a perfect way to end your day at beautiful Phillip Island.

Melbourne: French and Phillip Island Wildlife Expedition

6. Melbourne: French and Phillip Island Wildlife Expedition

Start off your journey with a short ferry crossing across Western Port Bay to French Island. Cruise over the crystal-blue sea, taking in views of the picturesque scenery along the way. Arrive on French Island, a hidden treasure of wilderness and where your guided 4WD tour will take place. Buzz around the island as your guide shares knowledge of the surrounding environment. Admire the koalas and the vast array of wildlife that inhabits the island. Stop for a lunch or afternoon tea at a local farm gate (seasonal), experiencing how locals live. Travel then by ferry across Western Port Bay to one of Australia's most amazing locations, Phillip Island, which is world-renowned and locally loved. Explore this magical place, home to some of the greatest surf conditions, amazing beaches, native Australian wildlife, and the world-famous motorbike circuit. Set off then on a short adventure to Point Grant, known by the locals as Nobbies. Marvel at the remarkable natural sights and discover the home to a seal colony, dramatic sea bluffs, and panoramic ocean views. To finish off the journey, get up close and personal with some cute little penguins and listen to expert ranger commentary on the lives of these delightful creatures at the Penguin Parade.

San Remo: Private Speedboat Cruise to Phillip Island

7. San Remo: Private Speedboat Cruise to Phillip Island

Experience the thrill of cutting thorugh the water on a Thundercat jet boat on this tour from San Remo to Phillip Island. Feel the wind in your hair as you admire the island's rugged beauty and try to spot local wildlife. Hop aboard the boat in San Remo and meet your captain. Set off on your adventure to Phillip Island at an exhilarating speed. Glide over turquoise water alongside the granite cliff coast of Cape Woolamai. Travel on a high-quality and well-maintained boat. Listen to commentary from your captain that is full of humorous anecdotes and facts about the significant environmental and historical sites that you pass along the way. Keep an eye out for local wildlife like fur seals. Return to your starting point at the end of the tour.

Phillip Island: Nature Hike and Penguin Parade with Guide

8. Phillip Island: Nature Hike and Penguin Parade with Guide

It’s time to hit the road with a small group (max 8 guests). Enjoy a complimentary tea or coffee and sit back and relax as you take the 1hr 45min drive down to Phillip Island. First stop is a surfer’s dream beach, Cape Woolamai. From here, lace up the boots and start the hike that will guide you through rugged rock formations, known as the Pinnacles. As you make your way around the Nature Park of Phillip Island, witness stunning views over the Bass Strait and pounding surf below. Look out for wallabies, echidnas, shearwater birds and whales in the winter months. After an easy/moderate 6.8km hike, you will head into Cowes for a delicious lunch or dinner (depending on the season) at one of the favourite local cafes or restaurants before making your way to the Phillip Island Koala Reserve. Stroll through this eucalyptus woodland and come ‘face-to-face’ with koalas in their natural habitat. The Koala Reserve’s unique tree top boardwalks and close viewing areas allow visitors to see how truly amazing koalas are. Next stop is The Nobbies for an easy stroll along the boardwalk to discover breathtaking coastline views and the impressive thundering blowhole. This area is home to Australia’s largest seal colony, little penguins and silver gulls. And to finish the day you will take a waddle on the wild side and see hundreds (sometimes thousands) of penguins emerge from the surf at sunset at the world-famous Penguin Parade. This experience is a wildlife lover’s dream! Please note: During the summer months, be sure to eat prior to our 11:30 am departure.

Phillip Island: Guided Penguin Colony Tour with a Ranger

9. Phillip Island: Guided Penguin Colony Tour with a Ranger

Witness the natural spectacle of the world’s smallest penguins arriving home at sunset each evening at the world-famous Penguin Parade. Experience the nightly parade from the beachfront viewing stands as the penguins emerge from the waves and waddle across the sand. Join your ranger guide for an informative journey through the penguin colony at the Phillip Island Nature Parks, with their commentary via your personal headset. Take your seat in the wonderfully located beachfront viewing stand and get a magnificent view of the penguins emerging from the water and crossing the beach. Use the supplied binoculars to try and spot the penguins gathering in the water before they make their way across the beach to their burrows.

From Melbourne: 2-Day 12 Apostles & Phillip Island Tour

10. From Melbourne: 2-Day 12 Apostles & Phillip Island Tour

Day 1: Melbourne to Queenscliff Depart from Melbourne and make your way to the 12 Apostles to see the sunshine on these incredible treasures of the ocean. Travel along the Shipwreck Coast and stop at different locations along the way. Savor a picnic lunch on the coast before a stop at Otway’s Rainforest where you can search for local wildlife in its natural habitat. Enjoy dinner before spending the night in the coastal town of Queenscliff.Meals: DinnerAccommodation: Beacon Resort or similar (4 bed dorm with shared bathroom facilities) Day 2: Queenscliff to Melbourne Start your day with a ferry trip across Port Phillip Bay to the Mornington Peninsula. In the afternoon get up-close and personal with some Australian wildlife at a Koala Reserve and the Penguin Parade. Then head to the Nobbies to view the stunning rocky coastline and local seal colony. To cap off the trip, see the magnificent Phillip Island Penguin Parade spectacle before heading back to Melbourne. Meals:Breakfast

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What people are saying about Phillip Island

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 3 reviews

Great service and conversation from the friendly crew on a comfortable boat. Commentary was clear and informative. Time was given to have a good look when whales were sighted. Seals and Dolphins also sighted. Fantastic experience. THANK YOU

My daughter and I had the best time! It was just the right amount of time spent at each stop. Our guide John was amazing. Included every single person in the group into his conversation. Definitely worth it!!

Our guide Sebastian was really perfect. Attentive to the rhythms and interests of each. Funny and full of anecdotes and cultures about the city, life in Melbourne and its history. A big thanks to him.

It was extremely wonderful. Sebastian was extremely friendly and informative about the whole experience.

Fred was an excellent guide. The trip is worth it if you like penguins!