Water activity

Rockingham: 1-hour Shoalwater Islands Tour & Penguin Island

Water activity

Rockingham: 1-hour Shoalwater Islands Tour & Penguin Island

Activity provider: Rockingham Wild Encounters

From US$ 56.83 per person

Embark on a 1-hour scenic glass bottom boat cruise around Shoalwater Islands Marine Park. Stop at Penguin Island to view the penguin feeding and return at your own leisure.

About this activity

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Duration 1 day
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Spot rare Australian sea lions on the beach at Seal Island
  • See wild dolphins at play and get complimentary photos from your cruise
  • Explore the rugged islands and view nesting pelicans, cormorants and other sea birds
  • Observe the penguin feeding show held by the rangers at Penguin Island
  • Enjoy a round-trip ferry transfer to Penguin Island before your cruise
Full description

Enjoy the scenic highlights of the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park during a 1-hour glass bottom boat cruise that explores the ruggedly spectacular coastlines of Penguin, Seal & Bird Islands and takes advantage of the best wildlife spotting opportunities.  Take in the beautiful scenery in the marine park and, through the glass panels, see what goes on beneath the surface. Wild dolphins, rare Australian sea lions, pelican rookeries, and birds of prey are regularly sighted and our friendly crew will get you right amongst the action. Though, please note that no sightings are guaranteed.  The Cruise concludes on Penguin Island to see the penguin feeding and then enjoy some island time before returning on the ferry at your own leisure. Penguin feedings are presented by a Parks & Wildlife Services ranger at 10.30 AM, 12.30 PM, and 2.30 PM and last around 20 minutes, after which the rangers are available to answer any visitor questions.

  • 60-minute cruise around the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park
  • Return ferry transfer to and from Penguin Island
  • Penguin Feeding Show
  • Complementary photos from your cruise uploaded to Flickr
  • Food and drinks

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Meeting point

- Please check in to collect your boarding pass from the Gift Shop 30 minutes prior to your scheduled ferry departure (your voucher will NOT be accepted as a boarding pass)

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Important information

What to bring

  • ID card, copy accepted
  • Passport or ID card

Know before you go

  • Although sightings are regular, they are not guaranteed as the cruise is restricted to inside Shoalwater Bay
  • This activity is subject to suitable weather conditions
  • Penguin Island will be closed on the hottest days of Summer due to the Little Penguins molting
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 121 reviews

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The tour was great ! The staff were friendly and professional and were able to answer any questions we had . The running commentary was extremely interesting as was the penguin sanctuary ! Would definately go again . Just very sad to know it will be closing shortly 😔😔

April 1, 2023

This is a great boat trip ! You catch the ferry over to penguin island to pick the boat up from there … The crew are helpful and friendly …. Josh narrates and has superb knowledge of WA’s wildlife and will answer any questions you have … Gary the skipper does everything he can to let you see and get up close to the action …… I liked the fact, they don’t artificially encourage any change of behaviour to Dolphins, Seals or birds I loved it, so did my wife and the grandkids wanted to do it all again !

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April 1, 2023

Excellent commentary. Dolphins,pelicans and sea lions aplenty with lots of other wildlife and birds. Enough time to look around penguin Island-lovely photo opportunities. Penguin display Excellent. All penguins living on island were at sea during visit but ample opportunity to photograph, see and hear about the ones on the island who are unable to fend for themselves in the wild. First class.

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April 1, 2023

Product ID: 388106