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Our most recommended Western Australia Cruises & Boat Tours

From Fremantle: Rottnest Ferry & Bike Hire Package

1. From Fremantle: Rottnest Ferry & Bike Hire Package

Explore the island of Rottnest by bike. Take a ferry from Fremantle and experience the beaches and bays of this car-free environment on two wheels. Catch the ferry to Rottnest Island and collect your pre-booked bike hire to start your journey. Discover Rottnest Island by bicycle and experience over 63 beaches and 20 bays as you explore this unique Class A Reserve renowned for its high conservation and community values. Cycling is an environmentally friendly and fun recreational activity for all ages. As Rottnest Island has essentially no cars, cycling is one of the best ways to get around the island. With a free bike fitting and breakdown service available, this is the perfect way to experience Rottnest. Easily return your bike and catch your return ferry when you are done.

Coral Bay: Ningaloo Reef 3-Hour Turtle Ecotour

2. Coral Bay: Ningaloo Reef 3-Hour Turtle Ecotour

Enjoy a 3-hour Turtle Tour on a glass-bottomed boat - the best way to view turtles feeding in their natural surroundings. Learn about the most commonly found sea turtle species on the Ningaloo Reef which is the Green Sea Turtle. The experienced crew will share their in-depth knowledge of this amazing turtle species and their behavior.  Take the opportunity to view the amazing coral, feed the fish, and snorkel at 2 specially selected sites. Snorkeling equipment, hot drinks, and snacks will be provided.

Marine Eco Safari - Swim With Manta Rays

3. Marine Eco Safari - Swim With Manta Rays

Join this 5 to 6 hour Marine Eco Safari aboard the Kurni-Ku, custom built to specifically navigate around the Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef. It is the perfect way to experience one of the few places in the world with a resident population of Manta Rays all year round! Your tour begins at 8:00 AM at the Coral Bay Ecotours office (unless otherwise informed), followed by a short bus transfer to the jetty to board the vessel. Then you will head out for your first reef snorkel experience in Bills Bay, where you may encounter numerous fish, reef sharks, and other marine species and the beautiful coral gardens. After morning tea you will visit the sea turtle sanctuary where you can observe turtles feeding and surfacing for air. You will then head to Bateman’s Bay, where, with the assistance of a spotter plane, there is the opportunity to snorkel with Manta Rays. On the return home, you will stop for an afternoon snorkel.

Coral Bay Glass-Bottom Boat Tour

4. Coral Bay Glass-Bottom Boat Tour

See amazing coral reefs from the comfort of a glass-bottom boat. With its very shallow draft, spacious layout and superior design, Nhanya-Ku is perfect for taking you over the beautiful coral formations found in the lagoon gardens of the inner reef. This 1-hour coral viewing may be the perfect tour for you to experience all of the wonderful fish and different coral formations without having to get in the water. While on board, a knowledgeable crew will give an informative talk about the many things you’re seeing under the glass. Don't miss this perfect short excursion to make the most of your time in Coral Bay. 

Coral Bay: 2-Hour Coral Viewing and Snorkeling

5. Coral Bay: 2-Hour Coral Viewing and Snorkeling

Enjoy this two-hour snorkel & coral viewing which takes place on board the Nhanya-Ku. Visit the pre-arranged meeting point 15-minutes before the tour commences. After a short meet and greet with your friendly and informative guide, you will then be guided to the departure area on the beach. Within a 2 to 3-minute walk from the meeting location, you will reach your custom designed, glass-bottom boat, the Nhanya-Ku. Not only can you see the reef passing by under the glass you will also have the opportunity to snorkel at two beautiful snorkel sites. Immerse yourself amongst hundreds of tropical fish and view magnificent coral gardens, along with other amazing wildlife that calls the World Heritage Ningaloo Reef home. All your snorkeling equipment is provided on board and your friendly and informative guides will be more than happy to assist with how to use the equipment.

Coral Bay: Ningaloo Reef Swim and Snorkel with Whale Sharks

6. Coral Bay: Ningaloo Reef Swim and Snorkel with Whale Sharks

Join this 8 to 9-hour whale shark safari aboard Thunder. This vessel has been designed for comfort and has a large area for seating and standing, both downstairs and upstairs, and a 360-degree view from the wheelhouse. It is the perfect way to experience one of the few places in the world where these big beautiful whale sharks choose to visit.  Your tour will begin at 7:30 AM. Take a short bus transfer to the jetty to board the vessel. Then, head out for your first reef snorkeling experience in the beautiful coral gardens. You will encounter numerous fish, reef sharks, and other marine species. After morning tea, your journey to the outer reef will begin. By this time, the spotter plane is already searching for your whale sharks and informing the crew of any other exciting marine life they have spotted along the way. The crew will do their best to allow you to experience as much wildlife as possible during the tour.  Once the spotter plane has found a whale shark, the boat will make its way to it. You will be split into 2 groups of 10 and take turns to swim with the whale shark. To ensure that the whale sharks are not disturbed at their natural habit, you are allowed a maximum of 1 hour of swimming time with them. The boat stops on the return journey for a second reef snorkel at a different site. To finish the day, you can celebrate with a glass of champagne and enjoy a fruit platter.

Koombana Bay: Dolphin Eco Cruise

7. Koombana Bay: Dolphin Eco Cruise

Take an exciting Dolphin Eco Cruise for 90 minutes at the Discovery Centre. The vessel provides an excellent viewing platform designed to get you as close as possible to the dolphins, without getting your feet wet. The team will introduce you to the local Bottlenose Dolphins as they interact in their natural environment. Many of the dolphins seen on the cruise call Koombana Bay their home. They can be seen frolicking, playing, sleeping, and feeding during the cruise. The informative commentary from the skipper will keep you updated throughout.

Whale Watching Cruise from Busselton, Augusta or Dunsborough

8. Whale Watching Cruise from Busselton, Augusta or Dunsborough

Enjoy an exciting and best value whale watching experience in Busselton, Augusta or Dunsborough. Cruise out into the pristine waters to see these lovable marine giants up close. Migrating humpback and southern right whales leave the cold, food rich Antarctic waters and begin arriving around June. Augusta, Busselton and Dunsborough are perfectly placed to view these spectacular wild animals as they make their way past, often stopping off for a rest and play. Geographe Bay, with its usually calm and sheltered waters, means a guided whale watching tour is the best way to see magnificent humpback and southern right whales up-close.

Rockingham: 1-hour Shoalwater Islands Tour & Penguin Island

9. Rockingham: 1-hour Shoalwater Islands Tour & Penguin Island

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 you can also 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 10.30am, 12.30 & 2.30pm and last around 20 minutes, after which the rangers are available to answer any visitor questions.

Swan River Lunch Cruise from Fremantle or Perth

10. Swan River Lunch Cruise from Fremantle or Perth

Combine a delicious buffet lunch with a premium cruise on the magnificent Swan River with the Fremantle Lunch Cruise. This unique cruise features a menu which reflects Western Australia’s abundant seasonal fresh produce. Upon boarding, you are shown to your reserved table. During the cruise downstream, your captain will give a detailed tour commentary on the sights along the river as you progress to Fremantle. As you cruise the calm waters, you are invited to enjoy a seasonal buffet selection and dessert, which offers a mixed variety of gourmet salads, mixed continental meats with chutneys and mustards. A brace of tempting hot dishes such as mild Indian curry and deep pan vegetarian lasagne complement the salads, all followed by a refreshing fruit platter. With a fully stocked bar on-board, you can enhance your light lunch with a cold beer, or a glass of wine.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 541 reviews

Despite the cold windy weather, the cruise was good, and the Captain was very informative. The food was delicious and the staff were very helpful. Our seating area was comfortable and clean.

Was very professional in the way they helped everyone on board and very informative about the reef and caring about looking after it .

Loved the tour. Nice to have a small group. Only 8 of us and the 2 crew who were very good.

The staff were knowledgeable and friendly, and the trip was well planned. It was great.

Great value and easy to collect bikes - great service all around thanks