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Penguin Island Cruise from Perth

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Highlights

  • Get up close to local wild dolphins
  • Exhilarating 90min adventure cruise
  • Visit sea lions at Seal Island
  • See penguin feeding
  • Unlimited ferry transfers included
  • Entry to Discovery Centre included

Experience an exhilarating 90-minute combination of adventure style boating and wildlife viewing with this Perth tour to Penguin Island where the primary mission is to get you up close and personal with the local wild dolphins. Meet Logo, Boomerang, Blizzard or any other of over 200 local dolphins that have become friends of the boat and its crew. You may see mothers looking after new born calves, learn how they use stingrays to catch their dinner or see them spectacularly jumping out of the wake of the boat!

The marine park and the wildlife are definitely the main attractions, however, the exhilarating ride onboard the rigid hull inflatable boat (known as a RHIB), brings a real sense of adventure to the cruise which thrills passengers. This 12.5 metre boat was purpose built for wildlife viewing, is powered by three 350HP Yamaha outboard motors, designed for speed, safety, comfort and to go where other boats can’t! Additionally the covered, open air seating gives each passenger an excellent all round view on the journey out. The open sided design also ensures a direct connection with the environment, rather than being enclosed behind glass, passengers are right in the adventure, seeing the wildlife up close, feeling every thrill and experiencing the beauty of the marine park first hand.

The cruise departs at 10:45am from Shoalwater on a daily basis and depart Penguin Island between 1:10pm, 2:10pm, 3:10pm and 4pm allowing you stay as long as you like. Guests are required to make their own way to and from the departure point as hotel transfers aren't included in the price. Additionally, passengers are asked to bring sun safety clothing, comfortable shoes, swimming gear, and drinks and snacks (if you wish) as there aren't any shops on the Island.

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Inclusions

  • Unlimited ferry transfers for the day
  • 90 minute adventure cruise to see dolphins and sea lions
  • Entry to Penguin feeding at the Discovery Centre
  • Underwater microphone to listen to the amazing clicks and whistles of dolphin behaviour

Exclusions

  • Transfers from Perth or Fremantle Hotels
  • Meals

Highlights

  • Seeing wild dolphins at play in their natural behaviour
  • Enjoying the exhilarating ride on our Adventure Boat, a 12 metre RHIB designed for speed, comfort and to allow our passengers a more direct connection with the environment and the wildlife
  • Real time commentary so whether the dolphins are hunting, socializing, mating or sleeping our experienced guides will let you know exactly what’s happening
  • Visiting ‘Aladin’s Cave’ to view the fossilized remnants of ancient tuart forests
  • Viewing the ospreys nest at Shag Rock
  • Seeing rare Australian sea lions on the beach at Seal Island
  • Exploring the rugged islands and viewing nesting pelicans, cormorants and spotting other sea birds that live in the park
  • Lots of free time to swim, explore and see the penguin feeding at Penguin Island

Tour Times

  • Ferries depart daily at 10.45am from the corner of Arcadia Drive and Penguin Road, Shoalwater from the 15th September to the 6th June. Ferries depart Penguin Island at 1.10pm, 2.10pm, 3.10pm or 4pm. Transfers from Perth and Fremantle are not available for this tour, you will need to make your own transport arrangements to Shoalwater Bay (approximately a 45 minute drive south of Perth)

What to Bring

  • Dress warmly, the wind can be cold even in summer
  • Wear a hat and sunscreen to protect you from the hot Aussie sun
  • Comfortable shoes/thongs, bathers and towel are recommended for Penguin Island and you are welcome to bring your snorkelling equipment
  • We recommend you bring extra drinks (especially in hot weather) and snacks if you wish
  • There are no shops on Penguin Island so any extra food or drinks must be purchased before you go. Pengos Café is located on the mainland for breakfast or coffees etc. There a range of picnic style options to enjoy at Penguin Island, alternatively, your ticket allows you to use the ferry service all day so feel free to come back to the mainland for a dine in meal

Additional Information

  • Please note children under the age of 3 are not permitted on this tour

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the tour
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher

What others had to say

1 reviews
Domenica | 5 years ago
Fantastic day out

Fantastic day out.. Our group were lucky enough to see a baby dolphin only a day old. The crew were awesome and the boat ride was loads of fun. I highly recommend this tour.

Meet the operator

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Name: Annabel Tolios
Company: Rockingham Wild Encounters

"We hope you can join us as we cruise around the ruggedly beautiful Shoalwater Marine Park and encounter wild dolphins, rare Australian sea lions and little penguins."

Top tips

"It is recommended to wear a warm, weather proof jacket as it can get cool even in summer. There are some fantastic picnic spots on Penguin Island, so take some lunch with you as there are no shops or cafes on the island."