Watermaarq Rip Seal Safari Summer Tour

Named after the infamous yet unique ‘Rip’ currents of Port Phillip Bay, this 1.5 hour adventure cruise takes you along the gorgeous Mornington Peninsula bays and coastline. 
As you leave Sorrento Pier, get ready to welcome the brilliant views of the splendid cliff-top homes, and other onshore attractions that hold rich indigenous history. Following the trails of the cliff-top homes, you’ll reach the guard entrance to the bay known as ‘The Rip’, where the waters of the bay meet the seas of Bass Strait.
During summer you can spot hordes of migratory shearwater birds, rafting together at the surface of the heads. You’ll also see the only black lighthouse in the Southern Hemisphere! 
In the waters of the Popes Eye Marine Park, keep an eye out for bottlenose dolphins, who regularly come to the surface to take a look at the boats and who’s on them!  Keep your cameras ready at all times, as there’ll be innumerable photo ops of the wild and playful pods!
The final stop before your disembark, and the main highlight of your experience – Chinaman’s Hat. From the comfort of ‘The Apollo’, you can get a close-up view of the well-known Australian Fur Seals, as they huddle together to rest, in between their hunting bouts and playful swims. This is also another prominent site to spot the bottlenoses!
Every trip is unique and will teach you something new, so it doesn’t matter if it’s your first or 21st time on this sightseeing tour! Book your experience today!

  • Departure
  • Cruise Inclusions
  • Additional Info
  • Terms Of Services

Departure Details

Departure Location Sorrento Pier, Esplanade

  • Boards 09:15

  • Departs 09:30

  • Returns 11:00

Cruise Inclusions

  • 1.5 hour adventurous nature escape
  • Encounter seals, dolphins, gannets etc
  • Visit a famous bird habitat
  • Exciting, swift & stable RIB boat ride
  • Numerous wildlife photo ops

Dress Code

  • Make sure you dress warmly for the tour, warm jackets, hats, beanies and good footwear are recommended.
  • Warm layers are recommended as the temperature can vary throughout the day and drop in the afternoon and evening.
  • As the vessel is open, you are recommended to wear clothing that may get wet from occasional spray, including shoes.
  • Small bag with drink bottle, camera, hat, sunglasses, warm clothing. 

Additional Information

  • It is recommended that you book at least one week in advance of your preferred date to book the best time and day for your tour and avoid missing out
  • Port Phillip Bay has regular changing conditions, tide and sea levels and your tour will be optimised for the best experience in line with the forecast and prevailing conditions
  • Guests must be physically fit and have sufficient mobility to enter and exit the boat
  • Passengers with back, neck, shoulder or heart conditions, those who are pregnant or who have injuries/conditions that may cause a risk to their health are advised to not do these tours, or do so at their own risk
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Tours depart at the scheduled time and late arrivals will be deemed a no-show and all tour fees forfeited
  • Dolphins and whales may appear on tour, but as they are wild animals do not always appear, and therefore sightings cannot be guaranteed 
  • Tour times may be altered or cancelled due to sea conditions and we will use all reasonable endeavours to provide 24 hours notice

Terms Of Services

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  • Adult Price

    from $90


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