Frequently asked questions
Coastal Adventure: 2.30pm sharp at the pier next to the Blowhole - end of Blowhole Road - in Eaglehawk Neck (except when stated otherwise). We will be waiting for you at the boat. Please allow 10 minutes to find a car park and wander down to the pier.
You can find a link to a map and directions in your booking confirmation. Our 'contact us' page also shows a map of the area.
Our tours are single-use-plastic FREE. We serve a hot cup of tea on our Seal & Ocean Expedition, but we don't have bottled water onboard, so you might want to bring some drinking water (best in a reusable bottle). And don't forget your camera, you will get loads of awesome photo opportunities!
Seal & Ocean Expedition: We recommend that you don't apply any sunscreen before the in-water activity of our Seal & Ocean Expedition, because it can leave an oily slick in the water and we don't want to impact on the animals. Instead, you can use our natural organic zinc. It is Ocean safe and smells like chocolate! 🙂 You are welcome to apply normal sunscreen when you're back out of the water. We also recommend to bring a change of clothes, just in case you get a bit damp.
For participants of our Seal & Ocean Expedition we provide a super warm polar-fleece jumpsuit and a drysuit to wear on top of your clothes. Only your face and your hands will get wet. On chilly days, we can also supply balaclavas and neoprene gloves.
Seal & Ocean Expedition - Participants: Weather forecasts are only a prediction and weather conditions can change unexpectedly. If an unfavourable change in weather occurs and we can't snorkel with the seals, we will only charge the 'observer' rate.
Whales: There is a chance of seeing whales at any time of the year, because many different species of whales occur in Tasmanian waters and not all of them migrate. Killer Whales for example can be seen year round, depending on the availability of their prey. Humpback Whales migrate past our coastline between the end of May and the end of June and between October and December. This is the best time of the year for whale watching in Tasmania! Southern Right Whales can be sighted between June and October. At times we also get to see some very rare whale species, like Fin Whales or Blue Whales and one of the smallest of the baleen whales, the Dwarf Minke Whale.
Dolphins: We see Common Dolphins or Bottlenose Dolphins on 80% of our tours. They sometimes even show up in 'superpods' with over 1000 individuals! On lucky occasions, we get to spend some time with different species, like the Dusky Dolphins, that seem to be quite rare in Australian waters.
You can find photos of our vessel in our gallery under 'boat & platform'.
You can find some photos of the sea-view platform in our gallery under 'boat & platform'.
We can supply a range of different drysuit sizes. However, our smallest drysuit is made for children with a height of approx. 130cm and the largest adult suit is measured to a length of 195cm, chest of 127cm and waist of 101cm. For young children (approx. 120cm) we can also provide a 3/2mm wetsuit.
According to the IUCN, one-third of open ocean shark species are threatened with extinction. Approximately 100 million sharks are killed each year by humans. Your chance of getting attacked and killed by a shark is 1 in 3,748,067 (compared to a car accident 1 in 84). So please drive carefully on your way down here and enjoy your time in the water! 🙂
We hardly ever see any sharks. If we do find a shark, we will make the most of it and watch it from our safe vessel.
However, everybody who wants to join our tour should be aware that there are risks involved with snorkelling and boating, including perils of the sea, harm caused by marine creatures, acts of fellow participants, entering and exiting the water. Every participant will have to sign a liability release prior to departure.
You can find a map of the area here.
If hiring a car is not an option for you, please follow this link to the latest bus timetable (Hobart - Tasman Peninsula). The bus departs in Hobart in the late afternoon and in Eaglehawk Neck usually early in the morning, so you might have to consider staying on the Tasman Peninsula for 2 nights. There is lots to see and do, please contact us for itinerary ideas and beautiful accommodation options in the area.
We totally understand that your travel plans can change due to personal circumstances. Please let us know early, if you would like to change your booking to another date, so we can resell your seats. We often have people on the waiting list, because we only take 12 passengers maximum on our tours.
We reserve the right to charge the following fees for cancellations:
Cancellation within 24 hours of a tour: 100% fee
Cancellation within 48 hours of a tour: 50% fee
Cancellation beyond 48 hours of tour: No fee
Wild Ocean Tasmanian boat tours are dependent on the weather. All tours will be confirmed via email/ text message or through an automated booking system message, 1-2 days prior to the boat tour departure. Wild Ocean Tasmania reserves the right to cancel departures at any time and will refund the full amount of any monies paid by the customer.