Frequently asked questions
Seal & Ocean Expedition: 9am sharp at the Wild Ocean Tasmania HQ, 165b Pirates Bay Drive, Eaglehawk Neck.
Coastal Adventure: 2.30pm sharp at the pier next to the Blowhole (end of Blowhole Road) in Eaglehawk Neck. 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.
All tours: Weather conditions can change rapidly in Tasmania. We recommend to be prepared for all types of weather conditions. Please bring some warm clothes and sun protection for all our tours.
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.
You don't have to worry about the cold. Just make sure you dress warmly and we'll supply some sailing jackets, beanies and gloves if needed.
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.
The main thing for us is, that you can enjoy our boat ride and the scenery. That's why we don't operate in bad weather conditions. The booking confirmation reserves your requested number of seats on the boat. We will check the latest weather forecast and contact you 2 days prior to the booked date to give you the final confirmation.
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.
Wildlife: While we can always guarantee to show you some adorable little seals up close, all other wildlife sightings are spontaneous, as the animals are wild and generally food driven. We never know what the next day is going to offer, this is the exciting thing about our boat tours. 🙂 With such an abundance of marine life, from millions of tiny sea sapphires (copepods) to the biggest animal that has ever existed on the planet (Blue Whale), we get amazing encounters on a daily basis. Please follow the links provided to find out more about the different species of animals we see on our tours!
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.
No. If you love wildlife as much as we do, you will understand, that our number 1 priority is to protect the animals and to offer an ethical, non-intrusive way of observing the marine life. By keeping our guests together on the viewing-platform, we can ensure that the seals don't feel threatened. We found that the seals are a lot more relaxed, they stay close together and usually come up very close to interact with us.
Whilst you don't have to be a very good swimmer, please be aware, that boating and activities on the ocean can be physically demanding. A certain level of fitness is required for our trips. The Ocean & Seal Trip participants have to be able to climb off the boat onto our sea-view platform and back onto the boat without much assistance. The tour operates in a remote area and medical assistance might be a few hours away. We reserve the right to cancel or modify the tour or refuse participation for safety and capability reasons. Every participant has to sign a liability release prior to departure.
The seals are wild and not trained. It is up to the animals to decide if they want to swim with us. Within the last year we only had one unlucky day. If no seals are in the water and we can't give you the experience that we market to, we will make the most of the scenic boat tour and only charge the 'observer' rate.
We operate a foam-filled fibreglass rigid hull inflatable boat (RIB) with an electric toilet, 10 cushioned straddle seats that give great support for your back and one super comfortable bench seat for two people. RIB's are designed for sea worthiness and safety and are often used as rescue vessels. RIB's are perfect boats for those worried about motion sickness. They are incredibly stable, due to their low center of gravity and their air-filled pontoons. An extra bonus is, that they are fully open, so you get to breathe fresh air at all times and the view is not obstructed. Our vessel is powered by two 150hp Honda motors. We purposely chose Honda, because they are the leader of environmentally responsible technology and help us reduce our carbon footprints.
You can find photos of our vessel in our gallery under 'boat & platform'.
Our sea-view platform is basically a semi-submerged trampoline mat that is supported by floats. Free-swimming, lots of kicking and arm movements can intimidate the seals. We don't want to disturb the animals or make them feel threatened. Keeping our guests together on the floating mat gives the seals the opportunity to interact with us on their free will. Usually, they get really cheeky and come up super close to play, nose our goggles and swirl around us. 🙂
You can find some photos of the sea-view platform in our gallery under 'boat & platform'.
Our drysuits are basically a one-piece overall equipped with water-tight latex seals that fit firmly around your wrists and neck. Sharp objects can damage or perforate latex seals. We don't recommend to wear any jewellery e.g. ear rings, watches, bracelets etc.
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.
We don't need minimum numbers to be able to operate, because we're passionate about the ocean and take every opportunity to get out on the water. We would run the tour even with one person.
Sharks are fascinating creatures that live in waters all over the world. If you are worried about a shark attack, here are a few facts and figures.
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.
We highly recommend to hire a car to get around in Tasmania, because the public busses only run very sparingly out of town. Don’t worry though, driving is quite easy in Tasmania. Just make sure you download the directions on how to get to your destination before you start the drive, as mobile phone reception can be patchy.
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.
You can pay on the day with Visa / MasterCard or cash.
If a gift voucher is requested, we will send an invoice by email which can be paid for via money transfer, Paypal, Visa / MasterCard or on the phone.