We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Phillip Island Seal-Watching Cruise

  • 2-hour seal watching cruise to Seal Rocks, from Phillip Island
  • Enjoy great views from indoor or outdoor seating areas
  • Learn about historic landmarks along the way from the onboard live commentary
Phillip Island Seal-Watching Cruise
From US$58.43
Check Availability
  • Overview
  • What to Expect
  • Important Information
  • Reviews
  • Q&A
Select Date and Travellers
Phillip Island Seal-Watching Cruise
From US$58.43
Get up close to the wildlife of Phillip Island and discover Australia’s largest colony of Australian fur seals on this 2-hour catamaran cruise. Watch the adorable seals lounging on the rocks and swimming in the bays; spot seabirds swooping overhead and look out for dolphins, whales and penguins as you float around the island. Finally, tuck into afternoon tea on-board as you listen to the live commentary and learn more about the island’s varied wildlife. 
What to Expect
Make your way to Cowes Jetty on Phillip Island to board the spacious twin-deck catamaran for your afternoon seal-watching cruise. Choose seats on an outdoor or indoor deck; both offer great views as you motor over to Seal Rocks, located 1.25 miles (2 km) off the coast of Phillip Island, which serves as the breeding grounds for an estimated 12,000 fur seals.

On your way to Seal Rocks learn about the various landmarks from an onboard guide who shares expert commentary about the wildlife and history of the area along the coast of Phillip Island and the Mornington Peninsula.

The seal population has been steadily increasing since Seal Rocks became a marine sanctuary in 1928 and a State Fauna Reserve in 1966, after unrestricted hunting in the 1800s drastically reduced the seal population. When you reach Seal Rocks, the boat drifts along as you watch the playful antics of the seals. The naturally curious creatures are likely to come close to your boat to take a look at you too.

While you're out on the water, be on the lookout for whales, dolphins, penguins and seabirds. During the return journey, you are welcome to visit the captain’s bridge and learn about boat operations firsthand (weather permitting).

Your cruise includes an afternoon tea on your return journey, that consists tea, coffee, biscuits and cake.

After an informative and entertaining two hours on the water, your boat returns you to Cowes Jetty to end your tour.
Reviews (55)
1 - 5 of 52 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Wow! This was amazing

An absolutely brilliant experience. Worth every cent. We were so close you could almost touch them. Seeing these seals in their natural habitat was a highlight of our stay. Just remember if you get sea sick to take those meds before you leave without hesitation....there...More

Thank debl259
jrd_50, Crew at Wildlife Coast Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi debl259, Thank you for taking the time to review your cruise with us. We are coming into an exciting time of year where all the big bull seals are coming back to the rocks to fight for territories and last years curious pups are...More

Reviewed 18 October 2018
Great to see happy wildlife in their natural environment

Knowledgeable and friendly staff on a clean well equipped boat. Enjoyable afternoon tea, delicious bikkies and cake! Thanks for a memorable trip.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Lynette B
jrd_50, admin at Wildlife Coast Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2018

Thank you for your lovely words Lynette. So glad you had a memorable experience ... and enjoyed the bikkies and cake too! All the best Cecilia

Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile
Fabulous Seal Watching Experience

Went out with Wildlife Cruises to Seal Rocks which is where Australia largest Fur Seal colony reside. We booked the experience over the web which was nice and easy. We had a perfect day for the tour as it was sunny and calm. The trip...More

Thank kellfro2222
jrd_50, Crew at Wildlife Coast Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2018

Hi Kelly F Thank you for taking the time to review your cruise! It sounds as though you have a good day! The boat tour is very interesting and you do get to see stuff you otherwise wouldn't be able to see from land such...More

Reviewed 11 October 2018
A fabulous Seal Experience

This tour was recommended by one of the staff at the Penguin Parade and it totally lived up to the expectations she set. The scenery on the journey to and from Seal Rocks is magnificent, with great commentary along the way. Once at Seal Rocks...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank msjohndw
jrd_50, Crew at Wildlife Coast Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2018

Hi msjohndw, So happy to hear that you decided to come out with us and that your trip exceeded expectations! Seal Rocks is definitely one of natures wonders! I'll also pass along your compliments to the captain and crew! Hope to see you on board...More

Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile
Amazing experience - A must in Philip Island

I have been to Philip Island quite a few times but always missed Seal Watching Cruise because never heard much of it. It’s an amazing cruise experience with a very nice crew, wonderful views and some great seal watching. Kids just loved it.

Thank Arshid
jrd_50, Admin at Wildlife Coast Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

Hi Arshid, Thank you so much for your review. We are so glad you had a great experience and hope to see you again soon. Cecilia

View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Phillip Island Seal-Watching Cruise staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines