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Rockingham: 1-hour Shoalwater Islands Tour & Penguin Island

4.7 / 5

64 reviews

Rockingham: 1-hour Shoalwater Islands Tour & Penguin Island

From US$ 46.44 per person

Embark on a 1-hour scenic glass bottom boat cruise around Shoalwater Islands Marine Park. Stop at Penguin Island to view the penguin feeding and return at your own leisure.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 1 day
Check availability to see starting times.
Skip the line through a separate entrance
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Spot rare Australian sea lions on the beach at Seal Island
  • See wild dolphins at play and get complimentary photos from your cruise
  • Explore the rugged islands and view nesting pelicans, cormorants and other sea birds
  • Observe the penguin feeding show held by the rangers at Penguin Island
  • Enjoy a round-trip ferry transfer to Penguin Island before your cruise
Full description
Enjoy the scenic highlights of the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park during a 1-hour glass bottom boat cruise that explores the ruggedly spectacular coastlines of Penguin, Seal & Bird Islands and takes advantage of the best wildlife spotting opportunities.  Take in the beautiful scenery in the marine park and through the glass panels you can also see what goes on beneath the surface. Wild dolphins, rare Australian sea lions, pelican rookeries, and birds of prey are regularly sighted and our friendly crew will get you right amongst the action. Though, please note that no sightings are guaranteed.  The Cruise concludes on Penguin Island to see the penguin feeding and then enjoy some island time before returning on the ferry at your own leisure. Penguin feedings are presented by a Parks & Wildlife Services ranger at 10.30am, 12.30 & 2.30pm and last around 20 minutes, after which the rangers are available to answer any visitor questions.
Includes
  • 60-minute cruise around the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park
  • Return ferry transfer to and from Penguin Island
  • Penguin Feeding Show
  • Complementary photos from your cruise uploaded to Flickr
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc)
  • Masks are required while indoors
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof of full vaccination

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Meeting point

- Please check in to collect your boarding pass from the Gift Shop 30 minutes prior to your scheduled ferry departure (your voucher will NOT be accepted as a boarding pass)

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Important information

What to bring

  • ID card, copy accepted
  • Passport or ID card

Know before you go

  • Although sightings are regular, they are not guaranteed as the cruise is restricted to inside Shoalwater Bay
  • This activity is subject to suitable weather conditions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 64 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    5/5

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Absolutely brilliant day. The cruise was fantastic, from the informative commentary, to seeing the dolphins, seals and bird life. Our 7 year old twin grandchildren loved it, days later still talking about the adventures. Seeing the penguins being fed and spending time swimming in the unbelievable waters during the afternoon - totally recommend.

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January 7, 2022

Amazing experience! Super friendly staff who went above and beyond to spoil my best friend on her special day ( birthday ) by signing her happy birthday and letting her ride up on front on the boat. We definitely had the best seats and got to see the wildlife up and close.

April 5, 2021

Went for my son's 4th Birthday (as pirates because...treasure hunting!). The crew were so kind and inclusive on the day; giving special shout outs, letting Mr 4 toot the boat horn, playing into the pirate theme and answering all the questions my kids had. You weren't told, but my boys are on the spectrum, and your staff's engagement and friendliness both eased and enhanced their experiences - we don't often witness that quality in interactions between our kids and other people, so thankyou, it truly made my heart happy! Aside from that, 10+ dolphins; newborn dolphin calf, juveniles, jigsaw and sleeping ones too. Sea Lions; playing in the water and bossing each other around on Seal Island. Birds; Ospreys, Cormorants and Penguins. Scenery; Crystal turquoise water, sea grass, fish jumping around, perfect weather and no wind (remarkably). Absolute perfect day for my little family, money well spent and memories to last a lifetime. We went for the 945am start, arrived at 9 for Ferry passes.

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March 22, 2021

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