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Phillip Island Whale Watching Tour

By Wildlife Coast Cruises
Recommended by 93% of travellers
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from
€105.68
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€105.68
per adult

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Ages 0-99, max of 70 per group
Duration:4h
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Ticket type:Mobile
English


  • Morning tea (coffee, tea, cake & biscuits)
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Live commentary on board
What's not included
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


Departure details
  • 16 Beach Rd, Rhyll VIC 3923, Australia
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7074P5

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
  • Whale sightings are not guaranteed, we expect between 70-90% sightings success between June and August.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 70 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

What time does Phillip Island Whale Watching Tour start?
Phillip Island Whale Watching Tour will start at 9:00 AM. Discover and book Phillip Island Whale Watching Tour on Tripadvisor
How much is Phillip Island Whale Watching Tour?
Phillip Island Whale Watching Tour price starts from €105.03. Discover and book Phillip Island Whale Watching Tour on Tripadvisor
What is the Phillip Island Whale Watching Tour cancellation policy?
Phillip Island Whale Watching Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Phillip Island Whale Watching Tour on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Phillip Island Whale Watching Tour?
Phillip Island Whale Watching Tour is hosted by Wildlife Coast Cruises. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Wildlife Coast Cruises on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Phillip Island Whale Watching Tour on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7074P5

About the operator

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H3737DYnicoles
H3737DYnicoles
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Excellent time
The sunset cruise was such an amazing experience I would recommend it to anyone . We all had the best time . The cr
Sarah O
Sarah O
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Extremely underwhelming
On reading previous reviews I was excited for this cruise, only to be left quite disappointed. There was zero comme
stephenu558
stephenu558
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Awesome
Awesome day with nature great experience and good operators. A good time was had by all. Great value
paulinec652
paulinec652
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Excellent
Excellent boat trip to see Australia’s largest wild seal area! Saw many close up and yet still at respectable dista
V1229SStaral
V1229SStaral
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Perfection!
Absolutely the perfect day for whale watching. Lovely crew members and thoughtful service. I enjoyed the commentary
MERIANNE V
MERIANNE V
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Happy to see seals n their natural habitat, suntanning on rocks and swimming/playing in the water.
Thrilled to be close enough without disturbing the seals. Interesting snippets of information from the crew as wel
stephaniemjm
stephaniemjm
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Perfect little day trip
My boyfriend and I went on the Cape Woolamai cruise yesterday morning and it was Fantastic! Absolutely beautiful si
Daley6
Daley6
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Great Trip to see the Seals
A great experience from the booking through to on board the boat. The weather was not the best on our trip out but
Meg_lux
Meg_lux
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Awesome
So many seals! Informative staff on board to make this a wonderful experience. It’s a must do when in Phillip Islan
Sunil P
Sunil P
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Leisurely cruise
A relaxing leisurely cruise for a Sunday morning. Beautiful granite cliffs, but sadly no seals or dolphins.
wpsm
wpsm
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Seals Galore!
The seals were the best part, of course! But the whole trip was lovely, as were the cruise staff, and the captain,
MelbResident
MelbResident
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Great value, good fun
The staff were really friendly and the boat was comfortable. There was enough seating inside in case of bad weather
CATTY1244
CATTY1244
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Great experience
Seals on rocks and splasing in water near vessel. Staff on cruise were very knowledgeable and helpful.
GlennS950
GlennS950
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Highly recommended
Fantastic time! Great sights,good nibbles and fantastic staff! Highly recommended as a post dinner/pre dessert acti
Katc01
Katc01
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Seal Heaven!
What a great way to spend the afternoon! We had a lovely cruise out to the seal colony. It was great to see the sea
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Maria W
Melbourne, Australia120 contributions
Jun 2021
I have done several whale watching cruises overseas but this was our first trip in Australia and it was equal if not better than the overseas ones. We where fortunate to see a whale as it’s a bit hit and miss if the whales are sighted. Not only did we see a humpback whale but also saw pods of juvenile seals and common dolphins. The staff on the boat where very helpful with information about the area and the wildlife we saw. It was cold but you could stay inside until the wildlife was sighted. Morning tea and a light lunch plus tea and coffee was included in the ticket. If you have any dietary requirements if you advised these when booking they where catered for. I had a lovely time and would highly recommend this cruise.
Written 24 June 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia11,701 contributions
Aug 2022
Whales usually pass through the Phillip Island region from May to November. You can sometimes see these giants of the deep from the shore, but the whale watching cruise will give you a better view. The waters of Bass Strait are one of the world's best locations for whale watching.
Written 1 September 2022
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Fukurō N
Singapore, Singapore91 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
The Winter Whale Watching cruise was surprising popular considering we were on board an almost empty Gordon River Cruise at Strahan, Tasmania the previous week.

People were queuing at the jetty long before boarding commence. Many people were flocking to the small upper deck. This is not necessary as you will be able to watch the wildlife from any part of the ship. Main deck bow is a good spot too.

We wacthed the fur seal colony at Round Island for about 15mins, watching the seals swim, play and feed before we head east along the sounthern shores of Phillip Island. That's where the whale search begin.

We spent a good hour cruising east wards before the crew caught sight of the first blow near Pinnacles Lookout. There was a couple of humpbacks feeding in the area as we watch them for an hour. We were fortunate that one humpback decided to breach once and never again for our cruise. One of the whale came near to the boat and we can see her glide under the water. The whales are usually far away and it's futile to use your smartphone to take a photo of the whale.

The snack and lunch onboard was reasonable with free flow hot drinks available.

Considering the amount of time we spent on the boat and the different sights and commentary provided by the Cpt, this tour is value for money.
Written 14 July 2019
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Hi Johnny_Neo, Thank you so much for taking the time to review your cruise! How exciting to hear that you saw a breaching whale! Did you know researchers think they jump out of the water to communicate or maybe to knock off any barnacles they may have on their skin? Very lucky to see this amazing activity. We hope to see you onboard again. Kind regards, Bree
Written 22 July 2019
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P4rtyofsix
Melbourne, Australia28 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
I have to give credit to the crew, especially Mel, they were fantastic and really made the cruise enjoyable - even though it was 2.5m swells. We were lucky enough to have a curious whale come right up to the boat. I would recommend this cruise to anyone without hesitation.
Written 11 July 2019
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Thank you P4rtyofsix for your kind words, I will be sure to pass this review onto Mel and the other crew. It sounds like you like you had a wonderful day. Kind regards, Bree
Written 22 July 2019
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MRoth18
Melbourne, Australia11 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
Fantastic crew. Friendly and informative.made sure everyone was looked after. Spent as long as possible with the whales. Pointed out all the wildlife in the area. Will definitely go on another cruise
Written 11 June 2018
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Hi MRoth18 Sounds like you had a great day out with us on the Brianna Lee whale watching! We really appreciate your review, and look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind Regards Renee
Written 12 June 2018
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Liz K
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
Jul 2019 • Family
We did two cruises, winter whale watching and dolphin and whale watching both at Phillip Island. The crew was very knowledgeable, friendly and caring. We enjoyed the view of whales and seals and we learnt a lot about these sea animals. However on board the boat there was not rubbish separation between recyclable, landfill and compostable. Even though the Phillip Island shire has this classification for the rubbish of the island the boats don't follow it. Also, tea and coffee cups were not recyclable or compostable, tea bags wrappers were plastic and they had lots of disposable plastic cutlery on board. Hence the chances of these cups, wrappers and cutlery ending in the ocean inside of our beloved whales is quite high :( Besides, all of the items mentioned above came in plastic bags and lets dont talk about the massive waste of paper for all the photos tourists didn't buy and this paper wasn't even recycled after disposal :( ................ @WildlifeCruises should definitely apply in their business what they preach about caring for sea animals and their environment.
Written 21 July 2019
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Hello 523lizk, Thank you for taking the time to send in your feedback. Our crew love what they do and we are always glad to hear this shines through. In regards to your feedback about the eco friendliness onboard this is something we are constantly working on and have made a significant number of changes. Some of these changes are not so visible, such as changing our power source from generators to a much more environmentally friendly inverter systems. We also have stopped supplying straws, as well as stocking carton water. Our plates and cutlery are all reusable and we are in the process of changing suppliers for our coffee cups to a compostable option. We always request customers bring along there own water bottle and keep cup for tea and coffee. While we cannot control our suppliers we do always request minimal or no plastic packaging where possible. If plastic package is supplied we do our best to re-use or recycle it. Our crew are always on the lookout for rubbish and debris which we pick up from the jetty and collect from the water, from chairs to toys, balloons and even roadwork signage. We also employ an environmental officer who apart from many other tasks, partakes in ocean clean up education days along with PINP rangers With some way to go, we have almost halved the rubbish produced just by changing onboard operations in the last 3 years, with the aim of halving that again in the next 2 years. We will take your feedback on board and as always we will endeavour to do our part for the environment. Kind Regards, Jess.
Written 23 July 2019
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Sim0neSun
Sun Valley-Ketchum, ID13 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
Our third cruise with Wildlife Coast did not disappoint with multiple humpback whale sightings. Simply awesome to see these majestic creatures up close. Visit to Seal Rocks where we saw plenty of pups cavorting and the stunning cliffs of Cape Woolamai on our trip 'round the island was an added bonus. Warm soup and savoury muffin for lunch as well as the customary cake was welcome on a chilly day. Great crew as always and appreciated the captains insights into the behaviour of the whales. Keen to do the Wilson's Prom Cruise soon!
Written 10 July 2019
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Thank you Sim0neSun for your review, Sounds like a great day out, it is a stunning sight seeing amazing whales and 10000+ seals up close and personal We really appreciate you taking the time to share you review, see you again soon! Kind regards, Bree
Written 22 July 2019
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Jennifer L
1 contribution
Jun 2019 • Family
Our booked cruise was transferred from the Sunday to Saturday due to predicted bad weather. We had an amazing time, saw 5-6 whales and heaps of seals. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommend this tour company and will definitely cruise again with them in the future.
Written 30 June 2019
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Thank you Jennifer L for your lovely review, Sounds as though you had a whale of a time! It was our pleasure having you on board. Thank you so much for taking the time to review your cruise Kind regards, Bree
Written 6 July 2019
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toothdoctor12
21 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
We had a great time today! Saw 4 whales and two of them came really close to our boat! My 3 year old enjoyed himself tremendously! Captain and the crew were very friendly and great at spotting whales from far away! Highly recommend! and thanks for the yummy muffins.
Written 28 June 2019
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Hi toothdoctor12, Thank you for your great review, It sounds like you both had a fantastic trip, we are very lucky to see these incredible animals in our backyard. We hope to see you on board again soon. Regards, Bree
Written 29 June 2019
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Wayne P
3 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
Awesome day out with the crew of Brianna-Lee. Very comfortable day aboard despite 2-3 meter swell running. Saw 2 humpbacks as soon as we rounded Seal Rocks into Bass Strait. Seals, seabirds and scenery as well. Great day guys, thanks.
Written 26 July 2018
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Hi Wayne P, Thank you for taking the time to review us, we love hearing about your cruises! There's a lot to see in Bass Strait and I'm glad to hear that you got to experience it all! We are starting to run our Wilsons Promontory Cruises in September and if you enjoyed the Phillip Island Cruises you'd love the Wilson Promontory ones! Hope to see you on board again soon! Jen
Written 4 August 2018
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