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Encounter Bay, Australia
Southern Ocean Adventure from Victor Harbor

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Cruise from the Granite Island Causeway to Seal Island and Victor Harbor on a 1.5-hour marine wildlife tour. Look for seals, sea lions, sea birds, dolphins, and migrating southern right whales (seasonal) around Seal Island, Wright Island, and the Waitpinga Cliffs.
  • 1.5-hour marine wildlife cruise from Victor Harbor
  • Look for New Zealand fur seals, Australian sea lions, dolphins, and southern right whales (in season)
  • Cruise past Seal Island, Wright Island, and Waitpinga Cliffs
  • Hear informative commentary from the captain about the marine life and regional history
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Live commentary on board
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Encounter Bay Boat Ramp , Franklin Parade, Encounter Bay SA 5211, Australia

Please take note of parking signs.

11:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Make your own way to the dock to board your 37-foot (11.3-metre) Naiad Rigid Inflatable Boat, a vessel designed for conditions in the Southern Ocean, with comfortable seating for up to 24 passengers, full sun protection, and onboard restroom facilities. 

Depart from the Granite Island Causeway and cruise slowly between the mainland and the northern side of Granite Island, taking in views of both the Victor Harbor shoreline and the island. Your first stop is Seal Rock, where New Zealand fur seals and Australian sea lions bask on the rocks and swim past your boat.

Continue past the Bluff and Wright Island, and pass through Shark Alley where your captain shares informative commentary about the region's whaling history.

Go past Petrel Cove to West Island, a conservation park that is home to a research station. Most visitors don't venture to this remote area, but it offers a chance to see another colony of seals and sea lions, numerous seabirds, and pods of common and bottlenose dolphins. Head further west to check out the towering cliffs of Kings Beach and Waitpinga before returning to Granite Island.

From June to October, southern right whales migrate through the region. If there have been recent sightings, your captain will steer the boat to locations where you can look for whales, such as Horseshoe Bay and Bashams Beach. Your tour ends with return to your starting point after 1.5 hours.
Stop At:  
Spectacular towering cliffs
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 2 years
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 27 travelers
  • OPERATED BY The Big Duck Boat Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Southern Ocean Adventure from Victor Harbor?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Southern Ocean Adventure from Victor Harbor?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Southern Ocean Adventure from Victor Harbor.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Southern Ocean Adventure from Victor Harbor?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Lovely experience
, Mar 2022
Great family Experience especially with family and children. Whole family enjoyed the events and willing to back again.
Graet experience
, Jan 2022
I went with big Duck for 1.5 hrs arround Granit Island on Austarlia Day. We started and finished on time. Staff were freindly and has good knowlwdge on the history and the environment and we were allowed to spend resonable time whenever intresing sights come to place. I saw seals sharks and Dolphins while touring arround the granit ilands and the clifts of Victor harbour. Captine was cool and funy.
Amazing tour
, Jan 2022
Amazing tour! Nice guide and so many rare sea friends will be there :) Cool ocean breeze from the boat ride can lead people to feel on the ride of a theme park too! Wanna visit again with my whole family if we visit Victor harbor again
Wirrina cove was awesome
, Jan 2022
The weather was to rough to do Victor harbour so I was offered a transfer to the Wirrina Cove boat tour and It was awesome we saw dolphins and seals and the three guys running tour were super friendly and made it so much fun
A truly aquatic experience
, Dec 2021
A pod of dolphins was a bonus after having seen many birds and both long-nosed seals and Australian sea lions.
Choppy sea was not what we expected.
, Jan 2020
I got used to it after a while, though my wife was expecting more of a leisurely cruise. As it was more like a rough ride in a large speed boat, she was terrified. The little rocky islands were interesting with the wildlife. I found it to be a challenging diversion from our mostly peaceful holiday, though my wife would disagree.
Poor communicatin
, Jul 2018
The trip was wonderful! I would highly recommend it! But booking with Viator I do not. The communication is poor, the company did not have my booking and lucky for us they had room for us.

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