Seals Dolphins and Reef Tour

Discover beauty snorkelling the Great Southern Reef
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Award-Winning 2 Hour Wildlife & Reef Snorkel Boat Tour

WaterMaarq provides remarkable two hour boutique small-group snorkelling tours beside the stunning Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.

See dolphins, swim with seals and snorkel over magical reef. The tour departs Sorrento, original land of the Boonwurrung people, site of the first European Settlement in 1803, and passes beneath the up to 20-million year old unique calcarenite cliffs of the Mornington Peninsula National Park. Beneath the water lay the vast chain of the Great Southern Reef and its unusual yet often majestic marine life.

Here, you’ll meet nature’s finest temperate marine animals, many that exist nowhere else on Earth. Your friendly crew will guide you as you explore the incredible diversity and magic of our mysterious underwater world.

Home to a variety of marine life including fur seals, zebra fish, little penguins, bottlenose dolphins, rays, giant cuttlefish, spider crabs, sponges, kelp and seadragons. You’ll be smiling from ear to ear swimming freely with entertaining seals, listen curiously to the grunts and clicks of fish working the reef and be mesmerised by the rich colours you could never have imagined live beneath the surface.

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I’ve told my friends that if you want a fun time in the water where you can see beautiful marine life, come to WaterMaarq.” – Guest Feedback

The wetsuits provided are very warm and comfortable…the marine life is so diverse and amazing that its well worth the chill factor.” – Guest Feedback

Just an all round great experience with friendly people who are clearly passionate about what they do. ” – Guest Feedback

They got us very comfortable with being in the water when we we weren’t used to it.” – Guest Feedback

My son was a bit freaked out around the seals and the guide was great with him. Really helped him relax and feel comfortable and enjoy the experience.

We had a wonderful tour. I had a slight concern as I wasn’t a strong swimmer however the guide was great and calm. It was an amazing experience.” – Guest Feedback

We absolutely loved our tour. It was great value for money.” – Guest Feedback

We had a fantastic time, the wildlife was great, as was the conversation!” – Guest Feedback

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Prices

Adults: $119
Children: $99
Children (8-14) must be accompanied by an adult

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Duration

2 Hours depending on season and logistics

Departures

2:00pm during October
11am & 2pm November to April
Departs from Sorrento Pier, Sorrento

Style of Tour

In-water Excursion: In-water tour, wetsuits supplied. Minimum 5mm thickness recommended for your own.

Suitable for

Ages 8 and up. Some restrictions may apply at times

Expect to see

Seals, fish, rays, migratory birds and diverse marine wildlife

See Real Dragons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weedy Seadragon

HOW TO BOOK

Click the button and BOOK ONLINE anytime up until 12 hours before the tour departure.
Call/SMS for last minute availability

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Discover nature’s best kept secret: Temperate Reef

Extending around Australia’s southern coastline is a series of reefs holding some of the most productive ecosystems on the planet. The Great Southern Reef features extensive kelp seaweed forests that support many marine species that are not found anywhere else on Earth. Unique fish, sponges, crustaceans, starfish, urchins, snails, shellfish and nudibranchs, as well as world famed rock lobster and abalone. Let’s not forget the amazing weedy seadragon too!

It is a truly unique ecosystem. The kelp beds provide the ecologicial foundation to the string of rocky reefs that extend across southern Australia. Quite different to tropical coral reef, the main feature is the extensive kelp seaweed, some of which can grow up to 1-metre in length in a single day. Kelp is critical to the health of the marine life it provides home to. It’s also under threat though, warming sea temperatures and the spread of sea urchins damage the kelp and therefore the habitat and life of the fish, abalone, molluscs and seadragons that so depend on it.

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Included in your tour:

  • Swim with seals and unique fish
  • Dolphin and seabird viewing
  • Local guide commentary
  • In-water supervision
  • All snorkelling equipment provided
  • Warm wetsuits and buoyancy aids
  • Return tour from Sorrento

Things You Need to Know

  • All participants must be over 8 years of age
  • All participants must be over 100cm tall
  • Swimming with dolphins is not available on this tour
  • Guests with back, neck, shoulder or heart conditions, those who are pregnant or who have injuries/conditions that may cause a risk to their health, are advised not to participate in the tours, or do so at your own risk
  • You will need to bring your own swimwear and a towel (wetsuits are provided / hire towels are available)
  • Excursions are tailored for you to experience the best conditions and sites on the day
  • In the event of rain or inclement weather your experience will still go ahead unless contacted by us
  • If your experience is cancelled your booking will be rescheduled and notification sent by email / sms

Things to Bring

  • Only a very small bag, waterproof is better
  • You will need to bring your own swimwear and a towel (wetsuits are provided / hire towels are available)
  • Dress appropriately – hats, sun protection, jackets, beanies are all appropriate depending on the time of year
  • Re-useable water bottle
  • Camera / Go-Pro

Make your way to Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula to meet your local guide and your rigid inflatable boat (RIB). Sorrento is around a 1.5hr drive from Melbourne.

Meeting at the Sorrento Boat Ramp Jetty at least 25 minutes before departure (allow more time in summer), you’ll be greeted by your Guide and introduced to fellow guests.

Slip into your wetsuit and listen to a short briefing on what to expect during the 2-hour boat excursion. Hop in to the boat and take your seat; it may be a lively ride.

Booking

• It is recommended that you book at least one week in advance of your preferred date

Wetsuits

• Wetsuits are compulsory and supplied

• Wetsuits must be put on before boarding the vessel

Other Info

• Suitable for all swimming abilities

• Snorkelling oriented tour, no weightbelts

 

Getting There

By Car

From Melbourne you’ll need to drive around 90 minutes south to Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula (allow 2 hours in summer, sometimes longer). Once you’re in Sorrento, you should park near the ferry terminal. Make your way to the Sorrento Boat Ramp jetty (at the end of St Aubins Way, only 5 minutes walk from the main ferry pier).

By Ferry

From Queenscliff, catch the Sorrento-Queenscliff ferry towards Sorrento and once arrived, make your way to the Sorrento Boat Ramp jetty (at the end of St Aubins Way, only 5 minutes walk from the main ferry pier).

On Foot

Walk from the main Sorrento ferry pier along the beach towards the Sorrento Boat Ramp Jetty, just a 5-minute walk.

Sorrento Jetty (and Boat Ramp) address:

St Aubins Way, Sorrento VIC 3941

*On Google Maps make your way to the pin-drop for WaterMaarq Charters

• 2-hour snorkelling experience by boat

• Local professionally trained in-water Guide

• Maximum 6 guests for a safe and personalised experience

• Take an adventure and join the fun of exploring and uncovering more of the bay’s secrets!

Find Underwater Secrets

Victorian temperate waters are home to marine species, 80% of which you can’t find anywhere else on earth. There are colorful nudibranchs, weedy seadragons (the Victorian emblem!), seals, dolphins, majestic stingrays and stingarees, plus our very own colorful fish species of blue devils, old wives, damsels and bullseyes.

Ideal for all levels of swimmers.

Children (8-14 years old) must be accompanied by an adult.

Activities:

• 2-hour snorkelling experience by boat

• Professional local guide

• Safety equipment and pre-tour briefings

Other Inclusions:

• Parks Victoria use fees

Use of Weightbelts

• Snorkellers may not use weighbelts at any time

CANCELLATION:

· If cancelled within 7 days of the scheduled starting date of the booking, a 50% cancellation fee will required by the company or individual

· If within 24 hours of the scheduled starting date of the booking, a 100% cancellation fee will be required by the company or individual. A cancellation fee will be based on the full cost of the booking at time of purchase

· Refunds are not available for bookings made via tour agents or third party tour booking providers.

Important Things You Should Know

• This experience is best for snorkellers

• Adult pricing applies to travellers 14 years old or more

• Children must be at least 8 years old to join the tour

• Please note that the minimum height overrules the age for safety reason

• Minimum height: 1.40 m

• Maximum weight: 110 kg

• It is highly recommended that you wear a 5mm long wetsuit to keep you warm during the dives in approximately 14-21 degree water. Wetsuits are included

• Confirmation will be received at time of booking

• Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund

• Please note: You must bring swimming costume and towel, wetsuit (minimum 3.5mm thick).

Medical Conditions

• Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions (to be checked)

• Diving within 24 hours of flying is not recommended

• All participants will be required to complete a health questionnaire prior to diving

• Some pre-existing medical conditions (eg asthma, heart conditions, etc) may prevent you from diving, please consult your doctor

Accessibility

Not suitable.

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