Encounter Wild Dolphins
Admire Graceful Rays
Peel Away the Layers
Show Your Might
Expect the Unexpected
Marine Life of the Great Southern Reef
WaterMaarq tours provide unforgettable wildlife experiences along the spectacular Mornington Peninsula coastline helping you enjoy the best time to see birdlife, whales, dolphins, weedy seadragons and unique fish near Melbourne on a cruise, whether months in the planning or last minute.
Extending around Australia’s southern coastline is the Great Southern Reef, a massive network of rocky reefs holding some of the most productive ecosystems on the planet.
Featuring an extensive multitude of seaweeds and kelp, the communities of creatures those flowing fronds support and protect are unlike anything else in the world – ornate weedy seadragons, smoothrays (the largest stingray species), vibrant sponges, amazing nudibranchs, molting spider crabs, as well as world famed rock lobster and abalone. Not to mention our dolphins in Port Phillip Bay are a unique and protected population!
The temperate waters are cooler than the tropics, however beneath the surface you’ll find one of the most majestic, beautiful and colourful range of sea life that exists nowhere else.
Join our most popular dolphin boat tours and discover the temperate water jewels of the Great Southern Reef chain, right here in Sorrento, Victoria.
The Bottlenose dolphins are a feature of Port Phillip Bay, numbering around 120 in their population. Growing up to 4m long, they can swim up to almost 40kph. A protected species, interaction with them is managed tightly so as to ensure continued health and growth of these beautiful animals.
Humpback whales appear only during their transit from Antarctic waters to the North in the winter months. To see them rise up breaching the surface and crashing down in a symphony of white water is truly spectacular.