Great Sandy Marine Park Turtle Discovery and Cultural Eco Tour
Your unforgettable marine experience begins here. Situated in the heart of Queensland, Australia. The Great Sandy Straits Marine Park boasts safe, protected waterways, coral reefs and an abundance of marine and bird life.Your 4 hour fully guided ecotour will take you through the calm, clear waters of the Great Sandy Marine Park. You will be able to view the coral gardens from the comfort of the Milbi, one of Australia’s largest glass bottom boats. Snorkelling equipment is available to enable you the ultimate experience of coming face to face with the infinite wonders of the marine park. You are likely to see fish habitat amongst the coral reef, turtles, dolphins, sea bird colonies, and possibly a reef shark or dugong. Time is set aside to explore Round Island and enjoy a healthy lunch and tropical fruit platter. Experience first hand the stories and traditional ways of our local Aboriginal guide.
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Hervey Bay Eco Marine Tours, Shop 6/17 Buccaneer Drive , Urangan Berth 5 Great Sandy Straits Marina, Hervey Bay, Queensland 4655 Australia
No set itinerary as we travel with the tides and conditions on the water and wildlife. We stop at one or all three islands, Weenandin (Round Island) Tooliewah (Big Woody Island) and Pelican Banks.The stops are dependant on the weather and tidal conditions. Swimming, Snorkelling, and relaxing. On one of the Islands you will experience a sharing of culture from our Indigenous guide.
Duration: 4 hours
- Healthy Lunch
- Coffee and/or Tea
- All activities
- Skipper / guide
- Local informative commentary on board
- Local Indigenous guide
- Use of Snorkelling equipment
- National Park fees
- Landing and facility fees
- Entry/Admission - Hervey Bay Eco Marine Tours
- Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
- No Pickups
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Wheelchair accessible
- Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
- Vegetarian / Vegan option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
- 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
- Stroller accessible
- Service animals allowed
- Near public transportation
- Transportation is wheelchair accessible
- Most travelers can participate
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
What a superb day. Skipper was great and his First Mate Travis was fantastic. Highly recommended experience.
Thoroughly enjoyed this day out. Got a generous amount of time to do some snorkeling, informative and interesting commentary, Team were knowledgeable about the local area and very helpful. Even got a traditional welcome on Round Island by a local indigenous man. My advice. Book and go!
The two guides were very knowledgeable about many aspects of marine life and indigenous culture of the area. I can highly recommend this trip. In fact I wanted to go out again. However weather prevented that happening.
Interesting and very friendly informative tour. Guides were very knowledgable. Nice relaxing trip.. lunch was no fuss with lots of nibbles on tour.
The trip was different to what we were expecting.
There was not a lot of time off the boat as we changed to a larger vessel due to engine troubles in the smaller boat. We spent the majority of the day cruising looking for dolphins and turtles. We did see a dugong, some dolphins but no turtles. There was no time to snorkel apart from about 20 minutes when the boat dropped us off at a lovely island however there was nothing to look at except the sandy bottom.
The larger boat was excellent for families with small children however it was dangerous exiting and entering the boat by jumping from the platform into the deep water. This would be entirely different in the smaller boat as it can pull up onto the sand.
Overall we had a lovely day on the water, the crew were helpful and the local guide had excellent knowledge about the immediate area.
If you are looking to spend time ashore to swim and snorkel then I would suggest that you speak to the operator first about where they are intending on taking the boat.
Very relaxing boat ride but really didn't get to see any turtles except a few heads popping up. Too much time on island and not enough animal action for me. Music selections were great!
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