Seal Island Boat Tour from Victor Harbor

Seal Island Boat Tour from Victor Harbor

45 minutes Encounter Bay, Australia

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Depart from the Encounter Bay Boat Ramp for an exhilarating 45-minute boat ride. Visit Seal Island to view Seals and Sea Lions as well as nesting seabirds. Then head towards Wright Island to hear the Whaling History of Encounter Bay and to search for Bottle Nosed Dolphins. Returning along Granite Island spectacular coastline to the causeway landing to complete the cruise.
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Pass By: Granite Island, Victor Harbor, South Australia 5211 Australia

Tour departs from Granite Island Causeway - we highly recommend going for a stroll around the Island after your tour


  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional guide


  • Drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

Departure Point

Encounter Bay Boat Ramp, Franklin Parade, Encounter Bay SA 5211, Australia

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not recommended for child aged 2 and under
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • 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 27 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons


28 Reviews

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abbeyjh23 August 2021

Amazing experience! Saw lots of seals and sea lions. Guides were very informative. Lots of opportunities to walk around the boat and take photos. Will definitely recommend to friends!

Terry_M April 2021

Dolphins everywhere. Friendly professional staff. Huge thanks for getting us on a later tour after we were delayed in horrendous traffic.

Jagath-Perera March 2021

Excellent tour, Very friendly staff, We had a great time. Very fun, Value for money, recommended to anyone.

34GeraldS March 2021

As part of a tour around the Fleurieu Peninsula with Pure SA, my wife and I took the Big Duck Boat tour out to Seal Island. What a fantastic experience. As if Seal Island itself wasn’t enough – and seeing seals that close up would surely be enough for anyone – we also spent a good deal of time amongst two pods of dolphins in Encounter Bay and had the thrill of high speed turns in the return to the Causeway. What a way for me to spend my birthday. Wow!

Shane_M January 2021

Staff were very friendly, boat was awesome giving us the opportunity to see some beautiful parts of victor harbour coast. Both the kids and myself had a great time.

SandeepKaur_S December 2020

It was amazing and fun. We went for second time and we have enjoyed it. Got a chance to sea seals and dolphins.

Moffama64 July 2020

We did the 90min tour today. It was fantastic. We saw dolphins, seals and a mummy whale and her calf from a distance. We will do it again.

Stephanie_J February 2020

Great . Excellent guides and we did manage to see seals and dolphins. Will definitely try and do the long trip and see whales on our next visit.

walkertam January 2020

We loved our boat ride to seal island, our children (8 and 4) equally loved it. Were provided with waterproof jackets as you do get a tad wet from the sea spray but it made the experience even better. Must have been our lucky day as we had a pod of dolphins come up and past our boat. Had never seen dolphins in the wild before and our kids were so excited. A must do if your heading down for a day trip or a longer stay.

Saffella November 2019

Great value for money, and loved being able to see the seals in their natural habitat, that has not been disturbed by humans. The 45 minute trip, was long enough for you to wonder at these creatures, and the crew on board were able to answer all the questions about the fur seals and any bird life that was spotted. Not suited for people with limited mobility or in wheel chairs etc

poppyajams October 2019

I had the most Amazing time. Just getting away and being out on the water with nature was Great! I found the driver and crewwoman so engaging and knowledgeable. Will definitely be back with friends. Thanks again.x

Joanne H October 2019

We all had a ball. It ended too soon. We are aged 6 to 44 and all found it interesting, engaging and amazing fun. We will definitely be back for round 2.

Companion506892 August 2019

Great fun Seal Is 45mins tour Value for money Lucky weather was great to see seals sunning themselves on rocks and playful dolphins

geoff g May 2019

Boat trip to Seal Island, Wright Island and the cliffs of Waitpinga Beach. Excellent value. Good commentary on a comfortable boat

Sandy B February 2019

We booked the 90 minute tour and had a ball. The driver and guide were fabulous - lots of information and a great ride over some really big swells - exhilarating to say the least! Totally recommended!

deetee632 January 2019

One of the best tours out of Victor Harbor and well worth the money. Commentary was helpful and showed a depth of understanding ot the seals, porpoises and other animals as well as the relevant history of the area.

anderscmarg January 2019

Last time I visited it was in Whale Season - ie winter! This time it was summer and windy and hot! We spent time travelling between the islands from Granite Island to Waitpinga Cliffs - just amazing to see the coast from the sea! We spent quite a lot of time wallowing in the "calm" water watching the seals and dolphins enjoying themselves - some great twists and turns by the seals - only 2 metres away - dolphins were swimming all around the boat which had a full load of tourists - a family from Holland, an Asian family, many from Adelaide and my family from Terrigal, NSW.. We were given sprayproof covering that made us all look like smurfs - very funny but very effective. The Waitpinga Cliffs were fantastic - the geological formations were amazing.Crew were great and the 90 minutes just flew by - loved it all

Tim G November 2018

Jumped on the big duck on Saturday 17/11/2018. We knew it was going to be pretty lumpy out there and it certainly was. Went with the better half and my son who were both positive the world was about to end. I absolutely loved it and the guides were awesome. We also managed to spot a dolphin or two and plenty of sea lions and seals out on Seal Island. Thoroughly recommend this to everyone irrespective of the weather, for me the bumpier the better!

margaret l July 2018

friendly and helpful crew. comfortable seating and not too big so good view all round the boat. We were lucky enough to not only see the seals on seal island but sea fog and a Southern wright whale while on our trip.

Janine G May 2018

We were treated to a most informative exciting tour. We saw dolphins and seals frolicking in the ocean fishing. Our guides were amazing and made every effort to give us a good time and as we were the only people on the tour the service was exceptional and made our wedding anniversary very special.

Rivor November 2014

I went on the Wildlife & Sightseeing Tour where we approached some of the small islands off Victor Harbor and saw sea lions and fur seals lazing on rocks and swimming. We came across a pod of a dozen or bottle-nose dolphins that swam around and under our boat as we stopped to watch. We enjoyed the coastal scenery past Granite Island, Rosetta Head and the Waitpinga Cliffs. The boat is sturdy, fast and comfortable and the crew very pleasant, professional and knowledgeable about the locality and its marine wildlife.

CeeDub52 July 2014

This trip is a must-do when you visit Victor Harbor. Dan's commentary is informative and interesting. The duck is a great way to see the wildlife on the outlying islands - including the birds at the conservation post, the seal colony, and the pods and pods of dolphins! Unfortunately no whales on the day we visited but the sun was shining and the wind manageable. Although a cold winter's day, the weatherproof jackets supplied ensured we were nice and dry for the duration of the tour. Would highly recommend the Big Duck Boat Tours to visitors.

acedaughter November 2013

While spending the afternoon at Victor Harbor, we were lucky to find seats on board the Seal Island tour. When I saw the boat, I was a little leery (not being the most adventurous type!) but it turned out to be a lot of fun. We saw quite a few seals and sea lions, including pups. Alas, no dolphins.

Paul D September 2013

Well this was a pleasant surprise, from the moment we met Dan the owner on the causeway at Victor Harbor right until the end of the tour he was professional, polite, friendly and very knowledgeable. Dan stopped on the way to Seal Island near some Dolphins for a great photo opportunity, so close that you could nearly touch them, then we went on to Seal Island for some great views of the various Seals. Dan supplies you with a great jacket so you do not get wet, for a ten seater boat the trip was surprisingly calm (and the sea was not that at all) I would strongly recommend this attraction to anyone of any age visiting Victor Harbor, just remember to book before you go as the tours are heavily booked and you would not want to miss this opportunity.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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