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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

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  • Location: Phillip Island, Australia
  • Duration:  1.5 - 2.5 hours

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Phillip Island Ultimate Penguin Eco Tour or Skybox Experience. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

Ultimate Eco tour was an experience I will never forget! Saw 300 tiny penguins up close!!!! Amazing!

Michael P
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

The Penguin Eco Tour was brilliant. We were seeing the penguins in their own environment rather than seeing them come into ours. A memorable experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

We were very pleased with our trip to see the Little Penguins. Tim, our guide, was a friendly, informative young man and told us so much abount the Penguins that we did not know. All the staff were friendly and helpful and we would recommend this Eco Tour to anyone. Thank you all very much.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

Unexpectedly fabulous! Up close and personal with thousands of penguins instead of thousands of tourists. Our ranger, Michele, started with a very detailed and informative orientation and history about the penguins of Phillip Island. Then we donned our rain gear and rode in a van to the secluded beach opposite the main beach where thousands sit in the bleachers. Though the tide was high, the weather was perfect and we managed to find a narrow spit of sand to sit on. At 6:17pm, we saw the first raft of penguins emerge from the surf and head for the bluffs. The infrared monoscopes worked great and we counted over 200 penguins. All the time, we could hear commentary by Michele whispered over our wireless headsets. I appreciated that Michele seemed in no particular hurry as we returned through the penguin "suburbs" where we could observe the penguin interactions. Traffic is blocked from the area at sunset so we had the birds all to ourselves (along with a few wallabies). The Eco Tour was one of the most enjoyable events and one of the best values of our trip. Don't forget, cameras are absolutely forbidden so get your photo taken in the main building against a green screen. You get a price discount on the photo as well as free hot chocolate at the end.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2013

I can HIGHLY recommend the Penguin Eco Tour, as all the other tours sat on concrete stairs with flood lights on and watched the penguin come in, we went with the ranger to a isolated beach with night googles and sat on the beach and watched the penguin come in within 2 feet of us. The ranger also explained everything to us and were able to see on the walk back from the beach where the penguin were nestlng. The next day when we drove around we knew what to look for and saw several penguins ourselves, which we would not have been able to do if it was not for the information the ranger told us.
You can not go wrong with this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2013

This penguin package was awesome - and I nearly didn't get there. If you buy a ticket like this bear in mind that getting to Philip Island and back to Melb on your own same night is nigh on impossible - The Little Penguin Bus is your only option and I had to find that myself, they were great too.

Tis private penguin ticket rocks, 2000 people showed up on the other side of the island... There were 3 of us and a ranger sitting on the beach as they came by and it was fantastic!

I nearly just wrote it off as there's no warning how ard it is to get out there, but I am glad I found a way!

Ryan A
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2012

This trip was excellent. The unique experience of seeing them literally a few feet in front was one in a million. The only downfall was how little time you got and the fact you can't take pictures anymore. But that didn't affect the experience

suz
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2012

I forgot to confirm our booking (becausI didn't read the instructions after printing the voucher, however 2 hours before our tour I rang to confirm and was instructed on what to do on arrival and when to be there. We were greeted very courteously and shown to the conference room where our night began which was thoroughly enjoyable and very informative. Highly recommend this tour. Be prepared for the cold though.

suz
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2012

I forgot to confirm our booking (becausI didn't read the instructions after printing the voucher, however 2 hours before our tour I rang to confirm and was instructed on what to do on arrival and when to be there. We were greeted very courteously and shown to the conference room where our night began which was thoroughly enjoyable and very informative. Highly recommend this tour. Be prepared for the cold though.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2010

Was totally awe struck by this tour. We did the skybox which I thouroughly recommend, however, we were advised on booking that it included nibbles and champagne, however this was not made available, so that was a little disapointing.

Rodger N
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2010

We had a great experience despite of the weather, Melbourne had hailstorm, we only had rain. As there was a severe weather warning we were unable to go out to the private beach for the ultimate tour. however we still had our own ranger for 10 of us, provided excellent comentry and insight, full wet weather gear, front row seats and additional viewing from the skybox. I can't wait to go again and get out to the private beach.

Kevin M
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2008

A truly wonderful night! This is so recommended. Unforgettable!

Jill W
United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2008

Very enjoyable experience and very good guide.

3 star rating: Worth doing
August 2013

We went on the ultimate penguin tour, which is away from the main parade area and on a beach on the other side of the Nobbies headland. The experience, however, was not as good as we had hoped, mainly because it is so dark that it wasn't possible to see the penguins even when they are right in front of us. We resorted to military night-vision scopes in order to see them - but still, it is difficult because the field of vision is severely limited bu the scope. On the way back from the beach, however, we could see shadows of penguins everywhere. Apparently they nest all over the Nobbies! even next to the parking lot!

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