Excellent tour - recommended as a must-do if you're visiting Hobart.
We were lucky in that the weather was quite pleasant. It does get quite cold and occasionally bumpy on the cruise, but full-length rain jackets and even ginger tablets to help with seasickness are provided. Got to see seals, seabirds, dolphins and whales. Lots of opportunities to take photos no matter where on the boat you're sitting at.
Morning tea and lunch simple but filling is included with the tour, had a few snacks on the boat as well.
The time spent at Port Arthur was also sufficient - there's a walking tour and a boat cruise good for a short rest after the earlier exciting cruise. We got back to Hobart around 6:30pm the Tasman Peninsula went overtime as we spotted whales
Absolutely awesome boat tour of the South East coastline, unforgettable scenery.
Roy and Allana, Geraldton WA
Our trip to Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur was a very enjoyable day.
The day began with Phil our Bus Driver who filled us in on what would be seeing during the day and the local information as we made our way to Pirates Cove where we would stop for a morning tea break .After the morning tea stop we boarded the bus for a short journey to the wharf where we meet the boat .
The boat was crewed by Tim Skipper and Damien they were very professional in the way they made sure everyone was aware of all things related to safety whilst on the journey. On our way to Tasman Island we made various stops along the way for photo's of places of interest the boat was manovered so every one mad a chance to get some photo's . As we moved further down the coast towards Tasman Island we were told to look out for Whales sure enough there was Whales ,Seals and Dolphins spotted plus a mixture of different seabirds.
When we arrived at Tasman Island we stopped for sort time to take photo's and to get some history on the Island before heading back to Pirates Cove along the way the crew handed out some snacks .
On arrival back at Pirates Cove we boarded the bus for the journey to Port Arthur on arrival we had a very nice lunch which was part of the tour before joining a 45 minute guided tour of the Historical Site .We could then stroll through the site for the remainder of our three hours making sure to leave time to shop for souvenirs before rejoining the bus for the return to Hobart. A very enjoyable day and many thanks to Phil ,Tim and Damien
The boat trip was amazing. All staff were so friendly and informative. I'd recommend this tour operator and do another trip with them if I ever come back to Hobart. Fantastic day!
Absolutely amazing experience!! Breath taking! The coat was great since it was sooo cold! Definitely the highlight of our Tasmanian vacation.
just the best tour i have ever done . a must do, thanks . Rob/Lance
boat trip was fantastic , we saw lot of wild animal like seals, dolphins, it was the experience that can not be missed.
This trip was fantastic - the airboat ride around the majestic cliffs of the Tasman Peninsula was amazing and visiting Port Arthur was very interesting. Only one problem - the boat was full and the gentleman lecturing about the area spoke so that only the front passengers could hear him. He always came back when asked a question, but it was disappointing to miss so much of the discourse.Everyone involved was very friendly and made sure we were all comfortable and we had plenty of time to see everything. It was absolutely a day well spent! If you go, just don't be afraid to let them know if you can't hear what they are saying!
This was a really wonderful day out. The weather was good and the sea calm, the guide and commentary were excellent - he was very knowledgable and could tell us all about the geology, flora and fauna that we sailed past. We were lucky enough to see a shoal/school? of blue finned tuna leaping from the water with albatros circling overhead. Also saw seals basking in the sunshine on the rocks. Port Arthur very interesting historic site unfortunately the guide there did talk for too long meaning that there was not a lot of time to wander round afterwards but a thoroughly enjoyable trip.
it's been an amazing experience! Breathtaking views and lovely people
a wonderful day. boat trip very exciting. saw a couple of pods of dolphins. port arthur has so much to see. will be definitely going back there.
This tour was fantatstic. Started off with hr bus trip, simple m/tea at quiet local shop, back in the bus and off to the boat. Boat only held 33 people, was open air speed boat type of thing and full length rain coats were supplied given you are going to get slightly wet. Was freezing out on water - rug up - even on a 25 degree day. Lots of kodak moments so take the camera. 3hr boat trip ended with very substantial lunch at Port Arthur. Guided walking tour followed about 40mins and then fee time to roam around Port Arthur before return bus trip where the driver kindly dropped off everyone to their accommodation. Long day, really worth it.
Absolutely incredible. Great boat team and we were lucky with the weather which allowed us to see parts of the coast that you cant normally get to owing to large ocean swells. Informative, fun and Port Arthur was also great in the afternoon.
Loved the scenery and all the tour components went smoothly. I have recommended it to all my friends.
Beautiful scenery,speed ride on the boat was fun good information about the site during our trip. A must to do activity. Port Arthur was very interesting site to see.
Vanja Radisic Australia
Wow! That's all I am going to say. Best boat ride we were on - it felt like going back in time, surrounded by those ancient caves and rocks. Port Arthur is impressive, and much larger than we thought. An hour longer would be ideal. Guided walk wasn't great - don't wait for it, just go your own way info is everywhere, read it yourself. Very happy with lunch arrangements.
Wonderful scenery, exciting boat ride, very informative commentary from our guide.
this trip was fantastic, everything was organised to a 't''. The boat trip was informative and very interesting, We went on a really cold day and it was fine with the extra rain suits that the staff gave us. They have beanies and gloves on hand for anyone who needs them as well. The boat staff are lovely and very approachable. So Don't let the weather put you off. Port Arthur was so interesting and the included lunch was really yummy, fudge included! The bus driver was helpful and really knew his local history.
We had an excellent adventure on the boat with a very good guide, and it was topped off with the most interesting historic tour.
The most fun of the trip! I could not fault the cruise. We had cold and wet weather on our cruise with rain, hail and even snow! But we were prepared, with thermals. But regardless - we were well catered for with the offer of gloves, beanies and the full length rain jackets. Damo, the guide, seemed rough around the edges at first. But as soon as we started he was an absolute champion, with a power of information about the geology, geography and widlife. He delievered it with the perfect amount of dry humour - which kept the moral high considering the conditions.
A good tip is to sit up the front. They do warn you that you may get seasick, with the waves being more pronounced up front, but with seasick tablets, and the offer of ginger tablets it's worth the risk. We had 4/5 meter swells, and normally this would be fairly hairy to contend with, but the 3 x 200hp motor power speedboat it handles the whole thing with ease and confort. They get in really close to the cliffs and even go into a couple of caves, in the boat!
The second part of the trip was not as thrilling as the speedboat cruise, but it was equally as interesting. We arrived at Port Arthur at 1pm, with our lunch waiting. The food was more than enough, with a great salmon roll we had the choice of chicken, vegetarian or salmon, along with several other bit and bites.
Port Arthur was essentilly self-guided, but you can join a walking tour which we did, and a boat cruise. We only made the walking tour, which was enough to get a good history of the place. We finished that and wandered around. I though the silent 'ward' was the coolest. Inlcuding the building and it's history.
I can highly recommend this tour to everyone! It's a must do! And it will give you the best impression of Tasmania! Especially Eaglehawk. I now want to move there!
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