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Start your Penguin Island tour with a 90-minute dolphin and sea lion cruise of Shoalwater Bay near Perth. An expert guide points out bottlenose dolphins, seabirds and other wildlife in the Shoalwater Island Marine Park before you disembark at Penguin Island for a ranger-led feeding of little penguins. You have two hours of free time to explore the Discovery Centre and island on your own, but you can stay longer to swim, hike or enjoy a picnic at the shore —  simply catch a later ferry back to Shoalwater. 

Highlights

  • 90-minute cruise through Shoalwater Island Marine Park to Penguin Island
  • Observe wild bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat
  • Learn about the dolphins and other marine wildlife from your expert local guide
  • Cruise by Seal Island and other small islands to get a good look at Australian sea lions and a variety of seabirds
  • Watch the little penguins feeding at the Discovery Centre on Penguin Island during a ranger presentation
  • Have free time on Penguin Island to hike, swim, snorkel and picnic at your leisure
  • Stay as long as you like then catch the ferry for the quick ride back to the mainland

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What You Can Expect

Penguin Island Tour with Dolphin and Sea Lion Cruise

Bottle Nose Dolphin, Penguin Island Tour

Meet your guide in Shoalwater, a Perth suburb located an approx. 45-minute drive from the central city, and begin your 90-minute dolphin and sea lion cruise to Penguin Island in the morning. As your wildlife-viewing vessel glides through Shoalwater Island Marine Park, listen for the telltale clicks and whistles of bottlenose dolphins via the boat's underwater microphone. 
 
Your informative guide will point out some of the 200 acrobatic dolphins, including calves, known to inhabit Shoalwater Bay. Hear fascinating facts about these marine mammals as they leap next to the boat and playfully ride the wake. 

You'll get a close-up look at the Australian sea lions of Seal Island and observe seabirds such as cormorants, ospreys, pelicans and terns that nest here. When you reach the nature reserve of Penguin Island, named for the largest colony of little penguins in Western Australia, disembark at the Discovery Centre to watch a ranger-led demo and feeding of the world's smallest penguins. Enjoy the antics of the tiny blue birds swimming and waddling in a habitat that resembles their natural home.

After the 20-minute presentation, enjoy free time at the center, which provides care for injured wild penguins or those deemed unfit for release. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore the nature reserve; perhaps take an easy 45-minute hike along the nature trail, swim, picnic or simply relax. When you're ready, make your way to the jetty to catch an afternoon ferry for the 5-minute ride back to the mainland.

Customer Reviews

Kerri S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Highly recommend this tour. Guides were very knowledgeable and accommodating. Saw lots of dolphins, a sea lion and penguins. Had a great day.

Richard P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

5 stars!
Saw Dolphins surfing on our break water at the back of the boat which was fab! Staff were upbeat and informative on the boat and on penguin island where the little penguins performed beautifully for us!

Peter I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The Dolphins were fantastic guides helpful and friendly all of the boat trip a 10 out of 10 but the Penguins were very disappointing over feed maybe???

MandM

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

SUPER DUPER

annakurek

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Really good customer service and most important an amazing tour. We seen dolphins, the highlight was them 'surfing'. As well sea lion, seals, penguins and various sea birds. After the ride on the great boat we stayed on the island, relaxed and snorkelled. Would go back.

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