Depart from the Granite Island Causeway 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.
Board your vessel - the 'Big Duck'; a 37-foot (11.3-metre) Naiad Rigid Inflatable Boat, purpose built for Southern Ocean conditions. The vessel has full sun protection, comfortable seating for up to 2 passengers and has a toilet on board. There's lots of space to move about the boat to view dolphins, seals and whales and the boat can run quietly on one engine.Departing from the Granite Island Causeway, a 5-minute scenic cruise takes you along the northern side of Granite Island past the Penguin Centre and Horse Tram route and around the breakwater into the open ocean. A further 5-minutes of exhilarating motoring and you are at Seal Rock, where New Zealand Fur seals and Australian Sea Lions can be seen basking in the sun and often swim to the stationary boat to have a good look at the passengers! Seabirds including petrels, shearwaters and cormorants can also be seen on or around Seal Rock. Common and bottlenose dolphins are also often in the vicinity and sometimes race the boat. After about 10-minutes viewing the wildlife and beautiful scenery at Seal Rock, head towards Wright Island. Here you will learn about the areas Whaling past and to search for Bottle Nosed Dolphins, after which the Big Duck returns to the Granite Island Causeway landing.