Maria Island Cruise: Experience Wildlife, Nature and History on a Guided Day Tour
574 Ratings
Embark on an award-winning day tour of Maria Island National Park and discover a world of wildlife, nature, and history. Spot seals, dolphins, wombats, kangaroos, and more on a scenic cruise, and explore UNESCO convict history on the island.
Duration: 8 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • East Coast Cruises - Award winning Cruise & Walk day tour of Tasmania’s stunning Maria Island National Park. The only tour to combine viewing wild seals, dolphins, wombats, kangaroos, Cape Barren geese, eagles, wallabies, albatross and whales (during migration) with World famous geological landscapes and UNESCO World Heritage convict history and lunch at a remote pristine beach. An amazing day tour from Hobart.

Rated the #1 tour company in Hobart on Tripadvisor!

The perfect tour for local, interstate and international visitors wanting to escape to nature, relax, unwind and come face to face with Australia’s iconic native animals and famous landscapes.

What's Included
  • 4-hour scenic cruise
  • Guided walk of Darlington convict settlement
  • Driver/guide
  • Professional guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Wildlife watching: dolphins, seals, kangaroos, wombats, and whales
  • 2-hour stay on Maria Island
  • Inclusive meals: lunch + morning tea & coffee with Australian fur seals
  • Complimentary drinks: chilled water, orange juice, soda water, tea, and coffee
  • Snacks and complimentary single serve during lunch
  • Hotel shuttle bus pickups from Hobart
What's Not Included
  • Hotel shuttle bus (additional $30 per person return).
Additional Information

Join us on our honored daytime journey through Maria Island National Park, where you’ll witness sea lions, dolphins, wombats, kangaroos, eagles, wallabies, albatrosses, and migrating whales. Additionally, you’ll explore famed geology and UNESCO-listed prisoner history. The expedition begins from Triabunna, roughly 75 minutes from Hobart. The trip includes a 4-hour picturesque sail around Maria Island, with a 2-hour sojourn on the island itself. Lunch - a delightful assortment of salad bowls from our cafe - is included and will be relished on the anchored ship in a private cove. Local wines (including Darlington Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc) and premium Tasmanian lager are served during lunch, with one serving complimentary with your tour. Additional alcoholic beverages are priced at $6 per serving. Cakes, water, tea, coffee, orange juice, soda water, and sodas are also freely available.

  • Please book your Hobart shuttle bus separately by choosing the tour + bus option if you do require the pickup
  • Tours are subject to weather and minimum numbers
  • Tours are perfect for children and families!
  • The vessel is safe and comfortable and provides protection from the elements
  • The vessel has a comfortable on board toilet, which doubles as a change room for those wanting to swim
  • East Coast Cruises reserves the right to cancel departures at anytime and will refund the full amount of any monies paid by the customer.
  • Our 5-star tour is catered with drinks and optional food/lunch onboard
  • Designed and guided by professional scientists
  • Small and personalised tour groups. Maximum 24 people for room to move about the boat!
  • Waterproof jackets and pants available onboard the boat
  • Perfect for children
  • Seasickness tablets and wristbands provided to all guests if required
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
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Mar 25, 2024
Great experience - That was a fabulous trip and the whole experience from start to finish exceeded my expectations by miles. The crew was absolutely first class. Steve and Tamsin were friendly, helpful, and kept us well informed of history, geology, and wildlife. Lunch was included. An exceptional day on the water with Maria Island Cruise.
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Mar 18, 2024
Excellent Maria Island day trip cruise - Everything was excellent, including the weather! Guides were very helpful and knowledgeable. Commentary was great. Went into sea caves and stopped to look at dolphins and seals. Guided walk on the island was very good - lots of wombats. Lunch was exceptional and there was a great variety of drinks available as needed. Highly recommended.
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Mar 17, 2024
Great Day Out - We enjoyed everything about the day, the beautiful scenery, morning tea, lunch and the interesting facts and history about Maria Island. The trip was very well organized from the time we departed until we arrived back. Thank you to the crew - Michael, Rachel and Zoe for making our day so special and taking the time to have a chat to everyone on board. Also to the staff at the cafe who made us the delicious lunch and morning tea. Would highly recommend this day out. Rita & John
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Mar 15, 2024
Wonderful Trip to Maria Island - The crew of the Spirit of Maria was fabulous! They were so knowledgeable and accommodating to all the passengers needs.
Review provided by Viator
Mar 13, 2024
Excellent day out! Great fun. - A very safe and knowledgeable guide in Mike and Tamsyn assisting. They were super friendly, and we got to do a full lap of the island. We saw seals at the southern tip, had wonderful experiences in the sheltered bay for morning tea, talked geology of the island which was fascinating. We had the boat poked fully into a cave, and had a fantastic lunch and drinks near Darlington in another sheltered cove. Tamsyn then led us on an informative walk on the island through the settlement. We saw wombats, bandicoots and pademelons. Overall, we were on the boat for five hours, and the island for two. Such an excellent experience. There was a bit of a swell on the east of the island, but that was managed skilfully and safely by Mike. Thanks so much!
Review provided by Viator
Mar 13, 2024
A perfect day on the water - The circumnavigation was curtailed due to weather, but it was still a spectacular and entertaining day. Michael, Rachael, and Zoe did their utmost to make every guest feel personally attended to. The stories and information each imparted gave context; the water, cliffs, and wildlife all gave their very best. Triabunna is an excellent locale, enhanced by such a great experience.
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Mar 6, 2024
Magnificent Maria Adventure - A most fantastic day had by my husband & daughter. Unfortunately I was unwell & was unable to go along...however, I was granted a refund which was unexpected but most definitely appreciated. The day started very early but with excitement. Dolphin pods, seals and absolutely magnificent scenery. Amazing food and drinks. Wonderfully entertaining & inciteful informative dialogue all day. Cute wombats and interesting history of Maria Island. All round, one of the best tours my family did while staying in Hobart. Staff & crew were amazing. Thank you for showing my family a wonderful snapshot of Southern Tasmania.
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Feb 25, 2024
An absolutely awesome day! - A small and intimate cruise. Lunch was provided the staff and skipper were amazing and could not do enough for you to make you comfortable and safe. Lunch was delicious. The views from the boat and wildlife during the guided walk on the island was fantastic.
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Feb 25, 2024
Must do! - Fantastic, a real must do if visiting the area. The knowledge and experience of this Island from the crew was so informative, Mike and crew made a windy hot day seem unnoticeable and the food was A1. Highly recommend.
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Feb 18, 2024
Amazing day on Maria island - An amazing day with a wonderful crew and lovely comfortable boat The crew went the extra mile to make our day a memorable one The tour was fantastic and we witness seals and flying fish The trip around the island was spectacular and the view you need to be one the ocean to fully appreciate the beauty of the island Lunch exceeded my expectations and the guides on the island we knowledgeable and communicated very well the history of the island and the flora and fauna too Would recommend to all travelling to Tassie From pick up on the bus till our return later that day I just say it was such a lovely day I travelled with three friends and we all thoroughly enjoyed the day Thanks to east coast cruises😀
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up to 15 guests
1 Adult
May 2024