Ile Des Phoques and Maria Island Cruise: Day Tour with Scenic Views and Wildlife Encounters
130 Ratings
Embark on a thrilling day tour to Ile Des Phoques and Maria Island in Tasmania. Experience breathtaking views, encounter wildlife, and explore famous landmarks and geological wonders.
Duration: 8 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Ile Des Phoques - On the way to Ile Des Phoques you can see albatross, dolphins, Australian fur seals and whales (depending on the time of year) as well as majestic panoramic views of Maria Island and the Freycinet Peninsula.

Once at Ile Des Phoques we will sit with the fur seals and learn about their home at Ile Des Phoques, their recovery from near extinction from commercial sealing and how they are now breeding at Ile Des Phoques again for the first time in over 200 years.

We will enjoy morning tea, coffee and cakes with the seals and then explore the remarkable giant Rainbow Caves. These caves are the largest granite sea caves in Australia, possibly the World. Feel the emotion and beauty of nature as we venture deep inside the caves onboard the cruise boat.

  • Maria Island - After your time spent at Ile Des Phoques, we travel to Maria Island for a beautiful lunch with local wine onboard our cruise boat beside a stunning white sandy beach. After lunch we dock at the jetty and spend the afternoon on Maria Island for a guided walk exploring the history of the Darlington convict settlement and time spent with the resident wombats and kangaroos.

*Note, if poor weather prevents the cruising to the Ile Des Phoques, the cruise will be changed to circumnavigate Maria Island.

Lunch is provided on the tour from our cafe as a large healthy salad bowl. A variety of salad lunch options include; chicken breast in pesto aioli, smoked salmon, roast beef, leg ham or vegetarian/vegan. You can add a home made bacon & cheese quiche or pumpkin and feta quiche and switch to a half salad. You will also be provided a complimentary drink of tea, coffee, juice, soft drinks, local wines and Tasmanian premium larger.

  • Darlington - In the afternoon, both tours will dock at Darlington. The perfect way to compliment your cruise is to stretch your legs and enjoy a guided tour through Darlington’s fascinating collection of preserved convict buildings, learn about the town’s remarkable history and come face to face with Maria Island’s resident wombats. If history is not for you, then simply soak up the sun on Darlington’s white sandy beach or swim/snorkel in the waters of Maria Island’s marine reserve.

Hotel pickup is available for guests staying in Hobart! Why not travel in style with our own comfortable bus instead of hiring a car. Our shuttle bus will take you from Hobart to Triabunna along the picturesque Tasman Highway and if time permits, we will stop into the historic town of Richmond to capture some wonderful souvenir photos. Travel time is 1hr 15min on the bus. Cost for the bus is $25pp return.

Cruise departs Triabunna at 9:00am and returns at 4:30pm

What's Included
  • Guided walk of Darlington convict settlement
  • 2-hour stay on Maria Island
  • 4-hour scenic cruise
  • Seal, Dolphin, Whale, Kangaroo, and Wombat viewing
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional Guide
  • Lunch, Snacks, Tea and coffee, and Alcoholic Beverages
  • Hotel shuttle bus pickup
  • Landing and/or facility fees
What's Not Included
  • Hotel pickup. Contact us directly for hotel pickups 0362571300. Additional $25 per person return
Additional Information

Join our squad as we embark on adventures to some of Tasmania’s most spectacular destinations, and perhaps even the most amazing places in the world! Our team of marine science experts have had the unique opportunity of cruising to Ile Des Phoques and Maria Island for over a decade and a half.

Your voyage to Ile Des Phoques, also known as Island Of Seals, will present you with the breath-taking scenes of Maria Island, which include popular attractions like the Painted Cliffs and Fossil Cliffs, naturally replenishing waterfalls, lime-stone carved caves by the seaside, stalactites on the edge of cliffs, the Bishop & Clerk mountain range, and the magnificent granite cliffs along the eastern coast of Maria Island.

We take pride in being the recipient of various awards and the exclusive cruise and day-tour operator since 2006 to Ile Des Phoques and Maria Island National Park for wildlife spotting like seals, dolphins, wombats, kangaroos, eagles, wallabies, albatross and whales (during their seasonal migration), renowned geological formations and UNESCO’s convict history. Your journey will commence from Triabunna, located around a 75-minute drive from Hobart. The package also includes a picturesque 4-hour cruise around Maria Island with a 2-hour sojourn on the island.

  • Please choose the Tour + Bus option if you do require the Hobart shuttle bus.
  • Designed and guided by professional scientists
  • Maria Island Cruises reserves the right to cancel departures at anytime and will refund the full amount of any monies paid by the customer.
  • Perfect for children
  • Seasickness tablets and wristbands provided to guests if required
  • 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
  • Small and personalised tour groups. Maximum 28 people for room to move about the boat!
  • Tours are perfect for children and families!
  • Tours are subject to weather and minimum numbers
  • Waterproof jackets and pants available onboard the boat
  • Our 5-star tour is catered with drinks and food/lunch onboard
  • *Note, if poor weather prevents the cruising to the Ile Des Phoques, the cruise will be changed to circumnavigate Maria Island.
  • Local wines (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc) and Tasmanian premium lager are also provided during lunch. A single serve is complimentary with your tour.
21 Vicary St
Vicary Street
Please meet at our Cafe (Maria Island Cruises) at 8am for checkin of your tour. Secure parking is available behind our cafe.
Cancellation Policy

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

Customer Ratings
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May 28, 2024
A perfect day - We have been on cruises observing seals before but learnt so much more about their behavior on this cruise! Sitting quietly watching the seals, wombats and other wildlife was a real highlight. We couldn't fault anything about this tour - the scenery, food, caring and knowledgeable guides, small group, comfortable boat and itinerary were all perfect. Maria Island is so special - not only beautiful but has a fascinating history and interesting geology. Thank you very much Michael and Rachel for a truly magical day visiting Ile Des Phoques and Maria Island!
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May 25, 2024
Must do Tassie experience - Amazing rock formations, wildlife and history. Mike the skipper made our trip comfortable, Zoe spotted a whale for us. Great lunch. This is a must in Tasmania but book ahead.
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May 21, 2024
There is a reason this trip has 100% excellent reviews - Absolutely amazing day! From the boat that was small enough but big enough to enjoy an intimate experience, to the gorgeous scenery, the animals that were everywhere, and the crew that made the day, our trip was faultless. While spotting a whale and having the dolphins and seals chase the boat was fun, the wombats were definitely the highlight for us, and wonderful that we could see so many in the wild. Thanks to Michael and Zoe for a truly memorable experience.
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May 20, 2024
Great fun for the whole family. - Great reviews so we went and were impressed. The crew are so attentive and we felt so safe every step of the way. We saw so much and the whole family were impressed. This is a must when you are in Tassie. You won't be disappointed.
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May 19, 2024
Highly recommended - Best cruise trip ever!! During our cruise trip, we saw a whale, dolphins, sea seals, a baby shark, kangaroo and wombats. The breathtaking views of the ocean and coastal landscapes were the highlight, offering a stunning backdrop throughout the journey. We had a delicious lunch and a morning tea in the boat. And of course a huge thanks to the impeccable professionalism of Michael and Zoey. They were both attentive, friendly and ensured a seamless experience.
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Apr 28, 2024
A highlight of any trip - Fantastic day out out to Maria Island. Between Mike as the Skipper and Tamsin as the host, we could have had a better day. Amazing sights, exceptional information, quality lunch and a great walk, what more do you want. Highly recommended
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Apr 24, 2024
Had heard it was great but it was still even better - A fantastic day out on the water from a team that makes it easy to sit back and enjoy a stunning part of Tasmania. Exceptional service from the pick up in Hobart, great meals including safe gluten free meals for a coeliac, amazing boat skills from Captain Mike, guided walk on the island to drop off at the end of long day. An absolute highlight even after three years of traveling Australia full time.
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Apr 23, 2024
Great tour on sea & land - Fabulous day out on the water…. great team …..seals , wildlife, lucky to see dolphins also…. We had a good day and the weather was great to got to see more Thank you
Review provided by Viator
Apr 20, 2024
Excellent day on Ile de Phoques and Maria Island. - Thank you to Michael and Millie for a memorable day to the Ile des Phoques and Maria Island. Such a relaxed and informative day. We had a great lunch and time on the boat. Our favourite cruise so far in Tassie. Steve and Maz
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Apr 14, 2024
Idyllic day - A magnificent day. It was magical to observe the wildlife. Seal Island (a real spectacle) We took the time to see them evolve! On Maria Island the wombats the wallabies! Awesome . All at liberty... Thanks to the whole team I highly recommend
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up to 15 guests
1 Adult
July 2024