One tour ... but two cruises? What's the difference?
After touring to Maria Island for 10 years, we have developed a unique cruise and walk day tour with two distinct cruise options. The difference between each of the options is the destination of the cruise. The circumnavigation cruise will take you on a journey around the entire coastline of Maria Island and you can't possibly see any more of Maria Island in a single day than this tour! The Ile Des Phoques (island of seals) cruise will head north to a remote granite island where we visit the most playful Australian fur seals and explore the inside of the biggest granite seas caves in Tasmania, possibly Australia. These caves are world class natural wonders and leave everyone totally speechless when inside them on the boat. Upon returning from the Ile Des Phoques, we visit the famous Fossil Cliffs and Painted Cliffs before docking at Darlington.
Each cruise will return to Maria Island for a relaxed afternoon guided walk of the Darlington convict settlement, exploring history and the island's friendly wildlife. Your tour includes a wonderful Tassie ploughman's buffet lunch onboard the boat in a secluded and sheltered bay.
Which cruise is scheduled?
As we only have one boat, we are only able to operate one tour on each day. We have scheduled the tours to alternate between the two cruises over the calendar days of summer. Please visit our calendar page to identify which cruise has been chosen for any given day. Please note that if poor weather prevents us from cruising to the Ile Des Phoques, the cruise will be changed to circumnavigate the coastline of Maria Island.
December 25th and 26th, 2018
Unfortunately our tours will not operate on December 25th or December 26th this season.
Our guarantee to you
Each of our tours to Maria Island is especially designed to provide an exciting, informative and unforgettable day. Our professional staff are 100% committed to your enjoyment, comfort and safety and we pride ourselves on delivering the very best experience for each and every tour. We will guarantee that if we do not meet or exceed your expectation, we will refund your money no questions asked.
Due to the high operational costs of our tours, we do require a minimum of 6 adult passengers for each tour. We are always hopeful that we will reach this requirement on every tour, however if we have not yet met the requirement within 48hrs days of the tour date, we will contact you and discuss the flexibility and options of moving to a different day.
Cancelling your tour
If you would like to cancel your booking, you are welcome to do so. Please let us know before the day of the tour. We are very reasonable in providing refunds to customers, we simply ask that you notify us. We do not accept cancellations on the day but will provide a voucher for the cost of your booking for you to redeem at a later date. Credit cards may be charged or refunds may not be given if you do not show up without notifying our office. Please note (important) we do not cancel tours because of rain. We only cancel tours if strong wind and swell prevent us from safely and comfortably cruising around Maria Island. If you wake up to rain on the day of your tour, please note that unless conditions on the water are rough, we will still be cruising and will not accept cancellations on the day because of rainy or overcast conditions. Rain is a good thing here as we typically have low annual rainfall! The mountains, cliffs and waterfalls of Maria Island all look amazing with mist and cloud around them and we are equally excited to tour on wet and rainy days. Lastly, please feel free to call our office on 0362571300 (8am-6pm) if you would like to discuss the weather or your booking.
Maria Island park entry
Entry permits to Maria Island National Park are now included in your tour. Separate Tasmanian National Park passes are no longer required for our day tour.
Our tous are PERFECT for children! In fact, our tours are so much fun they bring out the child in all of us!! The friendly wildlife at Maria Island capture the imagination of children and adults alike. Although each tour is packed full of adventure, they are different and we often recommend visiting the "Island Of Seals" for young children if you have the choice. We have provided concessions for children between 2yo - 15yo and families (2A + 2Ch). Infants under 2yo travel for free. Children 16yo and older can be declared as students and are available to use the concession rate.
Our tours are licensed to provide alcoholic drinks with lunch! Drinks can be pre-purchased if you would like to enjoy a glass with your gourmet lunch. Our selection of Darlington Vineyard wines ($6 per glass) include: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir. Our selection of Tasmanian beer include Boags Premium Larger ($6 per drink) and Boags Premium Light ($5 per drink). Soft drinks, juice, water, tea and coffee are provided free of charge on the boat. Drinks can also be purchased on the boat during lunch and added to your order (applicable to orders paid by credit card. Please bring payment with you if you have paid for your tour by PayPal, direct deposit or via a tourism agent).
On board Toilet
Our custom built vessel Spirit Of Maria has a very comfortable, full-sized toilet. It also has the BEST view imaginable! The toilet is electronic flushing (no pumps or vales) and offers easy access and also doubles as a private change room.
As you would expect, sometimes the weather does effect our plan for cruising at short notice. If the weather does not allow for a cruise to Ile Des Phoques, the cruise will be changed to a Rielde Bay cruise. We have a very good idea of the weather 7 days before the cruise date. If there are any concerns about changing the plan of the tour, or cancelling we will let you know. If you have your own concerns about the weather, PLEASE give us a call. We only operate the tours in gentle weather. Please also note, we do not cancel tours because of rain. We only cancel tours if strong wind and swell prevent us from safely and comfortably cruising around Maria Island. If you wake up to rain on the day of your tour, please note that unless conditions on the water are rough, we will still be cruising and will not accept cancellations on the day because of rainy or overcast conditions. Rain is a good thing here as we typically have the least rainfall in Tasmania! The mountains, cliffs and waterfalls of Maria Island all look amazing with mist and cloud around them and we are equally excited to tour on wet and rainy days!
If you are concerned about sea sickness, there is a pharmacy in Triabunna where you can purchase motion sickness medication. Please inform our boat staff if you are susceptible to motion sickness and they will allow you onto the boat first and allocate you the last row of seats (at the rear of the boat). This is where we advise people to sit if they are prone to motion sickness. Please do not choose to sit at the bow (front) of the boat. We also have ginger tablets and wrist bands (they work!) so please also ask for these before we depart. It is not common to feel motion sick on our boat as it is very easy to travel on, but always best to take precautions.
East Coast Cruises accepts credit card (Visa or Mastercard), PayPal or Direct Deposit (EFT) payments with each booking. We do not accept cash on the day unless a credit card has been taken against the booking. All credit card payments will be processed on the day of the tour. Credit card details are stored in a secure online booking system and are removed after the completion of your tour. Adjustments to bookings paid via credit cards can be made up until the completion of the tour without any extra charges. Adjustments to bookings paid via PayPal or EFT payments will have to be made as a second transaction upon completion of the tour.
General Booking Terms
East Coast Cruises reserves the right to cancel departures at anytime and will refund the full amount of any monies paid by the customer. Bookings must be confirmed by East Coast Cruises before the commencement of the cruise. Cancellations by the customer must be made 24 hours prior to the cruise departure to avoid cancellation fees. Cancellations by the customer within 24 hours of the tour departure may attract a cancellation fee of fifty percent. Customers who cancel on the day of their cruise or tour booking or who fail to attend will be charged the full amount and not be entitled to a refund. Prices may be subject to change at anytime.
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