Wildlife Coast Cruises have a brilliant reputation with tourists and locals alike. They offer some of the best wildlife cruises in Victoria. The G family headed down to Cowes Jetty, Phillip Island for an incredible 2 hour seal watching cruise.
We took the cruise on a very hot summer's day, and were therefore very happy to see that the two story catamaran had seating under cover. Being the mother of a 3 year old I took great delight in seeing that there where toilets on board the ship too - important!
We set sail to Seal Rocks which took around 45 minutes each way to reach, sailing past Phillip Island's incredible coast line
Once we reached seal rock it was like experiencing a real life David Attenborough wildlife documentary (hearing Attenborough's voice in our heads!) There where hundreds possibly even thousands of seals. Daddy seals, mummy seals, baby seals. Seals playing in the rock pools, seals swimming in the sea, seals leaping out of the water and seals basking in the sun.
Look at all the seals!
It was absolutely phenomenal, I felt privileged as one of only a very small percentage of people who had witnessed such an awesome sight.
On the return journey we were served complimentary high tea. The crew invited Miss 3 to join the captain on the bridge and let her steer the ship. He then gave her a junior captain certificate that she could frame and keep forever.
All children are all invited to steer the ship with the captainm which for Miss 3 was an experience that money could just not buy.
We had a magical, once-in-a-lifetime encounter, though I'm already planning our next trip in the winter to take in a whale tour. Watch this space...