Moreton Island Eco Marine Safari and Snorkel
Moreton Island Guided Snorkel and Day Cruise
Escape to Moreton Island for the day and join this all inclusive eco-cruise from Redcliffe. In just 50 minutes, you’ll arrive at this island paradise to spot marine life including dolphins, sea turtles and shy dugongs feeding on the seagrass during a marine eco-tour. There is plenty of time to jump in the refreshing jade waters including a guided snorkel of the Tangalooma Wrecks and free time on the pristine sandy beaches of Moreton. This Moreton Island day cruise from Redcliffe is an extraordinary day out, filled with adventure and an enriching and educational experience.
- 0730 Welcomed onboard. Boarding begins from Newport Marina.
- 0800 Depart for Moreton Island. Tea/coffee/biscuits served on arrival.
- 0830 Snorkel brief and snorkel waivers signed. If any wildlife spotted, vessel will slow down to view.
- 0900 Arrive at Moreton Island and prepare for snorkel, don snorkel gear.
- 0915/0930 Into the water for those participating in te guided snorkel tour through Tangalooma wrecks with our experienced guides.
- 1015/1030 Snorkel tour finishes.
- 1000 Bar is open for anyone not participating in the Guided Snorkel Tour
- 1100 Lunch is Served onboard (see menu)
- 1145 – 1315 Free time on Moreton Island (boat is moved close to beach and we can take guests across in the tender)
- 13.15pm guests back onboard for afternoon eco safari cruise (fruit platters served as well).
- 1430pm Leave Moreton to head back to Newport Marina
- 1600pm back on the dock.
The afternoon is dedicated to the Eco Marine Safari, spotting the array of incredible wildlife in their natural habitat. However, throughout the day the Captain and Crew are always on the lookout for marine life so if spotted, the Captain will pause activities and take you over to view the animals wild and free in their natural habitat.
As the animals are wild and untamed, there is no guarantee of which species you will see on your cruise, but Dolphin Wild Island Cruises have been operating within the region for over 30 years and have a 95% success rate of spotting dugongs, dolphins and turtles.
The Captain will deliver informative and interesting commentary throughout the Eco Safari Tour educating you on the fun facts, habitats, biology and evolution of the local animals and Moreton Island’s colourful history.
Moreton Bay Marine Park is home to the shy elusive Dugong. Number one on everyone’s list to spot on a Moreton Bay Cruise. With an abundance of seagrass beds, it is ideal for dugongs to graze on all year round. As Dugongs are the only Herbivorous Sea Mammal in the world, they only feed on seagrass and algae growing on the seagrass limiting their homes to specific areas of coastline.
A very healthy population of turtles can also be found foraging in the seagrass beds. Moreton Bay Marine Park houses six different species of turtles warming themselves by swimming close to the surface of the shallow water, making them easy to spot in their natural habitat.
Moreton Bay is also fortunate enough to witness the migration of the Humpback Whales from June to October annually. These magnificent mammals visit Moreton Bay with their young babies on their return journey south to Antarctica. The babies and are very playful and inquisitive making it an unforgettable experience when you encounter them.
Common birds spotted each trip include Sea Eagles gliding in the sky over head, Whistling Kites and Cormorants. Don’t be surprised if a Cormorant swims beside you during the Guided Snorkeling and Fish Feeding tour as they like to take advantage of the fish feeding session while they are in abundance and catch a meal for themselves.
- Guided Snorkel Tour through Tangalooma Wrecks
- All snorkel Equipment
- Morning tea, Lunch and Afternoon tea
- Tea/coffee/water all day
- Free beach time on Moreton Island
- Eco Safari Cruise spotting Wildlife with commentary
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q. When does the trip depart?
Dolphin Wild departs from the Newport Marina, 158 Griffith Road, Newport. Check-in commences at 0730 am. We suggest you allow yourself plenty of travel time to ensure you don’t miss the boat.
Q. How long is the cruise over to Moreton Island?
A. The trip each way is approximately 50 minutes however this can vary depending on the weather conditions and if we see pods of Dolphins or Whales along the way which we will stop and interact with.
Q. Where can I park to board the boat at Newport Marina?
A. The marina has free all day and overnight parking on site with secure gated car park 7 nights a week. When you enter Newport Marina, please park your car in the designated car park area which is the first bay on entry. Once you have parked your car, please make your way down to the commercial section which is the end of the marina for boarding at the DOLPHIN Wild gate.
Boat Related Questions
Q. Are there bathroom facilities on board the boat?
A. Yes. There are two toilets/change areas and an outdoor fresh water shower on the back of the boat.
Q. Are there food and drinks available to purchase on board?
A. Yes. There is a full size licensed bar available to purchase soft drinks, alcohol and snacks.
Q. What is for lunch?
A. We offer a healthy lunch consisting of freshly baked bread rolls and roast chicken cooked in the early hours of the morning, along with salads. Please note, we can cater for vegan, vegetarian and gluten free. We cannot cater for Coeliacs, and if you have very specific dietary requirements, we recommend bringing your own food.
Q. Are strollers allowed on board?
A. Yes. If you require assistance getting on and off the boat, please ask the friendly staff on board.
Q. How rough will the trip be?
A. Marine conditions are contingent on current and offshore weather conditions. As such, the
conditions can vary from calm to rough on any given day.
Q. Is there comfortable seating available on board?
A. Yes. Chairs, tables and lounges are available in the inside the dry air conditioned saloon area, and
there is also a top deck, back deck and front deck for you to enjoy your day out on the water.
Q. Is the ferry wheelchair friendly?
A. Unfortunately, no. The boat is not wheelchair accessible. Mobility and movement will be an issue in disembarkation/embarkation from the vessel.
Q. How do I disembark onto the island?
A. We will anchor as close as possible in the calm water to the beach, and you may either swim across to the island to enjoy your free time, or we can take you across in our safety vessel (also known as a tender or rubber duck).
Water Activity Related Questions
Q. Do I need to be able to swim to participate in the snorkelling tour?
A. Yes, everybody participating in any of our water activities MUST be able to swim as we are playing in deep water and you won’t be able to stand up when you are snorkelling the wrecks.
Q. Do I need to wear a wetsuit for Snorkelling?
A. Yes, all participants MUST wear a wetsuit for your own safety, to help with buoyancy in the water and also to protect you from any sharp objects when snorkelling the wrecks.
Q. Can I bring my own snorkel and fins?
A. Yes, you are welcome to bring your own gear if you like. Otherwise, Dolphin Wild will provide all
Q. How long is the snorkelling tour?
A. Around 50 minutes long, and you Must be able to swim as we will be swimming around 600 metres in all weather and tidal conditions.
Q. Can I snorkel the wrecks on my own and not participate in the guided tour?
A. Due to Queensland Workplace Health & Safety Legislation & Risk Assessments, we are unable to allow patrons to snorkel alone at the Moreton Island Wrecks whilst on our cruise.
We are looking forward to taking you on a trip a lifetime!
Dolphin Wild Crew