Brisbane Day Cruise and Eco Marine Safari
Brisbane Day Cruise
Spend a day off the beaten track at one of Brisbane’s best kept secrets, Moreton Island (Mulgulpin). Snorkel the crystal clear aqua water of the famous Moreton Island Wrecks and experience pristine white sandy beaches with an abundance of marine life. Dolphins, turtles, dugongs and whales all call this paradise home.
Enjoy a full day on our large, comfortable air-conditioned vessel with a fully licensed bar and experienced and friendly crew that will make you feel like family by the end of the day.
Departing from Newport Marina on the northern side of Brisbane, you will enjoy a short 50-minute cruise over to Moreton Island, keeping an eye out for dolphins and even majestic humpback whales during the wintertime as they migrate.
Our Moreton Bay Cruise offers you the flexibility to do as much, or as little as you choose. This makes our trip perfect for everyone of all ages as well as singles, couples, families, small groups and family gatherings. Activities include an optional Guided Snorkel and Fish-feeding tour of Tangalooma Wrecks with a Marine biologist, beach time with optional walk on the island, swimming and relaxing with a cold drink or two.
For those who do not wish to participate in the Guided Snorkel Tour, you will relax onboard the vessel, soaking up the sunshine, until the snorkellers are back on board. At this time, the boat will be repositioned to a perfect spot for beach time.
You will then spend the afternoon and final leg of your trip relaxing on the boat with a fully licensed bar while you cruise the shallow waters for the Eco Marine Safari spotting Dolphins, Dugongs, Turtles, Sting Rays, and Sea Birds. All accompanied by interesting and informative commentary from your friendly crew.
Our Moreton Bay Cruise operates all year round. Come and experience all the hidden gems the Moreton Bay Marine Park has to offer.
Eco Marine Safari
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.