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Frequently Asked Questions


How often do the cruises run?

Our cruises operate daily - every day of the year except Christmas Day.


Do I need to book?

We recommended booking a few days ahead as our boats are often full and you may be disappointed if you chance to just turn up on the day. Payment is not due until the day of your cruise so it is just a matter of reserving seats. We are flexible with bookings so it is not a problem if you decide to change to another day or cancel, whatever the reason. No fee is charged for cancellations.


What about the weather?

Our boats are designed to suit the coastline along which we travel and we will certainly make the most of any weather conditions. Our bookings are fully flexible so if you decide the weather on the day is not for you, you can give us a call and we can change your reservation to a different day. Our staff are upfront and honest about the weather and you are welcome to contact us a day or two ahead to get an honest indication of the forecasted weather. Of course, in Tasmania the weather can at times be a little surprising and so a forecast is exactly that, a forecast!


Sea sickness

Being in open ocean, sea sickness can be an issue for a small number of people. We have had 13 years experience in dealing with this and have developed some very effective techniques to minimise the chance of sea sickness occurring.

We offer all-natural Travel Calm Ginger tablets to everyone when they step onboard. This product has proven extremely effective in preventing sea sickness in most people. Our staff can also suggest a number of things to further assist in minimising the chances of any sea sickness symptoms:

  • Selecting a seat in the back third of the boat (there is a lot less movement up the back of the boat)
  • Keeping your body temperature on the cooler side
  • If you wear glasses or sunglasses keep the lenses clean at all times
  • Avoid looking through cameras, binoculars etc
  • Stay away from acidic foods before the cruise such as Orange Juice and coffee

We do emphasise that communication is the key - if you have any concerns please let our staff know.


What do I need to wear?

Being boats with open sides, it is important that you are adequately dressed. It can get cold on the boats, even in summer. Warm jackets gloves, scarves & beanies are a good idea. We provide wet weather jackets which go over the top of your clothing, but we encourage you to bring a few warm layers of your own.


Is there food included?

Full Day Tour passengers have Morning Tea and Lunch included in the cost of their tour. This is served at one of a number of local cafés on the Tasman Peninsula.


Where can I park?

For customers meeting us at Port Arthur, there is ample free parking available.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer parking in Hobart and so customers travelling on our Full Day Tour will need to make their own carparking arrangements before you arrive at our booking office for departure.

The Market Place Carpark is where we suggest our Full Day Tour customers park. This is a short walk from the departure point and offers a flat rate for the day.
Click here for more information about Market Place Carpark.


Are children OK?

Children of all ages are welcome aboard our boats and we take many children along on our cruises. As parents you are probably the best judge as to how your children will cope with being out on the water for 3 hours, but we have found that the majority of children enjoy the experience and love seeing the amazing wildlife, huge cliffs and caves along the coastline.


Do the boats go fast?

Although our boats are capable of going very fast, we do not do a jet boat style of cruise. The focus of our cruise is on the showcase of the beautiful coastline and wildlife of the Tasman Peninsula. The design of the boats allows our skippers to drift right up close to the cliffs and glide into sea caves. Along the way, we make stops for photo opportunities and interpretation to show & tell you about the wildlife, geology and history of the coastline. When travelling, the boats cruise at a comfortable viewing speed of about 20knots.


Is the cruise OK when pregnant?

For the majority of days the cruise is quite suitable for pregnant women and we have had lots do our trip. Our boats are custom built for the coastline that we cruise along. They are able to cut through chop and therefore we can avoid the bumping of waves that some boats experience. It is a good idea to take into account the weather conditions on the day of the cruise as this will effect comfort levels for someone who is heavily pregnant. You can contact us a day or two ahead to get a weather report for the day of your cruise and we are happy to move or cancel bookings if it is not looking suitable for you.


Do you do gift vouchers?

We have gift vouchers available for all of our tour options. These are valid for 12 months and are open dated. To order a gift voucher in person, visit our Hobart Office, situated in the Dock Head building on Franklin Wharf. Alternatively, click here to order a gift voucher.


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