Tasman Island Cruises

Tasman Island Cruises


Posted 2016-08-03 by Janice Williamsfollow
Our family of four were visiting from the mainland, "The North Island", I was told by a local. Cruising the Tasman Peninsula was on my bucket list of things I wanted to do when visiting Tasmania. I booked Pennicott Wilderness Journeys and was emailed information for arrival times at office at Port Arthur.

Passengers arrived 45 minutes beforehand to be given a safety briefing then each participant was kitted out in long wet weather coats. As it was July and we were going to be cruising in the open ocean, we donned our own winter beanies, scarves and gloves. We then boarded a bus to take us to our watery destination. Excitement was high and people were in a jovial mood.

When we arrived at the boat, we were given another safety briefing. We were also told that if we have back issues or feel squeamish easily, to sit towards the middle or back of the boat as there is less movement at the back of the boat. We were assisted on board and ginger tablets were handed to each passenger to help prevent seasickness. We buckled in, boat started off slowly past a seal swimming nearby then whoosh, we sped to the open space of southern Tasmania.

Cameras were out, clicking the magnificent Tasman coastline, past birds swooping over the cliffs and seals sunning themselves on rocks. Truly amazing. Other cruises have spotted whales and dolphins too.

The boat's skipper and the guide were jovial with passengers and very knowledgeable when pointing out places of interest. It was a three hour cruise past the dramatic seascape on this adventurous ride.

The coastline is part of the Tasman National Park. We were taken so close to sea caves and rock formations, craggy cliffs, the Totem Pole, it was an exhilarating excursion.

One of the things I loved about this cruise was that the commentary did not interfere with our ocean experience. Each passenger could absorb the magnitude of the rocky panorama.

Considering we needed wet weather coats, there was minimal spray. Cameras should be placed in a bag when not in use as my camera lens needed a wipe at times but with such spectacular scenery, it was difficult to keep the camera packed.

There were many ooh's and aah's at large crevices in the rocks and the colour of the ocean was magical. In some areas, the surface of the water was a turquoise colour, it was incredible, an experience I will never forget.

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys also has cruises from Bruny Island, south of Hobart, as well as other itineraries. Check their website for more details.

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