Marion Bay Ocean Safari

Cruises, Sailing and Water Tours

Marion Bay Ocean Safari offer short cruise experiences departing from Pondalowie Bay in the stunning Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park on the Southern Yorke Peninsula.

Come and discover some of the most sensational coastal scenery this state has to offer and observe a variety of impressive wild life, bird life, marine life in their natural habitat.

Experience the open space and untouched natural environment with the opportunity to view a variety of species and rarely visited islands.

With safe and professional access onboard the 45ft long range charter vessel “Vixen” you can experience wildlife and marine encounters with peace of mind with a dedicated team that have been operating in the local area for over 23 years.

Experiences range from short 2 – 3.5 hour cruises to fully customised exclusive use group tours.

Marion Bay Ocean Safari is operated by Reef Encounters Fishing Charters, who are a multi-award winning, tourism accredited South Australian charter that has been operating from Marion Bay and Pondalowie Bay on the lower Yorke Peninsula since 1998.

Facilities

Service Types

Cruises, Sailing and Water Tours Nature and wildlife Sightseeing Tours

Fitness

Basic

Membership

Boating Industry Association Charter Vessel Association Regional Tourist/Tourism Association/Organisation Tourism Industry Council of SA

Accreditation

Australian Tourism Accreditation COVID Safe

Services

$100

Soak in the beautiful surroundings of our home base of Pondalowie Bay on a relaxing coastal cruise taking in the stunning coastal landscapes, marine and bird life as we seek out the resident pod of dolphins in Pondalowie Bay. During the cruise keep an eye out for the White Bellied Sea Eagles, the second largest bird of prey in Australia. The experience finishes with a cruise past the nest of the fish-eating raptor, the Eastern Osprey.

We meet on the beach to kick off the shoes to board the tender boat for a short trip out to the charter vessel “Vixen” moored 200m offshore, we then drop the mooring for a relaxing cruise. Wildlife sightings may include dolphins, eagle & black rays, penguins, Osprey, albatross, eagles, shearwaters, pelicans plus much more.

Disabled Access

Carpark Family Friendly

$135

The Althorpe Island Experience cruises out to Althorpe Island which forms part of the Althorpe Islands Conservation Park approximately 4.5 nautical miles from the mainland. The island is home to a large variety of sea birds and marine life including the Australian Sea Lion.

Althorpe Island has played a significant part in maritime history and has a number of state heritage listed structures along with multiple shipwrecks and graves. The time is spent leisurely cruising around the spectacular island before departing for home base. The tour finishes by passing the Eastern Osprey nest where we hope to catch a sighting of these magnificent birds of prey as well as the White Bellied Sea Eagle that nest on a nearby island.

This tour has the best opportunity of observing seals and Australian sea lions.

Disabled Access

Carpark Family Friendly

$3600

Enjoy a full day Marion Bay Ocean Safari Experience taking advantage of an accommodation package to allow your group to enjoy a little extra time to experience the local sights and activities that are on offer from ship wrecks, historic ruins, salt lakes, bush walking, surfing, fishing and of course the spectacular local beaches.

This exclusive use package includes a full day ocean safari experience and accommodation for two nights for up to 12 people. Group accommodation will be for the night before the tour and the night of the tour in Marion Bay and will be in one of two houses “Eucalyptus” or “Osprey” owned by Marion Bay Ocean Safari.

The accommodation location will be advised in the week before the tour. BYO all all linen, bedding, toiletries and towels in the accommodation. BYO all food and drinks including drinking water. Catering and in house chef experiences can be arranged through local providers.

Terms and conditions apply with further information available upon request.

Disabled Access

Carpark Family Friendly

If the current tours and packages don’t suit then please contact Marion Bay Ocean Safari as they can fully tailor a tour or package to suit your group needs.

From half day, full day or multiple day tours to locations that can include Wedge Island, Western end of Kangaroo Island, Neptune Islands and activities that can include bird watching, photography or just general sightseeing tours.

Disabled Access

Carpark Family Friendly

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