One of our favourite photos of a cheeky Kirsty taking a selfie inside the giant sea cave. Little did she know it would end up on our website!
Begins in 2006, when our owner Mike Davis moved from Hobart to pursue his dream and open up Maria Island, Ile Des Phoques and Freycinet for dive and cruise tourism. After time spent wearing lab coats at UTAS and a short career in commercial diving, scuba instructing and marine research, Mike decided to bring all of his experiences and passions together at one of Tasmania's most loved regions. Although diving, snorkeling and cruising around Maria Island would be a dream for most, our business took a turn in a new direction in 2010when we acquired the M.V Encounter and renamed her the Spirit of Maria.
After seeing a need for a new fast ferry service to Maria Island, we began operating the Spirit Of Maria as a ferry and cruise vessel and began to help shape tourism in the region. Our team successfully implemented affordable travel to Maria Island, re-introduced school group concessions, created half priced and free winter travel, which raised annual visitation to the park from 8000 to 22,000 visitors.
Our day tour experience 'One Day On Maria' was born out of searching the magical coastline of Maria for new dive sites. The combination of a morning cruise, lunch at anchor in a secluded bay and the afternoon spent exploring convict history and spotting iconic wildlife are the "best bits" that Maria Island has to offer in one day. In the end we found there were so many elements of Maria's stunning coastline to showcase in a single cruise that we ultimately developed two different cruises that we now offer on alternate days. Guests can choose from a cruise to a neighbouring seal colony with giant rainbow coloured sea caves, the Fossil Cliffs, Painted Cliffs and lunch at one of Maria's pristine beaches or chose a cruise to circumnavigate the entire island, bypassing the seal colony. Each cruise is complimented by the same lunch at anchor and the afternoon guided walk around Maria Island's World Heritage listed convict precinct.
We are proud to continue developing the tourism appeal of Maria Island in Tasmania. In October 2017 we made a move to connect Maria Island to our State's capital city with a daily shuttle bus service. This would be the first time that Maria Island would have a dedicated daily bus service from Hobart. Our shuttle bus service became a hit with guests relying on public transport and packaged tours. It was especially well received amongst hostel and backpackers guests seeking Maria Island's unique wildlife interactions. Our shuttle bus continues to operate daily from Hobart between October and May.
East Coast Cruises is located in the picturesque seaside town of Triabunna, on Tasmania's sunny East Coast and we specialise in "cruise + walk" day tours to Maria Island National Park and shuttle bus services from Hobart to Triabunna. Triabunna is a small and peaceful fishing village who's marina precinct forms the gateway to Maria Island. From the protection of the Triabunna marina, our tour boat, the new Maria Island ferry, local fishing boats and pleasure craft connect to Maria Island and the greater East Coast. Triabunna is only 1hr and 15min from Hobart by car and remarkably only 50min from the Hobart International Airport, making Maria a fantastic day excursion from Tasmania's capital city and we believe Maria Island will become known internationally as a much sought after tourism destination.
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(AUS) 03 62 571300
(INT) +61 362 571300
Marina Esplanade West
Triabunna, Tasmania 7190
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