Tour Information

Please see below information related to our tours of Maria Island.   The same guest information will be emailed to you at the completion of your booking.

 

Two tours?  What's the difference?

After touring to Maria Island for 10 years, we have developed two distinct tours that will give you the very best bits of Maria Island in one day.  Both tours are design to follow the same format, incorporating a 4hr scenic cruise with 2hr stay on Maria Island.  The difference between each of the tours is the destination of the cruise.  The circumnavigation tour will cruise you around the entire coastline of Maria Island and you can't possibly see more of Maria Island in a single day than this tour!  The island of seals tour will cruise to Maria Island and showcase the Fossil Cliffs and Painted Cliffs, then head north to a remote granite island where we visit the most playful Australian fur seals and explore the inside of the biggest granite seas caves in Tasmania, possibly Australia.  These caves are world class natural wonders and leave everyone totally speechless when inside them on the boat.  Each cruise will return to Maria Island for a relaxed afternoon guided walk of the Darlington convict settlement, exploring history and the island's friendly wildlife.  Both tours include a wonderful Tassie ploughman's buffet lunch onboard the boat in a secluded and sheltered bay.  

 

Two tours, one boat

As we only have one boat, we are only able to operate one tour on each day.  If there has been no bookings placed on a day, both tours will appear as available to book.  The first person to place a booking on each day will have the ability to chose the tour for that particular day.  Once a tour has been chosen, the alternative tour will be made unavailable on the calendar.  If you find that one tour is not available, don't worry, the other tour will be operating and available to book.  The availability of both tours is visible on the calendar page.

 

December 25th and 26th, 2017

Unfortunately our tours will not operate on December 25th or December 26th this season.

 

Our guarantee to you

Each of our tours to Maria Island is especially designed to provide an exciting, informative and unforgettable day.  Our professional staff are 100% committed to your enjoyment, comfort and safety and we pride ourselves on delivering the very best experience for each and every tour.   We will provide you with a guarantee that if we do meet or exceed your expectation, we will refund your money, no questions asked.

 

Minimum Numbers

Due to the high operational costs of our tours, we do require a minimum of 6 adult passengers for each tour.  We are always hopeful that we will reach this requirement on every tour, however if we have not yet met the requirement within 48hrs days of the tour date, we will contact you and discuss the flexibility and options of moving to a different day.

 

Cancelling your tour

If you would like to cancel your booking, you are welcome to do so. Please let us know before the day of the tour. We are very reasonable in providing refunds to customers, we simply ask that you notify us. We do not accept cancellations on the day but will provide a voucher for the cost of your booking for you to redeem at a later date. Credit cards may be charged or refunds may not be given if you do not show up without notifying our office. Please note (important) we do not cancel tours because of rain. We only cancel tours if strong wind and swell prevent us from safely and comfortably cruising around Maria Island. If you wake up to rain on the day of your tour, please note that unless conditions on the water are rough, we will still be cruising and will not accept cancellations on the day because of rainy or overcast conditions. Rain is a good thing here as we typically have low annual rainfall! The mountains, cliffs and waterfalls of Maria Island all look amazing with mist and cloud around them and we are equally excited to tour on wet and rainy days. Lastly, please feel free to call our office on 0362571300 (8am-6pm) if you would like to discuss the weather or your booking.

 

Maria Island park entry

The arrangement for Maria Island Park entry has changed from April 2017.  As Maria Island is a Tasmanian National Park, managed by the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service, all visitors to Maria Island must hold a Tasmanian Park Pass.  If you do not already hold a Park Pass, a $5 entry fee (per person) will be added to your booking.  This fee will contribute directly to the maintenance and upgrading of island infrastructure and replaces the $12 per person daily Park Pass.  If you would like to purchase a Park Pass for the entire period of your stay in Tasmania, simply purchase an extended Holiday Pass or Annual Pass when you arrive in Tasmania and show this pass to us on the day.  These passes are valid for up to 8 guests.  If you arrive with a Holiday or Annual Pass, you will not be required to pay the Maria Island entry fee.  Annual and Holiday Passes can be purchased at any Visitor Information Centre or Service Tasmania outlets around the State.  You can also purchase these passes from the Triabunna Visitor Information Centre on the day.  The Triabunna Visitor Centre is located directly opposite our boat at the Triabunna marina.

 

Children

Our tous are PERFECT for children!  In fact, our tours are so much fun they bring out the child in all of us!!  The friendly wildlife at Maria Island capture the imagination of children and adults alike.  Although each tour is packed full of adventure, they are different and we often recommend visiting the "Island Of Seals" for young children if you have the choice.  We have provided concessions for children between 2yo - 15yo and families (2A + 2Ch).  Infants under 2yo travel for free.  Children 16yo and older can be declared as students and are available to use the concession rate.

 

Alcoholic drinks

Our tours are licensed to provide alcoholic drinks with lunch!  Drinks can be pre-purchased if you would like to enjoy a glass with your gourmet lunch. Our selection of Darlington Vineyard wines ($6 per glass) include: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir. Our selection of Tasmanian beer include Boags Premium Larger ($6 per drink) and Boags Premium Light ($5 per drink). Soft drinks are also provided on the boat for $2 per can.  Juice, water, tea and coffee are provided free of charge on the boat. Drinks can also be purchased on the boat during lunch and added to your order (applicable to orders paid by credit card. Please bring payment with you if you have paid for your tour by PayPal, direct deposit or via a tourism agent).

 

On board Toilet

Our custom built vessel Spirit Of Maria has a very comfortable, full-sized toilet.  The toilet is electronic flushing (no pumps or vales) and offers easy access and also doubles as a private change room.

 

Weather

As you would expect, sometimes the weather does effect our plan for cruising at short notice.  If the weather does not allow for a cruise to Ile Des Phoques, the cruise will be changed to a Rielde Bay cruise.  We have a very good idea of the weather 7 days before the cruise date.  If there are any concerns about changing the plan of the tour, or cancelling we will let you know.  If you have your own concerns about the weather, PLEASE give us a call.  We only operate the tours in gentle weather.  Please also note, we do not cancel tours because of rain. We only cancel tours if strong wind and swell prevent us from safely and comfortably cruising around Maria Island. If you wake up to rain on the day of your tour, please note that unless conditions on the water are rough, we will still be cruising and will not accept cancellations on the day because of rainy or overcast conditions. Rain is a good thing here as we typically have the least rainfall in Tasmania! The mountains, cliffs and waterfalls of Maria Island all look amazing with mist and cloud around them and we are equally excited to tour on wet and rainy days!

 

Travel Sickness

If you are concerned about sea sickness, there is a pharmacy in Triabunna where you can purchase motion sickness medication. Please inform our boat staff if you are susceptible to motion sickness and they will allow you onto the boat first and allocate you the last row of seats (at the rear of the boat). This is where we advise people to sit if they are prone to motion sickness. Please do not choose to sit at the bow (front) of the boat. We also have ginger tablets and wrist bands (they work!) so please also ask for these before we depart. It is not common to feel motion sick on our boat as it is very easy to travel on, but always best to take precautions.

 

Payments

East Coast Cruises accepts credit card (Visa or Mastercard), PayPal or Direct Deposit (EFT) payments with each booking.  We do not accept cash on the day unless a credit card has been taken against the booking.  All credit card payments will be processed on the day of the tour.  Credit card details are stored in a secure online booking system and are removed after the completion of your tour.  Adjustments to bookings paid via credit cards can be made up until the completion of the tour without any extra charges.  Adjustments to bookings paid via PayPal or EFT payments will have to be made as a second transaction upon completion of the tour.

 

General Booking Terms

East Coast Cruises reserves the right to cancel departures at anytime and will refund the full amount of any monies paid by the customer. Bookings must be confirmed by East Coast Cruises before the commencement of the cruise. Cancellations by the customer must be made 24 hours prior to the cruise departure to avoid cancellation fees. Cancellations by the customer within 24 hours of the tour departure may attract a cancellation fee of fifty percent. Customers who cancel on the day of their cruise or tour booking or who fail to attend will be charged the full amount and not be entitled to a refund. Prices may be subject to change at anytime.