What To Expect
Departing from the bustling Lincoln Cove Marina, your skipper and crew will provide you with an overview of the fishing industry that is so important to our local economy. From Tuna to Kingfish, Blue Mussels and Lobster, the waters surrounding Port Lincoln abound with succulent seafood.
We'll travel across Boston Bay, then head South around Cape Donnington, and follow the spectacular coastline of the Lincoln National Park to McLaren Point where we then set a course for Hopkins Island. The crew will keep you entertained and informed. We cruise through the protected waters of the lower Spenser Gulf, on our way to our destination.
The Islands of Thorny Passage are rich in history, dating back to 1802 and the discovery voyage of Matthew Flinders. Your skipper has a keen eye for pods of dolphins which often approach the boat to play!
Upon arrival at Hopkins Island, the boat is positioned close to the shore and the Sea Lions stir, the curious enter the water and the rest soon follow, often 30 or more! Before long, wetsuits, mask and snorkel are on and we are ready for the most playful swim ever.
You enter the water and the Sea Lions entice you to come and play. With somersaults and swirls they glide effortlessly past. You better be good with your camera as they won't stay still for long! The beach area is protected, it's much more fun in the water anyway.
After a while the pace begins to slow a little as the Sea Lions become more curious of us. Simply float in the water with an out stretched hand, stay nice and calm and let them approach. One on one with the Australian Sea Lion - a memory to last a lifetime!
If swimming isn't for you, you are welcome to stay aboard and share a cuppa with the skipper, you won't miss any of the action.
Sea Lions are endangered and our permit is strict. It's time to climb back onto the boat and leave the Sea Lions in peace. They still swim at the back of the boat as if to entice you back in.
We say goodbye to the islands of Hopkins and Thistle and pass Grindal and Taylor as we make our way back to Port Lincoln. There is time for a quick snooze or you can trade stories and photos with fellow passengers and new friends.
Boat ride to Hopkins Island
Snorkeling equipment rental (depending on the option chosen)
Tips and gratuities
Optional activity costs
Children below 1 year old are free of charge.
Observer options are available for guests who prefer not to swim.
Return to Port Lincoln is around 16:00 (return time may vary due to weather conditions).
Part of the boat trip is in open ocean. It is strongly recommended that you use Sea Sickness remedies even if you don't usually suffer from sea sickness. If unsure, please consult your doctor.
Full names of each participant will be required upon booking.
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