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Sea-Safari on Lakes-Explorer

Sea-Safari on Lakes-Explorer offer a unique and educational boat trip at Lakes Entrance on the calm Gippsland Lakes waterways. Departures are based on suitable weather, tides and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Three hour Rigby Island Sea-Safari - Up to ten passengers will travel the waterways, observing, identifying and monitoring sea-birds and marine life using work-books and binoculars supplied. The Rigby Island Sea-Safari includes two short guided walks. Water-testing for salinity level is carried out. Sea-Safaris generally depart at 10:00am Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday and only if the weather is suitable.

75 minute Ocean Entrance Sea-Safari explores the harbour, fishing fleet and Ocean Entrance. Sea-birds, seals and dolphins are often seen. Usually departs at 10:00am and in the afternoon including weekends.

Lakes-Explorer is a modern, comfortable 12 seater vessel, with padded seats, weather protection and easy access.

Lakes-Explorer is also available for private charter or as a Water-Taxi to remote locations including Barrier Landing, Rigby Island, The Entrance and North Arm.

Price & booking

Tour pricing information (GST included)

Type Valid Price
Ocean Entrance Sea-Safari
Ocean Entrance Sea-Safari: Adult - $15, Concession - $10 and Child - $5. Family & Group discounts apply.
01/09/15 - 31/05/16 $5.00 - $15.00
Rigby Island Sea-Safari
Adult - $30, Concession - $25, Child - $20 (must be over six years old). Discount for family or groups.
01/09/15 - 31/05/16 $20.00 - $30.00
$5 per person plus flag fall, each way.
01/09/15 - 01/06/16 $5.00 - $15.00
Payment methods accepted
Cash Only
Cancellation and booking policy

Sea-Safaris and Water-Taxi services may be cancelled due to cold, wet or windy conditions or aspects outside the control of the Skipper. Confirmation to be made on the preceding day.

More info

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Days of operation:
  • Ocean Entrance Sea-Safari (Morning and Afternoon Departures)

    Departure details: 01/09/15 - 01/04/16

    Mon/Tue/Wed: 10:00am - 12:30pm

    Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun: 10:00am - 12:00pm

  • Water-taxi

    Departure details: 01/09/15 - 02/04/16

    Mon/Tue/Wed: 10:00am - 12:30pm

    Thu/Fri: 7:00am - 10:00pm

  • Rigby Island Sea-Safari

    Departure details: 01/09/15 - 02/04/16

Tour starting location:
Post Office Jetty
Mode of transport:
  • Motor Vessel
  • Boat
  • Nature based
  • Walking
  • Wildlife
  • Car park
  • Crewed charter
  • Guide
  • Public transport
  • Birdwatching
  • Cruising
  • Dolphin watching
  • Animal Viewing
  • Bushwalking
  • Guided walks

Tour operator

Sea-Safari is an educational trip on the calm waterways of the Gippsland Lakes (Lakes Entrance). Either enjoy the 75 minute Ocean Entrance Sea-Safari or the three hour Rigby Island Sea-Safari. Sea-Safaris are run on LAKES-EXPLORER MSV 11438, a modern 12 seater ferry.

All Sea-Safaris are run by Skipper Pete, a former National Park Ranger with 20 years experience managing land and marine national parks.

Passengers should wear suitable clothing and footwear, bring personal sun protection, food and drinking water. Quality binoculars and identification guides are available.

Lakes-Explorer does not have a toilet however most on-shore stops are close to public toilets.

Lakes-Explorer may be booked as a water taxi (7:00am to 10:00pm) between various locations close to Lakes Entrance including Ocean Entrance, Barrier Landing, Rigby Island, Fraser Island Retreat (Guests Only) North Arm, Wyanga Winery Jetty and Nyerimilang Beach. This is subject to suitable weather. Please book ahead.

Opening hours:

Sea-Safaris usually depart each day if weather, tides and wildlife opportunities are suitable. Either 75 minute Ocean Entrance Sea-Safari or three hour Rigby Island Sea-Safari. Water-taxi available from 7:00am and 10:00pm most days.

  • Most days

    7:00am - 10:00pm

    Ocean Entrance Sea-Safari: morning and afternoon. Rigby Island Sea-Safari: mornings only. Water-Taxi: 7:00am to 10:00pm.

  • Charter Vessel Association

  • The Ecotourism Association of Australia

  • Visitor Information Centre

  • Wildlife Tourism Australia