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Full-Day Maria Island Scenic Cruise Including Buffet Lunch and Guided Walk

  • Maria Island scenic cruise with Ile Des Phoques
  • 2-hour stay with free time or history tour on Maria Island
  • Guided tour of UNESCO-listed Darlington Convict Settlement
Full-Day Maria Island Scenic Cruise Including Buffet Lunch and Guided Walk
From US$167.86
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If you have your own transport, join our cruise & walk tour of Maria Island from our home town of Triabunna on Tasmania's sunny east coast.
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Tour + Bus
If you require a shuttle bus pickup from Hobart, chose this package option! Our shuttle bus will pick you up from your hotel and take you on a 1.5hr scenic drive from Hobart to Triabunna.
From US$186.51
See the best of Maria Island its surrounding scenic isles on an all-inclusive tour complete with a sightseeing cruise, a tour of the Darlington Convict Settlement, a visit to giant sea caves, and more. This tour also includes a gourmet onboard lunch like smoked salmon and local wine, as well as live commentary to make the most of your sightseeing experience.
What to Expect

Our cruise boat "Spirit of Maria" departs from the Triabunna marina and makes the short journey to Darlington (Maria Island's World Heritage listed convict settlement) to enjoy a quick morning snack aboard the boat of tea, coffee, juice, cakes and homemade lemon slice!  From here the boat will cruise to one of two locations depending on the cruise itinerary.  Our website will show the destination of the cruise.

Your cruise from Maria Island to the Ile Des Phoques (Island Of Seals) will capture the stunning views of Maria Island, including famous landmarks such as the Painted Cliffs and Fossil Cliffs, spring-fed waterfalls, limestone sea caves, cliff-top stalactites, Bishop & Clerk mountain range and the stunning granite cliffs of Maria Island's east coast. At the northern tip of Maria Island the cruise will head North to the Ile Des Phoques, a 30min boat ride from Maria Island. On the way to this remarkable granite island you can see albatross, dolphins, Australian fur seals and whales (depending on the time of year) as well as majestic panoramic views of Maria Island and the Freycinet Peninsula. *Note, if poor weather prevents the cruising to the Ile Des Phoques, the cruise will be changed to circumnavigate Maria Island.

If you have chosen the circumnavigation, your cruise around the Island is a totally immersive and different experience.  The east coast of Maria Island showcases mountain fed waterfalls, secluded bays, sea caves, ancient geology and beaches of pure white sand.

Your big buffet lunch provided on board each cruise includes Tasmanian smoked salmon, ham, chicken, roast beef, home made potato salad, freshly prepared salad, Tasmanian soft and hard cheeses, avocado dips, crackers, wraps and rolls. You will also provided a complimentary drink or tea, coffee, juice and water.  Local wines (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc) and Tasmanian premium larger are also available for purchase during lunch.

In the afternoon, both tours will dock at Darlington. The perfect way to compliment your cruise is to stretch your legs and enjoy a guided tour through Darlington’s fascinating collection of preserved convict buildings, learn about the town’s remarkable history and come face to face with Maria Island’s resident wombats.  If history is not for you, then simply soak up the sun on Darlington’s white sandy beach or swim/snorkel in the waters of Maria Island’s marine reserve.

Hotel pickup is available for guests staying in Hobart!  Why not travel in style with our own comfortable bus instead of hiring a car.  Our shuttle bus will take you from Hobart to Triabunna along the picturesque Tasman Highway and if time permits, we will stop into the historic town of Richmond to capture some wonderful souvenir photos.  Travel time is 1hr 15min on the bus.  Cost for the bus is $30pp return.

Boat departs Triabunna at 9:00am and returns at 4:30 - 4:45pm. 

Reviews (64)
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Reviewed 2 days ago
Wonderful day

A wonderful day was had with Michael and Tim looking after us as we cruised around the beautiful Tasmanian East Coast. While the weather was overcast the sea was calm and after visiting the inquisitive seals we were treated to an amazing surreal cave experience....More

Thank Rachel S
Reviewed 1 week ago
Nature at its best

We really enjoyed the cruise, Mike & Tim handled everything so well, informative commentary on cruise & walk, we saw whales, dolphins, wombats, birds. Cruising into the cave spectacular, beautiful land formations over thousands of years & nice food. Thanks guys.

Thank Gail P
Reviewed 1 week ago
Amazing - highly recommended

A brilliant day exploring the coastline of Maria Island. Michael and Tim were exceptional hosts. Michaels knowkedge of the island and its geological history provided extraordinary insights into the amazing features highlighted on the day that included entering into caves that can only be accessed...More

Thank Mobile23550677412
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Maria Island cruise

Excellent day on boat with lots of information from Mike and Tim. Maria Island interesting. However not worth $215, and then asking $6 on top for a glass of wine or a beer was a bit much. That should have been included. Very nice lunch...More

Thank Janette M
TeamECC, Owner at East Coast Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dearest Janette, thank you so much for your feedback it really is appreciated. We try so very hard to pack as much value into the day as we possibly can. For a small group of up to 24 guests to combine 4 hrs cruising the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
What a great tour.... Bucket list stuff!

What a great day out! We were very lucky as weather and wildlife will do what they do but yesterday the weather was superb and the wildlife stunning! Michael and Steve were professional, approachable and very friendly, the talks during our trip were interesting and...More

Thank BendigoGlug
Michael D, Owner at East Coast Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

What a privilege it was to share Thursday's tour with you all. As you say, sometimes things just all come together and are meant to be! The weather was simply glorious, we managed to sneak the boat into the very back of each sea cave...More

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6 October 2018|
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Response from TeamECC | Property representative |
Hi there! The weather at the end of February to the middle of April is typically the most settled time of the year in Tasmania. A great time for cruising!!