Seal Island Tour

Duration 45 minutes
  • Year Round
  • See Sea Lions, Fur Seals and dolphins at Seal Island
  • Departs 1pm
  • Adult $35/ Child (2-12 years) $25/ Family (2A+2C) $110

Wildlife and Sightseeing Tour

Duration 1 hour 30 minutes
  • October-May
  • See Seal Island, Wright Island, West Island, Waitpinga Cliffs
  • See Sea Lions, Fur Seals and Dolphins
  • Departs 2pm
  • Adult $60/ Child (4-12 years) $50/ Family (2A+2C) $195

Whale Watching

Duration 1 hour 30 minutes
  • June- September
  • See Southern Right Whales between Victor Harbor and Goolwa
  • Departs 2pm
  • Adults $60/ Child (4-12 years) $50/ Family (2A+2C) $195

Private Charter

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We often host large families, schools, corporate team building exercises and research groups. You'll have the whole 24 seat boat to yourselves, and we'll work with you to accommodate your specific needs.

Seal Island Tour

This tour offers passengers The Big Duck experience in a compact form! Departing from the Granite Island Causeway, a 5 minute scenic cruise takes you along the northern side of Granite Island past the Penguin Centre and Horse Tram route and around the breakwater into the open ocean. A further 5 minutes of exhilarating motoring and you are at Seal Rock, where New Zealand Fur seals and Australian Sea Lions can be seen basking in the sun and often swim to the stationary boat to have a good look at the passengers! Seabirds including petrels, shearwaters and cormorants can also be seen on or around Seal Rock. Common and bottlenose dolphins are also often in the vicinity and sometimes race the boat. After about 15 minutes viewing the wildlife and beautiful scenery at Seal Rock, The Big Duck returns to the Granite Island Causeway landing.

Wildlife & Sightseeing Tour

For this extended tour, The Big Duck again departs from the Granite Island Causeway and cruises slowly between the mainland and the northern side of Granite Island, affording breathtaking views of both the Victor Harbor shoreline and the island. Once past the breakwater The Big Duck picks up its pace. Seal Rock is the first stop, where New Zealand Fur Seals and Australian Sea Lions bask in the sun between fishing forays and swimming out to the boat for a sticky-beak! Then on past the huge granite boulders of Wright Island and the Bluff, with Shark Alley in between where Dan talks about the whaling history of the area.

Many visitors to Victor Harbor never venture past Petrel Cove on the western side of The Bluff, but this is where passengers on The Big Duck are in for a real treat! West Island is a Conservation Park, complete with a research hut used by the universities and park rangers. From the back of the island another colony of seals and sea lions can often be seen basking on the rocks and swimming in the shallows. Seabirds abound in this remote area and often pods of common and bottlenose dolphins can be spotted playing or feeding. The Big Duck heads further west past the darkly spectacular cliffs of Kings Beach and Waitpinga before turning around and heading back to Granite Island.

The Big Duck Boat Tour routes are dependent on weather conditions and are subject to change because of this.

Whale Watching

From June to September Southern Right Whales arrive in the waters around Victor Harbor and Encounter Bay to mate and give birth.

All tours depart from Granite Island causeway. Whale watching tour routes vary depending on location of the whales. On a typical whale watching tour, we pick up pace towards Port Elliot, then slow down and look out for dolphins and southern right whales around the headlands. We often stop near Pullen Island to look for New Zealand fur seals as they bask on the rocks.

We then venture through Horseshoe Bay towards Bashams beach where the whales can be seen basking in the warm shallow water which provides the perfect conditions for giving birth to calves.

The Big Duck Boat Tours is a licensed whale watching vessel.