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Great Sandy Marine Park, Turtle Discovery & Cultural Ecotour

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Urangan, Australia
Great Sandy Marine Park, Turtle Discovery & Cultural Ecotour
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icon4 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Get a new perspective on Queensland's Great Sandy Straits Marine Park by cruising through its clear waters in a glass-bottom boat. See an abundance of marine life among the coral reefs, including turtles, dolphins, and possibly a reef shark or dugong. Make several stops along the way for snorkeling and swimming.
  • Come face to face with marine life in a glass-bottom boat
  • Stop at Round Island, Big Woody Island, and/or Pelican Banks
  • Includes afternoon tea, lunch, and soft drinks
  • Small-group tour ensures a personalized experience
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Healthy Lunch
Coffee and/or Tea
All activities
Local Indigenous guide
Use of Snorkeling equipment
National Park fees
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Drinks
No Pickups
Great Sandy Straits Marina Urangan Hervey Bay , 17 Buccaneer Dr, Urangan QLD 4655, Australia

Our shop is opposite Cafe Balaena.

10:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian / Vegan option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • All participants will be required to complete a health questionnaire prior to diving. Some pre-existing medical conditions (eg asthma, heart conditions, etc) may prevent you from diving, please consult your doctor
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hervey Bay Eco Marine Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Great Sandy Marine Park, Turtle Discovery & Cultural Ecotour?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Great Sandy Marine Park, Turtle Discovery & Cultural Ecotour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Great Sandy Marine Park, Turtle Discovery & Cultural Ecotour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Great Sandy Marine Park, Turtle Discovery & Cultural Ecotour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Great Sandy Marine Park, Turtle Discovery & Cultural Ecotour.

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  • "If you are looking to spend time ashore to swim and snorkel then I would suggest that you speak to the operator first about where they are intending on taking the boat." See review

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star-5
A fun educational day out on the water
Tamara_J
, May 2022
What a friendly crew! Jo Jo our Butchulla guide was very knowledgeable and taught everyone in our family something new about the people of the area. We managed to walk around both islands we landed on. The first one had snorkeling, though you had to be brave to enter the water and sadly the visibility due to the recent floods wasn't great. It was still a fun experience and a safe place to teach our daughter how to snorkel. Round Island, the second Island was fantastic, so much variety of habitat on the one Island! Although sadly the larger marine animals did not show themselves, there were enough birds, crabs, and tiny fish to keep this nature loving family happy. It was a lovely peaceful, educational and entertaining day trip.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Joe Joe certainly is amazing and he loves to share culture and spend time with our guests. Hope to see you again another day.
star-3
Bad weather
Michelle_K
, Dec 2020
Didn't see the turtles or snorkel due to bad weather. Enjoyed the cruise and a walk on a little island.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2020
Thank you for your review, we are at the mercy of mother nature however, I'm glad you enjoyed your cruise and the island. Hope to see you again one day, with better weather and marine life sightings.
star-4
Seeing to Barrier Reef up close.
Malcolm_P
, Oct 2020
Interesting and very friendly informative tour. Guides were very knowledgable. Nice relaxing trip.. lunch was no fuss with lots of nibbles on tour.
star-5
Wonderful Turtle and Eco Tour
Sandra_K
, Jul 2020
What a superb day. Skipper cwas great and his First Mate, Travis, was fantastic. A really worthwhile, value for money experience.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
We are thrilled you enjoyed your day out on the Sandy Straits. Wil and Travis have a lot of combined knowledge to share thats for sure.
star-5
Wonderful Eco experience
Sandra_K
, Jul 2020
What a superb day. Skipper was great and his First Mate Travis was fantastic. Highly recommended experience.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
We are thrilled you enjoyed your day out on the Sandy Straits. Wil and Travis have a lot of combined knowledge to share thats for sure.
star-4
Lovely day on the water
Fiona_G
, Jan 2020
The trip was different to what we were expecting. There was not a lot of time off the boat as we changed to a larger vessel due to engine troubles in the smaller boat. We spent the majority of the day cruising looking for dolphins and turtles. We did see a dugong, some dolphins but no turtles. There was no time to snorkel apart from about 20 minutes when the boat dropped us off at a lovely island however there was nothing to look at except the sandy bottom. The larger boat was excellent for families with small children however it was dangerous exiting and entering the boat by jumping from the platform into the deep water. This would be entirely different in the smaller boat as it can pull up onto the sand. Overall we had a lovely day on the water, the crew were helpful and the local guide had excellent knowledge about the immediate area. If you are looking to spend time ashore to swim and snorkel then I would suggest that you speak to the operator first about where they are intending on taking the boat.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thank you for your comments we truly appreciate the views of our guests. Our vessel the Milbi, was being fitted with new outboards, so rather than disappoint guests, we hired the other vessel. Whilst the vessel is fantastic in many ways, exiting the vessel for swimming was not perfect. I do remember the day well and we did have the most wonderful Dugong experience and the pod of 4-6 dolphins which was lovely. We did see a couple of turtles but they were only on the surface briefly and not everyone on the vessel saw them. Thats nature for you, nothing is on schedule or planned we just need to go with it. I do hope to see you back on the Fraser coast one day.
star-5
Great day out
Jo B
, Apr 2019
Thoroughly enjoyed this day out. Got a generous amount of time to do some snorkeling, informative and interesting commentary, Team were knowledgeable about the local area and very helpful. Even got a traditional welcome on Round Island by a local indigenous man. My advice. Book and go!
star-5
Amazing. It was educational and entertaining.
Roger_d
, Oct 2018
The two guides were very knowledgeable about many aspects of marine life and indigenous culture of the area. I can highly recommend this trip. In fact I wanted to go out again. However weather prevented that happening.
star-3
Very relaxing boat ride but really...
Kathryn E
, Oct 2017
Very relaxing boat ride but really didn't get to see any turtles except a few heads popping up. Too much time on island and not enough animal action for me. Music selections were great!

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