Frequently Asked Questions

Answering Your Queries

General Questions

Where Is Jurien Bay?

Jurien Bay is located 220 km north of Perth, Western Australia. Simply take Wanneroo Road north until it becomes Indian Ocean Drive, then follow it all the way up to Jurien.

Where Do We Meet?

Departure point for all Charters is the Jurien Bay Boat Harbour off Harbour Drive. Your guide will be waiting for you aboard ‘Sound Waves’ or ‘Here Fishy Fishy’.
The boat will be parked up at the floating pontoon behind the information bay. Please be at the Harbour 10 minutes prior to departure of the trip.

What Do I Need To Bring On My Safari?

Although it varies on each safari its generally a good idea to bring:

  • Swimwear & towel (for the snorkelers)
  • Camera or GoPro
  • Hat & sunglasses (we provide sunscreen)
  • Warm jacket / jumper (it can get cold out on the water or after a swim)
  • You are welcome to bring along your own wetsuits or snorkel / fishing equipment, please let us know beforehand so we can organise space on deck
Is Food Supplied?

Snacks are supplied on all Sea Lion Safaris. Water is supplied on every tour.
Please pack your own lunch for a Fishing Charter.

Can I Hire A Camera?

We have a limited amount of GoPros available for Hire at $50 per person.

Which Vessel Will I Travel On?

All Sea Lion Tours are operated on ‘Sound Waves’, a 10 metre Fibreglass Leisure Cat which was custom built in 2018.
All Fishing Charters are operated on ‘Here Fishy Fishy’, a 7.8 metre Aluminium Centre Console.

What Is The Minimum Number Of People?

The minimum number of people required for a Sea Lion Tour or Fishing Charter is 2.
A Private Fishing Charter can go ahead with 1 Person.

What Is The Maximum Number Of People?

The maximum number of people per Sea Lion Tour is 12.
The maximum number of people per Fishing Charter is 6.

Can Babies Attend The Safaris?

There are no set age limits for our Safaris.

Are The Safaris Suitable For Elderly Or Mobility Impaired?

‘Sound Waves’ offers easy access through the side entry door and plenty of seating / space suitable for elderly, mobility impaired and wheelchairs. Please contact us for further details.
We regret to advise that we are temporarily unable to provide disabled access for passengers on ‘Here Fishy Fishy’.

How Many Trips Do You Do Per Day?

We can run up to three Sea Lion Tours per day depending on demand. Two trips a day are bookable at all times, a third will be added once the first two are fully booked.
Fishing Charters are a Full Day Activity therefore we can only run one Charter a day.
All Charters are subject to weather conditions.

How Deep Is The Water At The Snorkel Spots?

Our two separate snorkel spots are both located in shallow waters with the depth varying from 1.5 to 2 metres.

Can I Book In As An Observer And Upgrade To A Snorkeler On The Day?

If you are not sure whether you want to join a Sea Lion Tour as a Snorkeler at the time of booking, you are welcome to book in as an Observer and decide if you want to snorkel on the day. There are enough snorkel sets and wetsuits on the boat for everyone so a last minute change of mind won’t be a problem.
Please do leave us a short message in the ‘Notes’ box when entering your booking details indicating you might upgrade.
You can pay the additional $30 cash or card on the day.

What Is The Water Temperature?

The water temperature can get below 15 degrees celsius in winter and reach up to 26 degrees celsius in summer.

Do I Have To Book In Advance?

Yes definitely, Bookings are essential. Tours only depart if we have received bookings prior to or on the day.

Do You Require A Deposit?

No. When booking through the website the full price needs to be paid up front to secure your spot.

Can I Purchase A Tour As A Gift?

Yes, we have Gift Vouchers for all Tours available for purchase. Simply click the ‘Book Now’ Button, choose desired tour and select ‘Buy Gift Card’.

What Are Your Booking Conditions?
  • Turquoise Safaris reserves the right to alter or cancel safaris at any time
  • Safety is our utmost concern but your responsibility
  • A medium level of fitness is required
  • When booking please inform us of any injuries or medical conditions
  • Any Safaris cancelled by us due to unforeseen circumstances will either be rescheduled or fully refunded
  • A Cancellation Fee of 50% of the full price applies to all Sea Lion Tour cancellations received less than 48 hours before departure of the trip
  • A Cancellation Fee of 50% of the full price applies to all Fishing Charter cancellations received less than 7 days before departure of the trip
  • No Refund in case of no show
  • Don’t hesitate to contact us for more info

TripAdvisor Reviews

  •   Awesome trip! Great team. It was great to swim with the sea lions in this turquoise water. We come again!

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    12/14/2018

      We drove up from Perth for the day and it was well worth the trip. The crew were friendly and very respectful of the sea lions. The sea puppies were in a very playful mood, and we got to spend lots of time interacting with...More

    thumb Jo B
    12/14/2018

      This is a highly professionally run business. Operators are warm and friendly (genuinely. There boat and equipment is first rate and the encounter with the sea lions awesome. We have dived with hump backs and whale sharks and this activity rates right up there. The...More

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    12/14/2018

      We went on the morning sea lion tour with turquoise safaris. Kane and Lyndon were a friendly and funny father and son crew who could answer any questions we asked. The sea lions were some of the most inquisitive and playful creatures I have seen....More

    thumb Chloe T
    12/13/2018
  •   Thank you Kane and Lyndon for a truly amazing wildlife encounter. These guys are top notch professionals and run a great tour. The boat and equipment they have looks very new and in great condition. They ensure your comforting safety, they are friendly and do...More

    thumb Adrianchonghs
    12/10/2018

      I am an underwater photographer and I came to Western Australia from the United States to photograph the Australian sea lions. From my initial outreach months in advance, Kane was extremely friendly and helpful booking me on the sea lion charters. Traveling from so far...More

    thumb Sealia
    12/10/2018

      We are still buzzing from our sealion encounter yesterday. Thank you Lyndon and Kane. Diving down encouraged the puppies of the ocean to pirouette and dance around us. I didn't want to get out of the water but they have better stamina than me. The...More

    thumb Chidsbrowndog
    12/09/2018

      What an amazing experience to have swam with sea lions. Kane and Lyndon are such wonderful knowledgeable tour operators. They made sure my 9 year old nephew was looked after and had a chance to encounter the sea lions. Thank you! Debbie and family

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    12/08/2018
  •   We took a tour on the 5th of December to snorkel with sea lions… and it was absolutely fantastic! One of the best tour we had in Australia (and we’ve been traveling for a year here now). The sea lions are adorable animals and it...More

    thumb eloraaaah
    12/07/2018

      These guys are the best lads with the best sea lion tour you could ever imagine. Friendly personality, helpful to every one, supplies everything you need pretty much, even towels and food and water/tea/coffee or Milo for the kids. Boat is comfortable and gives you...More

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    12/07/2018

      Had an absolutely incredible day today with Lyndon and Kane. Got up and close with all the sealions and played with them in the ocean for an hour! Never expected to be able to get so close to them, very glad we hired the go...More

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    12/07/2018

      This tour was absolutely amazing from start to finish. I've been on a few swim with wildlife tours before, but this one was honestly my favourite. The sea lions seem to genuinely enjoy playing and swimming with you. It feels less like they are curious...More

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    12/06/2018
  •   What a superb tour - a “must not miss” when visiting Jurien Bay. Kane runs a wonderful event and interacts really very well with his guests. The sea lions put on a fab show today - one male and female courting and buzzing around each...More

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    12/05/2018

      Called Kane yesterday and made a booking for the next morning, nice and easy. Went on the morning trip 8 o'clock. We went out and saw a few dolphins in the marina. They were the best guides shared happily all they knowed about the sorroundings....More

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    12/04/2018

      Kane and his father do a fantastic job of running this tour. The boat is brand new, very comfortable and has plenty of shade. The sea lions did not disappoint and were very playful. Wetsuits supplied are excellent as is the snorkelling gear. The underwater...More

    thumb Sonya T
    12/03/2018

      Really enjoyable, unique trip - the sea lions were friendly and playful. Well run tour. Nice to support a family business.

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    12/03/2018
  •   A must do lots of fun snorkeling with the sea lions they are so playfull the puppies of the sea thanks guys

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    12/02/2018

      I couldn’t recommend this tour and experience more. From the very start Lyndon and Kane were super welcoming and friendly. The tour itself was out of this world. The sea lions are so tame and eager to play, it’s hard to believe that they’re wild...More

    thumb Chantelle C
    12/02/2018

      Great fun with Sea Lion Snorkelling Tour conducted by Lyndon & Kane from Turquoise Safaris. It is a marvellous tour you absolutely must not skip when at Jurien Bay! The sea lions were so playful and friendly, and they swam just next to us. And...More

    thumb Allan_Ang
    12/02/2018

      Absolutely loved this. Kane and Lyndon were super friendly and organised. The sea lions were also friendly and eager to play. It was hard to keep up with them! The water wasn’t too cold and the views were spectacular. We even stopped to see the...More

    thumb Amy D
    12/02/2018
  •   Wow, what an amazing tour! Crew was fantastic and considerate, felt very good. Would definitely recommend it!! Also a big thumbs up for the sea lions, who were very playful and cute!😄

    thumb 474arneb
    12/01/2018

      Amazing trip, swam with atleast 10 sea lions that were extremely playful, then the underwater pinnacles are so unique with an abundance of marine life in there. Also some swim throughs in the reef for advanced swimmers. Great value for money and experience.

    thumb Michael F
    12/01/2018

      Thank you Jane and Lyndon for this amazing experience. Swimming with sea lions is so much fun! The boat is very comfortable with plenty of dry storage room. Wetsuits, mask and snorkel and fins all of excellent quality and very comfortable. There is also very...More

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    11/29/2018

      Awesome experience with friendly, knowledgeable and helpful guides (kane and lyndon). 8am tour was perfect to see seals and the pinnacles too.

    thumb Nikhil P
    11/27/2018
  •   There is nothing more wonderful than getting up close and personal with sea lions that come up and cavort around you and stare at you 10 cm from your goggles. The clear turquoise waters are just beautiful and the way that Lyndon and Kane, a...More

    thumb Sue B
    11/27/2018

      It couldn’t have been any better or easier. From the first visit of the website till the end of the tour every information and help we needed was provided. Very friendly and informative on the phone, Kane took time until every question was asked and...More

    thumb flyingfrisbeeee
    11/27/2018

      The best tour that I ever join, lyndon&kane are so friendly and helpful! That's so amazing that we can swim and play with the sea lions as they are so friendly n cute!

    thumb Yk Y
    11/26/2018

      Had such an unforgettable experience! I could not fault a thing, service was outstanding the guys were extremely helpful as I had my 10 year old son with me as well. I will definitely be recommending turquoisesafari to my friends and family 😊

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    11/25/2018
  •   One of the best tour I have been on. Brand new boat and friendly staffs as well as brand new equipments. Definitely recommend for anyone who likes snorkeling and interacting with sea lions. Hot milo at the end was also great.

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    11/24/2018

      Lyndon and Kane are a father and son duo who run Turqoise Safaris with the utmost professionalism and enthusiasm. These two are very passionate about what they do and you can see this come through in the service they offer. This was a truly memorable...More

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    11/24/2018

      We went out with Turqoise Safaris today and it was amazing! We got to swim with at least 8 different sea lions, who love playing and interacting with you. I think we stayed in the water for almost an hour. We have been scuba diving...More

    thumb Smoon71
    11/22/2018

      Had such a fantastic time and highly recommend for everyone to do it!! Friendly staff, great equipment plus a warm drink for when you get out of the water! Such a special day I will always remember

    thumb Carly J
    11/21/2018
  •   The team is very welcoming! Great equipment and not the poor stuff other tour operators are using normally. Additionally, the second snorkel place (underwater pinnacles) is great too!!

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    11/19/2018

      Just had a great day swimming with the sealions and snorkelling eoth Turquoise Safaris. Kane and his dad were a great team and very polite. Totally laid back tour with not too much talking and more into getting out there and having fun! The sealions...More

    thumb Tessa H
    11/18/2018

      Thanks so much for this experience. The tour was awesome. Kane was really friendly and informative. The sea lions were incredible, so playful. The tour was shorter than I expected but it was pretty cold so I didn’t really mind. Thanks again. We will definitely...More

    thumb Melissa T
    11/08/2018

      Thanks Kane for all. We loved to play and swim with the sea lions. U are a very good Tour Operator!!!

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    11/07/2018
  •   We had such a great day!! THE SEA LIONS WERE BRILLIANT Kane was great, really nice and relaxed. It was windy but didn't ruin the experience at all. Will definitely recommend to anyone wanting a great and unique day out on the water Jess &...More

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    11/07/2018

      Thanks Kane for a beautiful morning aboard your boat. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with you and although the weather was crappy swimming with the sea lions was a great experience

    thumb Angie M
    11/05/2018

      A lovely day swimming with these cute sea lions. I am a swimmer but a novice snorkeler. Thank you Kane for a great experience. Wearing a wet suit in the water made me feel warm as I was unsure how cold the water would be...More

    thumb Sue H
    11/05/2018

      Great experience, swimming with the sea lions was one of the most touching experience we’ve ever had and Kane was so nice to show us everything and he also gave us some yummy snacks. Highly recommended

    thumb Luca M
    11/05/2018