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 tours is the Jurien Bay Boat Harbour off Harbour Drive. Your guide will be waiting for you aboard ‘Sound Waves’ or ‘Mojo’.
The boat will be parked up at the floating pontoon behind the information bay. Please be at the Harbour 15 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 (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 equipment.

Is Food Supplied?

Snacks and light refreshments are supplied on all Sea Lion Safaris. Water is also supplied on every tour.

Can I Hire A Camera?

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

Which Vessel Will I Travel On?

All Sea Lion Tours are operated on ‘Sound Waves’ or ‘Mojo’, both 10 metre Fibreglass Leisure Cats which were custom built in 2017/18.

What Is The Minimum Number Of People?

The minimum number of people required for a Sea Lion Tour is 2.

What Is The Maximum Number Of People?

The maximum number of people per Sea Lion Tour is 28 divided onto two vessels otherwise ‘Sound Waves’ can carry 12 and ‘Mojo’ 16 passengers.

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’ and ‘Mojo’ offer 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.

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 during the summer months, a third trip will be added once the first two are fully booked.
One trip a day is bookable during the winter months from 15th May until 15th September except over school holidays when a second trip will be added.
All Tours 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 $24 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
  • No Refund in case of no show
  • Don’t hesitate to contact us for more info

TripAdvisor Reviews

  •   We booked the trip spontaneously. The booking was great and easy. And it was a great trip. The crew was great and we saw many sea lions they was playing... read more

    Journey115204
    12/06/2019

      I'm 76 years old. Never done anything like this in my life. I cant thank Lyndon and Lauranc enough. She pulled me around with a life belt for over an... read more

    ainscoughmill
    12/05/2019

      Skipper and crew were excellent and the sea lions were very interactive in the water. I dropped my phone overboard and not only did they jump into the water to... read more

    jolynvincible
    11/24/2019

      Fantastic experience. One of the best things I’ve ever done. We took a boat out to a little island and swam out to just off the shore. Many wild sea... read more

    Zoe T
    11/20/2019
  •   Awesome day out with great crew! Highly recommended for a day out in the sun swimming with the endemic Sea Lions of Australia. Fast comfortable vessel to get to location,... read more

    allie466
    11/17/2019

      This was the best thing we've done in our Australia holiday! The sea lions come so close and they really like playing with you. The staff is very friendly and... read more

    TomEnJuud
    11/16/2019

      Had a fantastic morning with the crew from Turquoise Safaris. Very welcoming team, provided some background to the area and the sea lions, and looked after all our needs. Swimming... read more

    Redkite1
    11/14/2019

      The team is great. The music melted in the boat. They're guiding us to see the sea lions. Smiles and kindness guaranteed. Thanks turquoise safaris. A daughter and her French... read more

    Emmanuelle B
    11/12/2019
  •   It was absolutely amazing! To spend the morning snorkelling around with sea lions was the perfect way to turn 26. Highly recommend this to anyone who hits Jurien Bay, whether... read more

    bdub7
    11/11/2019

      This was our second trip with Turquoise Safaris to swim with sea lions. Great to see that Kane's business has developed, with two boats now, and more... read more

    LazytravellerPerth
    11/11/2019

      This is something i have wanted to do for a long while, a different tour company was running this tour a few years back but stopped , i missed out... read more

    Marc R
    11/11/2019

      Magic trip thanks Lyndon. Quick trip on a great boat out to the island and then the whole time is snorkelling with the sea lions. What a magic area... read more

    heatherjsanders
    11/11/2019
  •   The Sea Lion Tour is really one of the best thing we done at the west coast!! The sea lions are really close and play with you when you interact... read more

    Kevin W
    11/11/2019

      Kane was excellent and very hospitable, will definitely go again this time with family.Highly recommend it. Cheers Effi

    Adventure661751
    11/08/2019

      The best trip with Lyndon! From go to wo we were laughing and having a good time. The swim with the sea lions was amazing and a once in a... read more

    racheldL7910DX
    11/06/2019

      We had an amazing trip! The whole team was really friendly and we had a great time swimming as well as playing with the sea lions. Totally worth it!!!

    AmelieStoll
    11/06/2019
  •   I don't give an easy 10/10.... But wow!! What an experience! Didn't want to get ours hopes up with all the amazing reviews, but still totally smashed all expectations out... read more

    Perth_Fine_Foods
    11/04/2019

      My husband and myself took our 4 and 2 year old on this tour. We all got in the water and had an amazing time. Our daughter got to snorkel... read more

    Teegneilsen
    10/30/2019

      As soon as we arrived at the sea lion spot, the sea lions were swimming towards the boat. The sea lions are very trusting and came really close and swam... read more

    CeyDor
    10/29/2019

      Our kids loved the interaction with the sealions. Not to be missed! But I don't like having to type in a 100 characters for TripAdvisor

    Tom K
    10/27/2019
  •   Such a great tour from Lyndon and crew! We didn’t feel rushed to get out of the water at all, they provided lots of information on the sea lions and... read more

    Sarahhh888
    10/24/2019

      Such an incredible experience only made better by Turquoise Safari! Good boat, gear, tunes, drinks, snacks and a really great interaction with some very cute sea lions! Can't wait to... read more

    daisychain739
    10/23/2019

      We've been travelling around Oz as a family for over 6 months now and this is the best experience we've had, even tops swimming with the humpies, as sea lions... read more

    RMrtn
    10/22/2019

      I have done this several times and it is always amazing to play with the puppies of the sea. This time I went with my Aunty who was a bit... read more

    Deborah W
    10/20/2019
  •   I was recommended this tour by my friend who took it twice but it actually exceed my expectations. The crew was amazing and we had a great time on the... read more

    Zuzana R
    10/19/2019

      The sea lions are very playful and will approach you and perform acrobatics. Our captain was an impressive combination of naturalist and ageing deejay who added to the fun. Best... read more

    C5789OZphil
    10/19/2019

      Thanks you so much to the captain and April for this bloody good time. We were 12 on the boat (the maximum), and we saw so many sea lions that... read more

    juliepA2438OE
    10/15/2019

      Everything is amazing: the captain, the crew, the sea lions and the music on board ! Thanks a lot captain. Your tour rocks !

    benoo115
    10/15/2019
  •   I’ve been going up to Jurien and Green head my whole life and have never done this tour so finally decided we should! We saw around 5-6 sea lions but... read more

    finnternational
    10/14/2019

      Went out on the sea lion tour this morning. The sea lions swam up to greet the boat as soon as we anchored. When we got into the water they... read more

    doc8JJ
    10/13/2019

      One of the best marine tour I did in Australia! The team is great and passionate and the sea lions are really playful, you can have a great interaction with... read more

    862l_at
    10/13/2019

      We gave our grandson this swim with the sea lions for his 10th birthday present. He loved it and wants to do it again asap!

    Margaret H
    10/13/2019
  •   So many happy sea lions to play with. Kids had a great morning. The team looked after us and everyone had a great time. Highly recommend.

    RosanneR764
    10/11/2019

      This is the best experience I have had in years! It is amazing and a must do if you are in the area. The crew were happy, knowledgeable and helpful.... read more

    Clare2368
    10/08/2019

      Spent the morning out swimming with the sea lions. Staff (Lyndon and April) were incredibly kind and encouraging to those not sure about getting in (including myself)offering lots of reassurance... read more

    Jen_doyl
    10/03/2019

      This is a must do activities in Jurien Bay. The water is so clear and turquoise in color. Crew are so professional and put safety above anything yet... read more

    NgNelly
    10/02/2019
  •   Swimming with the sea lions in Jurien Bay was the highlight of our trip, the experience exceeded our expectations. The sea lions were very inquisitive and playful and wanted to... read more

    Suireardon
    10/02/2019

      Thanks for that incredible experience - would recommend it 1000% !! We had amazing trip - never thought we would be able to explore sea lions sooo close... read more

    651bernadette
    9/27/2019

      Had a great day swimming with the sea lions. Spectacular to have the privilege of swimming with them in their natural home. Staff were super friendly, helpful and full of... read more

    Joanne_Gl
    9/23/2019

      Great morning aboard 'Sound Waves' with Lyndon and Rosie. Amazing experience to get up close and personal with the sea lions.

    Had to get out of the water... read more

    Y8047ADdanielw
    9/22/2019