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’.
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 / fishing equipment, please let us know beforehand so we can organise space on deck
Is Food Supplied?

Snacks and light refreshments 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 Go Pros 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 $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
  • 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

  •   Kane and Rosey made this experience a highlight on our trip around Oz. The experience of swimming with the sea lions was amazing. Something we will always treasure. The sea lions love to dive and swim with us. Highly recommend this experience. Swimming vests were available for anyone to wear. Felt very safe. We had plenty of time. Thanks for the memorable experience Kane and Rosey

    valh527
    9/11/2019

      Amazing family business!! We are travelling around Australia with our two kids and this day was one of the major highlights of our trip so far. The owners were fantastic with our two kids aged 9&11 and we all got to swim with heaps of sea lions and had a fantastic day. Thankyou!!

    flappy7
    9/08/2019

      Kane and Chloe were excellent guides on our trip to see the sea lions in Jurien Bay. Wetsuits are provided to help with the cold waters in August and setup with the snorkels were a breeze. Kane helped out with any issues during the snorkel and pointed out the sea lions when he spotted them from the boat. All round great experience topped off with a hot drink and lamingtons. Thank you Kane for also giving me the GoPro attachment! Highly recommend!

    Kevnic16
    8/28/2019

      Fablous tour , crew were very imformative, friendly, nothing was a problem to them. The seal lions were great either swimming with them or just watching from the boat.

    maloneys
    8/27/2019
  •   Amazing time swimming with the seals. Plenty of time allowed for snorkeling,the crew were great,nothing too much trouble.

    508pamw
    8/25/2019

      The tour was fabulous. It’s totally worth it even if you just stay on the boat or swim with the seals.
    Boat was spacious and comfortable the skipper is informative funny and has a good choice in music.
    In the water the seal lions are very playful and if your lucky you might get a hug. I recommend that you bring an underwater camera.
    From Jamie and Jade

    Sean Tammy G
    8/20/2019

      Before we got into the water we were fitted up with a wetsuit, fins and a snorkel. At the beginning the water was cold but we got used to it and had fun. We all enjoyed swimming with the sea lions because we got to swim really close to the sea lion pups as they swam out from the island. They were very playful. The sea lions swam and we followed them. Unfortunately the time spent with them was short (because the sea lions got bored of us!) but everyone saw a sea lion. After we got out of the water we were treated to a cup of hot chocolate (Milo) by the friendly staff.

    The only thing I think they could improve is if they had a practice snorkel before you jumped in with the sea lions. This would just give you an opportunity to get used to the gear before being in with the sea lions.

    happyitchyfeet
    8/20/2019

      Right from the get go we knew this would be an amazing experience! The crew were so lively and friendly, and they made sure everyone was having fun!
    The boat was pumping some amazing Aussie tunes, and the crew pulled out all the stops to make sure we all got up close and personal with the animals.
    We honestly want to come back up and do more trips with Turquoise Safaris, because we've never had a guided experience quite like it 🙂

    Highlight of our trip!

    msgisreal
    8/20/2019
  •   From the start, when warmly greeted by the skipper and welcomed aboard, I immediately felt safe, secure, and ready for a great adventure. The boat was lovely, the equipment in very good condition, and the hospitality top notch. Getting into the water and swimming with the sea lions was one of the most unique experiences I've had since visiting Australia. The one that I played with most would swim right up to my face, poke around and grab onto me or my GoPro. It was phenomenal. On the way back to shore we were treated to a warm cup of Milo (or tea or coffee) and some really good Lamingtons. Perfect start to my morning and will not be forgotten. Thank you to Turquoise Safaris for a fantastic experience! More

    irishgirl8253
    8/19/2019

      I came to the country to dive and drive. I did both things, and it was really nice. The only activity that I didn't plan before coming was knowing the sea lions in the sea, and it was one of the nicest experiences of my life.

    The service in the ship was really good. Even the rest of the people went out of the water maybe after half an hour, I could stay with the sea lions an hour more (I didn't had enough) without any rush.

    10/10!

    Monastiraki P
    8/19/2019

      Everything it said it was going to be and more.
    Got to swim with sea lions, warm cup with coffee and Lemongtons post swim, towels, snorkels and just a beautiful boat ride. Lyndon was brilliant - provided the music, interesting facts and such a lovely man who made the trip extra fun. Thank you very much Lyndon

    Laura_yolo
    8/19/2019

      If you plan to swim and play with sea lions, you should only do it with Turquoise Safaris. if don't, we'll you must!
    Special mention and love for Rosey, who took it upon herself to go out of the way and help us make the most of the dive.

    The experience was blissful. Cheers.

    Amar1112
    8/16/2019
  •   From start to finish you are made to feel comfortable and like you are in for a fun time. The music was awesome, the boat and equipment all new. You have plenty of time in the water with the most playful, inquisitive puppies of the sea. This is a must do!

    Travelling T
    8/12/2019

      The interaction with the sea lions is great!!
    The crew is very informative and great music along the way 🙂

    284rubenl
    8/11/2019

      I did this tour 3 times!!! every time was even better!!! they really are the puppy dogs of the sea, and the couple of the tour are AMAZING, they do everything to get everyone happy in the tour, they even jump into the water and help slow swimmers!
    I really loved this experience and would like to do it again!

    Catalina G
    8/09/2019

      Top trip. Good spacious comfortable boat, great interactions with the sea lions which really enjoy playing when you swim with them. Fun morning out, I'll be back

    RichIC1975
    8/08/2019
  •   We absolutely loved this experience!
    Kane and Rosemary were fantastic tour operators and created an exciting morning.
    The boat is great and the seals, well,absolutely adorable..puppies of the sea, indeed.
    Professional and respectful to our environment and wildlife, it's a a big thumbs up from us!

    51kellyb
    8/03/2019

      Thanks for the wonderful tour! It was great! My kids love it. Perfect tour for family w young kids! Recommend must try when you are in Perth and nearby!

    KC

    LohKC
    8/03/2019

      We enjoyed the special interaction of being in the water with these inquisitive sea lions! They seemed just as excited to see us as we were to see them. Our Skipper, Lyndon made the trip relaxed and enjoyable. He was great from the outset. This is a must-do when in Jurien Bay.

    sean1232019
    7/31/2019

      Cheers for the prompt 4WD recovery Kane, made the day so much better, kids won't stop lecturing me on how to 4WD now, ha ha.

    Churman
    7/13/2019
  •   What a great way to start the day just had the best morning with Kane, Rose and the sea lions it was a really relaxing and friendly boat it’s obvious they enjoy their job the sea lions were so beautiful well worth a trip out...More

    Holdsw
    7/12/2019

      Lyndon was our guide and didn’t disappoint with his playlist! The sea lions were so interactive and playful, it was an amaaaaazing day! Being not so much a confident swimmer at sea, there was life jackets available which allowed me to thoroughly enjoy the whole...More

    Holly U
    7/08/2019

      WOW, what an experience. Lyndon our skipper delivered! Just had so much fun snorkelling with the sea lions. They are so friendly. You MUST do this if in Jurien Bay.

    Paul G
    6/25/2019

      Despite a change in the weather later on the afternoon which threatened our trip...they kept us in the loop and did their best to get us out there. Seals werent in high numbers due to weather, but we still had some juveniles come out for...More

    kwaichangkum
    6/23/2019
  •   This was a great experience. The sea lions were a delight to swim and play with and there was plenty of time to enjoy it. The boat was fantastic and the journey to and from the sea lions was really exciting. ‘Kane’ was a cheerful...More

    Andrew C
    6/18/2019

      Awesome experience from start to finish and should be on everyone's bucket list! The sea lions are an absolute delight and you get plenty of time to snorkel with them at your leisure, never felt rushed. Crew are excellent, there were several small children on...More

    SurfnPics
    6/11/2019

      Crew members were great from beginning to end. Very friendly, down to earth and accommodating. Even supplied a small cake to help celebrate our son's birthday. We took a nice boat ride out and were almost immediately greeted by sea lions. They really do love...More

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    6/03/2019

      We were recommended by people in Exmouth, after swimming with the whale sharks to visit the guys at Jurian Bay and we can say that the experience was BY FAR a highlight of our trip. Lyndon was such a great guide, really helpful and took...More

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    5/25/2019
  •   What a way to start today 🙂 It was an absolute pleasure to be part of such a great experience. The sea lions were sooo friendly, they love playing around and just love the attention they receive. Had the best morning! Could not recommend Turquoise...More

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    5/23/2019

      This tour was absolutely incredible. The sea lions were so sweet and playful - at one point there were about about four of them swimming and playing with our group. Obviously the experience can’t be guaranteed, but this was one of the happiest adventures I’ve...More

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    5/15/2019

      We had an amazing morning on the boat and snorkeling with the Sea Lions. Everything was explained very well and the crew helped us to have the best experience with the playful cuties. Thank you so much for the perfect ending of our Australia travels.

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    5/09/2019

      Oh my goodness this is one of the coolest things you can do while travelling WA. The sea lions come really close and it was just awesome even tho we only saw a few. Not that it was expensive at all, def worth the money,...More

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    5/02/2019
  •   There were only a couple of sea lions when we visited but we did manage to watch and play with them, which was fun. The boat was good, wetsuits and snorkelling equipment are provided. Hot drinks also provided after the swim which was nice. I...More

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    5/02/2019

      I went out with Lyle and Rosie to swim with the sea lions. Such an amazing experience - the sea lions were so playful coming so close to us to swim and play. I would definately recommend this tour with turquoise safaris.

    thumb T2966EPkellyc
    5/01/2019

      Very friendly staff ....awesome time ... well organised and very professional ... my son had a great time ... the sea lions where just gorgeous Well worth the money - thanks

    thumb kelsiekate
    4/30/2019

      I was not expecting much, but I was very surprised how sea lions play with us in the water. The team was very professional and very good. We had a really good time and will come back with our kids for sure.

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    4/30/2019
  •   Lyndon was great! Boat for really nice and crew was so attentive to all of our needs. I had 2 young children with me and they helped bring them off the boat to explore and see the sealions. Will definitely recommend That you make a...More

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    4/28/2019

      I'm so glad we managed to make it to this tour. We left Fremantle early and managed to get to the 10.30am tour. It was amazing. At first we only saw a couple of older sea lions but then some younger ones appears and "played"...More

    thumb regNmat
    4/28/2019

      These guys were great! Guaranteed to swim with the sea lions everyday of the year. Brand new boat, friendly and knowledge staff and good local know-how made for an excellent experience.

    thumb TTWSaustralia
    4/27/2019

      A very friendly, yet professionally run morning. The boat was very clean, as was the hire gear. Very caring crew, Lynden the skip looked after everyone very well. When one needed assistance in the water, he was there in a flash. A great experience that...More

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    4/25/2019