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

  •   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

    thumb Kathleen J
    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.

    thumb Amanda530
    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

    thumb 139trined
    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

    thumb LeahSydney01
    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.

    thumb Naresh S
    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

    thumb EstellaK17
    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

    thumb dave s
    4/25/2019

      Had a great time today swimming with the sea lions. Highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Jurien Bay. It was amazing to get up close and swim with the sea lions. Kane, Rosie and Harry make the whole experience really enjoyable and fun. And...More

    thumb Natalie B
    4/23/2019
  •   So much fun swimming with sea lions! A great no fuss, professional tour on a well maintained boat and with friendly staff. A perfect way to top off our visit to WA.

    thumb 1Hathway3Olsens
    4/23/2019

      We had 6 participants and 2 infants under 6 months. The boat and equipment was new, comfy and the crew (Kane & Rosie) were helpful, professional and had thought of everything (towels, lammingtons, tea, etc). This experience put everything else in the shade, and the...More

    thumb Connector589739
    4/21/2019

      The best tour we’ve ever been on! Lyndon is a knowledgeable, passionate and vibrant character who offers a safe, affordable and wonderfully memorable tour. The sea lions were extremely playful and we were delighted with the amount of interaction and swim time. 10/10 from us,...More

    thumb Clifal
    4/18/2019

      An amazing experience whether you swim or not! The sea lions are adorable, and the staff are great! Lots of fun on the boat ride as well as the beautiful animals!

    thumb CairnsCouple47
    4/18/2019
  •   We thoroughly enjoyed our sea lion excursion. Swimming with the sea lions was the highlight of our trip. Lyndon and Maxine looked after everyone well and made the whole trip so much fun. Definitely worth doing if you're visiting Jurien Bay.

    thumb BGL_travels
    4/13/2019

      An amazing addition to our trip. A must for anybody doing the West coast. Easily within reach of Perth. The staff were knowledgeable and friendly and the sea lions were great.

    thumb Bubbleboy68
    4/09/2019

      We had the most amazing time interacting with the sea lions - we swam with them for over an hour. They were very playful, like puppies, and responded to your movements. The more you played, the more they came to you and reacted- rolling, blowing...More

    thumb PhillipH1440
    4/04/2019

      Plenty of time to spend in the water with the sea lions. The big ones tend to ignore people but the smaller ones are very cheeky and playful!! we had a very nice morning and got some very cool shots of the sea lions! the...More

    thumb spuntz94
    4/02/2019
  •   We went to Jurien bay with a Group of friends to do the Sealion swim thinking we might be able to swim with them, but the reality was waaaaay better than expected, it exceeded our expectation, amazing swim with the sealions. recommend it 100% The...More

    thumb Patrik S
    4/01/2019

      It was a lovely day and it is unforgettable. Everybody who has the chance to do it should it do! This is for everyone.

    thumb Jancaricato
    4/01/2019

      My wife and I signed up for the 8am sealion snorkeling session. Place of meet up at the port was easy to find as our all fantastic and friendly captain and guide Lindon and Rosy were there to greet and guide us up the boat....More

    thumb Ernest_Ee_sg
    3/28/2019

      If you’re in or anywhere near Jurien Bay this tour is a must! The crew are brilliant and the sea lions are very interactive, all set in some very nice scenery

    thumb aarondodds08
    3/27/2019
  •   Lyndon is extremely professsional and still so laid back and nice. This definitely adds to the fantastic experience to swim with the wonderful sealions. Skipping this is no option if you are in Western Australia and I cannot see that you can get a better...More

    thumb Leif67
    3/25/2019

      This is one of the best experiences I have ever had anywhere in Australia. Have done it twice now and would do.it again. Great, professional staff. Friendly fun loving sealions. Beautiful boat. Heaven on earth. Do yourself a favour.

    thumb Lovnlife59
    3/24/2019

      A warm welcome from Cane & his crew even though we were late to arrive. For us more adventurous kind Cane caned it there & back, it was sick without all the spew! The sea loins did NOT disappoint exquisite, inquisitive creatures inquisitive. Would krill...More

    thumb Missflapper8
    3/24/2019

      Excellent service. They are attentive to my young children who were keen to get close to the sea lions. Thank you Turqouise Safari. Regards, HM Liew and family

    thumb HuiL75
    3/21/2019
  •   I really enjoyed the tour! It was super fun, good music on board with good vibes! To swim with the seals was incredible, they interact with you and you feel like dancing with them under water. They are totally harmless. Furthermore we spotted dolphins and...More

    thumb lilly4799
    3/18/2019

      This tour was just amazing. It was a sponatanous idea to go on the tour but it was so worth it. I am glad we did it. It was such fun to swim with the seals. They take you to a little island where the...More

    thumb Theresa-2804
    3/18/2019

      Awesome interactive experience with the Sealions of Jurien Bay. Plenty of time to really enjoy the time in the water with the seals. Loved it !

    thumb AussieFamilyPerth
    3/16/2019

      My husband and I joined Linden a few days ago for the 11 am sea lion excursion, and it was truly a once in a lifetime experience. At any given time we had 2-3 sea lions swimming with us, and at times had 5-6. They...More

    thumb Sarah M
    3/16/2019
  •   Great day out and really recommend this to everyone to do. We got to see lots of sea lions in the water and also on the island. We captured a lot of great photos to put in our scrapbook and will treasure the day. Our...More

    thumb Maria R
    3/14/2019

      Great experience with plenty of sea lion fun. Very professional and friendly operation focused on giving guests a great experience. No rush to leave the island and trying to give maximum time in the water when the action is good even if it means staying...More

    thumb scaprodossi
    3/14/2019

      Me and my partner did the Sea Lion experience with Turquoise Safaris, it was amazing! Saw lots of sea lions, boat was so clean, staff were great, towels provided once out the water followed by tea, coffees and Lemingtons 😍 highly recommend the experience!

    thumb Hannahtolhurst
    3/13/2019

      It is fantastic to see sea lions swimming around you. It is moderately physically demanding especially for people not good at swimming due to the current.

    thumb baogj
    3/11/2019
  •   Had the best day out with Lyndon and Rosemary (I do hope I have that right!). It's a fun ride out to the Essex Rocks to see the sea lions accompanied by some good chats and great tunes. The sea lions are great! Super friendly...More

    thumb Stephmc82
    3/10/2019

      Well run tour with attentive and caring service from Lyndon and his team. Little extras like the music on the boat, highlights of the local area, cup of coffee at the end of the dive and then the Sea Lion experience to finish it off....More

    thumb ryans718
    3/10/2019

      Our second time with this great crew! Sea lions were amazing - got some terrific footage on the phone - and really loved the underwater pinnacles! Lyndon and Rosey are so friendly, music made me sing along and yes, the lamingtons are an added bonus!...More

    thumb mjharris71
    3/09/2019

      This was our second time with visiting family in tow this time. We all had an excellent experience both as snorkellers and observers. Would obviously recommend snorkelling for the best encounter and hire or bring a go-pro. Just don't hold it backwards for 20 minutes...More

    thumb Brett H
    3/09/2019