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

  •   This tour doesn’t disappoint at all. We got to see so many sealions. The tour guides are super friendly. I was able to hire a GoPro for $50 and got... read more

    JimbobJnr1985
    1/20/2020

      Did a tour with Kane and his crew yesterday from Jurien Bay Marina. Amazing experience to see the Cray pots being lifted, sorted and reloaded, we love crays. Bought 8... read more

    Redcenter2020
    1/17/2020

      Would 100% recommend to anyone who loves the ocean, the sea lions are so friendly and playful and just down right adorable! The staff are also amazing, so helpful... read more

    437jesicak
    1/14/2020

      Awesome family run business, the location was superb! Listen if the skipper tells you to wait to get into the water, he knows best. Summer may be better for warmer... read more

    SharlsTravels
    1/13/2020
  •   The guys at turquoise safaris are great been out with them on multiple occasions for both work events and friends Great team Easy going Great boat ... read more

    122harryn
    1/11/2020

      Really wonderful experience! Lots of time to swim with the sea-puppers, good equipment, really nice boat, zero complaints! Would highly recommend!

    KasiaZ58
    1/11/2020

      An amazing amount of time with the sea lions, must do on the West Coast. Brilliant tour guides and boat!

    Kaylamari_6
    1/10/2020

      Every aspect of the sea lion experience I could not fault. Our two guides were relaxed and helpful and looked after all of us in every way, from selecting our... read more

    katU6575SL
    1/09/2020
  •   Very good experience with a private charter boat . You can to a small island to snorkel with the fantastic sea lions (no other people around), the fishing around... read more

    fabriziocG7886TJ
    1/09/2020

      Wow! This has gone straight into my top 5 things I have ever done!! I didn’t expect to get so close to the sea lions and see so many and... read more

    GennaPD22
    1/08/2020

      What an experience!! We were excited at the thought of visiting the Sea lions at Jurien Bay and this really delivered. The team at Turquoise Safaris were knowledgeable and a... read more

    976simont
    1/05/2020

      We were confident the tour was going to be great, and we were not disappointed! Not only did we get the chance to see and swim with many sea lions,... read more

    amineb7590
    1/01/2020
  •   After a short ride ( around 15 minutes) out to an island just off the coast you can jump straight in the water. The island is home to a... read more

    Gordon766
    1/01/2020

      Stumbled upon this tour while looking for things to do on a day possible trip to Jurien Bay from Perth. As we looked into more and more detail ..... IT... read more

    GamW2015
    12/30/2019

      Had an awesome time out snorkeling with sea lions, was amazed how playful and friendly they are. Short 15minute boat ride to the island and plenty of time to... read more

    338beckp
    12/30/2019

      I will preface this by saying that travellers not entirely confident of their swimming skills should DEFINITELY opt for a life vest, and may just want to stay on the... read more

    demabu
    12/29/2019
  •   After 20mins drive on the boat, We have encountered the sea lions. They swim around, give you a kiss and hug, swim with you, jumping out of the water. This... read more

    40jingh
    12/28/2019

      This is definitely something to add into that bucket list! We enjoyed the whole 'safari' thoroughly. Kane and his team are so knowledgeable, experienced and efficient, we didn't have any... read more

    vchatra
    12/28/2019

      Kane and Lauren have been very responsive to many enquiries prior to the trip. They took care of my 2 younger boys (age 7/9) while snorkeling as the waves were... read more

    Susannie C
    12/28/2019

      Our trip with Turquoise Safaris was by far one the best things I have ever experienced in Western Australia. So many playful sealions!! Living in Perth, this activity is a... read more

    Aleki51
    12/22/2019
  •   What a wonderful experience getting up close and personal with these gorgeous creatures. Lyndon and staff were fantastic and made the experience informative and fun!

    Tracey M
    12/21/2019

      Unforgettable experience. Seelions very cute and playful. They are not being feed, they decide to hop of their island and come play with you. Tourguides are very nice and fun.

    manu613
    12/13/2019

      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