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

  •   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

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      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

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      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 !

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      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

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  •   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

      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

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      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!

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      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.

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  •   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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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  •   Great morning out on the charter. Does what it says on the tin. Great interaction with the sea lions and coffee / cake from the skipper 👌.

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      This was a brilliant experience, it takes a bit of time to get the sea lions to want to play / swim but even when they're not in the water you can still enjoy watching them on the shore. The atmosphere on the boat was...More

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      I have done the sea lion tour twice now in one month because it was so fantastic. I am from Perth and usually go up to Jurien Bay however I had never done the sea lion tour. The tour that turquoise safaris runs is so...More

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      Fantastic day out with Lyndon and Rosey. It was well organised and hassle free. Swimming with the playful sea lions is truly a wonderful experience and you really have the opportunity to get up close. The wetsuits and snorkelling gear was clean and well maintained...More

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  •   My partner and I travelled up from Perth just for the day to sea lions tour, we have been living up in Coral Bay working on the Manta Ray boats so we have seen it all, yet the sea lion tour was an Expediance we...More

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      We had the best few days in Jurien Bay with Lyndon and the sea lions! It is the best trip we have been on. The sea lions were so cute and we also got to see the under water pinnacles. The atmosphere on the boat...More

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      This no nonsense tour delivered in all ways! We caught 7 or 8 different types of fish. Most were keepers. From the predawn departure and throughout the day there was excitement. Kane, our captain, knew where to go to find fish. At the end of...More

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      Turquoise Safaris should be on your "must-do" list if you're driving up the coast of WA. I went on the sea-lions tour, and it exceeded all of my expectations. The staff are friendly, the boat is clean and comfortable, and best of all you get...More

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  •   We had booked our tour online before arriving in Australia and found booking easy. We were sent a reminder email a few days prior to the tour with meeting details etc. The meeting point was easy to find, we met Lyndon who got us settled...More

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      Thanks Lyndon for an unforgettable morning swimming with the sea lions and exploring the underwater pinnacles. We were also lucky enough to snorkel with a small pod of dolphins! Turquoise Safaris have a brand new boat, wetsuit and towels which made for a safe and...More

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      Sealions showed great hospitality. Nice boat ride with the sealions. They even showed us an octopus!! Live and vivid! The staffs were energetic, playful, and cute in the water!! They went real close to us!! Easy to took some nice pictures of the staffs ;-))))...More

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      We joined the sea lion tour last week with our kids. The sea was pretty rough, I wasn't a good swimmer and my kids were a bit scared because of the wavy water and cold. We were so lucky that we have Lyndon (the crew)...More

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  •   Morning trip out to the sea lions - so many of them came into the water to play and interact. Had the place to ourselves - highly recommend!

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      One of my best experiences in WA 🇦🇺 I had an amazing day with the crew, the sealions, the fish and the rest of Jurien Bay marine park. Highly highly recommended ☀️🐠 🚤👍🏼

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      Highly recommended this Charter Company. Kane. What a BLOKE! Knows is stuff and is definitely all about providing clients with the best possible experience. Nothing was too much trouble and his wealth of knowledge was invaluable. Awesome day fishing landing a couple of beauties. Thanks...More

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      We joined sea lion snorkeling tour for 2 days last month and both days were just amazing and so enjoyable !! It was more than we expected. Sea lions were friendly and adorable, just like sea puppies. Staff were very nice and helpful. Luckily we...More

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  •   we took our grand son up to jurien bay to snorkel with the seals we had a great morning our grandson is 11 he just loved seeing the baby seals and was able to see them swimming and playing he loved the snorkeling we would...More

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      Absolutely loved the sea lion trip, such an amazing experience! I would definitely recommend the snorkelling (if you are confident) as I didn’t realise how big a part of the trip it was. Loved seeing the sea lions so close up and if you snorkel/swim...More

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      Well worth the money! The trip was beautiful and the crew were super helpful and informative! Worth it alone for the trip out and the snorkeling, the sea lions were a pretty great bonus though 💕

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      **HIGHLY RECOMMENDED** My son went on a deep sea fishing charter with Kane today. If I could put his smile and tales of the sea into words it would be "How soon can I go again?" A dream came true today on so many levels....More

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  •   Very nice people, good organisation, free snorkeling staff, 3 crazy hours cheap for what is it ! I give 5 * because I can't give 10*. It was amazing Thanks a lot! See ya!

    thumb Lorline M

      Definetly a must and highly recommended. Shane and Brant are really knowledgable on where the sealions are and how to interact with them. We got up close swimming with them, and were able to get back on the boat while others stayed in the water...More

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      Very warm & Friendly hosts . The trip showcased the beautiful turquoise sea. As promised, we went straight to Essex Rocks and were met by extremely friendly, curious seals! The hosts help spot out where the seals were for swimmers to seek - and the...More

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      One off the "Bucket List". We had a fabulous day out with an easy going friendly Skipper and crew. A definite "must" while at Jurien Bay as it caters for all ages and swim levels. We highly recommend Turquoise Safaris as you couldn't get anymore...More

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  •   Great crew, good boat, on time, professional, informative and fun. Got up real close swimming and playing with heaps of sea lions on the sandbank and in deep water. Also went to the underwater pinnacles, great experience, Coral reef and fish to explore Highly recommend...More

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      Highly recommended! Once in a lifetime experience. Got on the sea lion safari this morning with a small group and had the chance to get super close to the sea lions and play around with them. It's a new boat, family owned business (they are...More

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      Fantastic new boat which is very comfortable and a provides a lovely smooth ride to the sea lions .On arrival we swam with the sea lions in their natural environment in ideal conditions. Friendly and knowledgeable hosts complimented a great morning .

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      Awesome day out, perfect tour guides too! Thankyou so very much, was a great introduction to Jurien bay

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