The Tasman Adventure Cruise

7 02 2013

Much deliberation went into deciding to do the Tasman Adventure cruise.  They offered one on Bruny we were tempted by and upon thinking more we decided to take the plunge dig deep into our pockets and book the three hour cruise.

Arriving at 1:15pm to the office I think a few of us may have been a little nervous mixed with excitement.  We were bussed down to the boat, given the safety talk and handed our spray jackets.  We were forewarned that going up the East coast could be a little rough and to strap in if up front or for us further down the back – hang on.

Cruising up towards Port Arthur gave a thrill when we did a few sharp turns just to give the passengers a laugh.  It got the kids attention and was captured from then on.  A sea eagles nest was shown to us and kindly the sea eagle was perched on a tree for us all to view with a juvenile one flying in for our show too.

The ledge of black faced cormorants were quite interesting and could easily be mislead to be penguins.  Further out to sea we saw a flock of sea birds flying around and creating quite a show.  The magical shy albatross flew past and were amazing.  They are quite rare now and have a wing span of up to three metres – they can even fly non-stop around the world!  They were all there due to a seal tearing up and eating a shark.  It was amazing, although it was the beginning of the end as hovering out at sea, taking photos when already feeling a little seedy was it for me.  “What’s the best remedy?” I ask the deck hand.  Stand up near the back was the answer.  I spent the rest of the trip standing next to the skipper which did help slightly.  Dan came and stood near then went and sat up the back and it really was the end for him.  Poor lad – but he’s bounced back now.

Seals were next.  Camera now in Stephen’s hands and I just looked on when I could.  They are such busy creatures and a delight to watch (deep deep down I was delighted but on the surface just coping to remain civilised).  I’d love to see seals again but be able to sit and watch them from the land.

The cliff faces where amazing through the whole trip as were the sea caves which they took us into.  The staff were fantastic.  I’m glad we did the tour, but won’t be booking another one in a hurry or maybe not ever.

Our cruise boat

Our cruise boat

Port Arthur

Port Arthur

Black Faced Comorants

Black Faced Comorants

Sea Eagle nest

Sea Eagle nest

Checking out the views

Checking out the views

Shy Albatross

Shy Albatross

Male Fur Seal

Male Fur Seal

Tallest sea cliffs in Australia - 800 ft high

Tallest sea cliffs in Australia – 800 ft high

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2 responses

9 02 2013
Julie Williams

Hi guys we are Julie and Dave Williams we are members of BBC but don’t think we met you, anyway we are planning to go around Au this year so might meet up sometime along “the track” we are keenly watching your blog thanks and God bless you all.

14 02 2013
christinemcpherson

Hi Julie & Dave,
That’s awesome! Keep in touch – we’d love to catch up somewhere :-)!

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