LAKES-EXPLORER Water-Taxi & Tours

Based at LAKES ENTRANCE. Educative short boat tours (Sea-Safari) to view wildlife. Water-Taxi service to various locations.
Open today until 19:00
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3 weeks ago
Went out for a 1hr trip we saw seals dolphins and birdlife it was a wonderful experience pete was very informative and a lovely fellow i would highly recommend
- Paul K
4 months ago
Fantastic morning out on the boat with Pete, very informative too! Lucky enough to have seen some seals as well!
- Tine V
4 months ago
Brilliant educational tour. Learnt so much about the animals of the lakes. A must do!
- Megan C

DEPARTURE based on suitable weather...


All passengers must show photo identification before a trip. No Melbourne region passengers permitted.

Our vessel has been modified to minimise the spread of COVID-19:
TOURS: Only up to 2 Adult passengers known to each other per trip (some seats removed): plus up to 2 younger children (under 10yo) if part of the same family or household 
WATER-TAXI: Up to 3 Adults (if known to each other).  

COVID-19 Safe Plan.
* Regular cleaning and sanitising.
* Hand sanitising station.
* All adult passengers to wear a face mask
* Designated personal space
* No enclosed seating
* Register of passengers
* Maximum 1.5 hour travel time

Passengers must be from Regional Victoria. (Proof required). 

This website will be updated when things change... Also on Facebook: Lakes-Explorer at Lakes Entrance

Operates around Lakes Entrance and Metung as required. From $20 per trip (Min. 2 persons). Fee structure listed below. Up to 3 adults if known to each other per trip (COVID-19 Safe Plan). 

Ocean Entrance Sea-Safari (1 hour).
Maximum 2 adults and 2 young children (under 10 yo).
$20 adult. Child. $10. $40 per trip.
Educational Lakes Entrance Harbour & Ocean Entrance boat tour when weather is suitable. 
We prefer to run tours early or late in the day as wildlife can be more obvious, compared to the middle of the day. Includes Pelicans and commercial fishing fleet... occasionally seals and dolphins. 
Booking essential. Maximum 2 Adults ($40) (plus up to 2 children under 10yo).
Pickup either Post Office Jetty, Myers Street Jetty or as required.

WATER-TAXI service is a transfer between 2 locations.... similar to a car taxi or one way boat trip. 
Operating since 2007.
OPERATIONAL HOURS: 7am - 7pm (Close)
Pickup points include Post Office Jetty, Myers Street Jetty, North Arm Boat-Ramp and Skate-Ramp Boat-Ramp or as required....
Water-Taxi designed for access to remote beaches,  jetties and houses, also bushwalkers and photographers looking for unique locations or wildlife. Details and fee structure below. 
Payment options: Cash on board, SQUARE (Mobile Phone Credit Card transfer) or invoice. 
Please check in advance via 0458511438 (or SMS) or to see if service is running.

WATER-TAXI destinations and fees:
Fee per trip (not per person). Maximum 3 adults if known to each other.
LAKES ENTRANCE to OCEAN ENTRANCE: EACH WAY. $20 for 2 persons ($10pp each way). Various pickup locations. 
• Kalimna Jetty, 
• North Arm Jetties, 
• Rigby Island, 
• Nyerimilang Homestead Jetty, 
• West Entrance
• Fraser Island (Guests only).
• Barrier Landing
• Wyanga Winery Jetty
$30 for 2 persons ($15pp): per trip each way.

Lakes Entrance to Nungurner Jetty.  From $50 per trip each way.
Lakes Entrance to Metung Jetty/Hotel. From $60 per trip each way. 

Service closes at 9pm (Summer); 6pm (Winter); 7pm (Autumn & Spring).

Discount for multiple trips on same day. Subject to suitable weather and availability....

PRIVATE CHARTER: Research & Contractors: For up to 3 passengers.
$70 per operating hour, $30 per standby hour. Approx. $200-$250 per half day. $300-$400 for full day.
Available at Lakes Entrance, Metung, Paynesville, Bairnsdale, Boole Poole, Lake Tyers, Nowa Nowa and major rivers.  Transport to departure destination via waterway or our trailer.  Price On Application (Departure point, time of day, total time....).   Subject to suitable weather.
Subject to suitable weather and availability...

 2 hour Sea-Safaris (Wildlife Eco-Tours on the water). 2 hour = $50 per person. Book at least 3 days in advance. 

Booking & Fees:
To organise suitable departure time contact Skipper Pete on 04585 11438 (SMS) or 
Pay cash on board (preferred). Option to use SQUARE (Mobile Phone Credit Card Transfer) on board. Invoice by prior arrangement. Please book ahead via SMS 0458511438. 

The Gippsland Lakes attracts a wide range of wildlife including.... Burranun Dolphins, Australian & Long-nosed Fur Seals, Hog Deer, Kangaroos, Wallabies, Wombats, Pelicans, Spoon-bills, Sea-Eagles, Egrets, Herons, Cormorants (5 species), Lapwings, Terns (Caspian, Crested, Fairy & Little), Coots, Teals, Oystercatchers, Gulls (Pacific & Silver), Ducks, Grebe, Hooded Plovers and others..... 
We conform to all Government regulations for viewing of wildlife. We are a Licensed Tour Operator (Parks Victoria DELWP) and active members of Wildlife Tourism Australia and Birdlife Australia.

Skipper Pete:
Owner/Operator, Commercial Coxswain, Certified Eco-Guide (Eco-Tourism Australia), Licensed Tour Operator - DELWP Parks Victoria, former National Park Ranger (Coastal and marine), qualified Tour Guide, WWC Card, qualified Cartographer, member of Birdlife Australia, member of Wildlife Tourism Australia.

Lakes-Explorer: UVI 446091 (AMSA)
2016 Polycraft 5 metre built to commercial standard NSCV. AMSA Survey 2E (NS). Max. 4 passengers (+ Coxswain/Skipper). Mercury 90 Sea-Pro (2018). Cruise in main lakes at 37kph (20knots). Maximum speed in harbour is 10kph (5knots). Some weather protection. Stormy-Sea/Marlin weatherproof PFDs available. No toilet on-board however public toilets are often near jetties. Vessel trailable to various locations. 

AWARD WINNER: Lakes-Explorer won the 2018 East Gippsland Business Award for best Marine based business.

For your safety:
Water-Taxi services and Sea-Safaris are often to remote locations that do not have vehicle access. Please bring suitable clothing, footwear, water and any medical requirements. First Aid kit on vessel. Regular COVID-19 cleaning as part of COVID Safe Plan. Most areas are covered by Telstra Mobile Phone Network. The Skipper has the right to change or cancel an activity at any time.

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Post Office Jetty
Lakes Entrance VIC 3909

Opening Hours

Mon:7:30 am – 7:00 pm
Tue:7:30 am – 7:00 pm
Wed:7:30 am – 7:00 pm
Thu:7:30 am – 7:00 pm
Fri:7:30 am – 7:00 pm
Sat:7:30 am – 7:00 pm
Sun:7:30 am – 7:00 pm
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