Lakes-Explorer Sea Safari & Water Taxi

Lakes Entrance: 4 passenger ferry
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  • Ocean Entrance

    Lakes Entrance - Ocean Entrance (Flagstaff Jetty): $10 per person each way. Minimum 2, maximum 4 persons. Pay on board (cash). Departs from Post Office Jetty, Myers Street Jetty or North Arm as required. Other locations possible: Barrier Landing, Wyanga Winery Jetty, Kalimna Jetty, Fraser Island Retreat, Nungurner Jetty, Metung.... $15-$40 per person each way. Extra $10 per trip if travelling at night.

Sea-Safari (Eco-boat tour)

  • Ocean Entrance

    1 hour educative boat tour around Harbour and Ocean Entrance. Tour Guide is Skipper Pete: Certified Guide by Eco-Tourism Australia and former National Park Ranger. $15 per person. Minimum 2, maximum 4 persons. Pay on board (cash). Departs from Post Office Jetty or Myer Street Jetty. Subject to suitable weather.

Hourly charter (Rental)

  • Hourly Rate

    Lakes-Explorer MSV 13017 is available for hourly hire. Let Skipper Pete guide you around the water-ways. $60 per hour per group of 4 around Lakes Entrance water-ways. Maximum 4 persons. Other locations available: Price-on-application including Metung, Bairnsdale, Paynesville, Lake Tyers, Nowa Nowa, Marlo etc. Subject to suitable weather.


December 2018 update:
Lakes Entrance - Metung return with 20 minute break: 3 persons = $100 trip ($34pp). 
This month we are involved in several Citizen Science (Wildlife) projects thus tour options will be limited.  Short water-taxi options are available. 

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

$15pp OCEAN ENTRANCE Sea-Safari:
Lakes Entrance Harbour & Ocean Entrance (1 hour) tours when weather is suitable. Booking essential. Min. 2 = Max. 4 persons. 
Pickup either Post Office Jetty, Myers Street Jetty or as required.
For WATER-TAXI and Tour availability and departure times: Phone or SMS 04585 11438 or visit > tours

Operates around Lakes Entrance, Metung or Lake Tyers as required. From $10pp (Min. 2 persons). Fee structure listed below. Min. 2 = Max. 4 persons. 
Water-Taxi service is a transfer between 2 locations.... similar to a car taxi (4 passengers). Operating since 2007.
Pickup points include Post Office Jetty, Myers Street Jetty, North Arm Boat-Ramp and Skate-Ramp Boat-Ramp..... 
Designed for access to remote beaches,  jetties and houses, also bushwalkers and photographers looking for unique locations.
Details and fee structure below. Preferred payment: Cash on board. 
Option for payments via SQUARE (Mobile Phone Credit Card transfer) or invoice. 
Please check at least 1 day in advance via 0458511438 (or SMS) or to see if service is available.....
Fees based on each trip: up to 4 persons. 

WATER-TAXI destinations and fees:
Fee per trip (not per person).
LAKES ENTRANCE (various pick-up points) to Ocean Entrance: $20 for 2 persons ($10pp each way). 
Lakes Entrance to Kalimna Jetty, North Arm Jetties, Rigby Island, West Entrance or Fraser Island (Guests only) Retreat or Barrier Landing. $30 for 2 persons ($15pp): $40 for 4 persons ($10pp): per trip each way.
Lakes Entrance to Wyanga Winery Jetty. $50 per trip each way.
Lakes Entrance to Nungurner Jetty. $60 per trip each way.
Lakes Entrance to Metung Jetty/Hotel. $80 per trip each way. 
Night service: Extra $10 per trip if operating after sunset. 

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

PRIVATE CHARTER: For up to 4 passengers.
$60 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.

SEA-SAFARI wildlife eco-tours:
Departs when wildlife viewing opportunities are suitable....
Guided Wildlife (Boat and Walking) Eco-Tours, known as Sea-Safaris are available on the Gippsland Lakes and Lake Tyers. Operating since 2007. These unique tours for up to 4 persons are designed for the interests of the group. Special focus on Shorebirds as part of a Citizen Science project. The departure time, points of interest and length of tour are to suit the group.....  
Binoculars and bird guide books on-board.
Minimum age for remote Sea-Safaris is 10 years old. 
$60 per hour:  group of up to 4 persons.
Subject to suitable weather and availability...

LAKE TYERS: 2 hour Sea-Safaris (Wildlife Eco-Tours on the water). 2 hour = $35 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, Australia (Long-nosed) Fur Seals, Hog Deer, Kangaroos, Wallabies, Wombats, Pelicans, King-fishers, Spoon-bills, Sea-Eagles, Egrets, Herons, Cormorants, Lapwings, Terns (Caspian, Crested, Fairy & Little), Coots, 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, acreditted Eco-Guide (Eco-Tourism Australia), Licensed Tour Operator - DELWP Parks Victoria, former National Park Ranger (land and marine), qualified Tour Guide, WWC Card, qualified Cartographer, member of Birdlife Australia, member of Wildlife Tourism Australia.

Lakes-Explorer 5: MSV 13017
2016 Polycraft 5 metre built to commercial standard. AMSA Survey 2E (NS). Max. 4 passengers. Mercury 90 Sea-Pro (2018). Cruise in main lakes at 36kph (20knots). Maximum speed in harbour is 10kph (5knots). Some weather protection. Stormy-Sea/Marlin weatherproof PFDs supplied. No toilet on-board however public toilets are often near jetties. Vessel trailable to various locations. 

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. 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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287 Esplanade (Post Office Jetty)
Lakes Entrance VIC 3909

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