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Moreton Island: Dolphin and Tangalooma Wrecks Day Cruise

1. Moreton Island: Dolphin and Tangalooma Wrecks Day Cruise

Discover Moreton Bay Marine Park and learn about marine life from an onboard marine naturalist on this cruise. Go on a guided snorkeling tour of the Tangalooma wrecks and keep an eye our for the dolphins, dugongs and sea turtles that call this glamour area home. Choose from a tour where you meet the boat at the Rivergate Marina or with pickup from the Gold Coast or Brisbane. Throw your swimwear into a bag and set sail to uncover miles of unspoiled white sand beaches. Departing daily from Brisbane, cruise in luxury to Moreton Bay Marine Park aboard the modern, air-conditioned catamaran Spirit of Migaloo II. Here enjoy the freedom to do as much or as little as you please with all activities included and no local fees. Dive in and snorkel the fifteen shipwrecks that have been deliberately sunk just off the coastline with an abundance of spectacular coral formations and colorful marine life that needs to be seen to be believed. No experience is required and all equipment and water safety items are provided. Afterwards, join our naturalist guides in a fish-feeding session with the 200 species that frequent the area. Satisfy your appetite with a gourmet tropical buffet featuring ocean king prawns, and quench your thirst with a glass of local wine, craft beer or frozen cocktail. Take the time to relax, enjoy free island time on the pristine white-sand beach. Kayak on sheltered crystal-clear waters, join a game with complimentary beach sporting equipment, or simply kick back and soak in the serenity. Watch out for some of Queensland’s best marine wildlife in this area that is home to one of the largest populations of bottlenose dolphins in Australia. Feel the joy of seeing them jump and play in turquoise waters. Search for six of the world’s seven species of sea turtles and herds of shy and gentle dugongs in one of the world’s remaining strongholds for this species. Get help from the onboard marine naturalists that have been working with these incredible animals for over a decade and have the experience to give you the closest wildlife encounters possible.

Moreton Island: Wreck Snorkeling & Dolphin Feeding Day Trip

2. Moreton Island: Wreck Snorkeling & Dolphin Feeding Day Trip

Join a day trip from Brisbane and visit the Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island. Enjoy everything the resort has to offer, including a guided snorkeling experience and the opportunity to hand-feed wild dolphins. When you check in at the wharf, the staff will communicate all tour times of the day to guests. Then, travel from Brisbane to Moreton Island on a scenic ferry ride. Enjoy a complimentary beverage either on the boat ride over to Moreton, or on the return journey.  Arrive at this beautiful island after an approximately 75-minute journey and spend some time exploring at your own leisure. Enjoy full access to the various pools, cafes, restaurants, bars, and, of course, the beach. Included in your day trip is a snorkeling tour. The snorkeling experience takes you to one of Australia's best snorkeling locations, The Wrecks, which is home to a large variety of reef fish, coral formations, and marine life. Learn about dolphin marine life with the optional 'Discover the World of Dolphins' presentation at the Eco Centre at 3:15 PM. Watch this informative demonstration, or simply explore the island at your leisure until sunset.  Then, make your way to the jetty for the wild dolphin feeding program. Witness a majestic pod of dolphins visiting the shallow shore, and see them play together until it’s time to be fed. Follow an expert into the shallow water and hand-feed fish to a wild bottlenose dolphin.  You will be assisted by the Dolphin Care Team, consisting of Eco Rangers and dedicated staff who operate under strict guidelines to ensure the protection of the dolphins. At approximately 7:00 PM, leave the island and travel back to Brisbane, arriving at 8:15 PM.

From Brisbane: Tangalooma Cruise with Wrecks Snorkel Tour

3. From Brisbane: Tangalooma Cruise with Wrecks Snorkel Tour

When you check in at the wharf, the staff will advise all tour times of the day to guests. You will then travel from Brisbane to Moreton Island on a scenic boat ride. Enjoy a complimentary beverage on the boat ride there, or to relax on the return journey. Arrive at beautiful Moreton Island after a beautiful 75 minute boat journey. Included in your day trip is a snorkelling tour. The snorkelling experience takes you to one of Australia's best snorkelling locations, The Tangalooma Wrecks, which is home to a large variety of reef fish, coral formations and marine life. Throughout the day, you will also have full access to the resort facilities, including pools, restaurants and bars. You can also enjoy the 'Discover the World of Dolphins' presentation at the Eco Centre at 3:15pm. Head back to the jetty to depart for Brisbane at 4:00pm for another relaxing boat journey. You will arrive back in Brisbane at 5:15pm.

Brisbane: True Crime Tour

4. Brisbane: True Crime Tour

Uncover Brisbane's macabre criminal past as you take a stroll through one of Australia's oldest settlements. Over 1.5 hours, be enthralled by stories from your expert guide and discover the mysteries that lie beneath the streets of historic Brisbane. Set off from the meeting point and amble through some of Brisbane's hidden alleyways and nooks, enjoying incredible photo and sightseeing opportunities along the way. Learn about fascinating true crimes stories that never made it into the official history books.  Join an investigation into a dark and crime-ridden history, and see if you can piece the facts together for yourself.

Brisbane: Moreton Island Tour w/ Desert Safari/Marine Cruise

5. Brisbane: Moreton Island Tour w/ Desert Safari/Marine Cruise

When you check in at the wharf, the staff will advise all tour times of the day to guests. You'll then travel from Brisbane to Moreton Island on a scenic boat ride. You may choose to enjoy a complimentary beverage either on the boat ride over or the return journey. Arrive at beautiful Moreton Island after a 75-minute boat journey. If you have selected the desert safari tour, you’ll travel by 4WD vehicle to the Tangalooma Desert. With this thrilling and bumpy 4WD bus tour - getting there is half the fun. Get a look at the real Moreton Island, the world's third largest sand island. You can choose to participate in the exhilarating sport of Moreton Island sand tobogganing, reaching speeds of up to 40km per hour. Perfect for everyone from beginners to thrill-seekers as you can choose your own pace. If you have chosen the marine discovery cruise, you’ll journey along the coastline in search of dolphins, dugongs, green sea turtles, rays and more. The purpose-built discovery boat provides unobstructed views of Moreton Bay’s intriguing marine life. Enjoy full eco commentary, provided to explain the habitats and behaviors of the local marine creatures. Throughout the day, you’ll also have a full access to the resort facilities including pools, restaurants and bars. Then, head back to the wharf to depart for Brisbane at 4:00 PM. After the 75-minute return journey, you will arrive back in Brisbane at 5:15 PM.

From Brisbane: Tangalooma Dolphin Feeding Day Cruise

6. From Brisbane: Tangalooma Dolphin Feeding Day Cruise

When you check in at the wharf, the staff will communicate all tour times of the day to guests. Then travel from Brisbane to Moreton Island on a scenic ferry ride. You may choose to enjoy a complimentary beverage either on the boat ride or the return journey. Arrive at beautiful Moreton Island after approximately 75 minutes and spend some time exploring at your own leisure. Have full access to the various pools, cafes, restaurants, bars, and, of course, the beach! If you have selected the desert safari tour, travel by 4WD vehicle to the Tangalooma Desert. With this thrilling and bumpy 4WD bus tour, getting there is half the fun. When sand tobogganing, you can reach speeds of up to 40km per hour. If you have chosen the marine discovery cruise, you’ll journey along the coastline in search of dolphins, dugongs, green sea turtles, rays, and more. The purpose-built discovery boat provides unobstructed views of Moreton Bay’s intriguing marine life. Enjoy full eco commentary, provided to explain the habitats and behaviors of the local marine creatures. The "Discover the World of Dolphins" presentation at the Eco Centre at 3:15 PM is optional. Watch this or simply explore the island at your leisure until sunset. Then, make your way to the jetty for the wild dolphin feeding program. Witness a majestic pod of dolphins visiting the shallow shore and see them play together until it’s time to be fed. Follow an expert into the shallow water and hand-feed fish to a wild bottlenose dolphin. You will be assisted by the Dolphin Care Team, consisting of Eco Rangers and dedicated staff who operate under strict guidelines to ensure the protection of the dolphins. At approximately 7:00 PM, leave the island and travel back to Brisbane, arriving at 8:15 PM.

Moreton Bay: Best of Moreton Bay 3 Island Day Tour

7. Moreton Bay: Best of Moreton Bay 3 Island Day Tour

Set sail on your very own island adventure with a River to Bay island tour. Visit 3 of Moreton Bay’s islands and see historic ruins, snorkel, and go for a bushwalk all in one day. Discover the underwater paradise of Moreton Bay as you snorkel the Tangalooma Wrecks. Spot native wildlife and marine life while on the 1-hour snorkel. Afterward, enjoy a scenic tour of the Dunwich beaches. After snorkeling at Tangalooma Wrecks, you’ll head to Stradbroke Island. Once at Stradbroke Island, you’ll enjoy lunch at the Little Ship Club before heading to St. Helena Island for a bushwalk. Along the way, you’ll learn about the nature, history, and culture of St. Helena Island. After your bushwalk, you’ll start the journey back to Northshore Harbour, where your tour will come to an end. You’ll arrive at Northshore Harbour at around 4:00 PM.

From Brisbane: Bribie Island 4WD Nature Adventure

8. From Brisbane: Bribie Island 4WD Nature Adventure

Your guide begins the adventure by letting the tires down on the 4WD and hitting the surf beach. Make your way towards Fort Bribie WWII Bunkers along the sand. Stop to view wildlife and the various lagoons along the way. After an informative, historical tour of the WWII bunkers, this is when the real adventure begins! The scenery changes from rugged Australian bush to open forests, swampy wetlands and dirt roads, all in the blink of an eye as you head inland and hit the 4WD tracks of the Bribie Island National Park. Following a stop for lunch, enjoy the opportunity to see local kangaroos, goannas and other wildlife at Poverty Creek. Next enjoy the serenity and the stunning views of The Glass House Mountains. After a picnic lunch and group photo in front of the Pumicestone Passage, continue along the 4WD track to White Patch.

From Brisbane: Tangalooma Wrecks Guided Snorkeling

9. From Brisbane: Tangalooma Wrecks Guided Snorkeling

Set sail across Moreton Bay from Brisbane in under an hour for a slice of heaven. Discover the hidden underwater paradise and snorkel the Tangalooma Wrecks with River to Bay. You’ll have the opportunity to swim alongside local marine life, whilst also learning about the wrecks, Moreton Island, Moreton Bay, and their importance to the locals and the region. What to Expect Get up close and personal with the most stunning underwater paradise in Moreton Bay. Located at the pristine and majestic Moreton Island, the iconic Tangalooma Wrecks is a favourite snorkelling spot with sunken ships and a marine wonderland with abundant corals, species of fish, and many more local sea life that call it home. An exciting underwater adventure awaits with River to Bay’s Tangalooma Wrecks Guided Snorkel. What are you waiting for? Inclusions Snorkel Equipment Wetsuit (Winter Wetsuits are also available) Life jacket (if required) Floatation device (if required) Snacks Bottled Water & Soft Drink Sunscreen On-board bathroom WHAT DO I BRING? Swimmers A spare change of clothes to be on the safe side Sunscreen Hat Sunglasses Warm clothes Towel Water bottle

Tangalooma Snorkel Tour, Sunset Cocktail & Dolphin Viewing

10. Tangalooma Snorkel Tour, Sunset Cocktail & Dolphin Viewing

Experience the best of Moreton Island and Tangalooma Resort on this day trip from Brisbane. When you check in at the wharf, the staff will advise all tour times of the day to guests. You will then travel from Brisbane to Moreton Island on a scenic boat ride. Enjoy a complimentary beverage either on the boat ride to Moreton, or on the return journey. Arrive at this beautiful island after an approximately 75 minute journey and spend some time exploring at your own leisure. Enjoy full access to the various pools, cafes, restaurants, bars and, of course, the beach! Included in your day trip is a snorkelling tour. The snorkelling experience takes you to one of Australia's best snorkelling locations, The Wrecks, which is home to a large variety of reef fish, coral formations and marine life. Don't forget to pay a visit to the Eco-Center for a presentation on the world of dolphins at 3.15 PM. Heading to B&Bs bar to enjoy a cocktail or mocktail, best paired with a sunset. Then, make your way to the jetty to see a family of wild dolphins as they grace the shores of Tangalooma Island Resort for their nightly feed. Then, head back to the wharf to depart for Brisbane at approximately 7:00pm. After the 75 minute return journey, you will arrive back in Brisbane at approximately 8:15pm.

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4.7 / 5

based on 58 reviews

The whole experience was awesome. Harry, Lauren and Ben were fun, friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable. They kept us safe and comfortable the whole day. If you’re looking for a fun crew that’ll look after you the whole day River To Bay have you covered.

Absolutely one of the most memorable days, the experience of getting that close to wild dolphins is truly amazing. Very friendly staff everywhere at the resort. Great food great facilities.

Great staff from the initial meeting, the ferry ride and all the staff on the island. Very friendly, helpful. The snorkel tour was lots of fun.

A nice relaxing day combining with interesting activities and friendly staff. An excellent experience overall.

The experience was amazing definitely recommend the tour and activities.