Shark Bay is brimming with a huge variety of wildlife. All year round there are dolphins, dugongs and huge loggerhead and green turtles. In the warmer months they’re joined by sea snakes, sharks (our largest a 4.5 metre tiger shark), stingrays, flying fish and the weird long tom, a fish that skips across the sea. Very rare highlights are manta rays & whales
The best way to see this magnificent variety is on a superb cruise with Australia's only purist wildlife sailing specialist, ‘Wildsights Cruises’ aboard Monkey Mia’s nature boat, the internationally famous, awesome, 60’(18m) sailing catamaran, Shotover (yes there’s a toilet on board).
You can laze about and relax, or join in the fun of helping sail one of Australia's ocean racing legends. Lounge on a bean bag under the back deck shade awning. Soak up the sun on the huge trampoline nets.
Chat with the crew, they know their stuff, including how to identify the dolphins for you. You'll learn how dolphins know who's around without seeing them, how they hunt with sound and live with sharks.
Your skippers have been here more than 25 years, with our licence to enter the world's most important, dolphin and tiger shark behavioural research site and the first Dugong Interaction Licence in Western Australia with restricted access to the Dugong Management Zone at Monkey Mia, you’ll be taken to the best spots to get great shots.
You'll be on an awesome wildlife cruise in one of the world's most important nature research sites, where scientists come from all over the globe to unravel the mysteries of the underwater world by putting:
- video cameras on turtles
- satellite tags on sharks
- paint on dugong
- tags on tiger sharks
- drones to find stingrays
- caution to sample sea snakes
- traps to capture, count and release fish
- digital cameras to catalogue dolphin fins
- cages to monitor seabed development
Thanks to our association with the scientists you'll discover the relationships between the animals and their environment, the reason for the behaviour you're seeing, the facts behind myths, some wacky secrets.
Since we first commenced operation we’ve had the world’s leading dolphin and dugong behavioural scientists as advisors to ensure interactions are done in the best manner for the animals. This resulted in Shotover’s cruises being the only cruises in the world scientifically proven to not have an effect on the dolphins.
Take this opportunity to lie back and relax or join in the fun of helping sail the boat. Experience the exhilaration of freedom under silent sail. Head off with the wind in your hair, the sun on your skin, a dash of salt spray, a smile on your face and oceans of wildlife.
You have a choice of fabulous cruises, including the world's first daily, scheduled ‘mermaid' (dugong) watching cruise and Australia’s Last Sunset Cruise. You’ll be awed by this spectacular, deserted piece of paradise, where Nature overwhelms.
We are Australia's first marine wildlife cruises to hold Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation and the first business in the region to become an Accredited Tourism Business.
The only cruise company in the world to give you complete peace of mind with these no risk, full quality commitments, in writing: Love it, or it’s free! - 100% money-back guarantee ✔
Your totally unconditional, 100% money-back guarantee to you. Imagine, a wildlife, sailing and fun experience that is so exceptional. This extends beyond the cruise to also include everything available on board - clothing; printed items; food and drink.
Plus, animal warranty ✔
With wild animals there is naturally the possibility of occasionally not finding them, so we’ll remove that risk for you! If ever you don’t see the animals to your satisfaction you are welcome to come back again, on any cruise, as our guest (yes, for free), as often as you like until you have seen the animals to your total satisfaction. Mind you we’ve been here since 1993, so we know where to go, and you've got excellent prospects of seeing animals.
Plus, $100 warranty of no seasickness ✔
The only 100% certain seasickness cure is to sit under a gum tree. But thanks to Shotover’s exceptionally sea-kindly design seasickness is so unlikely, that we'll give $100 in soft warm cash to any fare paying passenger who gets physically seasick (no fingers in the throat!).