Tickets and Reservations
We recommend bookings as seats are limited and often sell out.
Call our Reservations team on +618 9591 1333 or click here to Book Now
To confirm a booking, we require valid credit card details which will be held until the day of the cruise as security. Passengers can then pay on the day at check in using cash, credit card, eftpos or travellers cheques. Please note a 1.5% surcharge applies to Visa and Mastercard payments and a 2% surcharge applies to American Express payments.
Any remaining seats can be purchased on the day from our gift shop.
Groups of 10+, can book through our Groups page.
School Groups can make bookings on our School Excursions page.
Check In & Waiver of Liability
Passengers must check in at the front counter of our gift shop at least 30 minutes prior to departure time to finalize tour payments, hand in agent vouchers and sign a waiver of liability.
Dolphin, Penguin & Sea Lion Adventure Cruise Waiver of Liability PDF
About the Boat
100% Wild is a 12 metre Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB). RHIB's are high performance boats used by organizations such as the Navy, SAS, Water Police, Sea Rescue and Surf Life Saving because they are designed for speed, safety & comfort.
100% Wild was designed especially for eco- tourism. It provides a superior experience to a conventional boat because you're closer to the water and there are no barriers separating you from the environment. Covered open air, theatre style seating puts you right in the adventure- seeing the wildlife close up, feeling every thrill and experiencing some of the best coastal scenery in Western Australia.
Is this cruise suitable for me?
Not recommended for children under 3 years.
This cruise does venture out into the open waters outside of Shoalwater Bay which may be subject to seas and swell depending on weather conditions. If this is a concern, then consider opting for our glass bottom boat which stays inside sheltered waters.
Passengers with back injuries, a history of back injuries, who are frail, pregnant or concerned about sea sickness are required to sit in seats located in the rear half of the vessel. Seats in the forward half are subject to more vertical movement as the vessel travels over seas or swell which may aggravate existing or pre existing injuries.
Please be assured that our cruise is adventurous, but not a thrill ride. Passenger safety and comfort is our primary concern. Our vessel is licensed and surveyed annually by the WA Department of Transport. It carries all the life rafts, life jackets and other essential safety equipment required for a vessel of its class. Our crew is also trained to assess passengers comfort and safety and to take action to ensure your tour is exciting but comfortable.
What to Wear
A warm, weather proof jacket is essential. The open style of the boat can make it cool, even in summer, so please dress warmly. This is essential for children who tend to feel the cold more than adults. Most visitors dress casual and comfortable. Swim wear, hats & sunscreen are essential if you wish to swim at Penguin Island after the cruise. There are public toilets where you can change on the mainland or on Penguin Island. Comfortable shoes, thongs or sandals are appropriate footwear.
What to Bring
Prams, strollers, eskies, surfboards and other large pieces of luggage are welcome but will be stored on the ferry during the cruise due to limited space on the boat. Your luggage will be waiting on the Penguin Island jetty at the end of your cruise.
Penguin Island is primarily a conservation park for the wildlife so facilities have deliberately been kept to a minimum (there are no shops or cafes so you need to plan before you go). We recommend you bring your own food and drinks or visit Pengos Café next to our gift shop before you go which have an excellent range of takeaways perfect for a picnic. There is a picnic area that is very popular with visitors and you’re welcome to bring eskies and picnic baskets onboard the ferry. Please note there are no BBQ facilities and open flame or gas BBQ’s are prohibited on the island. You are also welcome to bring surfboards, fishing gear, snorkelling and dive gear onboard the ferry.
Cruises are subject to weather. When you book your tour it is important that you leave us with a contact number for where you are staying in Perth (preferably a mobile that you will be carrying with you on the day of your tour). If we need to cancel we will contact you to see if you can reschedule for another date. There is no charge to you if we have to cancel due to weather.
Wild Dolphin Guarantee
We have a better than 99% success rate at finding the local wild dolphins. In the unlikely event that we don’t see any dolphins during a cruise, passengers are welcome to come again free of charge. Sorry there are no refunds if you can’t come again.
Passengers should also be aware that the sea lions we visit are seasonal. Every 17.5 months they swim north to breed at islands approx. 600kms north of Perth, returning approx. 5 months later. Only the really old or immature male sea lions stay behind in Shoalwater, so during breeding times there may be cruises where we won’t view any, or perhaps only see a couple of sea lions. No rebook or refunds are offered if we don’t see sea lions during a cruise.
Although Penguin Island is home to WA’s largest breeding colony of little penguins they are naturally shy, secretive birds that spend most of the day at sea hunting or tucked away in their burrows. Penguin viewing is conducted at the Discovery Centre to ensure that the wild population are not disturbed or pressured by visitors.
Our commitment is to provide the best possible wildlife experience on the day, according to the conditions and wildlife viewing opportunities on the day without compromising passenger safety.
Can we touch the dolphins & how close will they come?
They come incredibly close. They often enjoy ‘surfing the bow’ of the boat where they sit in the pressure wave created by the movement of the boats hull through the water. To ensure that we do not harm the dolphins in anyway by transmitting skin diseases or damaging their protective skin layer we adhere to a strict ‘no touch policy’.
Can we feed the dolphins?
Definitely not! It’s terrible for their health and would ruin the unique friendship we have with which is based on a mutual curiosity and enjoyment of one another’s company, rather than food. Feeding wild dolphins (and most other species of wild animals) results in an increase in mortality rate and decrease in reproductive success. We have set up a project especially to raise awareness and combat this problem- for more information see our Keep Perth’s Dolphins and Sea Lions Wild- An Envirofund Project
We have noticed that due to the open and stable nature of our boat, few passengers get sea sick, however everyone’s susceptibility to sea sickness is different. If you suspect sea sickness will be an issue for you we recommend the following:
- Visit a pharmacy a few days prior to your cruise to find a remedy that is suitable for you. Read the directions carefully as there are some very effective ones that are required to be taken 24 hours prior to your cruise.
- Select a seat in the back half of the boat (there is a lot less movement up the back of the boat)
- Keep your body temperature on the cooler side
- If you wear glasses or sunglasses keep the lenses clean at all times
- Avoid looking through cameras, binoculars etc
- Stay away from acidic foods before the cruise such as orange juice and coffee
- Avoid going into the toilet to be sick. Confined spaces will only make you feel worse.
- If you start to feel sick, let our crew know so we can assist.
We have worked with many people with disabilities over the years and we will always do our best to cater for everyone. 100% Wild does not have wheelchair access, however if you don’t mind being physically assisted then we are happy to help you get onboard the boat. Please contact us to discuss the nature of your disability so that we can ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience.
Cancellations & Conditions
It is the responsibility of the person booking the tour on behalf of others passengers to ensure all of those passengers are aware of the following cruise conditions and cancellations policies:
- Bookings of 3 or less passengers - cancellations within 48 hours of departure are charged 50% of tour cost. Cancellations within 24 hours or failure to attend are charged at 100% of tour cost.
- Bookings of 4 or more passengers - cancellations within 7 days of departure date are charged at 50% of tour cost. Cancellations within 48 hours of departure or failure to attend are charged 100% of tour cost.
- Cancellations must be made in writing (post, fax or email) and received by Rockingham Wild Encounters before the time constraints detailed within our Cancellations & Conditions policy. To avoid any miscommunications, requests for cancellations or amendments over the phone will not be accepted. In the event that a passenger fails to abide by these Cancellation & Conditions Policies, then the person who booked the tour gives their consent for Rockingham Wild Encounters Pty Ltd or their affiliated companies (Rockingham Dolphins WA Pty Ltd, Dolphin Watch Pty Ltd or Penguin Island Cruises Pty Ltd) to charge the appropriate amount to the credit card details used to secure the booking.
For more info please click on Planning your visit to Penguin Island & FAQ’s