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The meeting point for our cruise

For today, I booked a boat tour down to Bruny Island just south of Hobart. We had to be at the pier to meet the boat to take us to the island by 8am. Before boarding the boat our guide for the day, Sam fit us in a jacket he said we would need later in the day. The boat that took us to the island was a big beautiful luxury catamaran, Peppermint Bay II, which dad and I explored from top to bottom. The main deck, with the majority of the seating is a closed in area with floor to ceiling viewing windows, a snack bar and a little deck out the front. The next level up is the captain’s deck, there are about a dozen seats in this section, other tours have different seating options, but on our trip out to the island, we had the run of the boat. Another level up from the Captains Deck is an open-air viewing deck with 360-degree views; this was the perfect spot to enjoy the views of the stunning Tasmanian coast and Bruny Island as we cruised into the D’Entrecasteaux Channel.

Once on the island we bussed it to the other side of the island where another boat - a faster smaller state-of-the-art boat was waiting for us in Adventure Bay, we met the captain, chose our seats and jetted off to the very southern end of Bruny Island where a colony of seals reside. On the way down the coast, we hugged the coastline and experienced some wonderful sights. We saw white-bellied sea eagles, cormorants and many other birds; we cruised along soaring cliffs, saw dramatic rock formations rising from the sea and the evidence of the power of the ocean and how over the years the water has eroded the rocks carving great holes and caves in the rock walls.  

We crossed the imaginary line between the Tasman Sea and the Southern Ocean and that’s when things got a little choppy.

... and more seals
Some of the other passengers moved to the back of the boat, as they were feeling a bit seasick. I was too excited to worry about feeling sick. Once we got to the rocks where the seals were, the pilot guided the boat towards the rocks and gave us plenty of opportunity to take photos of the frolicking seals.

They stunk to high heaven, but they were lots of fun to watch. They sat up on the rocks like majestic kings, then plunged into the water and rolled, splashed and played, flapping their flippers at us as if to say “hi”.

After some time we headed back north, but this time took a wider route back. From the wider viewpoint, we could see the majestic cliffs from afar, as opposed to from below. They are just as stunning from a further distance. At one stage our gorgeous guide, Sam said he could see a pod of dolphins in the distance, so the pilot put his foot down (or throttle) and we hightailed it to where the dolphins were feeding. They ignored us for a while because they were feeding, but after their meal, they were in the mood for play. I don’t know how many there were all together but too many to count, and the people on both sides of the boat had plenty of opportunity to see these amazing creatures and take photos.

After some time it was as if everyone including the dolphins knew it was time for us to leave, even before Sam said the words. Most of the dolphins swam off to frolic elsewhere, but one or two stayed behind. One particularly cheeky dolphin jumped out of the water right in front of me, did a spin in the air and landed back in the water splashing me with a bucket load of water, I laughed my head off and the woman standing next to me, who barely got a drop on her, laughed her head off too. I managed to get a photo of the water just after the dolphin disappeared back under it and just before the water hit me. Lucky for me, I was standing near the front of the boat where there was a plastic covered part. I had just moved my hand holding the camera behind the plastic when the water hit. Then the dolphin came back, I said to him, "Thanks for that you cheeky thing", all the while grinning from ear to ear, then this cheeky dolphin jumped out of the water again, I managed to get the perfect shot of him (or her) mid air and mid twist, and yes, you guessed it, he splashed me again. :D Once again, I managed to move my camera behind the plastic, so the photo is safe. :) I couldn’t believe the cheek of this dolphin, but I love it. After my second shower, Sam came over and said we would be leaving now and to take our seats, I looked around at my seat and saw it covered in water, “Mine’s all wet!” I said, and thanked Sam for the wonderful warm, long, waterproof jacket he gave me at the beginning of our tour.

The cheeky dolphin mid air and mid spin, getting ready to spray me with another bucket load of water
Sam asked if a dolphin had ever splashed me before, “Only at Sea world.” I was so happy. It was as if this dolphin picked me to play with, I felt so special - wet, but special. :) Dad was on the other side of the boat so didn’t see what happened, but everyone heard about it, the lady next to me couldn’t believe it either and told anyone who would listen. I was too wet and shocked to manage anything for a while except to grin my head off. :)

We had a fun ride back to the bus in Adventure Bay, once we got to smooth water the full power of the boat was shown to us and we went zooming back into the bay at top speed with all passengers yelling “Faster, faster, faster.” Our obliging pilot did not let us down and it was one of the highlights of the trip.

The bus ride back to Peppermint Bay II took approximately 30 minutes and once back on the bigger boat we found our allocated seats, enjoyed our (price included) lunch platter with beautiful fresh Tasmanian produce including oysters, smoked salmon and other delicacies and a glass of local wine before disembarking at Peppermint Bay shore excursion for an hour. At Peppermint Bay is a restaurant and bar with magnificent views over the D’Entrecasteaux Channel to Bruny Island. Dad and I spent the hour exploring the grounds, the herb garden, sculptures and tanks full of fish and lobsters (mmmm dinner :)). We chatted to one of my work colleagues who was also on the trip with her husband, and then it was time to reboard the boat for our cruise back to Hobart. We headed into the wind on the way home and the ride was a little rougher than the way out, but not too rough. It was a tad too windy to step out onto the deck, but I gave it a go and the wind nearly blew me away. I stepped back inside the boat with a nice new hairdo.

 

When dad and I arrived back at Hobart docks we walked over to Muirs seafood restaurant where we enjoyed a fantastic meal last year. Dad wanted to eat here again so we made a booking for dinner a little later and then headed home to change and reflect on our day.

 Dinner at Muirs was as fantastic as last year. We both enjoyed a half a crayfish each for our main and this time for my entree I had the Smoked Trout Salad and dad couldn’t go past his half a dozen oyster. This time he tried the ones lemon cream; it was all washed down by a delicious bottle of Bay of Fires Pinot Gris, a local Tasmanian wine.

Muirs
 For desert, I tried the lemon tart on a chocolate base. Yummy

After dinner we took another walk around the docks, we headed home for a well-earned sleep to recuperate for our big day tomorrow. We are driving up to Launceston where there are more adventures awaiting us.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my day as much as I enjoyed living it; after all, it’s not every day a wild creature comes along to make your day.

Sunflower300 says:
Thanks Rudolph. :) I found it funny that the salmon served was called Tasmanian Atlantic smoked salmon, we are not anywhere near the Atlantic, so how can they call it Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon? Doesn't make it any less enjoyable though. :)
Posted on: Mar 10, 2009
Sweetski says:
What a fantastic day out! No wonder they call it 'Adventure Bay' :)

Your story about the dolphin moved me (again) and your description of the food caused mouth watering cravings. I especially liked the lemon tart on a chocolate base, yummy!!! Though, just like Bev I am a sucker for good smoked salmon :)
Posted on: Mar 10, 2009
hummingbird50 says:
I love smoked salmon..or even salmon caught fresh...slow smoked using willow...and a few hours later...yummm...yummmm...yummmm... in my tummy:):)
Sounds like great fun...I would have wanted to swim with the dolphins...such beautiful gentle creatures..with fun!!!!
Posted on: Mar 02, 2009
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The meeting point for our cruise
The meeting point for our cruise
Dad trying on his jacket. Thats S…
Dad trying on his jacket. That's …
... and more seals
... and more seals
The cheeky dolphin mid air and mid…
The cheeky dolphin mid air and mi…
Muirs
Muirs
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Morning tea was included in our t…
The main deck before the hoards of…
The main deck before the hoards o…
The view from our seat to the floo…
The view from our seat to the flo…
Our boats bigger than yours. :) On…
Our boats bigger than yours. :) O…
More of the gorgeous view from our…
More of the gorgeous view from ou…
The safety demo
The safety demo
I like taking these shots
I like taking these shots
The captain
The captain
... see what I mean
... see what I mean
The view from the top deck
The view from the top deck
On the shore is the Shot Tower, I …
On the shore is the Shot Tower, I…
Still up on the top deck
Still up on the top deck
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Looking down towards the front of…
Our little state is sooooo dry and…
Our little state is sooooo dry an…
More of our dry countryside
More of our dry countryside
Docking at Bruny Island
Docking at Bruny Island
At the dock on Bruny Island
At the dock on Bruny Island
Adventure Bay where our second boa…
Adventure Bay where our second bo…
Thats Mount Wellington in the dis…
That's Mount Wellington in the di…
Some of the sea caves carved by th…
Some of the sea caves carved by t…
The dramatic sea cliffs
The dramatic sea cliffs
A dramatic rock formation
A dramatic rock formation
More of the sea cliffs
More of the sea cliffs
Gorgeous colours
Gorgeous colours
The Southern Ocean
The Southern Ocean
Hugging the coast
Hugging the coast
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It wasn't blowing too high today,…
A hole through the rock looking ou…
A hole through the rock looking o…
The colour of the water was stunni…
The colour of the water was stunn…
White-bellied sea eagles
White-bellied sea eagles
Shags on a rock
Shags on a rock
A bay on Southern Bruny Island
A bay on Southern Bruny Island
A bay with a beach on Southern Bru…
A bay with a beach on Southern Br…
More of the Southern Ocean
More of the Southern Ocean
The dramatic rock formations
The dramatic rock formations
Gorgeous isnt it
Gorgeous isn't it
Coming to the Friars where the s…
Coming to 'the Friars' where the …
We have seals
We have seals
but wait, theres more seals
but wait, there's more seals
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They weren't bothered by us in th…
The tide was pounding the rock...
The tide was pounding the rock...
... and giving a stunning display
... and giving a stunning display
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... but the seals were not bother…
They werent talking to me. :)
They weren't talking to me. :)
These are all male seals; the wome…
These are all male seals; the wom…
Playing in the water
Playing in the water
Looking south, the next land mass …
Looking south, the next land mass…
Graceful albatross gliding past th…
Graceful albatross gliding past t…
Our first dolphin sighting
Our first dolphin sighting
They swam very close to the boat, …
They swam very close to the boat,…
That water is all heading my way
That water is all heading my way
Josh our pilot on the left and Sam…
Josh our pilot on the left and Sa…
At Adventure Bay
At Adventure Bay
At Adventure Bay - I couldnt deci…
At Adventure Bay - I couldn't dec…
Dad in his jacket (he wanted to ta…
Dad in his jacket (he wanted to t…
The Peppermint Bay II
The Peppermint Bay II
A white-bellied sea eagle has just…
A white-bellied sea eagle has jus…
At Peppermint Bay
At Peppermint Bay
Dinner :)
Dinner :)
A sculpture at Peppermint Bay
A sculpture at Peppermint Bay
The lovely view from Peppermint Bay
The lovely view from Peppermint Bay
The car ferry to Bruny Island, the…
The car ferry to Bruny Island, th…
The Bruny Island ferry
The Bruny Island ferry
It was a long day :)
It was a long day :)
On the way home
On the way home
The main deck
The main deck
the cruise took us under the Tasma…
the cruise took us under the Tasm…
The Tasman Bridge with Mount Welli…
The Tasman Bridge with Mount Well…
When we got back to the dock in Ho…
When we got back to the dock in H…
My Smoked Trout Salad
My Smoked Trout Salad
Dads half dozen oysters
Dad's half dozen oysters
Dinner
Dinner
Every cloud had a silver lining
Every cloud had a silver lining
Desert
Desert
On our walk after dinner
On our walk after dinner
The Steve Irwin Sea Shepherd was i…
The Steve Irwin Sea Shepherd was …
A cute little sculpture at the doc…
A cute little sculpture at the do…
Another sculpture at the docks
Another sculpture at the docks
The Sea Shepherd
The Sea Shepherd
You can see the damange from the r…
You can see the damange from the …
A great Hobart hotel, the Henry Jo…
A great Hobart hotel, the Henry J…
Back in the day
Back in the day
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The entrance to the ladies room a…
The entrance to the mens room at t…
The entrance to the mens room at …
A Hobart institution
A Hobart institution
Hunter Street, in front of the Hen…
Hunter Street, in front of the He…
All the fishing boats were in dock…
All the fishing boats were in doc…
The Sea Horse at Muirs
The Sea Horse at Muirs
The route we took today
The route we took today
Bruny Island
photo by: Sunflower300