Owned and operated by Wil and Jacqui Hikuwai, Hervey Bay Eco Marine Tours is located on the beautiful Fraser Coast, Queensland.
The Great Sandy Straits boasts safe, protected waterways, coral reefs and an abundance of marine and sea bird life. The vessel is proudly named “Milbi” which carries the Butchulla meaning for ‘sea turtle’. At 12 metres in length, she is one of the largest glass bottom vessels in Australia.
Explore Round Island, Big Woody Island, snorkel the reef or just relax. Join in on the search for turtles, dolphins, dugongs, reef fish and seabirds.
Time will be set aside for a refreshing swim in clean clear waters.
Walk in the steps of Local Aboriginal guide shares his knowledge of the Great Sandy Straits, providing you with a unique cultural experience. You will learn about the oldest surviving culture on Earth. Here lies an incredible opportunity to view the stunning coastal wilderness through the eyes of a local Butchulla man. Their land and sea custodians have called this beautiful land home for thousands of years and welcome you with open arms.
Educational guided eco-tours available from morning through to sunset.
Join this leisurely, fully guided eco-tour through the calm, clear waters of the Great Sandy Marine Park. You will be able to view the coral gardens from the comfort of the Milbi, one of Australia’s largest glass bottom boats.
This tour offers snorkelling equipment to enable you the ultimate experience of coming face to face with the infinite wonders of the marine park. You are likely to see fish habitat amongst the coral reef, turtles, dolphins, sea bird colonies, and possibly a reef shark or dugong.
Time is set aside to explore Round Island and enjoy a healthy lunch. They may also pay a visit to the spectacular Pelican Banks famous for its crystal clear waters or discover the magic of Big Woody Island.
Whilst it is their aim to offer you the best marine excursion possible, please note that their Turtle Discovery Eco Tour inclusions may vary slightly to optimise the most favourable weather conditions for your comfort.
Take a walk in the footsteps of local Butchulla man, Dingka Dingka.
The Djinang Tour is a unique cultural journey that connects the traditional Aboriginal culture and history of the local Butchulla people. This tour has been created to share local Aboriginal knowledge and offer an understanding and appreciation of the oldest culture in the world.
During your walk alongside Dingka Dingka - their friendly Butchulla guide, you will discover many significance sites to the Butchulla people. This is a great opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of this beautiful location, discover important gathering places, bush tucker and hear first hand the most beautiful story of creation for the local Butchulla people.
Tour departs Great Sandy Straits Marina on select days at 8.30am.
What to bring? - water bottle, hat, sunglasses, camera, comfortable footwear.
Discover the local Aboriginal ways in the friendly and relaxed company of your Butchulla guide on the Milbi Sunset.
Cruise the spectacular Great Sandy Straits aboard the Milbi while enjoying fresh local king prawns, canapes, and a glass of champagne. The iconic Urangan Pier is the backdrop for your alluring sunset cruise.
Hear the legendary tales of the Butchulla people of K’Gari (Fraser Island) and surrounds. Discover the Butchulla names and meanings of significant local landmarks, before stepping ashore on Weenandan (Round Island).
As the sun sinks beneath the horizon, take a walk in the footsteps of the Butchulla people. Experience the unique coastal lifestyle, uncover the traditional fishing methods and food gathering techniques, whilst listening to the enchanting sounds of the didgeridoo.
Viewing the marine life and coral reef through the Milbi’s beautifully lit moon pool is an incredible experience and one not to be missed.
Gently cruise back to the harbour under the canopy of the stars, and relax with the easy listening music.
Departs Fridays from Berth 5 Great Sandy Straits Marina at 4.30pm durning Winter and 5pm during Summer.
Duration 1.5 hours.
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