Posts Tagged ‘dolphins’

Northern Safari Tour

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

The Northern Safari tour gives you a complete overview of Moreton Island. The island is 37km’s long and 10k’m wide. Most of the islands 19,000hectares, excluding towns, is both National  Park and recreation area.

The tour leaves the Tangalooma Resort and travels along the Western beach overlooking Moreton Bay. The guide provides interesting information on the islands history and points of interest such as the Tangalooma Wrecks,  the towns of CowanCowan and Bulwer. During both W.W.I and W.W.II Cowan Cowan was a major defense base.The remains of the battteries today are a reminder of that time.

We turn from the beach at Bulwer and cross the top of the island before reaching North Point and Honeymoon Bay. The bus stops here for a stretch of the legs, and a leisurely walk to visit Honeymoon Bay. This is the most picturesque bay and a touch of paradise. The pristine waters of the ocean lap the purest sand, while the costal banksia and gentle casuarinas sway in the breeze and line the edges of the bay. Take a moment to bask in the serenity. Meanwhile a delicious morning tea of damper with jam and cream with tea or coffee has been prepared by our capable guide.

The tour then proceeds to Cape Moreton Lighthouse. It was built in 1857 by master stonemasons and convicts using sandstone quarries from the immediate area. This is the only rock outcrop on the island. This lighthouse was most useful as the northern end of Mortern Island became the main shipping passage to Brisbane. Today the light is fully automated.The short walk along the cliff gives spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the Eastern Beach. The clarity of the turquoise waters means that you can easily spot turtles and dolphins lolling through the swell, as well as rays and sharks. It is also a good vantage point to see the migration of whales between June and October. The tour returns via the Eastern beach and the middle road.

The Tangalooma tour desk has all the relevant information for bookings. Please check for departure days and times. The tour duration is 4 hrs. This is a must do tour on Moreton Island.

Nature Walk

Friday, February 8th, 2008

A very pleasant walk is just 30 minutes north of the Resort and villas. It is equally beautiful in the morning, before the sun rises above the sand dunes/hills, or at sunset which is always a favourite with photographers. The wrecks are quite spectacular silhouetted as the sun sets quite often producing some brilliant colours. The directions are quite simply to follow the shoreline until you reach The Wrecks.

As well keep a watchful eye as you walk through the crystal clear waters or on the sand for seastars (starfish), and small fish. The “logs” are often a good fishing spot for flathead. There are often pods of dolphins swimming past and sometimes in the shallows. The whistling kites with their distinctive patterened wings, and call, soar overhead in search of their prey..unsuspecting fish. What a fantastic sight to see these birds of prey in action.

The twelve wrecks were once very seaworthy vessels , and now form an artifical reef which provides a safe haven for boats and yachts to anchor.

The wrecks

Tangalooma Eco Nature Tour

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

The Eco Nature Tour from Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort is one not to be missed. One of many tours offered by the resort, this tour is rewarding in many ways.

Seeing female dolphins with very young calves, teaching them feeding and survival skills in their natural habitat is definitely one of the main highlights of the tour. They warn their calves of danger by biting their young as a form of discipline. This is one of the many things the young calves must learn as they grow. The pleasure of seeing them frolicking in the water is simply an unforgettable experience. You can expect to see different pods of adult dolphins in numbers from 5 to 25 at a time surfing and diving deep in feeding patterns. This is truly an amazing feat of nature at it’s best to be up close and witness this happening.

Other creatures you may see while on this tour in Moreton Bay include green turtles, dugongs, stingrays, and possibly some large fish!

Check with resort staff for the availability of this tour, which can be dependant on weather and numbers booked. The tour runs for approximately 2.5-3 hours.

Eco Tour Dolphins