Our boat was crewed by Damo and Damo. They're known as the Damos, and have a well-honed patter. They know a huge amount about the place and spend a great deal of time imparting this to their guests. I have to presume other crews are just as good. A warning, if you are not good on your feet, take the bus from the office to the boat, as the walk down the hill is a decent hike and steep in places.
Apparently each trip is different. They follow a basic plan, but weather, sea conditions, tides and the various birds and animals encountered vary all the time. Our trip was quite calm, but overcast for much of the time. A bright sunny day would have made the photography easier, but the (relatively) smooth sea helped a lot.
Do I recommend it? Absolutely. It costs $110 per person, and you need to book. See their website. The trip lasts 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Ours was almost 3, I think probably because they kept finding things to show us. You will need warm clothes, and I recommend a good beanie. Your camera is your own responsibility. I should think you could get a fair bit of spray on rougher days, but last weekend there was very little. I think next time I might take a GoPro!
|These cliffs of sedimentary rock west of Cape Pillar are tilted, and as the boat sped past I got a sensation of racing downhill, which was a little unusual.|
|They will take you inside sea caves if the sea allows. This one has water 30 feet deep inside, and it is clear enough to see the bottom.|
|Dolerite cliffs with interesting weathering closer to Cape Pillar.|
|The Blade at Cape Pillar, this time from sea level.|
|We were fortunate to end up amongst large flocks of Short-Tailed Shearwaters, Mutton Birds. They were flying about hunting food just above the sea surface. As the boat raced alongside, it seemed as if we were flying with them.|
|Hunting with the shearwaters were some albatrosses - this is a Bullers Albatross.|
|Bullers Albatross. Photographing this bloke showed how hard it is to get a decent photo from a moving boat.|
|Bullers Albatross and shearwaters.|
|New Zealand Fur Seal. These are the playful ones, and they appear in small groups at various spots. this one is just lazing about.|
|Australian Fur Seal - There is a large colony, apparently all male, living on Tasman Island. The boat will spend a while showing these blokes off. I gather the ladies live in Bass Strait.|
|The bottom of The Chasm, Cape Pillar. This is the gash in the earth around which you edge high above before climbing to the end of the cape.|
|The Candlestick and Totem Pole at Cape Hauy.|
|New Zealand Fur Seals near Cape Hauy.|
|New Zealand Fur Seal near Cape Hauy.|
|The Candlestick, Totem Pole and Cape Hauy from the north.|
|Sea Cave in sedimentary rocks between Cape Hauy and Eaglehawk Neck.|
|Cape Hauy, The Candlestick and The Lanterns from north of Thumbs Point.|
|A natural waterfall from a wave-cut rock platform.|