Penneshaw (Kangaroo Island)
Penneshaw, located in Southern Australia is renowned for its wildlife. Take the famous nocturnal tours or walk amidst sea lions, see penguins, seals and more. Penneshaw also has its famous cellar door wineries, national parks and hill caves. Its bays, lagoons, coves and white sand beaches make it a peaceful retreat. Other attractions include a honey farm, eucalyptus distillery and more.
The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.
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Journey into the wilds of Kangaroo Island’s south coast and walk among a colony of Australian sea lions, admiring the natural beauty within Flinders Chase National Park.
After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a delightfully scenic drive toward the south coast of Kangaroo Island. One of the largest islands off mainland Australia, “KI” as the locals call it, is a natural wonderland known for its wildlife and pristine environment.
The rugged south coast is especially beautiful, as you will discover at Seal Bay, home to a colony of nearly 1,000 Australian sea lions. These eared seals use their front flippers to prop themselves up and their back flippers to “walk” on land. Australian sea lions are exceptionally social, which you will learn firsthand while walking among them on the beach.
Then it’s on to Remarkable Rocks, a collection of sculpture-like granite boulders that the rain, wind and pounding sea have shaped over millions of years. Many of the boulders are covered with golden orange lichens that make them appear even more dramatic.
Nearby Admirals Arch is another unusual natural landmark shaped by erosion. The Admirals Arch boardwalk takes you down a rugged cliff face to reveal this spectacular rock archway, which is a natural nursery and safe haven for the playful Long-nosed Fur Seals that can be seen resting, swimming and playing in the waves or on the rocks.
Following your time at Admirals Arch, you’ll make your way to a local café where you will be treated to a light lunch. Afterwards, you’ll further explore this wonderful national park with its wild beaches, rocky shorelines and towering limestone cliffs. It’s immensely picturesque and chances are you will spot all sorts of indigenous wildlife before returning to the pier, including perhaps, koalas relaxing in the trees.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 hour of easy to moderate walking/standing that covers nearly 1/2 mile in distance, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time at the stops. Total travel time in the coach is approximately 4 hours. There will be some steps and uneven natural terrain to negotiate and the ride can be bumpy at times. The tour is not available to wheelchair and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Wildlife sightings while likely are not guaranteed. The tour sequence may vary.
Venture to Seal Bay to watch a colony of rare Australian Sea Lions and then enjoy free time in Kingscote, the first European settlement in South Australia.
Depart from the pier and driving across KI (as Kangaroo Island is known to the locals) you'll soon be amazed by the astounding natural beauty. Because of the island's isolation from the mainland, more than half of it is pristine "old growth" vegetation.
Upon reaching Seal Bay on the southern shore, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a colony of Australian Sea Lions in their natural environment. Highly endangered, they are the world's rarest sea lion, but easy to recognize by their blunt, dog-like snout and ear flaps. Watch these furry creatures basking in the sun and frolicking in the water.
Continuing on, you'll drive to Kingscote, whose population of about 1,750 makes it the largest town on Kangaroo Island. You'll have free time here to browse for artwork and crafts, watch the fishing boats unload their day's catch, snack along the harbor, or wander over to Reeves Point to see an old mulberry tree that was planted by the first settlers in 1836. Afterwards, you'll drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 45-minutes of moderate walking plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time in Kingscote. The surfaces at Seal Bay will be sandy. There will be over 2 1/2 hours of driving included. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Discover the unique attractions of Kangaroo Island, including its highly endangered Australian Sea Lions and a traditional eucalyptus oil distillery.
Depart from the pier for a drive across the interior native bush land of Kangaroo Island to beautiful Seal Bay on the southern coast. More than a third of the island is devoted to parkland, and Seal Bay offers the unusual opportunity to walk the Seal Bay broadwalk.
Along the beach, you may see a colony of Australian Sea Lions in their natural environment. Highly endangered, they are the world's rarest sea lion, but easy to recognize by their blunt, dog-like snout and ear flaps. From the broadwal, you can watch and photograph these furry creatures basking in the sun and frolicking in the water.
A different sort of natural attraction awaits you at the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, a throwback to the days when distilling eucalyptus oil was one of Kangaroo Island's chief industries. Known for its pungent aroma, the oil is distilled from the leaf of an indigenous species of eucalyptus. While at the factory and shops, you'll have time to browse for a variety of local products, including soaps, lotions and conditioners, all scented with eucalyptus.
Afterwards, you'll drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate walking. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, sturdy walking shoes are recommended.
Cruise just offshore Kangaroo Island where you can expect to spot marine creatures such as playful New Zealand fur seals, rare Australian sea lions and curious dolphin.
After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive at a marina where you will board a small boat ideally suited for viewing marine life. During the coastal cruise that follows, the captain will point out places of interest, offer a historical perspective of Kangaroo Island, and bring you as close as possible to a variety of marine creatures.
You can expect to see New Zealand fur seals frolicking in the water or resting on the rocky shore. These non-migratory seals have made a remarkable comeback after being hunted nearly to extinction in the 1800s.
Another species of interest that remains endangered is the Australian sea lion. It’s easy to distinguish their genders. The males are significantly larger and have chocolate-colored fur, while the females are covered in silvery-gray fur.
You might also spot bottlenose dolphins, which tend to travel in pods close to the shore, often with calves swimming alongside their mothers. Don’t be surprised if they approach the boat for a closer look at you looking at them.
Of course, be sure to scan the sky for sea birds. White-bellied sea eagles are commonly spotted plucking fish out of the water and then feasting on them along the shore. Following your wildlife viewing adventure at sea, you will return to the pier.
Please note: This tour is primarily seated on the tour boat. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who must be able to enter and exit the minibus and tour boat unassisted. Those who are prone to motion sickness should take the necessary precautions prior to the commencement of the tour. Weather appropriate clothing to include a light windbreaker; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes with a non-slip sole are recommended. Wildlife sightings while likely are not guaranteed.
Delight in the spectacular coastal views from a lighthouse at the eastern tip of Kangaroo Island and then savor a tasting of characteristic wines at a nearby cellar.
After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a scenic drive across beautiful Dudley Peninsula to the Cape Willoughby lighthouse on the eastern tip of Kangaroo Island. Constructed with locally quarried granite and limestone in 1852, it was the first lighthouse built in South Australia, and it played a vital role in helping ships navigate the treacherous stretch of sea known as Backstairs Passage.
From here you will be treated to spectacular views of the sea and coast and perhaps spot kangaroos, which are frequently seen on this part of the peninsula.
Then it’s on to a local winery. All of its grapes are grown on Kangaroo Island, and the maritime climate features evening sea breezes during the ripening season, which the wines reflect.
Following the tasting, you will rejoin your mini-coach and return to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes nearly 2 hours of easy to moderate walking/standing. There will be some steps and uneven natural terrain to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who must be able to enter and exit the coach unassisted. Weather appropriate clothing, sun protection, a bottle of water from the ship and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guests under the age of 18 cannot take part in the wine tasting. Wildlife sightings while likely are not guaranteed. The tour sequence may vary.
Terms & Conditions:
Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children 17 years and under must be accompanied by a an adult 18 years or older on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.