Twofold Bay Beach Discovery
Relax as Cat Balou Cruises the two folds of Twofold bay which covers an area of 30 square kilometres. Cat Balou will then navigate into East Boyd a sheltered area within Twofold Bay here we will drop anchor and give you the opportunity to disembark the vessel and travel a short distance via our 4.4m tender to the beautiful Fisheries Beach. Once on the beach you will be free to explore the beach or take a swim in the sapphire waters.
Location: Eden, NSW
From AUD $85.00
Duration: 2.5 Hours (approx.)
Features of the Cat Balou
Experienced, professional, friendly crew, undercover seating for all passengers, spacious upper deck and walk around bow, two toilets, complimentary refreshments served on all cruises, excellent PA with live commentary on all cruises, wheelchair access, safety equipment – life jackets & inflatable life rafts for all passengers on board however life jackets are not required to be worn during cruises as there are no bar crossings. Cat Balou is a non smoking vessel and we have an On Board Liquor Licence.
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Swim the crystal clear waters of Twofold Bay
Relax as Cat Balou Cruises the two folds of Twofold bay which covers an area of 30 square kilometres. Surrounded by the Ben Boyd National Park and state forrest, stunning scenery, pristine bays and beaches are viewed as Cat Balou Cruises around this deep water port.
Your cruise will include a live commentary highlighting the history of this whaling port including Boyd’s Tower, Seahorse Inn at Boydtown and Edrom Lodge. The naval/multi purpose wharf, wood chip mill, mussel farms, Quarantine Bay and the fishing fleet are also viewed.
Cat Balou will then navigate into East Boyd a sheltered area within Twofold Bay here we will drop anchor and give you the opportunity to disembark the vessel and travel a short distance via our 4.4m tender to the beautiful Fisheries Beach. Once on the beach you will be free to explore the beach or take a swim in the sapphire waters.
**Please note that the location of the beach may change depending on the weather conditions on the day.
Afternoon tea consisting of tea, coffee or fruit juice, sweet biscuits, cheese and biscuits, freshly baked muffins and fruit will be served. Soft drinks, beer, wine and small packets of chips are available for purchase on board.
Important Note: Children under 6 years will NOT be permitted to swim and any child under the age of 8 years must be within arms reach of a responsible adult at all times whilst swimming.
PLEASE NOTE: All cruises are subject to weather and passenger numbers. Full refund if cruise is cancelled due to unsuitable weather.
Frequenty Asked Questions
What should I bring?
What to Bring;
Sun protections (hat, sunglasses, sun cream etc)
Swimsuit / Wetsuit – the average water temperature in Eden for spring/summer is 18-20 degrees celsius.
Mask and snorkel – optional
Jumper or jacket
Camera – to capture all those golden family moments (and spare batteries or a power source).
Sunglasses – there is a lot of glare off the water so a pair of sunnies is always recommended.
Seasickness precautions are recommended for whale watching and coastal wilderness cruises which operate on open waters, it’s always better to be prepared.
A sense of adventure – you never know what we may encounter!
Is there a minimum or maximum age?
There is no minimum or maximum age for travel on our vessel. We have hosted small babies right through to centurions.
Can I bring my stroller?
Yes, we can accommodate strollers inside cabin of our vessel, it is a good idea to note that you will be bringing a stroller onboard in the special requirements section when booking via our website or mention this when booking over the phone.
Is the boat wheel chair accessible?
There is limited wheelchair access on our vessel, there is a ramp that leads from our pontoon to the vessel, then there is space on our outer back deck for a wheelchair to be positioned. There are sea doors, a step up of 30cm, that lead from the back deck into the cabin and this can be an obstacle for accessing the inside cabin for those in a wheelchair. Our toilets also have sea doors and again this restricts their use for those with mobility issues.
Please feel free to contact us on 0427 962 027 if you would like any further information about access to our vessel we welcome the chance to discuss your individual situation and are happy to answer any questions you may have.
What happens in bad weather?
All cruises are subject to weather as well as sea conditions. We rarely cancel based on a forecast of rain however if the rain were to reduce visibility this would impact our ability to navigate safely, find whales or other wildlife and in this instance a cruise may be cancelled. Wind strength and direction as well as swell height and direction will also influence our decision to cancel a cruise.
We consult the Australian Bureau of Meteorology for the latest forecast, if you are concerned about the weather forecast please contact us on 0427 962 027.
Are sea sick precautions necessary?
Seasickness precautions are recommended for Whale Watching and Coastal Wilderness cruises which operate on open waters, it’s always better to be prepared. Your local chemist/pharmacy will be able to provide you with information about the preventative options available and suitable for you.
• Have light breakfast, avoid any rich/ fatty foods. Do NOT skip a meal as feeling hungry can contribute to nausea.
• If you start to feel unwell move to the lower back deck. Being in the fresh sea air will help.
• Keeping your eyes on the horizon or the land and avoid looking down.
• Please don’t worry if you start to feel unwell, alert a member of our crew and they will be able to assist you. We also have seasick bags onboard and these are freely available.
Are there any refreshments onboard?
Complimentary Refreshments including tea, coffee, fruit juice, cheese & biscuits are served on all of our cruises. We are a licensed vessel and also have soft drinks and small packets of chips available for sale on board.
You are welcome to bring any other food you may want whilst on the cruise however there is an old nautical superstition that Bananas are bad luck to bring aboard a vessel – so maybe avoid bringing bananas.
Do we have to wear life jackets?
We are very fortunate here in Eden we do not cross any sandbars and therefore our passengers are not required to wear life jackets.
We do however have life jackets for all of our passengers as well as three inflatable life rafts.
What is the maximum capacity of passengers onboard the Cat Balou?
The CAT BALOU is surveyed to carry 72 passengers and 3 crew, however we limit the number of passengers onboard to 60 as we find this provides better viewing for all onboard.
**COVID 19 – in line with the NSW Health guidelines our maximum number of passengers will capped based on the current directive.