Hobart Historic Cruises. Travelers love this old-fashioned red boat, the "Emmalisa," which takes you on a leisurely cruise around the harbor as the friendly tour guide points out the sights. 6 Franklin Wharf, Hobart Waterfront, Hobart, Tasmania, 7000. 03/6223--5893; www.hobarthistoriccruises.com.au. A$20.
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys. From Hobart, this operator runs a range of cruises, including a two-and-a-half-hour trip that explores Hobart’s waterways, and a full-day seafood-focused tour, on which you cruise down to Bruny Island, taste oysters shucked straight from the water, and watch your guide dive for abalone and sea urchin. You can also choose to drive yourself to Adventure Bay on Bruny Island (the Bruny Island Ferry can take any size vehicle) and join a three-hour wilderness cruise, where you can spot seals and, if you’re lucky, dolphins and whales. Dock Head Bldg., Franklin Wharf, Hobart Waterfront, Hobart, Tasmania, 7000. 03/6234–4270; www.pennicottjourneys.com.au. A$125.
Peppermint Bay Cruises. This catamaran races through the majestic waterways of the Derwent River and the D'Entrecasteaux Channel to Peppermint Bay at Woodbridge and provides a fantastic way to spy some of Tasmania's epic wildlife. And it is abundant, from sea eagles and falcons soaring above the weathered cliffs to pods of dolphins swimming alongside the boat. Underwater cameras explore kelp forests and salmon in the floating fish farms. Brooke St. Pier, Sulivans Cove, Hobart Waterfront, Hobart, Tasmania, 7162. 03/6231–5114; www.peppermintbay.com.au. A$98. Daily 10:30.