FAQ’s

How many guests does the boat accommodate?

  • Day Charters can accommodate up to 40 guests, but can have a minimum of 1 guest. Day Charters are offered to groups for functions or events, comprising of people whom know each other.
  • Overnight Port Davey Charters require a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 10 guests.
  • Overnight Charters to Bruny Island, Tasman Peninsula and East Coast require a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 10 guests. These overnight charters are for groups bookings only, where you and you’re party up to 10 are the sole guests on board.

What’s included?

Most things are included; you don’t have to provide anything but yourselves and the bare essentials. We have all the safety equipment and wet weather gear. For more information, please take a look at the Trip Essentials information sheet below. 

What should I wear?

You’ll need to take comfortable clothes suitable for a range of activities – from hiking to cruising in the jet boat – suitable for the range of weather conditions we’ll be exposed to – from hot, sunny and still to cold, windy and wet. For more information, please take a look at the Trip Essentials information sheet above.

How much luggage can we bring?

For the Escape to Port Davey cruise expeditions, due to weight restrictions on the light aircraft, you may carry no more than 12kg per person. Tasmanian Boat Charters will transfer your luggage into Odalisque waterproof bags for easy transportation and storage. For your comfort Odalisque will supply wet weather gear. For overnight charters not in the Port Davey region 15kg per guest is permitted.

What happens if the weather changes and our flight to or from Port Davey is delayed?

Our access to the South West wilderness area is by light aircraft. These planes cannot operate in extremes of weather or poor visibility. Whilst it is unusual, delays can occur on both inward and outward flights. Due to this we highly recommend that guests do not arrange onward travel for at least 24hrs after our scheduled finish time.

Tasmanian Boat Charters will not be responsible for any expenses incurred for flight delays that our out of our control. We highly recommend that you purchase travel tickets that can be rebooked and obtain travel insurance to cover any expenses associated with such delays.

Delayed departure
In the eventuality of a delayed departure Tasmanian Boat Charters will endeavour to provide a complete itinerary where circumstances allow. This does however require participants to have flexibility in their own schedule.

Delayed return
If the weather does not permit travel out of Port Davey and guests are required to stay an extra night(s) aboard Odalisque, guests will be charged a per night rate at a 25% discount.

Tasmanian Boat Charters will request details of any onward flights or accommodation upon your return to Hobart, so that in the case of any delays, alternative arrangements can be made on your behalf.

Are there toilets on board?

There are three bathrooms on board Odalisque.

Can you cater for special dietary requirements?

We would like to make your stay as comfortable as possible and can cater for any dietary requirements if you notify us beforehand. At the time of booking, please just let us know. 

Are young children ok?

The minimum age of guests for any of the overnight charters into Port Davey is 8 years. The parent/guardian is to take full responsibility for the child. There are no age restrictions for those participating on a Day Charter or Charters into Bruny Island, the Tasman Peninsula or the East Coast.

Will I have phone reception?

If you are in the Port Davey region in the Southwest there is no normal mobile phone reception. Odalisque has HF radio access for communication in the event of an emergency. We see this as an opportunity for complete escape from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life.There is however a satellite phone which guests are able to be reached on, should any friends or family need to make urgent contact. Outside of the Southwest, the quality of mobile phone reception varies depending on your location.  

Can I smoke on board?

Odalisque is a non-smoking boat; however, smoking is permitted on deck so long as it does not interfere with other passengers or contaminate the wheelhouse or accommodation areas.

What do I do if I get seasick?

Seasickness is generally not an issue in Port Davey as the waters protected from the swells of the Southern Ocean. If you are someone who experiences seasickness, we recommend seeking advice from your GP prior to your voyage and / or bringing appropriate medications with you. 

Do I need to be fit?

Guests need to have the ability to get on and off the vessel and, if appropriate, be able to move from the Odalisque onto a tender. On our expeditions, we tailor all our activities to suit our guests’ abilities & interests. If you have any questions about the activities and are concerned about whether our cruise expeditions are for you, please get in touch. 

Is there disability access?

There is no disability access aboard the Odalisque.