It had been on our bucket list ever since this new tour operation from Pennicott Wilderness Journeys was launched in late 2013.
Tasmanian Seafood Seduction is a full day, premium visitor experience, combining a cruise into some of southern Tasmania’s most pristine waters between Bruny Island and the southern mainland of Tasmania with the indulgence of the freshest, and we do mean fresh, seafood and local Tasmanian produce sourced from Bruny Island and surrounds.
Departing daily from Franklin Wharf in Hobart at 9am you’ll travel aboard purpose built 12 seat NAIAD boats powerfully propelled by 3 x 250 horsepower outboards into the D’Entrecasteaux Channel.
First stop was the TASSAL pens near the northern end of Bruny Island – each pen contains approximately 40,000 salmon, there are currently 13 pens- do the sums – that’s over half a million magnificent fish destined for top restaurants around Australia and beyond. See the fish being fed.
Our journey continues into Great Bay where we visit Get Shucked Oyster leases and haul aboard a rack of fresh Bruny Island Oysters…..there’s over 100 in this catch so by now we are looking forward to sampling the salty flavours of fresh oysters.
A secluded anchorage is found and our skipper starts “shucking” – try them natural (and enjoy the saltiness) or squeeze lemon, maybe a little tabasco sauce….there’s plenty to go around all on board.
It’s only 11am but the temptation to pop the cork on a Jansz Sparkling wine is too great and most enjoy the crispness of this local delight, but soft drink and other options are available including cider, Moo Brew beer, juice and red/white wine.
Then follows a magnificent platter of smoked salmon, olives, cheeses, and fresh baked breads.
Meanwhile our skipper has prepared a plate of superb fresh salmon presented sashimi style….cameras click…it all looks superb as we float tranquilly off the Tasmanian mainland gazing across to Bruny Island.
Our deck hand bravely plunges into the depths of the channel promising to return with sea urchin and abalone……whilst he explores the ocean floor for our main course mussels are steamed in sparkling wine and fresh lobster is served (sashimi and cooked) – I think a crisp local white wine will be an ideal accompaniment – others choose pinot noir – and this region lays claim to some of the best in Tasmania.
There is no shortage of anything on this journey – amazing blue skies, still blue waters, seafood galore, and your choice of refreshments. The shared stories of other Tasmanian experiences are told amongst fellow travellers, new friendships are made but the common thread is how wonderful it is to be amongst nature in Tasmania.
A tap on the side of the boat heralds the return of our diver – wow! Sea Urchins and four of the biggest abalone appear from the waters alongside the boat. Is it possible to eat any more seafood?
Well of course when you are presented with pan fried abalone, sauteed in garlic and other spices it is impossible to decline…..it would be rude really! We should add the pace of delivery is relaxed and our total seafood seduction is experienced over a leisurely 4 hours.
It was little cool on our day but nonetheless with blue skies above it was a stunning day – apparently many travellers enjoy a dip in the fresh waters but our group resisted this temptation.
Returning to Hobart by 430pm this is a truly memorable experience and it is easy to see why this particular tour has just been awarded with the prestigious 2014 National Tourism Award for Best New Tourism Development.
At $685 per person it is well worth the experience as you will remember this day for a lifetime….and you will very likely not need to go out for dinner after!
A long weekend in Hobart, combining Salamanca Market, a visit to Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) and the Tasmanian Seafood Seduction would surely be a memorable weekend experience.
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