About

The Team

  • Marion Bay Ocean Safari is operated by the owner / operator team that have been operating Reef Encounters Fishing Charters since 1998. Reef Encounters Fishing Charters are highly experienced having operated in the local area for over 23 years and are a multi-award winning and tourism accredited business. After many years of receiving requests to undertake nature-based tourism experiences the decision was made in January 2020 to launch another arm of the business with Marion Bay Ocean Safari.

Charter Boat Vixen

  • 45 foot Harriscraft long-range offshore charter boat “Vixen”.
  • approx. 16 ½ tonnes with custom fit out and vast deck space.
  • ample comfortable undercover seating with shade.
  • walk in flushing toilet with hand basin.
  • 380hp Scania turbo diesel, flybridge and 3 steering stations.
  • galley and in cabin table and seating.
  • roll up clears to protect from ocean spray when underway.
  • current 2C/3C survey allows up to 12 passengers for day operations and 7 berthed passengers for overnight live aboard operations.
  • the vessel is meticulously maintained.
  • deckhand on board for all tours and charters.
  • A detailed safety procedure manual in place which includes passenger briefings, emergency procedures, risk management and safety equipment. The “Vixen” is equipped with more than the minimum required safety equipment including a 16-man life raft.

Accreditation & Awards

  • A Quality Tourism Accredited business since 2016, the distinctive QTAB brandmark provides clients with an assurance that the tourism business has a proven commitment to the highest quality of service and business procedures.
  • June 2018 - Yorke Peninsula Tourism Awards Hall of Fame Winner
  • November 2016 - South Australian Tourism Awards Silver Medallist
  • July 2016 - Yorke Peninsula Tourism Awards Winner
  • October 2015 – Brand South Australia Regional Awards Finalist
  • November 2014 - South Australian Tourism Awards Silver Medallist
  • July 2014 - Yorke Peninsula Tourism Awards Winner

Marion Bay

  • is a place you can always find a secluded beach to have to your own.
  • is surrounded by beaches which are popular for swimming, surfing and diving.
  • offers great fishing from boats, jetty and shore alike.
  • is well known for big squid off the jetty and the annual mullet run.
  • home to a population of approx. 180 residents which swells during the summer months and tourist seasons.
  • gateway to Pondalowie Bay, our home operating base with the “Vixen” moored about 200m off the beach. “Pondie” is home to a Southern Rock Lobster fishing fleet who operate in the months of November – May each year.