About Us

Welcome to Hervey Bay Eco Marine Tours

We are a family business owned and operated by Wil and Jacqui Hikuwai. It’s our wish to share our knowledge of the region in the most environmentally friendly and engaging way, whilst offering sustainable practices. As a research organisation, we are continually learning about the marine life and ecology of the Great Sandy Marine Park whilst operating our daily tours. 

We are pleased to offer you a range of tours from early morning through to sunset. It is our intention to fulfil your expectations with an unforgettable marine experience coupled with outstanding customer service.

The Milbi is the only glass bottomed vessel in Hervey Bay and one of the largest in Australia. Our eco-friendly, custom designed vessel has large glass panels, affording a clear view of the coral gardens and marine life both by day and by night. She is comfortable and steady, ensuring you the ultimate experience on the calm waters of Hervey Bay. This vessel offers a minimal carbon footprint and is gentle on the water.

The Butchulla People are the traditional custodians of the area surrounding beautiful Hervey Bay and K'Gari (Fraser Island).  Our vessel is proudly named "Milbi" which is Butchulla for sea turtle. Our gratitude is deep for all Butchulla people past and present, with particular appreciation to Elder, Joyce Smith. 

It gives us great pleasure to share the sheer beauty of the Marine Park with you whilst respecting and embracing the spirit and the culture of our traditional land and sea custodians - for they are the beginning of time. 

Meet the Master

Your captain, Wil Hikuwai was born and raised on the naturally peaceful and abundant shores of Wainui Bay, New Zealand. With Maori heritage, and a childhood filled with diving, fishing and exploring the sea has provided Wil with a deep understanding and respect for the ocean and all marine life.  

As a teenager, Wil travelled to Australia to follow his passion at sea. With 38 years experience on the water, including Master of private charter vessels and Marine Master of various tourism operations along the Queensland Coast, you can be certain that you are in competent, knowledgeable hands. 

 

See our recent review on Weekend Notes here