Water activity

Port Stephens: Snorkel With Wild Dolphins

4.6 / 5

9 reviews

Activity provider: Dolphin Swim Australia

Port Stephens: Snorkel With Wild Dolphins

Activity provider: Dolphin Swim Australia

From US$ 236.23 per person

This is the only permitted wild dolphin swim opportunity in New South Wales and the only one of its kind in the world! Includes a 4-hour cruise, all gear, educational commentary, a video of the underwater action, plus all above-water photos.

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Duration 5 hours
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Instructor
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Swim with wild dolphins in their own environment and observe natural dolphin behaviour (if option selected)
  • Experience what it's like to be a part of a pod of dolphins
  • Witness a stunning sunrise while cruising out into the Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park
  • Share the memories of your experience with the included above-water photos from the Facebook page
  • Relax on the deck of the beautiful 52 foot catamaran
Full description
Your dolphin adventure begins at d'Albora Marina, Nelson Bay at 6:15 AM. Once you've checked in and been fitted with your wetsuit, mask and snorkel, the vessel leaves the dock and travels out through the heads of Nelson Bay. Whilst traveling out to the Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park, you'll be trained in the swim protocols and given a snorkel briefing (if swimmer option selected). Once the dolphins have been located and their behavior monitored and found to be favorable for a swim, the the first group of swimmers enters a net at the bow of the vessel, all the while attached with a safety lanyard to the catamaran. The vessel will stop while your group (and your divemaster) enter the water - it will then begin to move slowly forward. The dolphins will swim back and forth between the bows of the vessel, quite often within a meter of the swimmers and seemingly fascinated by the strange creatures being towed in the water behind them! You'll be so close to the dolphins, it will be just like being a part of the pod! You can of course also just observe the dolphins from the boat without entering the water.
Includes
  • Wild dolphin swim (if option selected)
  • Gear rental (wetsuit, mask, snorkel, safety harness)
  • Educational commentary
  • Seasickness tablets
  • All above-water photos (approximately 150 photos taken each tour) which are later posted to the operator's Facebook page and available to all guests for copying and sharing
  • A video of the underwater action on the day
  • Continental breakfast
  • Coffee and Tea
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Children under 7 years
  • People over 70 years

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Meeting point

Dock C, d'Albora Marina, 8 Teramby Rd, Nelson Bay NSW 2315, Australia. Please wait at the eastern end of d'Albora Marina (in front of "Bluey's Restaurant & Bar") and one of the crew will bring you to the vessel.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Jacket

Know before you go

  • Please wear your swimsuit to the vessel so you're ready to be fitted with your wetsuit. Also bring a towel & a warm jacket - preferably one that can be worn over a wet wetsuit (even on very hot days, it can still get cool out on the open water).
  • You will be placed in a group of 6 for the swim. There is a limit of 24 swimmers and 12 observers on each tour.
  • If you do regularly suffer from motion sickness, it is recommend that you take travel medication when going to bed one or two nights before coming on the tour, as well as another tablet on the morning of your swim
  • Booking this tour means that you agree to sign a waiver when you get on board the vessel
  • All participants are required to arrive at the meeting point at 6:15 AM
  • This tour will make reasonable endeavors to maintain advertised details for The Swim but reserves the right to add, withdraw, substitute and/or vary advertised locations, prices and departure times for The Swim without notice.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 9 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    5/5

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Highly recommended!! Swimming with Dolphins in the wild and in their natural environment!! Once in a lifetime experience - a must on the Bucket List! Fantastic/Amazing/Energetic crew who are attentive, knowledgeable, engaging, welcoming and caring. Great experience for couples, family or even singles and can't say enough what a phenomenal day it was! Thank you to Adam, Ellie, Shannon, Sooty and the Team!

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February 4, 2022

I would highly recommend this adventure. There were lots of dolphins and we were surprised how close they came. The team are motivating and energetic making us feel welcome and confident. Having little to no snorkelling experience we were encouraged to participate and felt like we were safe and in great hands. The boat was great and the team friendly and professional with a genuine love for the dolphins.

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January 29, 2022

It was amazing ! This experience is awesome ; I highly recommend. All the staff is very nice and kind. They are very environmental friendly; which is important during a tour like this. They give lots of information about dolphins. and the swim with dolphin is breath taking :) the boat was also very nice.

October 11, 2020

Product ID: 163281