1. Australia
  2. South Australia
  3. Limestone Coast
  4. Nelson Bay

Port Stephens: Wild Dolphin Cruise with Swim Option

Product ID: 163281
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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, a light breakfast, educational commentary, plus all above-water photos. Come and join the pod!
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Duration: 5 hours
Starting time 5:00 AM
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  • 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
  • Enjoy a light breakfast available throughout the tour
  • 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 5:00 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 towards a stunning sunrise (weather permitting, of course!). 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.
  • Wild dolphin swim (if option selected)
  • Gear rental (wetsuit, mask, snorkel, safety harness)
  • Light breakfast (unlimited tea/coffee, breads, cereals, fresh fruit platter)
  • 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
What’s Not Included
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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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 5:00 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.

From US$ 49.82 per person

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Product ID: 163281