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Nelson Bay Water activities

Our most recommended Nelson Bay Water activities

Port Stephens: Dolphin Watching Cruise & Boom Net Experience

1. Port Stephens: Dolphin Watching Cruise & Boom Net Experience

Take a cruise around magnificent Port Stephens Harbour on the biggest boat in the bay. Keep an eye out for the resident Bottlenose Dolphins as you head out on the water. Take in the sights of Tomaree and Yacaaba Headlands, Shoal Bay, Nelson Bay, and the Northern Harbour. Sit back and relax on the deck area, or if you feel like getting a bit wet, join in the boom net action. Slide down the Twist, Twirl, and Splash Waterslide attached to the boat, which whirls you into the boom net. Enjoy entertaining and informative commentary on board. If you feel like indulging in something a little different, there is a licensed bar on board that you can choose to purchase from. 

Nelson Bay: Dolphins, Slides, and Spa Cruise

2. Nelson Bay: Dolphins, Slides, and Spa Cruise

Spend a magical 2 hours looking for dolphins off the coast of Nelson Bay and get some time to splash about in stunning blue water. Choose from a morning, afternoon or tea-time departure and be entertained by the informative commentary as you go on search of beautiful dolphins jumping through the ocean waves. Get stunning views of the harbor, including spectacular Tomaree and Yacaaba headlands. Relax on the deck with a stronger drink and snacks purchased at the licensed bar. Laugh your way around the harbor as you make use of the large boom net and water slide. Soak up your surroundings at the on-board salt water spa.

Port Stephens: Snorkel With Wild Dolphins

3. Port Stephens: Snorkel With Wild Dolphins

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.

Port Stephens Small Group Dolphins & Dunes Combo

4. Port Stephens Small Group Dolphins & Dunes Combo

Travel over the Sydney Harbour Bridge towards the North Coast region of Port Stephens. With crystal clear waters, Port Stephens boasts over 26 pristine beaches, National Parks, diverse marine life and allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Embrace the local atmosphere and grab a bite to eat for lunch (own expense) at one of the many cafes at Nelson Bay.  Join a dolphin watching cruise as you search for local bottlenose dolphins within the bay. Meet the crew and relax on the spacious viewing decks, help yourself to free tea or coffee or enjoy a drink from the licensed bar. You will have the opportunity swim in the boom net attached to the boat so make sure to bring your swim suit and a towel. Next go to Stockton Beach where you can dip your toes in the ocean before jumping on board a big 4WD vehicle to go over the huge dunes to find the biggest dunes possible for all the sand boarding you can handle.

Port Stephens Small Group Whales & Dunes Combo

5. Port Stephens Small Group Whales & Dunes Combo

Travel over the Sydney Harbor Bridge towards the North Coast region of Port Stephens. With crystal clear waters, Port Stephens boosts over 26 pristine beaches, national parks, diverse marine life and allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. First stop is the largest sand dunes in the southern hemisphere where you jump in a big 4WD vehicle to ride over the huge dunes to find the biggest dunes possible so you can sand board down them! A real adventure and lots of fun! After lunch (own expense) at the Nelson Bay Marina where you can enjoy the local atmosphere join a whale watching cruise sailing out to sea to get close to these amazing creatures as they journey between Antarctica and the tropical Pacific islands. Keep watch for breeches, tail flaps and spy hopping when they take a good look at you! Be amazed as you cruise among the biggest creatures on earth. Learn more about these animals and the fight to protect them from hunting. Watch carefully to see the humpback whales playfully show off some whale acrobatics as they migrate along our coast.

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What people are saying about Nelson Bay

Great trip, saw lots of dolphins, kids loved the slide & net swimming in ocean, trip wasn’t too long and bar was full! Awesome experience!

Didn't get to see many dolphins the first time. Got a standby voucher and went again the second day. Good service, nice boat.

the team so well organized, take care everyone in different capabilities. had great fun

We were so happy to see dolphins. Staffs and tour guide are friendly and helpful

Amazing to see the dolphins and stop and take photos.