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Kangaroo Island: Dolphin, Seal, and Swimming Boat Tour

1. Kangaroo Island: Dolphin, Seal, and Swimming Boat Tour

Have the opportunity to swim with wild dolphins or among seals and snorkel some of Kangaroo Island's stunning coastline. Enjoy an amazing wildlife encounter on an action-packed boat tour. Arrive at The Visitor Information Centre in Penneshaw, where you will be fitted into a wetsuit, mask, snorkel and flippers and provided with a safety brief. Jump on board the vessel in search of the marine life that inhabits the incredible coastline. Spot the cheeky seals lounging on the rocks and playing in the water. Then, it's time to dive in. These curious seals can be quite interactive and playful and provide a fun snorkelling experience. Search for the dolphin pods that reside in these coastal waters and take the opportunity to swim alongside them in the wild. A truly unforgettable wildlife encounter. Your guide will also provide informative commentary along the way. PLEASE NOTE THESE ARE WILD ANIMALS. THIS TOUR IS SWIM WITH DOLPHINS OR SEALS - It depends on what occurs on the day and what the wildlife chooses to do. We will try our best to swim with both, however it may on be with DOLPHINS ONLY OR SEALS ONLY.

Kangaroo Island: 75-Minute Coastal Safari

2. Kangaroo Island: 75-Minute Coastal Safari

Climb aboard for an exhilarating ride along the beautiful coast of Kangaroo Island and marvel at the pristine waters, stunning coastline, and local marine life. Travel along the ancient Kangaroo Island coastline with the opportunity to see dolphins, seals, eagles, and other birdlife. Enjoy an exhilarating ride along the beautiful Kangaroo Island coastline. Witness the pristine waters, stunning coastline, and marine animals that inhabit this thriving environment. The skipper provides informative commentary as you cruise along. Experience a must-do wildlife experience that is suitable for all ages and great fun for the whole family!

Penneshaw: Shore Excursion Kangaroo Island Scenic Tour

3. Penneshaw: Shore Excursion Kangaroo Island Scenic Tour

Designed for Cruise Ship Passengers Only. Departs from Penneshaw Only. NOT for guests arriving on the Sealink Ferry. Discover Kangaroo Island, and it's local wildlife. Visit Seal Bay Conservation Park and watch the seals frolicking in their natural habitat. Make our way to Flinders Chase and see the iconic Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch before heading back to Penneshaw. Tour includes: Boardwalk Entrance where you can view the wild Australian Sea Lions at Seal Bay Conservation Park Remarkable Rocks & Admirals Arch Air conditioned transport Only available for Cruise Ship Passengers Small, Intimate & Personal with only up to 24 passengers Local Guide Pick up and drop off at the Cruise Ship Terminal Packed Lunch included This tour runs on cruise dates only. Please also note that if your cruise ship requires us back before 4pm, sometimes we may have to alter the itinerary.

Adelaide: 3-Day Kangaroo Island Adventure Tour with Camping

4. Adelaide: 3-Day Kangaroo Island Adventure Tour with Camping

Day 1: Today, an early start is required to catch your 6.45am SeaLink bus transfer from Adelaide CBD to the ferry terminal at Cape Jervis. Board the ferry for a 45-minute cruise to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. Your Untamed Escapes Guide will meet you here. Take a scenic drive to Pennington Bay and climb the 500 steps to the top of Prospect Hill, the highest point on Kangaroo Island, for rewarding views and to get your bearings. Pop into a honey farm to learn all about these fascinating creatures and, of course, do a tasting and visit family-owned Dudley Wines. Come late afternoon, arrive at our eco-campsite, featuring private access to one of Kangaroo Island’s most stunning beaches – Antechamber Bay. Tonight, roll out your swag underneath the billions of stars of the Milky Way and feel an incredible connection with nature. Today we drive approximately 240 km. Day 2: Visit iconic Flinders Chase National Park, located at the northwestern point of the island. This park is renowned for its rock formations, impressive beaches, and abundant wildlife. At Admirals Arch, wander along a boardwalk as you soak up the serenity and keep your eyes peeled for the resident New Zealand fur seals. Marvel at the Remarkable Rocks, shaped by nature for over 500 million years. Take a bush walk at Weirs Cove before a picnic lunch to refuel. After lunch, it’s time for an incredible wildlife encounter. Seal Bay is home to the third-largest colony of endangered Australian sea lions, with around 800 calling the bay home. Join a 45-minute tour with the National Parks & Wildlife guides. Follow a boardwalk through the dunes down to the beach, and on the way, pass sea lions snoozing or even lying in the middle of the beach path. Back at camp reflect and relax over dinner before rolling out your swag and counting shooting stars. Today, we drive approximately 340 km. Day 3: Start the final day of your tour with a morning bush walk not far from camp, and after packing up, we'll bid farewell to Happiness. Along the quiet north coast of the island, find spectacular bird life in the shallow, calm waters of the lagoon and in the trees. In the warmer months, weave your way through a labyrinth of caves before emerging at the beach voted best in Australia in 2023 - Stokes Bay. If the weather is right, enjoy some free time to snorkel among the rock pools or soak up the surrounding landscape. This afternoon, have the opportunity to "give back" during a conservation volunteering experience. What we do this afternoon depends on the time of year, but you might find yourself collecting seeds, helping at a not-for-profit wildlife organisation or doing a beach clean-up. After a fabulous Kangaroo Island tour, arrive in Penneshaw for your 5.30 pm ferry back to the mainland. Once you arrive in Cape Jervis, your SeaLink bus connection will have you back in Adelaide at 9 pm.

From Adelaide: Kangaroo Island Wine and Dine Day Trip

5. From Adelaide: Kangaroo Island Wine and Dine Day Trip

Discover the nature, wildlife, and wine and spirits of Kangaroo Island on a full-day bus and ferry tour from Adelaide that includes a 2-course lunch. Be introduced to some of the island’s leading distilleries and taste some local Kangaroo Island produce. Begin early in the morning and travel to Cape Jervis taking in the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula with its vineyards, coastal views, and rolling hills.  Board the SeaLink ferry for the 45-minute crossing to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. Once on the island, board your luxury bus and let your local driver/guide take you on a ‘tasting’ tour of Kangaroo Island’s popular tourism attractions. Stop at the fascinating Birds of Prey Display at Raptor Domain for an educational, interactive, and inspiring experience. View the only “In-Flight” Birds of Prey display in South Australia, Next, go to Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery for a delicious 2-course lunch followed by a guided tour of the distillery. Finish off with some free time in the souvenir shop to buy eucalyptus oil products. Continue to the Clifford’s Honey Farm shop, home of the famous island homemade honey ice-cream. See a working beehive, taste different varieties of pure Kangaroo Island Ligurian honey, and sample and buy honey beauty products to take home as a memento. Lastly, take part in a structured wine tasting with peaceful views of the surrounding vineyard at the False Cape Wines cellar, which was built from recycled wood, jetty timbers, and limestone sourced on the property.  End the tour at the Penneshaw Hotel where you have ample time to have dinner (at your own expense) before returning to the Penneshaw Ferry Terminal for your ferry and coach transfer back to Adelaide.

Kangaroo Island: Half-Day Tour Guided Coach Tour

6. Kangaroo Island: Half-Day Tour Guided Coach Tour

Get a glimpse of Kangaroo Island’s history, culture, and try out some local products on this half-day exploration of Kingscote and nearby local producers. Enjoy panoramic views as you set off, including Pelican Lagoon where you may get a glimpse of a few Australian birdlife favourites and don’t forget to keep an eye out for wild kangaroos. Visit some historical landmarks and iconic local producers on this guided half-day tour. The first stop is the iconic Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery. Here you can learn about the manufacturing process and history of the eucalyptus distillery via a short DVD. You can also view a large range of local products and produce. Keep a look out for the friendly local kangaroos and the emu’s that give the area their name. Then travel to the township of Kingscote, the largest town on the island and South Australia’s oldest European settlement. You will have one hour to explore the main township, shop at the local gift shops or have lunch in one of the local cafes. Next, stop at the Kangaroo Island Ligurian Bee Co where you can taste and purchase some of the purest honey in the world. Lastly, drive past the famous Silo Art which has become a fan favourite. Marvel at the largest kangaroo in Australia and the glossy black cockatoo. Local informative history is provided whilst you enjoy a return transfer back to Penneshaw.

From Penneshaw: Kangaroo Island Shore Excursion Tasting Tour

7. From Penneshaw: Kangaroo Island Shore Excursion Tasting Tour

Designed for Cruise Ship Passengers Only. Departs from Penneshaw Only. NOT for guests arriving on the Sealink Ferry. Enjoy a lovely trip through some of Kangaroo Island's most significant food and liquor producers. If you're a true foody, this is the perfect way to make the most of your cruise stop and get to know the island through its diverse culinary offer. After getting picked up from the port, begin with a scenic drive to Pennington Bay. Take in spectacular views of the Penneshaw coastline as you arrive at a stunning beach, where dolphins and whales can often be spotted. Snap some amazing photos and head out on your food journey. Visit Clifford's Honey to learn about the history of the Ligurian Bee on Kangaroo Island and taste the different honey varieties. Move on to Emu Ridge Eucalyptus, where you can learn how a traditional Australian bush product is made at South Australia's only commercial eucalyptus oil distillery. Hear how the distillation process takes place before going over to Emu Bay and the Lavender Farm for morning tea. Stop at Kingscote for some time off to wander around and make your way to Bay of Shoal Wines for a great wine tasting. Finally, visit Kangaroo Island Spirits for some gin, vodka, and liquor tasting, then be driven back to the cruise ship terminal at Penneshaw.

From Penneshaw: Kangaroo Island Sights and Wildlife Tour

8. From Penneshaw: Kangaroo Island Sights and Wildlife Tour

Board your bus at the meeting point and head to your first stop at the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, the only commercial eucalyptus oil distillery in south Australia. Sit and enjoy a morning tea while you keep an eye out for the local emus. Continue on to Flinders Chase National Park and its Admirals Arch, a beautiful natural rock arch shaped by the powerful Southern Ocean. Look for fur seals and admire the sculptured granite boulders known as Remarkable Rocks. Next, head on to Vivonne Bay and marvel at the sweeping coastal views and crystal-clear waters. Stop and enjoy lunch as you take in the views. Afterward, visit the Kangaroo Island Raptor Domain, where you can get up close and personal with some of the most beautiful and deadliest birds in the world. Meet some famous feathery locals such as Jedda the majestic Wedge-Tailed Eagle and Casper the friendly Barn Own or Take part in an interactive and educational your experience that highlights this organization's efforts to protect and conserve birdlife and reptiles. When you're finished, sit back and enjoy the scenic drive back to Penneshaw.

Kangaroo Island Seal Bay Beach Experience - Guided Tour

9. Kangaroo Island Seal Bay Beach Experience - Guided Tour

Visit Seal Bay and enjoy a guided encounter with the endemic Australian Sealions, a must do experience on Kangaroo Island! Your day begins with pickup from Penneshaw before your guide takes you on a drive through local bushland to Seal Bay Conservation Park. An unspoiled coastline and a local sealion population makes Seal Bay one of South Australia’s top ten tourist destinations (as voted on Trip Advisor). Home to an Australian sealion colony for almost 1000 years, you’ll be amazed at the sight of these beautiful local marine mammals as they laze about on the beach. There are no enclosures or cages at Seal Bay, so you get to enjoy these amazing animals in their natural habitat. You will be greeted by a Seal Bay guide who take you down onto the beach and to the colony itself where you will learn more about these unique animals. Unsure about beach walking? You can choose instead on the day to do a self-guided walk along the 900-metre boardwalk with multiple viewing platforms. After your guided tour head down to Pennington Bay for a photo op of its amazing rocky coastline and pounding waves. It’s gorgeous aquamarine water and unique rocky formations make for a great photo.

Kangaroo Island Lighthouse, Kangaroos and Wine Tasting

10. Kangaroo Island Lighthouse, Kangaroos and Wine Tasting

Your day begins with a drive through the rich countryside of Kangaroo Island as you travel to Cape Willoughby Conservation Park. Enjoy the views of local bushlands and beaches as you are afforded the opportunity to learn about the areas amazing maritime history and tough living conditions of the early settlers. Once you enter Cape Willoughby Conservation Park you will get the chance to visit South Australia’s first lighthouse. Take the time to soak up the amazing coastal views, get out a camera for a photo-op or, if available, book on for an optional tour of the lighthouse itself. There is a lot to learn and explore on the Cape, including its role in coastal shipping, colonial trading and passenger transport during early European settlement. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for those Kangaroos! The Cape is home to several mobs of this iconic Australian Kangaroo who are often seen lazing around, feeding or interacting in large numbers throughout these areas. Your guide will keep an eagle eye out for these cute locals, but we bet you’ll spot them almost before we do!* Next you’ll further your exploration of the Cape with a scenic drive through Antechamber Bay and Chapman River, taking note of the varied landscapes that exist on the island and getting a glimpse of local island life. After getting in some great views and history its onto your wine tasting! You'll get to sit and relax and try some delightful local wines as you learn about the local wineries that Kangaroo Island hosts. Lastly, arriving back at Penneshaw you’ll stop at a lookout for some great views of this small island town and the sweeping landscape that surrounds it.

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What people are saying about Penneshaw

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(14 reviews)

Great safari along the coast of Kangaroo Island. We saw dolphins, seals and various seabirds and got a lot of information about the animals and their way of life. It's also a great way to see the coast from a new perspective. Super nice team, clean boat, pleasant atmosphere! Anyone who is on the island should take the tour! It's really worth it!

We had such a great day. it was so much cheaper than booking through the cruise line! we made so many great friends, we loved all of the locations! we got so much more for our money. The guide was amazing! definitely worth booking.

Great experience. Saw lots of animals and beaches . The guide (Brendan) was very informative, kind and friendly. Sleeping in swags for the first time was amazing. Would definitely recommend it and do this tour again.

Very enjoyable trip. Skipper and assistant were helpful. Lovley to see the seals and dolphins up close.

Excellent trip, saw lots of dolphins & seals & a sea lion.