Book a Dolphin Swimming Tour in Portsea, Victoria, Australia
Dolphin Swim Tour Booking Going on a Dolphin Swim tour is a unique experience as you meet the dolphins and seals in their natural surroundings. In order for you to get the best personal service, we have a limit to each tour so bookings are mandatory. Even if you cannot get into the water you are very welcome as an observer. (Please be aware that the dolphins in Port Phillip Bay are wild animals and so interactions cannot be guaranteed on every trip.) Rates: - Swimmers - $145.00 - Observers - $62.50 - Child Observers - $42.50 (up to 14 years old) - Schools & Special Charters - - $P.O.A - Special deals for schools, corporate and community groups - $P.O.A - Dolphin Swim/Stand Up Paddle Mini Lesson and Hire $175 Trip duration - 3 - 4 Hours Tour Information We are a multi-award winning environmental tourism operation that offers you the opportunity to observe and swim with wild bottlenose dolphins in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, Australia. Our fully licensed vessel possesses a professionally trained and experienced crew to ensure that you have an unforgettable marine adventure. Passenger safety and the dolphins' protection are of paramount importance, and so we purposely limit the size of our trips to guarantee a high standard of customer and environmental care. Our on-board facilities include change areas, toilet and a galley for serving refreshments. Wetsuits, masks and snorkels are all supplied. Reef and seal swims are often part of our trips, so be prepared to see and experience much more than just dolphins. We offer a wide range of other services including Bay cruises, educational and historical tours, fully catered charters or a trip of your own personal design. ABOUT US How did we start? The company is owned and operated by the Muir family on the Mornington Peninsula. It was established in 1986 as the first commercial dolphin swim operation in Port Phillip Bay. It has since grown to become internationally recognized as a professional, innovative and successful business that conducts environmentally responsible dolphin interactions. Experienced and qualified staff All of our crew possess recognized aquatic and first-aid qualifications, and are actively involved in environmental regulation and education campaigns to help ensure the long-term protection of Port Phillip Bay's marine environment and dolphin population. They are a group of highly skilled professionals that are capable of delivering safe, responsible and memorable tourism experiences, and have earned a reputation as being one of the most knowledgeable and qualified crews working on the Bay. Protection The Port Phillip Bay’s bottlenose dolphin are unique and protecting them is therefore of utmost importance. We have been active campaigners for marine national parks, regulatory reform, marine education and supporters of dolphin research as essential means of providing greater protection for the dolphins. We also embrace a range of strict environmentally-based business practices to minimize disturbance to both the dolphins and the marine environment. As a result we have been recognized and rewarded by winning the Environmental Tourism category for three consecutive years at the annual Victorian Tourism Awards and are now in the Victorian Tourism Hall of Fame.
- Captain is optional.
- You decide if you would like to book with or without a captain.
- 20 guests
- Tours, Lessons, and Diving
- Dolphin Tour
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Cancellation Trips may be cancelled due to bad weather. Please ring our office on the day for a final weather check and confirmation. Cancellation Policy Bookings can be cancelled at no expense if you provide us with 48 hours’ notice. We operate well under our carrying capacity in order to run a personalized service. If you fail to give at least 48 hours’ notice for a cancellation, full payment for the tour is charged. Departure We depart Sorrento Pier (next to the main Sorrento – Queenscliff ferry terminal) twice daily at 8.00am and 12.00pm (weather permitting), and other times by arrangement. Bookings are essential. Additional Fee Additionally there is a Governmental Bay User Fee of $2.50 per person FAQs How do I get there? Sorrento Pier, Esplanade, Sorrento 3943 We are adjacent to the car ferry terminal (Peninsula Searoad) which is 115 kms from Melbourne CB Is the water cold? - The water temperature in Port Phillip Bay fluctuates according to the time of the year. When we commence our tours (October) the water is around 15 degrees celsius and the temperature rises to peak at around 21-22 degrees. When our swimming season concludes at the end of April, the water has dropped from its summer high, but is still very pleasant. - We have a range of wetsuits that are suitable for the conditions. Our wetsuits range from thick one and two piece 5mm diving suits to thinner 3mm surfing or ‘steamer’ suits. Our selection of wetsuits caters for all shapes and sizes and our crew will help select a suit that is right for you. Do you always see dolphins? - Finding and swimming with the Bay’s dolphins is the focus of our tours. We conduct other activities, but the dolphins are our priority. We have been operating around the dolphins since the mid-1980s and use the same vessel as we did when we started as we believe that the dolphins are familiar and comfortable with us and this enhances our prospects of having great interactions. All of our’ crew have worked with Port Phillip Bay’s dolphins for many years and we have used our collective experience to find the dolphins and provide our passengers with the opportunity to have an unforgettable eye-to-eye encounter. The dolphins are wild animals and have lives to lead where we are not the priority. We have a success rate of almost 95% over our 25 years of operation. What should I bring? - We supply all snorkeling equipment and wetsuits, as well as providing morning or afternoon tea. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are served throughout the tour. All you need to bring is a jacket, towel, bathers (have these on under clothes on arrival), hat and sunscreen. Dress according to the weather forecast on the day. We also have blankets on-board if people get cold between swims. Is there an age restriction to swim with the dolphins and seal? - We have a long history conducting tours for school groups and families and our qualified snorkeling instructors are accustomed to taking people both young and old into the water. We do not stipulate how old participants must be, but they must be willing and able to give it a go. In-water activities require a moderate level of physical effort and general good health and fitness to enter cool, deep, open water. Small children are particularly susceptible to the cold. We want the experience to be fun and will not coerce people to swim. The tour can be enjoyed from the deck and observers get a great look without getting wet. Can we buy food and drinks on the boat? - No. Morning and afternoon tea is served to all passengers on our tours. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and water are all provided at no extra cost. And we serve hot, freshly baked scones! Can we touch the dolphins and seals? - No. Our company works under permit granted by the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning and a Parks Victoria license, which has very specific regulations about interaction with the dolphins and seals. They are wild animals. We have conducted swims with the dolphins and seals since 1986. In that time we have built a relationship based on trust. The dolphins and seals will come in for a close encounter because they feel comfortable doing so. There is no reaching out to touch and doing so will ruin the interaction for yourself and the other swimmers.