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Kayak Tour of Dolphin Sanctuary and Shipwreck

Kayak Tour of Dolphin Sanctuary and Shipwreck

Code: RSA351
  1. Valid for 12 months
  2. Free exchange

Join us for a kayak tour around Adelaide and discover shipwrecks in the Ship's Graveyard Maritime Heritage Trail and meander through the mangrove lined channels around Garden Island. If you're lucky, you might even spot some of the resident dolphins on this tour.

Explore Adelaide’s own dolphin sanctuary and shipwreck heritage trail around Garden Island by kayak.

We will take you through wonderful mangrove lined creeks and see a wealth of bird life and sea creatures along with shipwrecks. There are over 25 shipwrecks scattered around this area. Some were grand sailing ships others were tugs or barges each with its own unique history including one of the very first iron built ships in the world.

This half day trip is ideal for families and people who just want to relax and soak up the heritage this area has to offer. The lush forest of Grey Mangroves provides a haven for extensive bird and sea life.

Located only 25 minutes from Adelaide CBD at Garden Island it makes it easy access for a day which is out of the ordinary.

Tours run from Spring to late Autumn and are conducted in double sea kayaks, which are easy to paddle, stable and very comfortable.

This experience voucher is valid for 12 months from date of purchase.


Adelaide, South Australia.

Session Length

This experience is approximately 3.5 hours in duration. We operate on weekends from Spring to late Autumn and on some weekdays during the school holidays.

Available Dates:

Location Date Availability
SA Saturday, 26 Apr 2014 Full
SA Sunday, 4 May 2014 Full
SA Saturday, 10 May 2014 Spaces
SA Saturday, 17 May 2014 Spaces
SA Sunday, 25 May 2014 Spaces
SA Saturday, 14 Jun 2014 Spaces
SA Sunday, 22 Jun 2014 Spaces

Last updated on 19 April 2014.

These dates are guidelines only and are subject to daily change.

We suggest you only purchase a voucher for one of the dates listed above if you plan to redeem your voucher and book the date today.


Minimum age is 12. You must have a reasonable level of fitness, i.e., you must be able to walk briskly for 15 minutes with out being out of breath.


We operate with a minimum of 6 people in the group.


Not suitable for spectators.


All adventure activities are outdoor based and are therefore subject to weather. When the weather conditions is such that it may incur additional risk beyond what is acceptable then the experience shall be cancelled and rescheduled for a later date.

Other Info:

You must have a reasonable level of fitness. We reserve the right to refuse anyone if we feel the safety of them or others is compromised in any way.


The map below gives you the location of this experience to allow you to plan.

Exact location, directions and meeting place will be available to you once you have booked your experience

Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 40 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent experience All the planned aspects of the activity certainly delivered, especially the dolphin experience. to be able to be so close not in a high, noisy boat but a low, quiet kayak, right there with the dolphins ! Was absolutely magic. 5 May 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Memorable experience Great to have a go at kayaking. Guide was supportive and informative. Great weather. Saw dolphins at fairly close range. Good workout for arms and shoulders 4 May 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by A very enjoyable morning. This was a well organised experience. Our guide, Rowan, carefully presented both safety issues and kayaking skill techniques in a relaxed, but still serious way. Our time on the water was most enjoyable with the weather turning up trumps. Kayaking thru the mangroves was great, with lots of birdlife, plus the need not to run ashore or decapitate oneself on the low branches. Then we paddled round two wrecks of sailing ships, with Rowan giving us some of their history. I think everyone had a very enjoyable excursion, with lots of laughter when the kayaks seemed to have a mind of their own. 29 April 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great way to discover another pocket of Adelaide Unique experience, great way to unwind and enjoy the waters. Also provides you with the opportunity to get up close to some of the shipwrecks in the area. Particularly enjoyed paddling through the mangroves, very relaxing just don't forget the aeroguard. I would recommend that everyone gives kayaking a go and this was a fantastic first experience. 27 April 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by A fun experience! The kayaks were all ready and the instructor was well-organised and prepared. The trip around Garden Is and the shipwrecks was amazing. Peaceful, serene, interesting and stimulating too. Made me want to buy my own kayak! Really, really loved being visited by lots of dolphins - up close and personal! Would have loved a longer trip but my arms would have given out! Just long enough for a beginner but gave a taste for more!! 21 April 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Interesting but hard work The timing of the tour could be better such that all the claimed highlights can be experienced and not restricted by the tides. 7 April 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by fantastic opportunity to explore a side of Adelaide that most don't know about! This tour was excellent. The guide was friendly and helpful and the sights we got to see were excellent. There weren't too many dolphins, but plenty of shipwrecks, and a little side trip up a canal that reminded me of kayaking the mangroves in Vietnam. I think this is a great trip to do for visitors to Adelaide and for locals too if you don't know this part of the world. Finished off with a good pub meal in Port Adelaide near the Wharf markets - what a great day. My only caution is to make sure you have good instructions to get to the starting point as it can be a little diffcult to find. 7 April 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome! We a really fun and interesting morning, kayaked with dolphins swimming alongside and beneath us, some history on the past in the Port River, experienced the mangroves and saw even more dolphins!! A really great and interesting experience and way to spend a morning, highly recommended!! 20 March 2013
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