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Swim with Wild Dolphins - 4 Hours

Port Stephens, NSW - Show on map
Dolphin Swim Australia
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  State government restrictions apply. Please make sure

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make sure you're aware of COVID-19 restrictions

Highlights

  • Learn about the marine park and dolphins with onboard team of experts
  • Interact and play with dolphins in their natural habitat
  • Dolphins within reaching distance

Join an expert team and be guided through an amazing in-water swim interaction with Short Beaked Common Dolphins in the pristine waters of Port Stephens. You will be immersed in the breathtaking world of bow-surfing wild dolphins and gently pulled through the water amid their pod.

What's Included?

  • In-Water experience with wild oceanic dolphins
  • All gear (wetsuit, mask, snorkel, safety harness)
  • Full training in the swim technique by experienced staff members
  • Educational commentary
  • Complimentary above-water photos
  • 4 hour cruise of the Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park
  • Complimentary breakfast provided on the boat

This is the only permitted wild dolphin encounter in NSW - and the first wild dolphin swim experience of its kind in the world!

The vessel is permitted by the Marine Park Authority to operate in the Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park and to swim with the beautiful and inquisitive oceanic species, the Common Dolphin.

Guests are attached to a special line which is strung between the two bows of the 52' catamaran, thereby being attached to the vessel at all times. Once you enter the water, the vessel begins to move forward and the inquisitive dolphins come to bow ride and swim back and forth in front of the guests.

The dolphins are so close, it feels like you're a part of the pod.

This experience is part of the Responsible range because they are ECO certified by Ecotourism Australia.

Session Length

  • This is a season activity that runs from October to April each year
  • During the season, we operate on weekends and daily during holiday periods
  • Customers meet us at Dock C at 6.15am
  • We depart by 7am and return by 11am
  • Swimmers are divided into 4 groups of 6. One group enters the water at a time for around 10-15 minutes, before the next group has their turn. We then cycle through the groups as many times as we can during our tour.

Restrictions

There is a general weight limit of 120kgs. If you are over this weight, need to be strong enough to pull your own body weight out of the water!

Guidelines

  • Pregnant women should always contact the provider prior to booking, usually up to 2nd trimester is okay
  • Minimum age is 7 years
  • Children over 7 years (but under 18 years) must be approved by parent/carer
  • Limited swimming ability is required, however snorkelling experience is a definite advantage

Cancellation

  • Change your booking up to 48 hours before the start time of your experience
  • Changes are not permitted within 48 hours of your experience
  • Late arrivals or no shows may result in you forfeiting your experience

Numbers on the Day

This tour has a maximum of 36 guests (24 swimmers and 12 observers).

Spectators

Spectators are welcome, with a limit of 12 observers on each tour. Observers receive a fantastic view of the dolphins and swim activity, a light breakfast, unlimited tea and coffee, educational commentary, 4 hour cruise in the Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park and complimentary above-water photos of the tour, which are later available to copy and share from the provider's Facebook page.

Weather

In the event of rain or inclement weather your experience will still go ahead unless contacted by the experience provider.

Dress Code

If participating in the wild dolphin swim, please be wearing your swim costume under your clothes when you arrive. It is also HIGHLY recommended that you bring a very warm jacket that can be worn over a wet wetsuit. Even on the hottest days in summer, it can still get quite cool out on the water.

Other Info

The experience includes onboard training on the way out to the marine park. The time at which you encounter the dolphins changes daily and is dependent upon their location on the day.

Dine & Discover - Discover restrictions

  • Discover NSW vouchers are single use only. Any balance of funds remaining on the voucher will be forfeited.
  • Only eligible to be used on products showing the “Discover” tag on site and cannot be used for Gift Vouchers or Gift Cards.
  • Promotional codes cannot be used in conjunction with Discover NSW vouchers.
  • Individuals are unable to redeem more than one voucher at the same business on the same day.
  • Discover NSW vouchers can be combined with another person’s Discover NSW voucher in one transaction as long as the transaction contains an equivalent number of eligible Discover products.
  • Cannot be used for tobacco, alcohol or gambling.
  • Discover NSW vouchers will expire 30th June 2022.
  • For full terms and conditions, visit the Service NSW website here

This experience takes place in Port Stephens, NSW.

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