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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.
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.
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!
This tour has a maximum of 36 guests (24 swimmers and 12 observers).
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.
In the event of rain or inclement weather your experience will still go ahead unless contacted by the experience provider.
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.
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.
This experience takes place in Port Stephens, NSW.