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Swim with Wild Dolphins - 4 Hours

Port Stephens, NSW - Show on map
Dolphin Swim Australia

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

Share the pristine waters of Port Stephens with playful wild dolphins during this in-water swim interaction. You'll join an expert team and immerse yourself in the breathtaking world of bow-surfing wild dolphins as you are gently pulled through the water amid their pod.

What's Included?

  • Four hour cruise of the Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park
  • 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
  • Complimentary breakfast provided on the boat

As the only permitted wild dolphin encounter in NSW, and the first wild dolphin swim experience of its kind in the world, this experience is a must-do when visiting Port Stephens. 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. After a full training session on the swim technique by the expert team, you'll enter the pristine waters for an encounter like no other. You'll be 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 playful dolphins will come to bow ride and swim back in forth right in front of you. With them being so close, you'll feel like a part of the pod!

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

Session Length

  • This experience is four hours in duration
  • This is a seasonal activity that runs from October to April each year
  • During the season, we operate on weekends and daily during holiday periods
  • Meet at Dock C at 6:15am for a 7am departure. You will 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. You'll then cycle through the groups as many times as possible during the 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

  • Minimum age is seven years
  • Children over seven years (but under 18 years) must be approved by parent/carer
  • Pregnant women should always contact the provider prior to booking, usually up to 2nd trimester is okay
  • 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

Maximum of 36 guests (24 swimmers and 12 observers).

Spectators

Spectators are welcome, with a limit of 12 observers on each tour.

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

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  • Only eligible to be used on products showing the “Discover” tag on site and cannot be used for Gift Vouchers or Gift Cards.
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  • 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

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  • You can use multiple Parents NSW vouchers for the same purchase up to a total of $250
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  • Cannot be used for food, drinks, Dine NSW experiences, spa services or accommodation.
  • Parents NSW vouchers will expire 9th October 2022.
  • For full terms and conditions, visit the Service NSW website here

This experience takes place in Port Stephens, NSW.

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