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Dolphin Cruise from Adelaide with Optional Dolphin Swim
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Location: Adelaide, Australia
Duration:
3 hours 30 minutes
Price:
Starting from $63.17 per person

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Spot dolphins in Holdfast Bay on a dolphin-watching cruise from Adelaide. Setting sail from Glenelg marina on a catamaran, you’ll sail out onto the bay for a 3.5-hour cruise. As thousands of dolphins live in the bay, you’re guaranteed to see these lovable marine mammals. If you want to increase your fun, upgrade to include the chance to swim with them!

Make your own way to the seaside resort of Glenelg on the shores of Holdfast Bay, 6 miles (10 km) from central Adelaide. An easy way to travel there is by tram, running every 15 minutes from Adelaide; the trip takes about 20 minutes (own expense).

When you arrive, board the catamaran at the Marina Pier, just in front of the Oyster Bar, and head off to see dolphins playing in the bay. The wild dolphins love swimming around the boat, so you can be sure of a close-up encounter, whether you’re watching from the boat or swimming in the water.

If you choose the swim with dolphins upgrade, you can spend up to an hour in the water with different pods of dolphins, witnessing their grace underwater and hearing their playful whistles. Holdfast Bay is home to thousands of dolphins, and you have a 100% success rate of spotting them.


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2 Day Tangalooma Resort and Dolphin Feeding Tour
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Location: Brisbane or Gold Coast, Australia
Duration:
2 Days / 1 Night
Price:
Starting from $251.73 per person

Highlights

Take a couple of days to visit beautiful Moreton Island and meet Bess, Echo, Freddy, Lefty and the other wild dolphins of Tangalooma, cruise from the mainland to Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort and overnight on the island. Hand feed the wild dolphins when they visit in the evening. Explore Moreton Island National Park or simply relax. An enjoyable couple of days for everybody.

Moreton Island not only boasts pristine beaches, freshwater lakes and unique eco-systems but is also home to Tangalooma, a laid back and friendly beachfront Resort offering a truly unique opportunity for guests to participate in the nightly hand feeding of a pod of Wild Bottlenose Dolphins.

You can enjoy activities such as 4WD Eco tours, Quad bike tours, Snorkeling, Diving, Parasailing, and Sand tobogganing down 50m sand hills!

Tangalooma is perfect for those who want a short escape to an island paradise just 1 hour from Brisbane City.

(The dolphin feeding program operates to strict guidelines; therefore, feeding restrictions may apply)

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Tangalooma Resort Moreton Island Day Cruise with Optional Dolphin Feeding
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Location: Brisbane or Gold Coast, Australia
Duration:
10 hours
Price:
Starting from $75.24 per person

Highlights

Escape to spectacular Moreton Island for the day and relax on the beach at Tangalooma Resort. You'll cruise across Moreton Bay, and when you reach Moreton Island you can do as you please. Maybe you'll relax, shop and dine, or hit the great outdoors and go sand tobogganing, snorkeling, parasailing the choice is up to you.

Moreton Island is just one of the few totally sand islands in Australia, and Tangalooma Resort is right on the beachfront under the palm trees. You'll feel a million miles from everyday life on this island paradise, so kick off your shoes and relax. The island has several cafes, bars and restaurants to explore.

There's a wide range of activities you can pursue (at your own expense) if you're into outdoor activities. Optional activities include quad biking, bushwalking, fishing, snorkeling, jet skiing and parasailing.

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Whale Watching and Surfers Paradise Day Trip from Brisbane
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Location: Brisbane, Australia
Duration:
8 hours 30 minutes
Price:
Starting from $92.89 per person

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Experience the best that Surfers Paradise has to offer on this day trip from Brisbane. Cruise the canals and see the homes of the Gold Coast's rich and famous. Watch humpback whales at play from your purpose built, whale watching vessel. After your cruise, there is some time (45 mins) for your own exploration of Surfers Paradise before returning to Brisbane.

On arrival to Surfers Paradise, board your state of the art vessel. After a brief safety introduction, your tour starts with a scenic canal cruise down the Nerang River while your knowledgeable crew point out the spectacular homes of the rich and famous.

Your cruise continues past the beautiful South Stradbroke Island to the nearby waters of the Australian Whale Sanctuary. Each year between the months of May and October, humpbacks whales migrate to these subtropical waters to mate and give birth. You'll have the opportunity to see the whales at play, often performing spectacular aerial leaps. There will be plenty of photo opportunities as bottle-nose dolphins, giant loggerhead turtles, killer whales and various sea birds also call these waters home. Your marine naturalist guide will also provide informative and unique commentary and the experienced crew are dedicated to providing you with the ultimate whale watching experience.

Following your cruise, you'll have 45 mins of free time to explore Surfers Paradise at your own leisure Stroll through the designer boutiques and explore the stunning beaches before your return transfer to Brisbane.

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Kayaking with Dolphins in Byron Bay
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Location: Byron Bay, Australia
Duration:
3 hours
Price:
Starting from $64.09 per person

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Paddle with dolphins and go kayaking with the experts on a Byron Bay sea kayak tour. See bottlenose dolphins up close and look out for whales and turtles as you paddle through Cape Byron Marine Park. Learn about the local environment from local sea and surf experts, and enjoy morning or afternoon tea with Tim Tam chocolate biscuits on the beach. All safety gear is included, and your kayaking with dolphins tour suits beginner and expert kayakers alike.

Join your local surfer guide as you take to the water in a two-person, sit-on-top-style sea kayak, designed for stability and easy operation.

Paddling through the calm waters of the Byron Bay marine park, look out for the local pod of 300 resident dolphins, including Pacific and common dolphins.

While paddling, you might also see turtles and migrating humpback whales as you listen to your guide's expert commentary on Byron Bay's history, geography and local highlights, including the famous Byron Bay lighthouse. Also hear interesting facts about Byron Bay's dolphins and other wildlife, and stories from the area's Aboriginal history.

Ride through Byron Bay's legendary surf with your expert guide, and enjoy up-close encounters with local bottlenose dolphins. Then stop off at a pristine beach for morning or afternoon tea of coffee, tea, Milo or water and Tim Tam chocolate biscuits.

With all safety gear included, along with wetsuits if required, your Byron Bay sea kayak tour includes pickup and drop-off from your Byron Bay accommodation.

Dolphin sightings are guaranteed on your kayak tour, but if you don't see any dolphins you can enjoy a free return tour.

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Half-Day Whale Watching and Canal Cruise from the Gold Coast
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Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration:
3 hours 30 minutes
Price:
Starting from $70.60 per person

Highlights

See magnificent humpback whales at play on this half-day cruise from the Gold Coast. You'll enjoy unobstructed 360 degree views from all three decks of your purpose built vessel and the experienced crew, including a marine naturalist guide, will provide the closest whale encounters possible. With a maximum of 65 passengers per cruise, this is one of the the Gold Coast's most intimate and informative whale watching experiences.

Board your state of the art vessel in Surfers Paradise. After a brief safety introduction, your tour starts with a scenic canal cruise down the Nerang River while your knowledgeable crew point out the spectacular homes of the rich and famous.

Your cruise continues past the beautiful South Stradbroke Island to the nearby waters of the Australian Whale Sanctuary. Each year between the months of May and October, humpbacks whales migrate to these subtropical waters to mate and give birth. With three departures per day you'll have the opportunity to see the whales at play, often performing spectacular aerial leaps. There will be plenty of photo opportunities as bottle-nose dolphins, giant loggerhead turtles, killer whales and various sea birds also call these waters home. Your marine naturalist guide will also provide informative and unique commentary and the experienced crew are dedicated to providing you with the ultimate whale watching experience.

Seasonal: June to October

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Small-Group Mornington Peninsula Tour from Melbourne with Dolphins and Seals Cruise
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Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration:
11 hours
Price:
Starting from $138.41 per person

Highlights

Discover the Mornington Peninsula on this full-day tour from Melbourne, which includes a three-hour cruise on Port Phillip Bay to spot bottlenose dolphins and Australian fur seals. Plus, visit Point Nepean National Park and the town of Sorrento. Afternoon tea is included, and you’ll enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour.

After a scenic drive from Melbourne to the Mornington Peninsula, passing beach resorts and holiday homes, take a seaside tour of the Peninsula that will put you right at its tip. Here, visit Point Nepean National Park, with its spectacular views of Port Phillip Bay and military fortifications dating back to the 1880s.

Then head to the upmarket resort town of Sorrento, and step aboard a purpose-built luxury vessel to take a three-hour dolphin-and seal-spotting tour on the bay, where wild bottlenose dolphins give birth off Point Nepean. There’s a good chance you’ll spot dolphins and Australian fur seals, along with a vast array of birdlife, as you cruise through the bay to the rocky outcrop known as Chinaman’s Hat and the surrounding Popes Eye Marine Park.

Have lunch on the boat (own expense) and enjoy afternoon tea (included), before traveling back to Melbourne in your comfortable mini-coach.

Note that this tour operates seasonally, from October 1 to April 30 only.

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3-Day Monkey Mia Dolphins, Pinnacles Desert and Kalbarri National Park Tour from Perth
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Location: Perth, Australia
Duration:
3 days / 2 night
Price:
Starting from $1,085.88 per person

Highlights

Explore three of Western Australia's renowned northern icons, the magical wild Dolphins of Monkey Mia, gorges of Kalbarri and mystical Pinnacles Desert on this three-day tour from Perth.

Encounter with the wild dolphins of Monkey Mia, see the incredible Shell Beach and the limestone pillars of the Pinnacles Desert and explore the red river gorges of the Kalbarri National Park on this 3-day tour from Perth.

Day 1: Depart Perth and journey north via the lobster fishing town of Port Denison, where you stop for lunch by the waters edge. Continue north across the Greenough Flats, known for the unusual 'leaning trees' there, then onto the World Heritage listed area of Shark Bay. Overnight at Garden Villa (Standard Rooms)

Day 2: Spend time at the waters edge this morning where you may encounter a visit by the famous Monkey Mia dolphins. As they are wild, dolphin appearances can't be guaranteed, but coming in at regular times through the day to interact with people has been a ritual for many years. The opportunity to join an optional cruise is also available this morning (at own expense).

This afternoon visit the town of Denham for lunch, then onto incredible Shell Beach and Stromatolites before travelling south to Kalbarri. Known for wildflowers (in season) and magnificent rocky landscapes, visit Hawks Head in Kalbarri National Park, one of the areas most spectacular red river gorges. Overnight at the Kalbarri Edge Resort (Standard Rooms)

Day 3: Enjoy sightseeing along the Kalbarri coastal gorges then travel south, breaking for lunch at the rock lobster fishing village of Cervantes. This town is the gateway to the Pinnacles Desert, an amazing moon-like landscape and truly one of Australia's most mystical experiences. Arrival back in Perth at approximately 7:00pm.

  • Day 1 - Meals (Lunch and Dinner)
  • Day 2 - Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  • Day 3 - Meals (Breakfast and Lunch)

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Swim with Dolphins Day Trip from Perth
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Location: Perth, Australia
Duration:
Varies
Price:
Starting from $190.42 per person

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Swim with wild dolphins in the sheltered bays and islands off Rockingham, only 40-minutes by road from Perth.This is a unique opportunity to interact with the dolphins in their natural environment. Over the course of 20 years, the crew has befriended over 200 local dolphins, and this familiarity makes for an incredible day interacting with these amazing, intelligent creatures.

Your day begins with a coach transfer from Perth. On arrival to Rockingham, you'll board the custom-made dolphin swim vessel complete with a large rear platform, making access to the water very easy. 

After your crew has located a pod, you’ll gear up with wetsuits, masks and snorkels (all equipment is included) and then dive into the fun, as you are quickly surrounded by excited whistles and splashes as the dolphins arrive to play. While many resorts provide opportunities to swim with dolphins, the crew’s rapport with these precocious marine mammals has created one of the best swim-with-dolphins excursions in Australia. Better still, Rockingham is a brief, 40-minute drive from Perth, making it an easy day trip.

Following your swim, you’ll be treated to refreshments back on the boat before your return journey back to Perth.

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Jervis Bay Dolphin Cruise and Southern Coast and Highlands Day Tour from Sydney
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Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration:
11 hours
Price:
Starting from $161.63 per person

Highlights

Head south of Sydney on a full-day nature-packed tour. You'll take a dolphin-watching cruise on Jervis Bay, travel past tranquil seaside villages on the Southern Coast, through the Kangaroo Valley and into the rainforests of the Southern Highlands. You'll see magnificent views of the Australian bush along the way. All transfers are included, and you'll be picked up and dropped off from your centrally located Sydney hotel.

Your tour includes the following highlights:

  • Visiting Kiama, a beautiful seaside village with a "blow hole" and great Australian surf beaches
  • Driving through Jervis Bay Marine Park and its pristine white beaches and rugged sandstone cliffs
  • Cruising the protected waters of Jervis Bay to search for pods of dolphins onboard the Tekin III catamaran, with three viewing levels and a special bow-mounted camera
  • Enjoying a salad buffet lunch while families of dolphins play alongside your boat's bow
  • Traveling through Kangaroo Valley and the Southern Highlands rainforest, where it's common to see emus in the wild
  • Visit to the Kangaroo Valley township
  • Touring the country town of Bowral, home of Sir Donald Bradman, the famous Australian cricketer, and host of an annual tulip festival

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Port Stephens and Nelson Bay 4WD Adventure Tour including Dolphin Cruise
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Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration:
11 hours
Price:
Starting from $161.63 per person

Highlights

Discover an unspoiled and diverse blue water paradise at Port Stephens! Relax and wander through the coastal township and enjoy the famous dolphin cruise!. Watch as the bottlenose dolphins play on the bow waves or why not ride the Boom Net and get close to the friendly visitors! Also experience Stockton Bright by 4WD and try your hand at sand-boarding. This will be a day you won't forget!

Nature is the center of all that is Port Stephens and it is the perfect escape from cosmopolitan Sydney.

Highlights:

  • Cross the Sydney harbor Bridge by coach
  • Tour through the leafy and affluent northern suburbs of Sydney
  • Travel over the Hawkesbury River, a holiday hub for boat lovers
  • Discover Australian wildlife at a zoo with a big bite - the Australian Reptile Park, just loaded with unique exhibits and animals (45-minute stop)
  • Travel through Newcastle, renowned for its industry and shipping ports
  • Arrive at Port Stephens, a blue water paradise
  • Board a luxury cruiser and search for the pods of bottlenose dolphins. Watch as they play on the bow waves or why not ride the Boom Net and get close to the friendly visitors!
  • Travel in modern comfortable 4WD vehicles and encounter the Stockton Bright. Why not try sand-boarding, an opportunity you won't forget!
  • Experience the grandeur and tranquility of the local desert wilderness, environmental and historical sights

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