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Our most recommended South Australia Cruises & Boat Tours

Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Swimming with Dolphins Experience

1. Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Swimming with Dolphins Experience

Spend your vacation doing something unique and unforgettable on an excursion that takes you out into the waters, and swim alongside wild dolphins. On this 3.5-hour tour, you are guaranteed to see dolphins, which are one of the Earth’s most fascinating and curious creatures. Meet at the Holdfast Shores Marina in Glenelg, a mere 15 minutes outside of Adelaide. From there, board the 'Temptation', a 58-foot colossal sailing catamaran. As the boat cruises, experience the beauty of Australia's southern coastline. Eventually, come to rest in the waters where the wild dolphins will come to greet you and play in the waters. Don your wetsuit, mask, and snorkel, and take the plunge into the waters. Experience the breathtaking moment when you see dolphins underwater for the first time. Watch and listen; their grace and playfulness is stunning and the sounds of their whistles and echo location noises are mesmerizing. Once your adventure comes to an end, you will be taken back to the marina. Spend some time checking out the many restaurants and shops that grace the shoreline.

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Kangaroo Island: 2-Hour Dolphin, Seal and Snorkeling Tour

2. Kangaroo Island: 2-Hour Dolphin, Seal and Snorkeling Tour

Benefit from a safety briefing before climbing aboard a boat to go in search of marine life and the chance to swim and snorkel with lovable sea creatures. Listen to an informative live commentary on the 2-hour ocean safari, and avail of the only opportunity in South Australia to swim with long-nosed fur seals. Snorkel along some of Kangaroo Island’s beautiful coastline and swim alongside dolphins or seals in the wild. Alternatively, join as a spectator and keep dry and watch all the action from the boat.  Marvel at seals, dolphins and an abundance of birdlife, including eagles, gulls and cormorants. 

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Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Eco Kayaking Tour

3. Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Eco Kayaking Tour

Take the opportunity to paddle your way through a 10,000-year-old mangrove forest on a kayaking tour of a dolphin sanctuary. Amidst approximately 30 resident and 300 transient dolphins, enjoy a special experience that simply can’t be replicated. Take off with your lead guide Andro, a marine biologist who has over 5 years’ experience working with marine mammals and wildlife, and travel at a comfortable pace in your kayak. Paddle through creeks whilst listening to local Aboriginal stories. View the abundant birdlife, marine mammals, and other creatures that make up the intricate ecosystem. For those interested in bird watching, the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary shares a big part of the northern coastal habitat. Experience the sanctuary — part of South Australia’s largest port — with a rich Aboriginal and European cultural background and a number of noteworthy landmarks to explore. See the incredible mangrove forest that makes the ultimate feeding ground for dolphins due to its abundance of sea grass, salt marsh, and the tidal flats and creeks.

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Adelaide: Glenelg Sunset Catamaran Cruise with Drink

4. Adelaide: Glenelg Sunset Catamaran Cruise with Drink

Head down to Glenelg’s Marina Pier where your catamaran for the evening awaits. Enjoy a warm welcome from the friendly crew, then take your seats as you set sail onto the open water. Out on the gulf, admire the picturesque view of Adelaide as night creeps in and the city comes to life with glistening lights. Then soak up the last of the day’s rays and enjoy a refreshing beverage while you watch an unforgettable Australian sunset.  Finally, return to Marina Pier, home to some of Adelaide’s best outdoor dining destinations. 

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Kangaroo Island: 75-Minute Ocean Safari

5. Kangaroo Island: 75-Minute Ocean Safari

Climb aboard for an exhilarating ride along the beautiful coast of Kangaroo Island and marvel at the pristine waters, stunning coastline and local marine life. Set sail from Christmas Cove and look for dolphins and seals just minutes from the marina. Listen to an informative live commentary from your skipper along the way. Learn more about the local history and hear dozens of interesting wildlife facts. Avail of a must-do wildlife experience that is suitable for all ages and great fun for the whole family!

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Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Guaranteed Wild Dolphin Watching Cruise

6. Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Guaranteed Wild Dolphin Watching Cruise

Enjoy a half-day cruise looking for some of the world’s most delightful creatures, departing from Marina Pier, Holdfast Shores, Glenelg. Dolphins are among the earth’s most curious mammals and you will get up-close-and-personal with the beautiful beasts from the decks of the Temptation catamaran. You will be welcomed on board the 58-foot sailing vessel by an enthusiastic crew. Sometimes you will see your first dolphins within minutes of cruising. They seem to come out of nowhere to play around Temptation’s hulls. But be assured they are not coaxed in any way. These are wild dolphins that simply know the vessel, and know that they are not in any danger. As the gulf is home to over 1,000 common and bottlenose dolphins, the cruise comes with a money-back guarantee of sightings. The dolphins are only just out of reaching distance from the deck, enabling you to capture their playful displays on film. Back on dry land, you can spend the rest of the day exploring the faculties at Holdfast Shores Marina, or wander down Jetty Road in Glenelg, enjoying the dozens of restaurants and shops.

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From Victor Habour: Seal Island Cruise

7. From Victor Habour: Seal Island Cruise

Embark on a scenic cruise along the north coast of Granite Island. Victor Harbour is located on the south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula of South Australia, about 90 minutes and 80 km south of the center of Adelaide. Pass the route of the old horse-drawn tramway and see the historic Screwpile Jetty as you venture around the breakwater and into the open ocean. Continue for 5 minutes to arrive at Seal Island (also known as "Seal Rock"), where New Zealand fur seals and Australian sea lions can be seen basking in the sun. Delight to the sight of the seals that often swim to the stationary boat for a good look at the passengers!  Keep a lookout for other wildlife, including petrels, shearwaters and cormorants, on or around Seal Island. You might even spot some common or bottlenose dolphins that are often in the vicinity and sometimes race the boat. After 15 minutes of wildlife viewing at Seal Island and around Wright Island, cruise back to the Granite Island Causeway at Victor Harbour and disembark.

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Adelaide: River Torrens Sightseeing Cruise on Iconic Boat

8. Adelaide: River Torrens Sightseeing Cruise on Iconic Boat

After boarding at Elder Park Landing there will be an opportunity to purchase food and beverages from the deckhand. The captain will take time to deliver a safety talk and introduce the crew before beginning commentary of the local area and wider South Australia.   Once seated, the cruise will commence by heading toward the Torrens River Weir Gate while passing the Adelaide Festival Centre, SAHMRI, and Adelaide Gaol. Enjoy 30 minutes of commentary before arriving at Adelaide Zoo where you will have the option to disembark and explore the zoo, Botanic Garden its and surrounds. The last 15 minutes of the tour will be relaxed, allowing you a great chance to ask questions, take photos with the crew, and get some advice on what to see and do once you disembark.

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Kangaroo Island: Guided Kayak Tour on Harriet River

9. Kangaroo Island: Guided Kayak Tour on Harriet River

Experience the peace and serenity of Kangaroo Island as you glide and explore the abundant banks of the Harriet River situated just behind Vivonne Bay. Begin the activity with instructions on how to correctly wear your lifejacket and adjust your backrest, along with the correct technique for paddling on the river. Learn how to identify hazards, safely enter the water, and how to paddle forward, backward, turn, and stop. When ready, follow your guide, who is a local, experienced and qualified kayak expert. Enjoy spotting an abundance of wildlife. Identify local flora, look for koalas in the trees, spot a variety of birds, and watch the bream jump out of the river as you paddle past.

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Murray River Highlights and Luncheon Cruise

10. Murray River Highlights and Luncheon Cruise

The Murray River Highlights tour departs Adelaide and travels to the mighty Murray River. On your arrival, board the Proud Mary and relax as you cruise the historic river enjoying the wildlife and surrounding scenery. Enjoy lunch on board the Proud Mary as you continue your journey along the river and gain insight into the river system and unique landscapes of the region. Upon disembarking, there will be free time to explore Mannum, before joining your tour along the river bank of the Murray River taking in spectacular views and stopping regularly for great photo opportunities, including the Mannum Lookout. Travel back to Adelaide via the delightful Adelaide Hills, stopping at Melba’s Chocolate Factory and Woodside Cheese Wrights at Woodside with an opportunity to purchase afternoon tea (own expense).

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What people are saying about South Australia

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 61 reviews

Great experience. We saw plenty dolphins and had an amazing time. The staff is great and really good at spotting dolphins. We almost spend 2 hours surrounded by dolphins with many opportunities to take photos and videos

A great way to spend a few hours. The dolphins are not the only attraction but learning about some of the ship wrecks, mangroves and other inhabitants of the area make it all interesting.

We actually got to see five different pods of dolphins with 10 to 15 dolphins in each pod really good experience

excellent experience! had a great time for my 30th birthday with my family and friends

Relaxing informative the guide is very good definitely recommended