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Dolphin & Whale Watching

Our most recommended South Australia Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.

Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Eco Kayaking Tour

2. Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Eco Kayaking Tour

Go kayaking through Adelaide's Dolphin Sanctuary on this guided tour. Get up close and personal with one of the ocean's most playful and friendly creatures. Upon arrival, demonstrations and all equipment will be provided. Travel at a comfortable pace since you don't need any prior kayaking experience. Start your tour by kayaking your way through 10,000-year-old mangrove-lined creeks, which are the ultimate feeding grounds for dolphins due to the seagrass, saltmarsh, tidal flats, and creeks. See the sanctuary's abundant birdlife and intricate ecosystem. You can also paddle close to shipwrecks that have been abandoned from a bygone era. It's a special experience that simply can't be replicated.

Kangaroo Island: 75-Minute Ocean Safari

3. 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!

Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Guaranteed Wild Dolphin Watching Cruise

4. 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.

Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Mangroves Kayak Tour

5. Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Mangroves Kayak Tour

Experience the beauty of the the Dolphin Sanctuary in Adelaide on an eco-friendly kayaking tour. Discover a fascinating array of marine life and birds as your guide leads you in search of spirited Port River Dolphins. Meet your guide and listen to a short safety briefing to ensure that you are confident when kayaking. Put on your life jacket and set off on your hunt for Port River Dolphins. Have the chance to stop to take photos as you make your way through mangrove trees. Listen to stories from you guide and interact with the dolphins is the most environmentally sensitive way. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour. 

Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary 1 or 2-Person Kayak Rental

6. Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary 1 or 2-Person Kayak Rental

Make your way through the mangrove habitat in search of dolphins with this kayak rental in Adelaide's Dolphin Sanctuary. Rent high-quality, one-person or two-person kayaks and create your own adventure. Meet the staff at the tour supplier's office. Listen as they provide you with a safety briefing to ensure that you are comfortable with the kayak. Get some information about the area and a handy map to help you get around. Put on your life jacket and paddle through the mangrove creeks. Search for dolphins with your family or friends. Return your kayak and equipment to the rental office at the end of your two-hour hire.

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Overall rating

3.8 / 5

based on 7 reviews

It's hard to put into words how incredible this experience was. We got to get in the water along with pods of wild dolphins, some of which were so close you could almost touch them as they showed off their beautiful nature. So amazing to witness the creatures in their natural habitat. It it was honestly one of the most enjoyable moments of my life. We had an exceptional and knowledgeable crew to guide us through the day and I could not recommend this trip enough!

It was an excellent experience. I should have booked it for longer duration, 90 minutes felt very short. Didn't spot any dolphins but kayaking in river and in mangroves was an amazing experience. Weather was in our favor. Would definitely recommend this tour if u have not done kayaking before. Very safe and for all ages. Go have the fun you missing in life. Highly recommend

This was such an amazing experience. We went from looking at shipwrecks, seeing dolphins right beside our kayak to paddling through a mangrove lake

Very good guide with lots of information very helpful turning the boat around so all could see the Dolphins played lovely in front of use

Amazing experience swimming with the dolphins up close