All tours have a meeting time of 5.00am and a return time of 10.00am. The total amount of time taken is therefore 5 hours.
Our permit allows us to interact with Common Dolphin (D.delphis delphis) and Oceanic Bottlenose Dolphin (T.truncatus); both are wild dolphins and live in the offshore waters of the Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park. When we find our dolphin friends, they will let us know if they are interested in playing with us by joining us and riding the bow waves of our boat. It is then time to follow closely the dive masters’ and crew’s instructions for getting ready to enter the dolphins’ domain. From the bow net – and while secured to the towrope – we then carefully enter the water. After giving the dive master the OK signal, you are gently towed through the water where, as we move off, the dolphins are given the opportunity to come over of their own free will and continue their bow-surfing/people-watching fun. Here, at last, is the moment we’ve all waited for: being as one with the dolphins and entering the pod as they come over to view us while crossing between the bows and scanning us with their bio-sonar!
We are in the wild and we cannot guarantee the dolphins location or willingness to interact with us. Over the years however, we have achieved success rate statistics that are the envy of the wild dolphin swim community. Our intention is to give you the best possible opportunity to achieve this amazing experience. If it doesn’t work out, we provide a guarantee that you can return for free until you successfully swim with wild dolphins! If you have any questions at all please Contact Us on 1300 721 358.
DATES: September-May Specific dates available online.
LOCATION: Dock C, d’Albora Marina, Teramby Road, Nelson Bay NSW TIME: 5.00am-10.00am DEPARTURE: 5:45am-6:00am
Responsibility! We are there to assist you at all times. It is your total responsibility to act in an appropriate manner, to communicate your needs and to go with your condition/ability. Do take care of yourself and others! Once on the boat, you are at your own risk (please ensure you read the ‘Waiver’ which is found under ‘About Us’ on our website). This includes on-board and in the water.
We are in the wild and we cannot guarantee the dolphins’ location or willingness to interact with us. Over the years however, we have achieved success rate statistics that are the envy of the wild dolphin swim community. Our intention is to give you the best possible opportunity to achieve this amazing experience. If it doesn’t work out, we provide a guarantee that you can return for free until you successfully swim with wild dolphins! If you have any questions at all, please contact us on 1300 721 358, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please view the map for the closest car parks to Dolphin Swim Australia. There is four hour metered parking at the marina itself. If using this car park, you may pay for the parking with a credit card and then display the ticket inside your car on the dashboard. Please note: the meter will only start charging you from 8.30am – you therefore only need to pay for 2 hours (as we will be returning to the dock at 10.00am). The car parks marked in yellow are free car parks.
A 3mm ‘Steamer’ Wetsuit is provided by Dolphin Swim Australia once you arrive at the boat. You are also provided with a mask, snorkel and safety harness. All equipment is included in the cost of your swim.
This is an open water experience with wind and waves playing a part in vessel movement. Operators cannot be held accountable for seasickness! ‘Travacalm’ is supplied on the vessel. If you suffer motion illness, please consider taking medication before bed for a couple of days prior to your swim as well as when you get on board the vessel. This can often produce a better result. We also recommend that you get plenty of sleep the night before, try not to drink too much alcohol the night before and limit your sugar and milk intake during the morning. It is also better to keep your food intake as bland as possible.
Even on the hottest of days, it can be quite cool out on the water! Please bring a weatherproof jacket (if possible) and a towel. Please also wear your swimsuit under your clothes so you are ready to change into your wetsuit.