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  •  Activities
  •  Port Stephens, Sydney
  •  Port Stephens Swim with Wild Dolphins

Port Stephens Swim with Wild Dolphins

  • Port Stephens, Sydney
  • English
  • 5 hours (approx.)
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Standard Inclusions

  • 1. Includes hire of wetsuit, mask, snorkel & safety harness
  • 2. Four (4) hours cruising the open ocean
  • 3. Light breakfast (Unfortunately breakfast will not be provided during COVID in order to avoid transmission)
  • 4. Informative onboard talks
  • 5. Above-water photos which are later uploaded to the Service Provider's Facebook page for guests to copy and/or share
From AUD
$349.00

1 Key Facts

Included

  • 1. Includes hire of wetsuit, mask, snorkel & safety harness
  • 2. Four (4) hours cruising the open ocean
  • 3. Light breakfast (Unfortunately breakfast will not be provided during COVID in order to avoid transmission)
  • 4. Informative onboard talks
  • 5. Above-water photos which are later uploaded to the Service Provider's Facebook page for guests to copy and/or share

Not included

  • 1. Transport from/to hotel
  • 2. Food & beverages not listed as Inclusions
  • 3. Souvenirs not listed as Inclusions
  • 4. Travel Insurance
  • 5. Any optional extra items (including but not limited to Custom-made video/photo packages) that are not included in the standard admission. All optional extra items are at own expense.
Destination Port Stephens, Sydney
Depature point 【Covid timetable】
● Departs:
- Non School Holidays: Saturdays, Sundays
- During School Holidays*: Daily
*Tour does not run on Christmas Day (25 December), Boxing Day (26 December), New Year's Day (01 January)
● Departure Point: Dock C, d'Albora Marina, Teramby Road, Nelson Bay NSW
● Departure Time^: 05:45
^ Departure time is reference only and subject to availability.
● Arrives back Nelson Bay at 10:00


【Normal timetable (After Covid) 】
● Departs*: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
*Tour does not run between May and August
*Tour does not run on Christmas Day (25 December), Boxing Day (26 December), New Year's Day (01 January)
● Departure Point: Dock C, d'Albora Marina, Teramby Road, Nelson Bay NSW
● Departure Time^: 05:45
^ Departure time is reference only and subject to availability.
● Arrives back Nelson Bay at 10:00
Address Dock C, d'Albora Marina, Teramby Road, Nelson Bay NSW 2315
How to get there ● By Car
Located approximately 222km north of Sydney Airport, takes about 3 hours; approximately 35km north of Newcastle Airport, takes about 40 minutes.
- There is a large paid ticket parking area at the rear of the marina.

● By Public Transport
Unfortunately there is no direct public transport available. Most visitors drive or arrive on a coach tour.
Operating hours
Check-in requirements Please arrive at the ticket office 60 minutes prior to the departure time to exchange for ticket/boarding pass before proceeding to the boarding terminal. Regrettably, failure to arrive before this time will most likely be classified as no-show and result in forfeiting the booking and it cannot be refunded or transferred.

If you are not familiar with the area or travelling on a weekend or local public holidays / school holidays, please make sure you've checked your timetable or driving route beforehand, and allow extra travelling time for unexpected delays to ensure you do not miss your check in
What to bring/wear ● Motion-sickness medicine (if required)
● Warm clothes even on warm mornings
● Weatherproof jacket
● Towel
● Wear your swimsuit under your clothes so you are ready to change into your wetsuit
● Money / credit card for optional purchases
Other info 【Important Post-Covid Service Information】
- Please refer to https://dolphinswimaustralia.com.au/ for the latest updates during the post-Covid period.
- PLEASE NOTE: The Service Provider unfortunately will not be providing the light breakfast during COVID in order to avoid transmission. Therefore recommend that you bring snacks and some water for sustenance during the morning.
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● Limited group size: maximum of 20 swimmers and 12 observers per outing
● All participants must be aged between 7 and 70 years old. Any participant under the age of 18 years must remain in the immediate presence and control of a supervising parent of guardian during The Swim and their participation will be subject to the authorisation of their parent or guardian.
● Both swimmers and observers need to complete a waiver and booking form.
● For safety reasons participants are not permitted to take items into the water (including but not limited to Go Pro / underwater cameras or electronic devices, cameras, video recording devices, mobile phones or other personal items).
● Price for a Swimmer includes a 'Swim with Dolphins' guarantee. If you do not swim with dolphins, you may return within 12 months of original booking for free until you complete the swim.
● It is essential that you have a well-fitting wetsuit. Please ensure that you have been fitted for your wetsuit 30 minutes prior to departure. Leave the wetsuit ON and pulled down to your waist please and wear something warm on top.
● Shark Shield (TM) Deterrent is used during The Swim. The Service Provider cannot provide advice about the suitability of this equipment in relation to any participant's particular health concerns. It is the participant's responsibility to satisfy any concerns they may have about their individual health circumstances and the use of an electromagnetic device. Visit the product website: http://www.sharkshield.com for information.
● 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.
● For safety or other reasonable reasons the Service Provider may in its absolute discretion decide to cancel The Cruise.
● To the extent permitted by section 139A Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) ("the Act") the Service Provider excludes its liability for:
i. death
ii. personal injury
iii. the contraction, aggravation, acceleration of a disease; and
iv. the coming into existence, the aggravation, acceleration or recurrence of any other condition, circumstance, occurrence, activity, form of behaviour, course of conduct or state of affairs in relation to an individual or community:
A. that is or may be harmful or disadvantageous to an individual or community; or
B. that may result in harm or disadvantage to an individual or community.

2 Overview

Come swim with WILD dolphins in the beautiful Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park in NSW! This is an opportunity for the oceanic adventure of a lifetime! Join a pod of dolphins in the water as a Swimmer; or, if you would prefer to stay dry, simply view these magnificent creatures from the boat as an Observer

The Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park established in 2005, the PSGLMP is the largest Marine Park in NSW, covering approximately 98,200 hectares of coastal and marine habitat. The park extends from Cape Hawke Surf Lifesaving Club to the Birubi Point Surf Life Saving Club and includes the offshore waters between.

Swim with Wild Dolphins at Sydney Port Stephens

With an exciting morning ahead, the tour starts the day early. Arrive at the departure point, the beautiful d'Albora Marina, Teramby Road, Nelson Bay, no later than 5am. Once appropriately parked, proceed to Dock 'C' and embark the 15.8 metre sailing catamaran 'Imagine' where you will find the friendly staff waiting to help you get fitted for your wetsuit and snorkel gear. The experienced dive masters and captain will brief you thoroughly regarding the boat safety, the 'swim with dolphins' technique and swim regulations, and will also respond to any expectations and concerns you may have as the they set the team goals while cruising by the magnificent bay and offshore islands of Port Stephens. The Common Dolphins search area is usually within a 10 nautical mile radius of the heads, offshore in the Tasman Sea.

The permit allows you to interact with Short-Beaked Common Dolphin (D.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 dolphin friends are found, they will let you know if they are interested in playing by joining you and riding the bow waves of the 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 - then carefully enter the water. After giving the dive master the OK signal, you are gently towed through the water where, as you 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 all waited for: being as one with the dolphins and entering the pod as they come over to view you while crossing between the bows and scanning you with their bio-sonar!

 

EQUIPMENT

A 3mm 'Steamer' Wetsuit is provided once you arrive at the boat. You are also provided with masks and snorkels. This is all covered in your swim cost.

It is essential that you have a well-fitting wetsuit. Please ensure that you have been fitted for your wetsuit 30 minutes prior to departure. Leave the wetsuit ON and pulled down to your waist please and wear something warm on top.

 

SEASICKNESS

This is an open water experience with wind and waves playing a part in vessel movement. The Service Provider 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.

 

CLOTHING

Even on warm mornings, please wear warm clothes! It can get cold when you are offshore. Bring a weatherproof jacket and a towel. Wear your swimsuit under your clothes so you are ready to change into your wetsuit.

 

THE DOLPHINS

There are two species of dolphin that you could observe at this tour. Because they live in the open ocean, you would be unable to see these species of dolphin unless you travelled offshore.

  • The Common Dolphin – Delphinus delphis delphis
    This is the beautifully patterned oceanic species this cruise encounters most often.
    Unlike many other species of dolphin, Common Dolphins are very inquisitive and energetically engage with the vessel and in-water guests – just what you want for a wild dolphin swim!
  • The Common Bottlenose Dolphin – Tursiops truncatus
    The Common (Oceanic) Bottlenose lives only at sea and so the only way to see these 'big guys' is when travelling offshore.
    These dolphins, which will be seen only rarely, are a larger version of the species that resides inside the bay(s) of Port Stephens. The smaller versions live in estuaries and close to beaches and so are regularly seen by surfers and beachgoers.

 

SIZE COMPARISON
  • Common (Oceanic) Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus): 3.0 meters length
  • Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus): 2.7 meters length
  • Short-beaked Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis): 2.4 meters length

3 Policy

Cancellation Policy

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

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