Swim with Wild Dolphins at Sydney Port Stephens

  • Port Stephens
  • 5 hours (approx.) with 5-10 minutes in the w
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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 and fresh fruit snacks included
  • 4. Informative onboard talks
  • 5. Souvenir photos of the day - posted on Service Provider's Facebook and free to use and share
From AUD
$329.00

1 Key Facts

Included

  • 1. Includes hire of wetsuit, mask, snorkel & safety harness
  • 2. Four (4) hours cruising the open ocean
  • 3. Light breakfast and fresh fruit snacks included
  • 4. Informative onboard talks
  • 5. Souvenir photos of the day - posted on Service Provider's Facebook and free to use and 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. Custom-made video of your experience, including quality underwater shots (at own expense)
Destination Port Stephens
Depature point ● Departs: Thursdays to Sundays & Holidays from September to May*
*Tour does not run on Christmas Day (25 December)
● Departure Point: Dock C, d’Albora Marina, Teramby Road, Nelson Bay NSW
● Departure Time: Approximately 05:45
● Arrives Nelson Bay at 10:00
Address Dock C, d'Albora Marina, Teramby Road, Nelson Bay NSW 2315
How to get there Please make your own way to the departure point on the travel date. It's about 2 hours and 50 minutes drive from Sydney CBD via M1.
Operating hours
Check-in requirements Please arrive at the ticket office 45 minutes prior to the departure time to exchange for ticket/boarding pass before proceeding to the boarding terminal
What to bring/wear ● Warm clothes even on warm mornings
● Weatherproof jacket
● Towel
● Wear your swimsuit under your clothes so you are ready to change into your wetsuit.
● Seasickness medication
Other info ● Limited group size: maximum of 20 swimmers and 12 observers per outing

● 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)

● 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.

● Dolphin Swim Guarantee! Our swimmers can return as many times they need to have their experience!

● 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. We 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.

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 of us, the tour starts the day early. Arrive at the departure point, the beautiful d'Albora Marina, Teramby Road, Nelson Bay, no later than 5.20am. 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 we 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 us 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 us know if they are interested in playing by joining us 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 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 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!

In the open water with wild dolphins there can be no guarantees however, over the years, the company has achieved success rate statistics that are the envy of the wild dolphin swim community. The intention is to give you the best opportunity to achieve maximum benefit from the experience through all facets of the program. Please ensure you read this program document in its entirety.

 

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. 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.

 

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.

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Cancellation Policy

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

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