Have you ever dreamt of swimming with WILD dolphins – on their terms and in their own environment?? DOLPHIN SWIM AUSTRALIA (DSA) has developed a way to make that dream come true!
DSA’s swims take place just two and a half hours north of Sydney in the open ocean outside the spectacular heads of Port Stephens, using the beautiful Imagine Cruises catamaran as the platform. Guests are fitted with wetsuit, mask, snorkel and marine vest, and attached safely to a rope strung between the bows of the catamaran. They are then immersed in the breathtaking world of bow-surfing dolphins and pulled gently through the water so that they feel like part of the pod! The curious dolphins swim back and forth between the bows, whistling and clicking, clearly fascinated with watching the humans watching them!
Guests may interact with playful and energetic Short-Beaked Common Dolphins, or huge, majestic Oceanic Bottlenose Dolphins! We regularly find hundreds of these two species, which are different to those found by the dolphin-watching tours within Nelson Bay. Expert commentary on our dolphins is provided by DSA’s on-board Marine Mammal Observer, who also explains DSA’s research into their features, abundance and behaviour.
After a thrilling morning swimming with dolphins and sailing the high seas, guests enjoy a light breakfast on their way back to d’Albora Marina in Nelson Bay. This exhilarating experience of travelling through the open ocean amid pods of wild, oceanic dolphins is an unforgettable and must-do activity! Dolphin Swim Australia is the first and only company in NSW to be given a permit to swim with WILD DOLPHINS!!
September through to May
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Other days are available during school holidays and by demand (eg corporate groups, private charters, etc).
TOUR DURATION: 4 hours
Swimmers – $329.00 (minimum age for participation in the wild dolphin swim is 8 years, however the child must be confident in the water)
Observers – $70.00
Swimmers: Wetsuit, mask, snorkel, marine vest, swim and snorkel training, informative commentary, light breakfast, 4 hour cruise.
Observers: Informative commentary, light breakfast, 4 hour cruise.
There is a maximum of 20 Swimmers and 20 Observers for each tour.
All participants (Swimmers and Observers) must meet at the vessel, Imagine, at 5.20am to be fitted with their wetsuits (Swimmers) and to sign waivers (Swimmers and Observers). Each tour leaves at 5:45am sharp!
Imagine is moored at:
Dock C (entrance to Dock C is opposite AquaBlu Café & Bar), d’Albora Marina,
Teramby Road, Nelson Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Please call 1300 721 358, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, for further information.