Swimming with the Dolphins

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Dolphins are one of the worlds most fascinating and curious creatures. We offer you this once in a lifetime encounter in which you will be touched forever.

Swimming with the Dolphins
From$120 aud

Group booking discount

Tour Highlights

  • Dolphin Watch
  • Dolphin Swim

Tour Info

Code TS-01
  • Swimming with Dolphins
Duration 3.5 Hours
Price From $120
MAY-JUN Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun
SEP-OCT Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun
Vehicle 4WD
Suitability Open Age
Start Adelaide @ 07.20 am
Finish Adelaide @ 11.30 am

Dolphins are one of the worlds most fascinating and curious creatures. We offer you this once in a lifetime encounter in which you will be touched forever. The first time you see them underwater it takes your breath away. Their grace and playfulness is stunning and sounds of their whistles and eco location noises are mesmerising.

As soon as you board the vessel, the professional and enthusiastic crew make you feel welcome and also excited about the adventure you are about to encounter. Their love of dolphins shows as they brief you about what to expect from the cruise and swim.

Please be assured that these dolphins are not fed or coaxed in any way. They are wild dolphins that know the vessel and know they are not in any danger.

What You Won't See on this Cruise

  • Dolphins at the back of the boat with their heads out of the water wanting hand outs.
  • The dolphin vessel will cruise along the coast of Adelaide under auto pilot. When a dolphin pod is spotted, the vessel will move over to within 100m from the pod and continue in a straight line past the pod. It is up to the dolphins to make their way over to 'Temptation'.If they do then its play time, if they don't then we move onto the next pod.
  • The vessel will give the dolphins only one chance to interact. When the dolphins decide they want to move away, we do not change our course to follow them.
  • People touching the dolphins - These dolphins are wild and will bite if threatened.
  • The "Swimmers" swimming over to the dolphins - All swimmers must hold onto a floatation line at all times. This line is connected to the stern of the vessel

Safety & Protection

Please note that at the end of our swimmers lines Shark Shields™ are used for protection against sharks. These are electronic shark deterrents that creates a unique protective electrical field around the swimmers.

Please also note that we have been using these devices for over two years and the electronic field does not affect the dolphin interaction in any way.

The Vessel

The Dolphin vessel is a 58ft x 32 ft aluminium high performance sailing catamaran, which was built by the owner/operator in South Australia. She is survey registered to hold 50 day passengers or sleep 19 overnight.

Dairy Notes (last season)

Dolphin Report - August

A lot of seals were spotted sun baking on the breakwater through August. The water visibility has been poor for most of August due to the weather.

Dolphin interaction time has also been low with local dolphins feeding in close to shore or spread out searching for food.

There has been no sign of squid in the area yet, but there has been a lot of Bait Fish, which has brought a large number of Penguins off the shore.

Dolphin Report - May

May was a wet month, as well as some strong winds, which made the water clarity in close to shore very bad.

'Temptation' headed out a couple of klms offshore in May to try to get into cleaner water - this was OK but the dolphin numbers in May decreased because of this.

There are a lot of sea birds in the area at the moment, as well as a few seals, which have been calling the Glenelg breakwater home for the last 6 months.

***First Dolphin Swim For Next Season Is Early August***

Dolphin Report - April

The start of April was good with many local pods seen and very good interaction time. Most of the month we stayed close to Glenelg, as there was little activity further South.

The later part of the month we started to get a bit of rain - well needed, but this decreased the visibility close to shore.

Dolphin Report - March

March was an inconsistent month - the start of the month saw 'Temptation' head out into deeper waters to get amongst the common dolphins. This lasted until the 9th of March when the commons moved on.

The local bottlenose dolphins have moved away leaving only one main pod at Seacliff. This pod, as well as most other larger pods had new born dolphins - this is good to watch but the pods with new borns don't often come over to the swimmers.

In general the swim time has not been very good in March, although late March this was improving with more local pods moving back to Glenelg.

Seals are around in good numbers at the moment.

Dolphin Report - February

February is generally a bad month for dolphin interaction, as many local dolphins move to other areas and babies start to appear. However, this February we were lucky to have large pods of Common dolphins in the deeper waters off Glenelg and the interaction with the "Commons" are always very good, spectacular in fact.

The bottlenose dolphins we did see were not our regular dolphins so the interaction with them was not as good.
Four new borns (bottlenose) were seen during the month.

The weather and visibility was exceptional during February.

We have seen five new dolphins coming into the marina basin - all from the same pod - this makes it only 14 different dolphins that we have recorded coming into the marina basin. There is a lot of small fish to be rounded up on the basin walls and I hope the easy food will see these dolphins come in regularly.

Dolphin Report - January

January has seen a decline in the dolphin interaction. Most pods, including locals, only spent a short time at the boat, which only allowed the swimmers to view the dolphins briefly.

January always tends to be a bad month for the dolphin interaction. This is due to the boat traffic. This season we have witnessed a lot of dolphin harassment by people in their boats.

On the 28th of January we watched a dolphin with its dead calf (day or two old). She pushed it around and continued to surface with it every minute to breathe.

On a brighter note, late January the common dolphins came back into the feeding grounds. Seals and penguins also came in to feed.

February we will focus mainly on the deeper water to view bottlenose and common dolphins, as close to shore the mother dolphins will start giving birth. So far we have already seen two new born bottlenose dolphins.


  • No pick up is included in the tour price, Passengers  need to check in  Marina Pier, Holdfast Shores Marina, GLENELG SA 5045  not later than 07.15 am. 
  • Coach transfer from Adelaide Major Hotels will cost $64 (PP)

What to bring

  • Camera & spare film
  • Towel
  • Sunblock
  • Hat


  • Wetsuits
  • Snorkels
  • Masks

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