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Dolphin, Seal Swims and sightseeing trips

Tour operated by: Polperro Dolphin Swims

Address: Sorrento Pier, adjacent to car ferry terminal, Esplanade, Sorrento, Victoria 3943

Phone: 03 5988 8437  |  Mobile: 0428 174 160  

Email: crew@polperro.com.au
Web: polperro.com.au

On Dolphin, Seal Swims and sightseeing trips with Polperro Dolphin Swims do not let you swim up to the bay's bottlenose dolphins, but rather hang on to long ropes attached to the Polperro's stern, waiting for these curious creatures to come to them. This, and the crew's careful training and supervision of passengers, mean that even non-swimmers can enjoy this experience as well.

Polperro crew welcome children on board and ensure that these trips educate and entertain them. Children are immersed in a learning environment that enhances their understanding of ecology.

Passenger numbers are strictly limited which means everyone on that tour has ample opportunity to get wet, or watch from the deck. Reef and seal swims are part of Polperro trips as well. These are revelatory experiences, even for locals, as the bay's rich aquatic life is a surprisingly well-kept secret.

Tour pricing information (GST included)

TypeValid fromValid toPrice from($)Price to($)

Sightseeing - Child

The tour price includes snorkel masks, snorkels and refreshments. All passengers must pay an additional $2.40 Parks Victoria bay-user fee on the day

01/07/1430/04/15$35.00$35.00

Snorkelling

The tour price includes snorkel masks, snorkels and refreshments. All passengers must pay an additional $2.40 Parks Victoria bay-user fee on the day

01/07/1430/04/15$135.00$135.00

Sightseeing - Adult

The tour price includes snorkel masks, snorkels and refreshments. All passengers must pay an additional $2.40 Parks Victoria bay-user fee on the day

01/07/1430/04/15$55.00$55.00

Payment methods accepted

Cash Only  EFTPOS  MasterCard  VISA Card 

Cancellation and booking policy

Please notify the office if you are unable to keep your booking as 48 hours cancellation notice is required for individuals and two weeks notice is needed for groups otherwise fees will be incurred.

Days of operation

Two trips daily. 8am and 12 midday

Departure details: 01/10/13 - 01/10/14

Mon: 8:00am - 11:45am

Tour starting location

Sorrento Pier

Mode of transport

  • Motor Vessel

Activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Cruising
  • Dolphin watching
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Swim with fish
  • Swim with Whales

Experiences

  • Wildlife
  • Boat
  • Cruise
  • Nature based
  • Sports

Facilities

  • Car park
  • Crewed charter
  • Diving equipment
  • Guide
  • Public transport
  • Waiting area

Disabled access

Please advise Polperro's office at the time of booking if there are special considerations. Polperro's supportive crew will assist with access however access cannot be guaranteed in each and every circumstance.

Languages

  • English

Swimming with dolphins is a rare and magical experience, so who better to help you connect with these magnificent creatures than the people who have been making the introductions in Port Phillip Bay the longest, Polperro Dolphin Swims.

The Muir family established Polperro Dolphin Swims in 1986. Named after their classic, lovingly maintained boat, the Polperro has led the bay in environmentally responsible dolphin interactions. Judy Muir in particular has been tirelessly active in establishing and improving legislation controlling human interaction with wild marine animals, including dolphins.

That is why passengers can not swim up to the bay's bottlenose dolphins, but rather hang on to long ropes trailing from the Polperro's stern, waiting for these often curious creatures to come to them. The rope, and the crew's careful training and supervision of passengers, mean that even non-swimmers can enjoy this exciting experience.

The Polperro departs from Sorrento pier twice daily from October to April. Passenger numbers are strictly limited so everyone has ample opportunity to get wet, or watch dolphins at play from the deck. Reef and seal swims are often part of Polperro trips as well. These are also revelatory experiences, even for most locals, as the bay's rich aquatic life is a surprisingly well-kept secret.

All gear, including wetsuits and snorkels are provided along with change areas below deck. On chilly days, Polperro saloon cabin is warmly welcoming, as is the complimentary tea, coffee, hot chocolate and delicious scones, freshly baked on board by the crew.

They are the cherry on top of a memorable experience, which saw Polperro Dolphin Swims enter the Victorian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame in 2001, after winning the environmental tourism category three years running. Also winning the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula Excellence in Business awards in 2011 and 2012, for Environmental Sustainability.

Tourism awards

2001  - Victorian Tourism Awards  - Hall Of Fame

Memberships

  • The Ecotourism Association of Australia
  • Tourism Alliance Victoria
Parks Victoria Licence
Tour operator is licensed to conduct tours on public land

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