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Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Swimming with Dolphins Experience

1. Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Swimming with Dolphins Experience

Spend your vacation doing something unique and unforgettable on an excursion that takes you out into the waters, and swim alongside wild dolphins. On this 3.5-hour tour, you are guaranteed to see dolphins, which are one of the Earth’s most fascinating and curious creatures. Meet at the Holdfast Shores Marina in Glenelg, a mere 15 minutes outside of Adelaide. From there, board the 'Temptation', a 58-foot colossal sailing catamaran. As the boat cruises, experience the beauty of Australia's southern coastline. Eventually, come to rest in the waters where the wild dolphins will come to greet you and play in the waters. Don your wetsuit, mask, and snorkel, and take the plunge into the waters. Experience the breathtaking moment when you see dolphins underwater for the first time. Watch and listen; their grace and playfulness is stunning and the sounds of their whistles and echo location noises are mesmerizing. Once your adventure comes to an end, you will be taken back to the marina. Spend some time checking out the many restaurants and shops that grace the shoreline.

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Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Eco Kayaking Tour

2. Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Eco Kayaking Tour

Take the opportunity to paddle your way through a 10,000-year-old mangrove forest on a kayaking tour of a dolphin sanctuary. Amidst approximately 30 resident and 300 transient dolphins, enjoy a special experience that simply can’t be replicated. Take off with your lead guide Andro, a marine biologist who has over 5 years’ experience working with marine mammals and wildlife, and travel at a comfortable pace in your kayak. Paddle through creeks whilst listening to local Aboriginal stories. View the abundant birdlife, marine mammals, and other creatures that make up the intricate ecosystem. For those interested in bird watching, the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary shares a big part of the northern coastal habitat. Experience the sanctuary — part of South Australia’s largest port — with a rich Aboriginal and European cultural background and a number of noteworthy landmarks to explore. See the incredible mangrove forest that makes the ultimate feeding ground for dolphins due to its abundance of sea grass, salt marsh, and the tidal flats and creeks.

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Adelaide: Glenelg Sunset Catamaran Cruise with Drink

3. Adelaide: Glenelg Sunset Catamaran Cruise with Drink

Head down to Glenelg’s Marina Pier where your catamaran for the evening awaits. Enjoy a warm welcome from the friendly crew, then take your seats as you set sail onto the open water. Out on the gulf, admire the picturesque view of Adelaide as night creeps in and the city comes to life with glistening lights. Then soak up the last of the day’s rays and enjoy a refreshing beverage while you watch an unforgettable Australian sunset.  Finally, return to Marina Pier, home to some of Adelaide’s best outdoor dining destinations. 

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Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Guaranteed Wild Dolphin Watching Cruise

4. Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Guaranteed Wild Dolphin Watching Cruise

Enjoy a half-day cruise looking for some of the world’s most delightful creatures, departing from Marina Pier, Holdfast Shores, Glenelg. Dolphins are among the earth’s most curious mammals and you will get up-close-and-personal with the beautiful beasts from the decks of the Temptation catamaran. You will be welcomed on board the 58-foot sailing vessel by an enthusiastic crew. Sometimes you will see your first dolphins within minutes of cruising. They seem to come out of nowhere to play around Temptation’s hulls. But be assured they are not coaxed in any way. These are wild dolphins that simply know the vessel, and know that they are not in any danger. As the gulf is home to over 1,000 common and bottlenose dolphins, the cruise comes with a money-back guarantee of sightings. The dolphins are only just out of reaching distance from the deck, enabling you to capture their playful displays on film. Back on dry land, you can spend the rest of the day exploring the faculties at Holdfast Shores Marina, or wander down Jetty Road in Glenelg, enjoying the dozens of restaurants and shops.

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Adelaide: River Torrens Sightseeing Cruise on Iconic Boat

5. Adelaide: River Torrens Sightseeing Cruise on Iconic Boat

After boarding at Elder Park Landing there will be an opportunity to purchase food and beverages from the deckhand. The captain will take time to deliver a safety talk and introduce the crew before beginning commentary of the local area and wider South Australia.   Once seated, the cruise will commence by heading toward the Torrens River Weir Gate while passing the Adelaide Festival Centre, SAHMRI, and Adelaide Gaol. Enjoy 30 minutes of commentary before arriving at Adelaide Zoo where you will have the option to disembark and explore the zoo, Botanic Garden its and surrounds. The last 15 minutes of the tour will be relaxed, allowing you a great chance to ask questions, take photos with the crew, and get some advice on what to see and do once you disembark.

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Murray River Highlights and Luncheon Cruise

6. Murray River Highlights and Luncheon Cruise

The Murray River Highlights tour departs Adelaide and travels to the mighty Murray River. On your arrival, board the Proud Mary and relax as you cruise the historic river enjoying the wildlife and surrounding scenery. Enjoy lunch on board the Proud Mary as you continue your journey along the river and gain insight into the river system and unique landscapes of the region. Upon disembarking, there will be free time to explore Mannum, before joining your tour along the river bank of the Murray River taking in spectacular views and stopping regularly for great photo opportunities, including the Mannum Lookout. Travel back to Adelaide via the delightful Adelaide Hills, stopping at Melba’s Chocolate Factory and Woodside Cheese Wrights at Woodside with an opportunity to purchase afternoon tea (own expense).

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Dolphin Sanctuary and Ships Graveyard Kayak Tour

7. Dolphin Sanctuary and Ships Graveyard Kayak Tour

Take a guided 3-hour kayak tour of the Dolphin Sanctuary and Ships Graveyard Maritime Heritage Trail. Paddle along sheltered mangrove-lined creeks that are home to a variety of marine life, birds, and also the Port River dolphins. Explore an area that features 20 shipwrecks and interact with the dolphins as well, on an environmentally friendly tour. Paddle at an easy pace with plenty of time for photos and commentary by your guide. When the Port River dolphins come to play it is a memory you will treasure forever. The tour is recommended for adults and children over the age of 10 years, although younger children can come out and have great fun!

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Adelaide: City Kayaking Experience

8. Adelaide: City Kayaking Experience

Enjoy a beautiful kayak ride on Adelaides’ famous River Torren's. Take in the city sights from this unique perspective and experience a ride that you have never done so before. On this 1.5 hour guided tour, all kayak and safety-related equipment are included for your convenience.  Embark on this small-group activity with a limit of 6 people per group and make the best out of this picturesque paddling experience on the famous river.  Create memories and enjoy this unique experience. With an easy to reach meeting point and little to no kayak experience needed this tour is perfect for all ages and abilities.

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Coorong Discovery Cruise

9. Coorong Discovery Cruise

Discover the Coorong National Park on a 3.5-hour experience with lunch included. Cruise past the Murray Mouth and into the park for 1-hour guided walk. Tour departs from the old river port town of Goolwa, located 70 minutes south of Adelaide’s center.  A Ploughmans lunch is served on board as you cruise to the Goolwa Barrage and through the lock. Continue down to the Murray Mouth and into the Coorong National Park. Stop for a guided walk across the peninsula through dune vegetation to a beach on the Southern Ocean. Enjoy afternoon tea on the return journey to Goolwa.

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Adelaide: River Torrens Devonshire Tea Cruise on Iconic Boat

10. Adelaide: River Torrens Devonshire Tea Cruise on Iconic Boat

Take a boat cruise tour in the heart of the city with live commentary from a friendly skipper and see why Adelaide is ranked one of the most livable cities in the world.  Begin by boarding at Elder Park Landing. Be served a delightful Devonshire tea consisting of fresh scones with jam and whipped cream. Hear a safety talk and introduction from the captain before your exclusive commentary on the local area and wider South Australia begins.  Float towards the Torrens River Weir Gate while passing sites including the Adelaide Festival Centre, SAHMRI, and Adelaide Gaol.  Enjoy 30-minutes of insightful commentary before arriving at Adelaide Zoo. Have the option to disembark and explore the zoo, Botanic Garden, and its surroundings.  Relax in the last 15-minutes and have the chance to ask questions, take photos with the crew, and get tips on what to see and do once you disembark. There will be an opportunity to purchase extra food and beverages from the deckhand serving from our licensed bar.

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What people are saying about Adelaide

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 40 reviews

Great experience. We saw plenty dolphins and had an amazing time. The staff is great and really good at spotting dolphins. We almost spend 2 hours surrounded by dolphins with many opportunities to take photos and videos

A great way to spend a few hours. The dolphins are not the only attraction but learning about some of the ship wrecks, mangroves and other inhabitants of the area make it all interesting.

We actually got to see five different pods of dolphins with 10 to 15 dolphins in each pod really good experience

excellent experience! had a great time for my 30th birthday with my family and friends

Relaxing informative the guide is very good definitely recommended