Mornington Peninsula
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From Sorrento: 3-Hour Dolphin and Seal Swim Tour

1. From Sorrento: 3-Hour Dolphin and Seal Swim Tour

Departing from Sorrento Pier, enjoy a welcome tea or coffee, before venturing into the sheltered shallows of Port Phillip Bay to embark on an exciting once in a lifetime adventure.   Make your way to Chinaman's Hat, a man-made structure built to protect local Australian fur seals. Go for a snorkel in the structure’s shallow waters and get up close and personal with the ever-curious seals who are waiting to share their underwater world with you. Next, go for a swim with dolphins. Float on the water’s surface as these playful creatures swim beneath you and circle the group, showing off their amazing abilities. Finish your experience with a snorkel with the sea dragons, a unique species of seahorse native to the area, and discover the prehistoric looking creatures for yourself in their natural habitat.

From Sorrento Pier: 2-Hour Great Southern Reef Snorkeling

2. From Sorrento Pier: 2-Hour Great Southern Reef Snorkeling

Depart from Sorrento, the native land of the Boonwurrung people, and the site of the first European settlement in 1803. Pass beneath the 20-million-year-old calcarenite cliffs of the Mornington Peninsula National Park, and in less than 15 minutes start discovering the vast Great Southern Reef beneath the water. Do some snorkeling at three different sites where you'll meet nature's finest temperate marine animals, many that exist nowhere else on Earth. See an array of colorful fish, graceful stingrays, unusual weedy seadragons, and entertaining seals. Swim freely listening to the grunts and clicks of fish working the reef and be mesmerised by the rich colours. In a swift RIB boat, travel quickly between each location, looking out for dolphin sightings as the tour explores the southern end of the peninsula.

Port Phillip Bay: 2-Hour Seal Swim

3. Port Phillip Bay: 2-Hour Seal Swim

Embark on an unforgettable underwater adventure, snorkeling with cheeky and cheerful Australian fur seals. Departing Sorrento Pier in Victoria's picturesque Mornington Peninsula, your cruise commences with welcome tea or coffee as you revel in views of the coastline and cliff-top mansions. Arriving at Chinaman's Hat, a structure built just for the seals in Port Phillip Bay, you will take the plunge to swim with these gentle, playful and curious creatures. This sheltered area has a maximum depth of four meters and participants can float on the surface and watch the seals swim freely around them if they wish.

Mornington Peninsula & Hot Springs Tour

4. Mornington Peninsula & Hot Springs Tour

Time to hit the highway and make your way to the idyllic Mornington Peninsula. Your first stop is the summit of Arthurs Seat where you'll share panoramic ocean views and some morning tea. This is just a taste of things to come. Next, move on to Bushrangers Bay for a 5-mile (8-kilometer) hike featuring unreal coastal scenery, rocky bays, wild oceans, and one picturesque lighthouse. Spot local kangaroos and listen to the songs of native birds as you wander along the undulating path. After you return from the hike, recharge with a beautiful lunch at one of the Mornington Peninsula's best cafes, Merchant & Maker. Your final destination is Peninsula Hot Springs where you'll spend a couple of hours soaking in the natural hot pools. It’s the perfect way to end a great date with nature!

Mornington Peninsula: SUP, Hike, & Hot Springs Trip w/ Lunch

5. Mornington Peninsula: SUP, Hike, & Hot Springs Trip w/ Lunch

Discover the best of the Mornington Peninsula on this ultimate adventurous day out like no other and explore the best of the Mornington Peninsula on this day trip. Enjoy an incredible day of paddleboarding, a winery visit, a coastal hike, and bathing at the hot springs. Meet at the iconic 19th century McCrae Lighthouse by the crystal clear waters of the Peninsula. Begin your adventure at one of the most beautiful white sandy beaches on the Peninsula adorned with the famous colorful bathing boxes. Embark on a SUP lesson and tour along the crystal clear waters of the Mornington Peninsula with your guide who is a certified SUP instructor. There are often dolphins close by, so remember to keep your eyes peeled! Explore along the coastline and admire the stunning vistas and backdrop of Arthur's Seat. After your SUP experience, you have a bit of time to get changed or grab a coffee before hopping into the van and traveling along the southern coastline of the peninsula. Next, enjoy a guided coastal hike along nature trails with ocean vistas to Bushrangers Bay. Look out for wildlife like kangaroos and echidnas before arriving at the rugged, expansive, and jaw-dropping ocean scenery. As you look out onto a deserted bay, see the turquoise blue rock pools. Refuel and indulge your palate with a delicious picnic lunch full of fresh local produce at a spectacular beach viewpoint. You will also have some other refreshments such as native tea, coffee, and local beverages. After lunch, unwind at the Peninsula Hot Springs. Set amongst beautiful natural surroundings, relax in a tranquil setting with over 50 global bathing experiences, including an amphitheater of geothermal pools, ice caves, saunas, and hammocks. After some time at the hot springs head to a beautiful laid-back winery that focuses on incorporating organic practices. Taste some of the best wines on the peninsula whilst enjoying the views. Finally, take a scenic drive via the summit of the Mornington Peninsula back to McCrae Lighthouse.

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What people are saying about Mornington Peninsula

Really great experience, even with choppy, cold water. Exciting to see the seals up close and getting the opportunity to see a big stingray. Experienced and professional crew, and well allotted on board Cafe. My only complaint would be that there was no signage or directions when we arrived and, although the invitation specified arriving early, we left late.

The Staff were so nice and helpful when answering questions, the constructor Carl tried so hard to find sea dragons and found some and made sure everyone got the chance to see it, the tour was amazing would definitely recommend

Marlon and Larnie were friendly and great guides. The gears and the outfits that was loan to us were very clean and in good condition. Shows that they take pride in their customer experience to the details.

Great day out. All staff really good and helpful. It was very enjoyable.

Was awesome! Great weather, great crew members!! And great experience