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Swim with the Dolphins!

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  • Beach Tours

This amazing experience allows you and your friends/family to swim with wild bottlenose dolphins in Port Phillip Bay.
Reef and seal swims are often part of our trips, so be prepared to see and experience much more than just dolphins.
You can either snorkel or just sight see from the boat.


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Included:
  • Morning Tea / Afternoon Tea
  • Coffee, Tea & Hot Chocolates
  • Snorkeling equiptment
  • Wetsuits

We are a multi-award winning environmental tourism operation that offers you the opportunity to observe and swim with wild bottlenose dolphins in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, Australia.

Our fully licensed vessel possesses a professionally trained and experienced crew to ensure that you have an unforgettable marine adventure.

Passenger safety and the dolphins’ protection are of paramount importance, and so we purposely limit the size of our trips to guarantee a high standard of customer and environmental care.

Our on-board facilities include change areas, toilet and a galley for serving refreshments.

Wetsuits, masks and snorkels are all supplied.

Reef and seal swims are often part of our trips, so be prepared to see and experience much more than just dolphins.

Our trips depart from the Sorrento pier on the Mornington Peninsula.

Our passenger numbers are strictly limited so everyone has ample opportunity to get wet, or watch the dolphins play from the deck.

Bookings are essential

Dolphin Swims depart from the Sorrento Pier (Adjacent to the car ferry terminal)

Please allow plenty of time for summer traffic and delays in finding a car park.
Please arrive half an hour prior to departure times (8.00am and 12.00pm)




Available parking:


Boat Ramp Car Park on St Aubin's Way, Sorrento:

Please note parking here is free, however very limited.
This is the very first car park on the right, as you turn into St Aubin’s Way, off Point Nepean Road.
(First right hand turn after the Sorrento Pub)

You will need to cut across the park, follow the path and go down a wooden staircase to get to the boat ramp.


OR


Sorrento Ferry/Pier Car Park:

Follow signs to Sorrento Ferry Terminal.
Car park is located on the left hand side, as you are driving into the Ferry Terminal.
(2nd exit through the round about)

Please note this is paid ticket parking. (1st November – 30th April)

To pay for parking: (Parking Zone – 4121)
1. www.parkmobile.com.au – Register and pay online
2. Download the free app ‘Parkmobile’ – Download, register and pay via app
2. Buy ½ day or full day parking ticket at Searoad Ferry Office
3. 1300 564 564 – Pay via phone

Q. How do I get there?
Meet at the Sorrento Pier, Esplanade, Sorrento 3943
We are adjacent to the car ferry terminal (Peninsula Searoad)
Please arrive 1/2 hour early.


Q. Is the water cold?
The water temperature in Port Phillip Bay fluctuates according to the time of the year. When we commence our tours (October) the water is around 15 degrees celsius and the temperature rises to peak at around 21-22 degrees. When our swimming season concludes at the end of April, the water has dropped from its summer high, but is still very pleasant.
We have a range of wetsuits that are suitable for the conditions. Our wetsuits range from thick one and two piece 5mm diving suits to thinner 3mm surfing or ‘steamer’ suits. Our selection of wetsuits caters for all shapes and sizes and our crew will help select a suit that is right for you.


Q.Do you always see Dolphins?
Finding and swimming with the Bay’s dolphins is the focus of our tours. We conduct other activities, but the dolphins are our priority. We have been operating around the dolphins since the mid-1980s and use the same vessel as we did when we started as we believe that the dolphins are familiar and comfortable with our boat and this enhances our prospects of having great interactions. All of our crew have worked with Port Phillip Bay’s dolphins for many years and we have used our collective experience to find the dolphins and provide our passengers with the opportunity to have an unforgettable eye-to-eye encounter. The dolphins are wild animals and have lives to lead where we are not the priority. We have a success rate of almost 95% over our 25 years of operation.


Q. What do I need to bring?
We supply all snorkeling equipment and wetsuits, as well as providing morning or afternoon tea. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are served throughout the tour. All you need to bring is a jacket, towel, bathers (have these on under clothes on arrival), hat and sunscreen. Dress according to the weather forecast on the day. We also have blankets on-board if people get cold between swims.


Q.Do I need to be a great swimmer to get in the water?
No, you do not need to be a great swimmer or have snorkeling experience to participate in our swims.
At the start of each tour one of our qualified snorkeling instructors will provide you with a detailed briefing on how we conduct our interactions, provide instruction on how to use the provided snorkeling equipment and make sure that your equipment is properly fitted and right for you. Our snorkeling instructors accompany you in the water and provide one-on-one care for those who might be a little nervous.


Q. Is there an age restriction to swim with the dolphins and seals?
We have a long history conducting tours for school groups and families and our qualified snorkeling instructors are accustomed to taking people both young and old into the water. We do not stipulate how old participants must be, but they must be willing and able to give it a go. In-water activities require a moderate level of physical effort and general good health and fitness to enter cool, deep, open water. Small children are particularly susceptible to the cold. We want the experience to be fun and will not coerce people to swim. The tour can be enjoyed from the deck and observers get a great look without getting wet.


Q.Do you charge less for children?
We offer a reduced rate for children if they are observers on our tours, but if they swim then the rate is the same as the adult fare.


Q. Can we buy food and drinks on the boat?
No. Morning and afternoon tea is served to all passengers on our tours. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and water are all provided at no extra cost. And we serve hot, freshly baked scones!


Q. When trips are cancelled, what happens then?
Inclement weather sometimes forces the cancellation of trips. Call the office for a weather-check before you set out on the day of your booking. In the event of a tour being cancelled, deposits are refunded or you can reschedule.


Q. What about sharks?
There are over 400 species of sharks and only a handful of these pose any risk to humans. The last reported shark attack in Port Phillip Bay occurred more than 70 years ago.


Q. Can we touch the dolphins and seals?
No. We works under permit granted by the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning and a Parks Victoria license, which has very specific regulations about interaction with the dolphins and seals. They are wild animals. We have conducted swims with the dolphins and seals since 1986. In that time we have built a relationship based on trust. The dolphins and seals will come in for a close encounter because they feel comfortable doing so. There is no reaching out to touch and doing so will ruin the interaction for yourself and the other swimmers.


Q. Do you feed the dolphins and seals?
We never feed the dolphins and seals. It is illegal to do so. It is important for people to understand that we are working with wild animals. The interactions we conduct are on the dolphins and seals terms; they are not enticed in any way and come into the boat and people in the water because they want to.


Q. Is your crew qualified?
Being informed by and adopting the guidelines developed by peak industry bodies and government is essential to implementing and maintaining expected levels of professionalism in service provision. We hold Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation and our tours are run in accordance with the Adventure Activity Standards [AAS] for Snorkeling, Wildlife Swims. All crew possess qualifications that meet and exceed what is appropriate to perform their duties


Q. What do tours involve?
Our tours are focused on viewing and swimming with Port Phillip Bay’s dolphins and the Australian fur seals. Tours are structured but the itineraries are dictated by the conditions at the time of the tour and the behaviour of the marine mammals that are the focus of the tour. Our area of operation is in close proximity to the entrance of Port Phillip Bay and tidal conditions at certain times and in particular areas mean it is not safe to enter the water. This also applies to operating in areas under some weather conditions. Our local knowledge, garnered from over 25 years of experience operating in the area, generally means we have viable alternatives.


Q. Accreditation and Awards.
We hold Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation. We conduct responsible tourism offering interactions with wildlife whilst caring for the environment. Passenger safety and customer care is paramount. We are a multi-award winners:

• ADVANCED ECOTOURISM ACCREDITATION.
• Winner Skills Hub Training Award – Sustainability 2011.
• Winner Sustainability Business Award 2011, Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region.
• Winner Sustainability Business Award 2012, Melbourne and South East region, Victoria.
• Finalist Best Business Award 2011, Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region.
• Victorian ‘Hall of Fame Environmental Tourism’ Award. We were inducted into Hall of Fame after winning the best environmental business award for three consecutive years.
• Finalist Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2014
• Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2015

We provide all snorkeling equipment and wet suits, as well as providing morning or afternoon tea.

Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are served throughout the tour.


What to Bring:

- Bathers (have these on under clothes on arrival)
- Towel
- Jacket
- Hat and sunscreen
- Change of clothes

Dress according to the weather forecast on the day.
We also have blankets on-board if people get cold between swims.

Testimonials


Thank you so much for a great day out on last Tuesday. My family and I had such a memorable time and I have had many comments already on the photos that I posted. The scones were delicious and thank you for your caring about my seasick son - Kylie

We swam with the dolphins and seals on 3 February. What a perfect day! The weather was the epitome of what Melbourne summer can be and the children said it was the best Christmas present they’d had, even their best experience ever! Even though the children were familiar with snorkeling, the particular attention of Ben and Jess really helped make their experience even better. Jack and Ailis (and me!) were clearly quite moved by being able to be in the water with the dolphins and seals and to watch them watching us. To all the team, love your work, and will be very happy to pass it on to others - David, Jack (9) & Ailis(7)


Just wanted to send a quick note to say a BIG THANK YOU….. Experienced the swim with the dolphins last Saturday with my daughter Chloe. We were on such a high after, best thing I have ever done… Will definitely recommend it to all. Thanks again for your kind hospitality - Monique


“Absolutely wonderful experience!!” To the crew, Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the brilliant dolphin experience on Saturday. You were all so professional, knowledgeable and friendly and just made it a perfect day. I still can’t believe all the dolphins we were privileged to see. You must all absolutely love your jobs!! Thanks once again & keep smiling. - Kate H

Payment Details
A 25% deposit is required to confirm booking.

The final payment is due 30 days prior to your arrival date.

Cancellation Policy
All cancellations or changes to numbers not given with 30 days notice will be held accountable for the total cost.

On the rare occasion that a trip needs to be cancelled due to bad weather, guests will receive a full refund.

Our complimentary concierge service is provided exclusively to our guests for your stay with us at Peninsula Holiday Rentals.
Our team would love to take the stress out of planning and organising your holiday and ensure you experience the best that the Mornington Peninsula has to offer.


For Bookings and Enquiries:
Please contact us via phone or email. We will be more than happy to assist in any way we can!

e: info@peninsulaholidayrentals.com.au
p: 03 5984 2666

Pricing

$47.50 - 152.50