Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park is one of the best places in Australia to swim with dolphins. Swim with Dolphins Port Stephens offers an unforgettable experience, and a one-of-a-kind opportunity to get up close and personal with these amazing creatures. This tour operator was the first to bring swimming with dolphins to New South Wales and the first to tow customers through the water. Harnessed between the two hulls of the catamaran, you can swim with dolphins while being towed along, giving you a true feeling of being part of the pod. Whether you’re a seasoned swimmer or not, this is an experience you’ll never forget. So come on down to Nelson Bay and swim with the dolphins at Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park.
OCT – MAY
7 YEARS +*
3 OUT OF 10
Swimmers 7 years +
Spectators 5 years +
Infants 0-4 years
Minimum age for in-water activity: 7 Years
– Drinking water and hot beverages (tea and coffee) are available throughout the day, a light breakfast is included and a fresh fruit platter.
– An underwater video camera captures the action from the day. This is edited and made available to download. Downloads available after 2 weeks from tour date.
– 3mm Steamer Wetsuit, Mask* & Snorkel and Safety-harness (Average Sea Temperature: 18°C-24°C). You’ll be asked to state your height, weight and clothing size on the following page.
* Corrective Lens Masks may be available to hire (limited availability). Please let us or the tour operator know in advance of your trip. Alternatively, we recommend that you wear contact lenses or consider purchasing your own prescription mask. These can be ordered through our affiliated dive store, CLICK HERE
Dolphin Swim Guarantee! If you don’t swim with Dolphins, you’re invited back free of charge to try again. Please note that this is only valid until the end of that season and is not transferable.
If you’re unable to return, you’re provided with a 50% refund.
Please be aware that the crew reserves the right to prohibit anyone from entering the water if they deem it unsafe. If any of the below is not found out until on the day, you may not be permitted to join the tour and you may not receive a refund.
Swimmers of ALL AGES must be reasonably in their swimming and snorkelling ability. You’ll be asked to rate your ability on the following page.
Children under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by an adult at all times, on-board or in-water.
Children under the age of 7 years are not permitted to enter the water.
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, are taking prescription medication or you are suffering from any injury or illness, then it is important that tour provider is made aware in-advance. If they deem it too dangerous or unsafe, they reserve the right to prohibit you entering the water or joining the tour and refunds will be issued. Please state within the medical conditions on the following page.
If you are pregnant, unfortunately, you are unable to join this tour.
If you are unable to walk on-board or are wheelchair bound, unfortunately, you are unable to join this tour.
This tour operates out of Port Stephens, NSW.
Please meet promptly at 6:15 am, at address: Dock C, d’Albora Marina, Teramby Road, Nelson Bay, New South Wales, 2315. (Please wait at the large signboard (advertising the area’s activities), next to the entrance and a crew member will collect you).
Customers are contacted by phone/email the day prior to you tour (between 3pm and 5pm) to confirm whether the tour is going ahead.
You will receive a confirmation email upon purchasing this tour which will provide you with all of the relevant information, e.g. CONTACT NUMBERS, ADDRESS ETC.
Please wear your swimmers ahead of arrival. Towel, Water Bottle, Sunscreen (Reef safe, please), warm clothing/ windproof jacket, and polarised sunglasses are recommended for best viewing through the surface of the water.
Medication: (If you require to take medication throughout the duration of this tour, please remember to bring this with you. If you deem it necessary, please inform a member of staff, on board your vessel, where within your belongings this can be found).
Seasickness Medication – You may experience seasickness out on the open ocean. We suggest that you should speak with your pharmacist in advance of your trip, to seek their advice on seasickness medication. We will not reschedule bookings or issue refunds for those suffering from seasickness.
Step on board “Imagine”, a 52ft ocean-going catamaran. On board, there are changing facilities and a hot shower for refreshing yourself after your swim and ample dry storage to keep your possessions safe.
On board: Maximum 24 swimmers & 12 observers.
In-Water: Maximum of 6 swimmers are permitted to enter the water at one time.
Cancellations/changes to your booking must be made in writing directly to Salty Swims – Please contact Salty Swims via email (email@example.com), or Facebook (via the chat icon linked to this page).
Please be aware that refund policies do not cover travel, accommodation or any other associated costs. We recommend you take out travel insurance to cover unforeseeable cancellations.
What if the tour provider cancels?
In the event of poor sea conditions, minimum numbers not being reached or for any other reason, the tour operator reserves the right to cancel the tour. If your trip cannot be rescheduled to your satisfaction, you will receive a full refund.
What if you cancel?
If you wish to cancel your booking more than 7 days from your departure, you’ll receive a full refund.
If you wish to cancel your booking between 48 hours – 7 days of your departure, 50% of your tour price will be charged.
If you wish to cancel/transfer your booking within 48 hours of your departure, you will not receive a refund.
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