Kayak Tour in Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary

Kayak Tour in Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary

3 hours Port Adelaide, Australia

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It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to paddle your way through a 10,000 year old mangrove forest amidst approximately 30 residents and 300 transient dolphins. It’s a special experience that simply can’t be replicated, which is why Dolphin Sanctuary Kayak Tours is a must-do!

Our lead guide and Marine Biologist, Andro, has over 5 years’ experience working with marine mammals and wildlife. Participants don’t need any prior kayaking experience, and we travel at a comfortable pace to accommodate intermediate fitness levels.

We hope to see you paddling with us in the Sanctuary soon!
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Stop At: Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary, 66 Commercial Rd, Port Adelaide, South Australia 5015 Australia

The Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary is the hub of marine adventure. We take you on a guided tour through some of SA’s most beautiful waters, enabling you to get up close and personal with one of the oceans most playful and friendly creatures.

In the marine park, visitors have the opportunity to kayak amongst more than 30 bottlenose dolphins, and 300 other dolphin visitors that consistently come and go. You can watch them peacefully socialise, feed, play and nurse their young in their very own environment for an immersive and educational experience.

Duration: 3 hours

Included

  • Kayak, Life jacket and Paddle
  • Coffee and/or Tea - **Winter months only**
  • Bottled water - Water to refill your drink bottle
  • Waterproof bag

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Departure Point

Angas Inlet Boat Club, LOT 204 Garden Island Rd, Port Adelaide SA 5015, Australia

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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Jill T September 2021

This was given to me as a birthday present by a friend and wow what a great gift. We saw so many dolphins it was fantastic. Our guide Jordan was excellent. We took our time so there was no hurry and if you've never kyaked before you don't need to worry about your skill level on that front either. The mangroves were amazing to see also. This is a brilliant experience and worth the money. I'd totally recommend it and want to do it again

Ruth P July 2021

Great experience was had kayaking in the sanctuary. Loved going up the mangrove estuary, the water is so clear - we saw a few dolphins (one went under our kayak). It is a relaxing peaceful experience. Due to change in wind we were unable to get to the shipwrecks, but we will definitely return again when weather improves. Information was also given by guide. Thanks!

H7562DOjessicac July 2021

Had an awesome time! Our guide was very informative, friendly and enthusiastic. Was surprised at how long the tour went for- thought it would be an hour or so but ended up being almost three hours! (Certainly didn't feel like it). Loved the little creek/mangrove area we got to kayak through. We were very fortunate to have an up-close encounter with a dolphin or two. There were two other Kayak Companies on the same day (all very close together)- however, these guys seemed more professional and more friendly (good signage, provided waterproof pouches, seemed more approachable too). Would recommend to anyone and would love to go again some time. Side note: I had to re-book twice due to a work injury and work schedule issue and they were very kind to re-book at a later date with no extra charge.

P1216YZbriann July 2021

An absolutely awesome guided kayak tour. As someone who has fished from Garden Island before on several occasions, I had no idea that the estuarine mangrove creeks on Torrens Island even existed. And what a treat they were to see and paddle upstream on. That, and the ship’s graveyard along with the dolphins coming up to breathe right in front of us. Top rating, and top value for money. If you have kids over 9 and not afraid of rowing on water for three hours, totally recommend as a family activity. Just be prepare to row…a lot.

Yyyyyyyyyyyy11111111 July 2021

Great morning activity and lots of fun. Perfect for families with teenagers and those wanting to get outside for a couple of hours. Many thanks

755cheyennem July 2021

We had an amazing time paddling past shipwrecks and through the mangroves. We even had two seperate dolphin sightings, despite it being winter weather. Awesome experience and I would highly recommend!

Pamela_A June 2021

Had an awesome time thank you & was a beautiful fine day. Good tour chats on mangroves. Awesome photo opportunity in the creeks with reflections on the water. Seen dolphins herding fish too.

S6885EIpetert May 2021

Fantastic kayaking around Garden Island. Brisk morning on calm water. Lots of dolphins up close to our kayaks. Our guide, Sam was very knowledgeable and passionate about the dolphins and mangrove environment. The paddle up a secluded creek and around the shipwrecks was a highlight. Highly recommended.

AdUnited May 2021

The experience of kayaking the Dolphin Sanctuary and seeing dolphins fairly close, and exploring 2 mangrove creeks was exceptional. The bonus was a beautiful sunny day with light winds. Zac our tour guide was very informative. Zac also gave clear, succinct safety instructions.You have to paddle close by to hear his commentary. Kayak, paddles and life jackets all supplied and in good condition. Highly recommend this tour for all ages.

nicolal979 May 2021

What an amazing way to learn about dolphins - while kayaking around Garden Island. Our tour guide Zak was knowledgeable, friendly and passionate about marine life, habitat and conservation. My 10 year old daughter & I loved every moment. As first time kayakers we were a little nervous initially but we moved at a relaxed pace, enjoying the surroundings & many dolphins who chose to swim around us. What a great morning, making memories. Thank you

PaulZac May 2021

The weather was perfect, the water was like glass, our guide Zac was extremely knowledgeable and we learned lots about dolphins and mangroves. Oh, and we got to see dophins frolicking in the water! The kayaking is easy (even if you haven't had any previous experience) and the pace is slow and steady. The side trips into the mangroves are quite something. It was a bit surreal to be in the midst of this gorgeous little spot of nature in the middle of quite an industrial area. Can't fault anything!

548erinim May 2021

Fantastic experience with lots of fun and adventure. The Guide was very informative and friendly. Best part was the mangrove creek and Dolphin spotting.

travellingjak60 May 2021

Had a wonderful 3 hours with Zac who was a very informative guide on the dolphins, mangroves and shipwrecks. It was a cloudy and fairly calm day. Had fun out in the open. we even saw 5 dolphins...a bonus. My partner had never done kayaking before and the pace was fairly relaxed and suitable for most people with some level of fitness

lisag217 May 2021

Great experience kayaking through the dolphin sanctuary and mangroves. It was good exercise but also fun, and seeing the dolphins up close was very memorable. They are beautiful creatures. Our guide Zack was friendly and also very patient with our guest who were struggling to manoeuvre the kayak a little at first. He has excellent knowledge about the local wildlife, particularly the dolphins. It was good to have a guided tour for the first time you go. We will probably come back again and do the river on our own as we enjoyed it so much. Very reasonable price for the time you spend on the water.

scottmN571EC May 2021

The Dolphin Sanctuary Kayak tour is an awesome day out! We learnt about the Port area from our fantastic tour guide Sam, saw plenty of dolphins up close and kayaked through some beautiful mangroves. Would highly recommend :).

Alice_C April 2021

It’s the first time we are trying kayak... the guide was so patient and caring. Love it a lot. Will definitely do again in the future.

ckC132QR April 2021

Sam was an excellent tour guide. He had lots of knowledge about the area and the wildlife and was happy to answer all questions. His enthusiasm and warmth made this an even more memorable experience. I had the best time out on the water. WE SAW LOTS OF DOLPHINS!! I am particularly interested in birdlife and Garden Island area did not disappoint. Thanks Sam for making this an amazing adventure.

Gemmarae_H April 2021

If you are confident in kayaking then do NOT do the guided tour! I felt like everything was a bit rushed although we had 3 hours the few times we did see dolphins we moved on pretty fast which was unfortunate.

Damion_T April 2021

Friendly, well equiped operators. Our guide Sam was excellent. The weather was on our side. Thanks for such a great time.

ashbone4 April 2021

We did a self-guided tour, incredible experience! We saw dolphins almost as soon as we got in the water and they swam very close to us. Definitely recommend to others, staff/guides are very passionate and knowledgeable people

Melissa March 2021

Our guide was very informative. we had a great time. I especially enjoyed laying back while my boyfriend paddled HAHA

madnikki March 2021

Zach was an awesome guide, he had so much knowledge to share. We were quite lucky to have sighted so many dolphins, couldn't ask for much more. The group was attentive in paying respect to the wildlife and they did end up swimming closer in some cases. Definitely go through the mangroves, they are well worth it.

fotinip852 March 2021

I had no idea that this hidden gem has been at my doorstep all my life! I did the 3 hour self guided tour and loved every minute! Saw lots of dolphins, and exploring the shipwrecks and creeks around the sanctuary was fun too. Would recommend this tour for anyone to do.

CantBeBothered18 January 2021

The tour guide (Zac) had in-depth knowledge about the dolphins due to his marine biologist study. Our family of 4 went on Australia Day 2021 in the morning. It was 24 degrees overcast with mild breeze at time. Our tour group had 9 people, which was not too big. The day before had heavy rainfall & brought out lots of mosquitoes at the mangroves. Lucky that the tour guide was prepared with insect repellant (& I was wearing long-sleeved jacket)! Zac was great in spotting dolphins & he pointed out 2 to us. Overall, the tour was great as it was a peaceful way to enjoy nature. The mangroves part was a fun way to challenge your kayaking skill in tight space! I definitely had fun and will do it again.
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