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Diving & Snorkelling

Polperro Dolphin and Seal Swims

  
Swimming with dolphins is a rare and magical experience, so who better to help you connect with these magnificent creatures than the people who have been making the introductions in Port Phillip Bay the longest, Polperro Dolphin Swims.

The Muir family established Polperro Dolphin Swims in 1986. Named after their classic, lovingly maintained boat, the multi-award winning Polperro has led the bay in research and environmentally responsible dolphin and seal tourism. These wildly exciting yet gentle interactions attract visitors from all over the world.

The crew's careful training and supervision of passengers ensures swimmer safety. Polperro departs from Sorrento pier twice daily from October to May. Passenger numbers are strictly limited so everyone has ample opportunity to get wet, or watch dolphins at play from the deck. Reef and seal swims are often part of Polperro trips as well. These are also revelatory experiences, even for most locals, as the bay's rich aquatic life is a surprisingly well-kept secret.

All gear, including wetsuits and snorkels are provided along with change areas below deck. On chilly days, Polperro saloon cabin is warmly welcoming, as is the complimentary tea, coffee, hot chocolate and delicious scones, freshly baked on board by the crew.


  • Special Features:

Sorrento Pier, Esplandade
Sorrento Victoria 3943
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Dolphin, Seal Swims and Sightseeing Trips

Swimmers with dolphinsPull on a warming wetsuit and join the Polperro team when the bay's unique and often curious Burrunan dolphins come to visit. Frolic with playful fur seals and visit seabird nesting sites. All equipment is provided and instruction of its use. This, and the crew's careful training and supervision of passengers, mean that even those with basic swimming skills can enjoy this experience as well. Sightseers get a birds' eye view from the deck as they take in the spectacular scenery and wildlife that abounds. Polperro crew welcome children on board and ensure that these trips educate and entertain them. Children are immersed in a learning environment that enhances their understanding of ecology. Passenger numbers are strictly limited which means everyone on each tour has ample opportunity to get wet, or watch from the deck. Reef and seal swims are part of Polperro trips as well. These are revelatory experiences, even for locals, as the bay's rich aquatic life is a surprisingly well-kept secret.

  • Service Facility:
Carpark, Family Friendly, Non Smoking, Public Toilet, Half Day or Less, Customised, Water - Motorised, Adventure and Outdoors Tours, Cruises, Sailing and Water Tours, Nature and wildlife, Moderate, Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids), Caters for people who are deaf or have hearing loss.

Educational and Recreational Tours with Experts

Australiasian Fur SealsDiscover the natural history of Port Phillips' amazingly intricate yet fragile ecosystems that thrive in these southern reaches. School and special interest groups welcome. These are hosted by Polperro's specialists staff and eco-guides. Teachers are supported by our curriculum matched resources Surrounded by Marine National Parks and Sanctuaries abutting the protected waters of the bay and along the wild coast of Bass Strait. The site of Victoria's first settlement. Rich in history and best seen from sea, view Port Phillip just as the first white settlers and subsequent migrations of people following the war years, entering the still waters of the bay coming in through the infamous rip and turbulent waters of the Bass Strait. Aboriginal settlement over thousands of years has left its gentle reminders along the coastlines of National Parks. Two world wars saw a network of protective fortifications both on-shore and at sea. Self guided and hosted tours are available. Please enquire about the vast array of opportunities. Polperro embraces conservation through education, appreciation and enjoyment. The vessel Polperro does not always ensure access of people of all abilities. However our staff are known for the level of care in ensuring that we are inclusive

  • Service Facility:
Half Day or Less, Customised, Water - Motorised, Nature and wildlife, Adventure and Outdoors Tours, Cruises, Sailing and Water Tours, Disabled access available, contact operator for details.


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