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About Polperro Dolphin Swimming
For most of us, swimming with dolphins is a rare and magical experience, so who better to help you connect with these magnificent creatures than the people who've been making the introductions in Port Phillip Bay the longest? The Muir family established Polperro Dolphin Swims in 1986. Named after their classic, lovingly maintained boat, which is 25 years young, Polperro has led the bay in environmentally responsible dolphin interactions. Judy Muir in particular has been tirelessly active in establishing and improving legislation controlling human interaction with wild marine animals, including dolphins.That's why passengers can't swim up to the bay's bottlenose dolphins, but rather hang on to long ropes trailing from the Polperro's stern, waiting for these often curious creatures to come to them. The rope, and the crew's careful training and supervision of passengers, mean that even non-swimmers can enjoy this exciting experience. People who are initially very timid and reticent about getting in the water leave enchanted by the experience. The Polperro departs from Sorrento pier twice daily from October to April. 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, and the Polperro has change areas below deck. On chilly days her saloon cabin is warmly welcoming, as is the complimentary tea, coffee, hot chocolate and delicious scones, freshly baked on board. They're the cherry on top of an inspiring, memorable experience, which saw Polperro enter the Victorian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame in 2001, after winning the environmental tourism category three years running.
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Judith, I wish I could give you and the crew 10 stars! What a fabulous day we had yesterday! I loved we had a small group, everyone was chatting like old friends. It was fantastic to watch everyone in the water for the free swim...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Noelene T
JudithSorrento, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

N T We can't imagine any other way of sharing these amazing experiences. Thank you for your 10 stars rating!!! The nursery pods are a wonder to behold. The matriarchal pods raise those calves with such strong and reliable community bonds. And like you, this...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I loved how there was only a small group for the Dolphin tour ! The staff on board were very welcoming, friendly and helpful ! They constantly ensured everyone was safe , having fun and had a great view of the marine life ! My...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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JudithSorrento, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Claireg, Thank you for coming along. Yes, small numbers are imperative both for the highest level of passenger care we offer and the long-term sustainability of wildlife - each of which is imperative. It works well for both our guests and crew. We get to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the time I first rang to book, until the time we stepped back onto the jetty at the end of our trip, I could not have been more impressed with this professional and friendly company. The guides clearly love their work, and were informative...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 6910Natalie
JudithSorrento, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

6910Natalie It is not at all hard for us at Polperro to share the joy in what we do, especially with the born young naturalists, as children are. We are so pleased to know it was a great adventure for your daughter. Thank you for...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Judy was very helpful when we were enquiring and the team looked after me very well as I was not too confident being in the ocean. So nice to see to know that they are respectful of the wildlife and eco friendly rather than focusing...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank May L
JudithSorrento, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

May L you summed it up beautifully, thank you. It is lovely to know that it was appreciated from start to finish. Thank you for coming along and entrusting us with assisting you in the water. I think it's evident that the crew derive pleasure...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Only did the boat ride not the diving as I wanted to do photos. Lots of dolphins and seals Crew were very informative and helpful. Jam and scones were great too

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jill F
JudithSorrento, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks Jill F. I agree that the photo opportunities are amazing and we hope that you captured some great images as indelible memories of your day with Polperro. And we're happy to know the hot scones loaded with jam were appreciated too!!

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

My partner, son and I went aboard Polperro today and felt so blessed to be able to have these amazing, wild dolphins and seals happily investigate the boat and us whilst we were in the water. I LOVE how these beautiful creatures come first and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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JudithSorrento, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

229Kathryne And in return our thanks for your innate understanding of our ethics and passion in caring for the environment. You make that possible of course, by sharing in it. It seems the scones are featuring in many of our reviews. Nothing sharpens the appetite...More

Reviewed January 17, 2019 via mobile

Two friends and I would highly recommend this trip whilst in Melbourne. If you’re staying in central Melbourne, it’s around an hour and 20 minute drive to Sorrento Pier and really easy to find. The guys on board were amazing, great hosts, super friendly and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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JudithSorrento, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded January 18, 2019

To the lovely travelling trio behind this review, thank you! Although days without dolphins are not common, we realise that as wild animals they have many diversions such as a bounty of food elsewhere, young calves or a day in the wilds of Bass Strait...More

Reviewed January 12, 2019 via mobile

We were given this as a Christmas gift and from first contact (booking in and fitting us on tour as we were time limited) Jess and the crew were fabulous to deal with - nothing was an issue. I was a little apprenhensive as not...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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JudithSorrento, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded January 14, 2019

We are so pleased that you could take the trip in your limited time here, and that it offered you such a wonderful experience. Thank you for letting us and others know, it is appreciated. Perhaps we will see you again! The crew all send...More

Reviewed January 4, 2019 via mobile

This is one of the best experiences I’ve done. The team at polperro were great 👍🏻 the dolphins came up close to you and so did the seals. Great for kids as well, the youngest we had in our group was 4, she had a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Tanya S
JudithSorrento, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2019

Thank you! It is wonderful that families offer such memorable wildlife experiences, especially in these formative years. I am sure this will remain indelible, even, and possibly especially, to the 4 yo! Thank you too for entrusting the care of your little ones to our...More

Reviewed December 28, 2018 via mobile

The team at Polperro were fantastic from start to finish. Super friendly, fun and patient with first-timers. We travelled as a family, youngest aged 11. The entire experience was amazing- there were dolphin pods swimming alongside the boat with cubs but for obvious reasons you...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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JudithSorrento, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded December 29, 2018

We are so pleased that your family enjoyed this experience, in all its' facets. You can see that the crew (mostly family and those very much 'family' ) love to share what they love. We know that most people leave with deep respect for the...More

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ttocslem
December 7, 2018|
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Response from JudithSorrento | Property representative |
Polperro has a full range of sizes and so far we are able to fit our swimmers into comfortably fitting, good quality suits. We stock over 150+ suits to ensure our 20 swimmers per trip are fitted well. If you wish to call or... More
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jeromel474
April 5, 2018|
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Response from Judith M | Property representative |
hello there thank you so much for your enquiry. our season runs till the end of April, so sadly we wont be able to help you with those dates as the boat will be out of the water for its annual repaint. We do how ever have... More
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March 29, 2017|
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McC Thank you for your enquiry. Polperro offers swimming with seals on each of our trips. We take purposefully small numbers of snorkelers on each trip and we offer a very high ratio of care. Your friend needs to be... More
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