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Polperro Dolphin Swimming

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Sorrento, Australia
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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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Jessie1306 wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom57 contributions41 helpful votes
Myself and my partner, Mike, were treated to a dolphin and seal swim for Christmas and what a fabulous gift it was!! We were met at the pier by an awesome crew and captain; Ben, Jess & Troy. There were extremely welcoming, friendly and gave us the relevant safety information.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Judith M, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming
Responded Mar 23, 2020
Thank you so much for expressing your joy in this experience, and it is such a bonus that this has quelled any anxiety coming from a previous negative experience in water. Yes Troy, Jess and Ben are part of that but the extraordinary interactions with marine animals, on their terms, is part of that magic don't you agree? May the indelible memories provide respite from the difficult times that prevail. Perhaps we will see you both again. Our 33 year history has seen three generations of families returning to Polperro. Warmest regards form the crew
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Greenteapotqueen wrote a review Mar 2020
Melbourne, Australia44 contributions29 helpful votes
This was a great experience! Polperro boat is a classic veteran of the bay, and the staff and crew were super friendly and down to earth. The best part is they do not force the experience and they show respect to both the sea and the wildlife we are there to observe. Great
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Judith M, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming
Responded Mar 17, 2020
Veteran vessel, veteran crew - all young at heart and so enjoying meeting wonderful travelers. We feel that the respect we afford our passengers, the environment and the wildlife is returned in abundance. Thank you!
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Louise K wrote a review Mar 2020
Melbourne, Australia4 contributions3 helpful votes
You are a brilliant crew. I bought a ticket for my sister for her 70th birthday. We were a little nervous given it was a bit cool and windy and neither of us had snorkelled for a long time. My sister and I felt so well cared for, briefed, entertained, informed and fed
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Judith M, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming
Responded Mar 16, 2020
Louise Your words are poetic. It is a lovely review and perhaps we can't always take credit for the fabulous backdrop of light and colour, we could not be more thrilled that it was also a highlight, appreciated with all other aspects. A girl after my own heart (and age+) In your words, Very much appreciated.
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Travtoir2020 wrote a review Feb 2020
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A beautiful day out on the Polperro. The dolphins and seals were incredible, the gannets also a highlight. To be so close to wild animals in their natural environment and always on their terms was an experience I will treasure for ever. The Polperro is a small family owned and
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Joyce K wrote a review Jan 2020
Melbourne, Australia93 contributions18 helpful votes
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I bought this experience voucher for my partner and I and we got to use it during the Australia day long weekend holiday. We have to say- it was a once in a lifetime, mindblowing, memorable experience and it wouldnt have been the same without the crew at Polperro (Troy, Jess,
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Judith M, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming
Responded Jan 29, 2020
'If you love what you do then it's not work', an adage oft used. However, to love and invest in what you love and care for is probably the perfect workplace. The crew feel most fortunate in attracting people who seek out authenticity, so it is a two-way street. You make the tours enjoyable, rewarding and fun. Thank you for expressing such heart-felt appreciation, and for choosing Polperro
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