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Polperro Dolphin Swims

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Sorrento, Australia
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About Polperro Dolphin Swims
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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Monika S wrote a review Apr 2021
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Can only highly recommend this Family owned and run Company!! Super relaxed and informative tour with amazing tour guides! It was absolutely amazing!! Thanks Jess, Tom, Ben and Troy
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Date of experience: April 2021
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James D wrote a review Apr 2021
Thornbury, Australia8 contributions1 helpful vote
Out with my son Tom, on Easter Saturday. A great experience. This tour is all about the animals they show you. They have so much passion and so much knowledge. A no frills and very honest set up that makes you feel at home. On our tip the crew looked after ages from mid primary school to retirees, and looked after all abilities. There is no guarantee you will see dolphins but you will definitely come away with new friends.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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jodybrat wrote a review Apr 2021
Perth, Australia43 contributions23 helpful votes
Super helpful and thoughtful staff (who learned everyone’s names, very impressive) and we swam with seals and a huge black ray as well as the dolphins, seeing the sea dragons was very cool too Lovely morning tea of home made scones and coffee The equipment was good quality too which was great! The kids were grateful the guides were in the water with life rings so when they were tired they could hold on, great for less strong swimmers!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Lochie S wrote a review Mar 2021
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Was an awesome day on the water watching dolphins and seals. Would recommend to anyone!! So cool getting so close to the animals and having them swim around you
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Tanna E wrote a review Mar 2021
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Absolutely amazing! The whole crew where so fun and a wealth of knowledge! Thanks for looking about for my miss 11, who loved the water so much
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Date of experience: March 2021
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