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  • Location:Adelaide, Australia
  • Duration:3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Dolphin Cruise from Adelaide with Optional Dolphin Swim

Spot dolphins in Holdfast Bay on a dolphin-watching cruise from Adelaide. Setting sail from Glenelg marina on a catamaran, you’ll sail out onto the bay for a 3.5-hour cruise. As thousands of dolphins live in the bay, you’re guaranteed to see these lovable marine mammals. If you want to increase your fun, upgrade to include the chance to swim with them!


  • 3.5-hour dolphin cruise from Glenelg
  • Spot wild dolphins in Holdfast Bay
  • Upgrade to swim and interact with the dolphins
  • Onboard commentary and safety briefing included
  • Wetsuit, snorkel, mask and other equipment provided

What You Can Expect

Dolphin Cruise from Adelaide with Optional Dolphin Swim

Dolphin-Watching and Swimming Cruise

Make your own way to the seaside resort of Glenelg on the shores of Holdfast Bay, 6 miles (10 km) from central Adelaide. An easy way to travel there is by tram, running every 15 minutes from Adelaide; the trip takes about 20 minutes (own expense).

When you arrive, board the catamaran at the Marina Pier, just in front of the Oyster Bar, and head off to see dolphins playing in the bay. The wild dolphins love swimming around the boat, so you can be sure of a close-up encounter, whether you’re watching from the boat or swimming in the water.

If you choose the swim with dolphins upgrade, you can spend up to an hour in the water with different pods of dolphins, witnessing their grace underwater and hearing their playful whistles. Holdfast Bay is home to thousands of dolphins, and you have a 100% success rate of spotting them.

Customer Reviews

Jennifer M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

We just did the cruise without the swim. Turned out to be perfect weather and saw lots of dolphins. The crew members were great - good sense of humour and lots of knowledge about dolphins. Highly recommended.

Christine Bryson Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Had a great morning with Temptations Catamaran - saw dolphins. Nice morning out on the water - and the crew tried hard to give those in the water for the dolphin swim a great experience. We stayed on board and saw them up close. Thanks everyone for a great day! from Scott and Christine

Prudence H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Fabulous way to spend the morning! Lots of Dolphins

Maryanne H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

The dolphin excursion was fantastic. The dolphins were so close to the boat it was amazing. The actual swimming with the dolphin I found to be difficult. It was hard to hang onto the rope while being towed by the boat, listen to the crew tell you which side to look not then look for dolphins, and swim and breathe at the same time. The day we went the water was a bit chilly, so that was another factor for me. So I bailed and went back up on the boat to view them. That was the best part for me. The dolphins actually raced the boat on our way back and it was a large pod. Great experience! I definitely recommend this tour!


4 star rating: Recommended February 2016

Great experience. Optional Dolphin swim not recommended, because you are not allowed to touch the dolphins and have to cling on a rope hanging at the rear of the boat. No free swimming allowed


4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

It was good but for travellers who plan to swim with the dolphin need to be really good swimmers else there is every chance that you would enter water(choppy) many times and end up seeing nothing, For travellers who do not plan to enter the water, you will definitely get to see a lot of dolphins.


4 star rating: Recommended February 2015

Wonderful experience. Great to see dolphins in the wild.


4 star rating: Recommended February 2015

Amazing experience! Definitely worth doing. I would even do it again. The only let down was that people swimming would sometimes miss great views from on the boat. I would recommend people to do a bit of both for the best experience. The skipper was fantastic - very enthusiastic and helpful.

peter w

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

I enjoyed this trip very much, although it was quite hard holding on to the rope whilst in the water and also trying to see the dolphins. The view of the dolphins was actually better from on board the boat.

Joyce ChaiHoong C

4 star rating: Recommended February 2014

It was a great experience! Enjoyed the sea trip and the waters.

Point for improvement would be that the equipement usage could have been briefed and handled better.

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