Depart Sorrento pier daily at 8am and 12 midday daily. Trips are 3-4 hours duration approx. Passengers meet at Sorrento pier 30 minutes prior to departure. Bookings are essential. Season begins October through April.
Fully crewed vessel.
Westsuit, masks and snorkels
Professional crew and instructors
Refreshments (no meals)
What to bring:
Swimming gear and towel
and a camera!
What You See:
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, making it Port Phillip Bay's oldest commercial dolphin swim operation. Named after their classic, lovingly maintained boat, which is 30+ 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 is 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 experience.
The Polperro departs from Sorrento pier, and 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.
The inspiring, memorable experience offered by Polperro (which includes delicious scones freshly baked on board by your crew) led this small business to the Victorian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame, after it won the environmental tourism category three years running. Polperro has been receiving awards and accolades ever since. Recently filmed by famous naturalist and presenter UK Ray Mears 'Wild Australia' and aired in the UK June 2016. Featured in National Geographic