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Polperro: Swim with Wild Dolphins and Seals

Swimming with dolphins is a rare and magical experience, so who better to help you connect with these magnificent creatures than the people who have been making the introductions the longest, Polperro Dolphin ...

Day 1 : Dolphin and Seal Swims
Polperro departs from Sorrento pier twice daily from October to May. 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 along with change areas below deck. On chilly days, Polperro saloon cabin is warmly welcoming, as is the complimentary tea, coffee, hot chocolate and delicious scones, freshly baked on board by the crew.
Meals :None

Polperro operates daily (1st October to early May)  from Sorrento Pier at 8am and 12 midday. We are adjacent to the car ferry terminal.

Sorrento is at the tip of the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne

Bookings are advised.

Trips are occasionally cancelled due to inclement conditions, either rough seas and high winds or storms. Passengers are advised to ring the office on the day of departure for a final weather check.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Polperro is also able to offer educational tours for groups. These are tailored to meet the learning outcomes or the particular interests of the group. Please make enquiries through our office
.The marine ecology is intricate, amazing in its diversity and its fragility.

The area is seeped in history both pre-white settlement and as the 'cradle' of the state for white settlers. The system of early fortifications reflect the rich and diverse history

The seascapes and landscapes are spectacularly beautiful

All passengers must pay a Bay-user fee to the Victorian government. Polperro has absorbed this fee and will pay on your behalf.

Photos and some TShirts are available on board should you wish to purchase. These are great mementos of your trip

Departs:
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.

What's Included:
Fully crewed vessel.
Westsuit, masks and snorkels
Professional crew and instructors

Refreshments (no meals)

What to bring:

Swimming gear and towel
warm clothing
sun-screen
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