Island Explorer and Dolphin Swim Tour
The only true wild dolphin swim on Kangaroo Island
Looking for an unforgettable marine adventure? Then look no further than Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures Island Explorer and Dolphin Swim Tour. The tour is the only true wild dolphin swim on Kangaroo Island and is the perfect way to see some of the amazing wildlife that inhabits this island paradise. We are the only operator on the island that guarantees a dolphin swim experience, and a dolphin swim experience can't be rushed - that's why we give our guests plenty of time on our tours. During the tour, you'll have the opportunity to swim with wild dolphins, listen in on them using our hydrophone, and see seals, sea eagles, and osprey from the boat. You'll also get to view ancient fossil beds and learn about the fascinating history of Kangaroo Island.
With wetsuits, goggles and snorkels and morning tea included, all tours start at 9:00am and run for 3 hours, allowing us plenty of time to explore the island and experience our local wildlife. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you won't want to miss - so book your spot today and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime.
Went on the Dolphin swim and it was absolutely awesome. Andrew took us on the tour and stopped at a few locations where we were lucky enough to spot a rare sea bird and then when we got to the dolphin sanctuary were straight in the water. Swimming right next to truly Wild Dolphins is just such a truly amazing experience.
- Dennis, T.
Tour inclusionsThe Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures team want to make your day with us as easy and enjoyable as possible. Our 3 Hour Island Explorer Tour include a delicious choice of home baked cakes or biscuits, tea and coffee. So unless you have specific dietary requirements, you should not need to bring food and drink with you (but you are more than welcome to!). When you board the boat, you will be briefed on safety protocol, and shown how to wear a lifejacket. Life jackets are not mandatory to wear, however if you feel you want to wear one please let your Skipper know. We also have children's jackets as well. For people choosing to swim with the dolphins on a tour, we provide sterile snorkels and masks to make your swim really fun. If you feel the water is a bit cool, we also have wet suits available in your size (included in your tour price). Please Note: if you do have your own equipment, we are quite happy for you to bring it with you. You are more than welcome to bring your cameras and video equipment along, but please note that we are on the water, so any accidents during the tour are at your own risk. Our vessel is a 'dry-vessel' meaning no water will enter in normal travel, so your gear is safe on board. Having said this, our tour guides are delighted to help you out with snapping some fun photos of your, your family and friends (as we are all keen photographers as well). Please do not hesitate to ask!
Tour departure locationsKangaroo Island Marine Adventures has two regular tour departure points that we use, depending on the particular tour you have chosen or the weather. Both are quite close to each other though. Please note however that we have much flexibility to launch our boat from other lovely locations around the Island also. Please contact us the day before your tour to confirm the departure location and time, we work with the weather conditions to give you the best possible experience and they can sometimes change quite quickly. Please do check with us that your scheduled departure point has not changed. Kingscote Departure Point You will find the KIMA Boat at the Kingscote, Bay of Shoals Boat Ramp. The easiest way to find the ramp is to travel along Cordes Road out of the centre of Kingscote. About 100 metres along Gov Wallen Drive, on your left, you will find the dirt road entrance to the Boat Ramp car park. There is plenty of parking and a short walk to the Boat Ramp to find our boat. NOTE: If you are using a GPS, please do not enter 'Bay of Shoals' as your destination, as it will take you to the wrong location Emu Bay Departure Point You will find the KIMA Boat ready to board at the Emu Bay Jetty. The Jetty is located on Hamilton Drive (which faces the ocean), between Hall and Buick Streets. There is plenty of car parking available to the left of the Jetty. Just follow the signs to Emu Bay
AccessibilityWe make every effort to make our tours accessible to everyone. We have two steps from the wharf to the boat, and another step down to the seating area. Our seats are like a director's chair; with strong, comfortable, fabric for the backing and the seat and shared arm rests on a metal frame base. We have a ladder of steps at the back of the boat with a rope for ease of disembarking into the water for our dolphin swims, and getting out of the water when you have finished your swim. We have life jackets for safety, and you are welcome to wear them during your swim if you are not a confident swimmer or just to make you feel more comfortable.
Terms and conditionsCancellation and Refund Policy We require a minimum of 6 adults for a tour to go ahead. When you make a booking, can you please tell us the dates you are available so if we don't meet minimum numbers we can organise a time that suits you for a tour to go ahead. Infant price is up to and including the age of two, child price is up to and including the age of 13, adult price is the age of 14 and above. In order to confirm a booking we will need credit card details and a contact phone number, either a mobile phone or accommodation phone before the date of travel. If you can't make your tour due to covid restrictions or your tour is cancelled due to covid restrictions you will receive a credit for a future tour or a 100% refund. If the tour is cancelled by Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures (for example: due to unsafe or un-enjoyable weather) you will receive a tour credit or a full refund. Your credit card will be charged at the time your booking is made, and If you have a need to cancel your tour 48 hours or more in advance, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel the tour within 48 hours you will be charged half the tour amount. If you cancel the tour within 24 hours you will be charged the full tour amount. There are no refunds for cancellations within 24 hours of your tour, or if you miss the tour departure time, or if you just decide not to show up. Tour departure location or time may change due to weather conditions. We make every effort to contact you in advance to advise of any changes. Please call us the day before your tour departure to confirm departure location and time. Please also help us by supplying us with alternate contact methods, just in case.