Dolphin Sanctuary Kayak Tours is the only kayak company at Garden Island to operate from private facilities – there is a club house, private toilets, private beach and ramps and we have secure lock up parking whilst you are out on your tour.
Please note we are not affiliated with Red Balloon or Adrenalin.
Our tours operate within the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary which is a hub of marine adventure. We take you on a guided tour through some of SA’s most beautiful waterways and along the way you get the opportunity to view one of the oceans most playful and friendly creatures.
In the sanctuary, visitors can kayak down creeks lined with mangrove forests which have been there for over 10,000 years, it is the ultimate feeding and resting grounds for local dolphins and paddle past spectacular shipwrecks that have been abandoned from a bygone era. The sanctuary is also home to abundant bird life and other creatures that make up the intricate eco system.
Join us for an immersive and educational experience.
Adult guided tour: $72.00pp
Child guided tour: $42.00pp
Children must be 9 years of age to participate in the kayak tours. Anyone under 18 years of age must have parental permission.
Deluxe seats are fitted to all our kayaks
Single Deluxe Kayak Hire: 3hrs $50.00
Double Deluxe Kayak Hire: 3hrs $80.00
Deluxe seats are fitted to all our kayaks.
Children must be 9 years of age to participate in the kayak tours, but must be 13 and over to be in a kayak by themselves. Anyone under 18 years of age must have parental permission.
What to bring:
Protection from the sun
Drink bottle & Snack
Camera (waterproof is a safer option but we do provide a dry bag)
Shoes that may get wet (optional)
Kayaks, paddles and life jackets
Water to refill your drink bottle
It’s not every day you get to paddle your way down creeks lined with a mangrove forest which has been there for over 10,000 years , see shipwrecks up close and have the opportunity to view the local Port River dolphins along the way. It’s a special experience that simply can’t be replicated, which is why Dolphin Sanctuary Kayak Tours is a must-do!
Our lead guide is a Marine Biologist and has over 7 years’ experience working with marine mammals and wildlife, so there are plenty of interesting facts you will learn along the way.
Participants don’t need any prior kayaking experience, and we travel at a comfortable pace to accommodate all participants, but you do need reasonable fitness levels.
Demonstrations and all equipment—including life jackets—will be provided on arrival; we only ask that you declare any medical conditions or injuries and come equipped with medication. Children must be aged nine or older to participate and those under 18 years of age must have parental permission. During the tour, we stumble across a number of wildlife and shipwreck sighting opportunities, so be sure to bring your camera! Participants are also welcome to bring snacks as they see fit. Depending on the weather conditions and your kayaking technique you may get wet, so it’s best to bring a change of clothes just in case.
Once we get out, we’ll paddle through mangrove lined creeks . We view the abundant bird life, marine mammals and other creatures that make up the intricate eco system. The Sanctuary is part of South Australia’s largest port. It has a rich Aboriginal and European cultural background with a number of noteworthy landmarks to explore.
The Sanctuary boasts a 10,000 year-old mangrove forest, which makes the ultimate feeding grounds for dolphins due to the abundance of seagrass, saltmarsh, and the tidal flats and creeks. For those interested in bird watching, the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary shares a big part of the northern coastal habitat.
There are several other locations which make perfect spectating grounds to watch local residents like fur seals, sting rays, and even the endangered Australian sea lion. This is a wild sanctuary, and therefore the animals are free to come and go as they please, so we cannot guarantee we will be lucky enough to see them on the day. However, our sightings are frequent!
Wow! I was at a loss for something to do midway through my holidays and I came across Dolphin Sanctuary Kayak Tours. I thought, why not! I wasn’t disappointed! I was super impressed with our tour guide, Andro who had a wealth of knowledge about the native wildlife and the coastline in the area. The scenery and the tour was absolutely beautiful and the surroundings serene. I could not recommend this experience highly enough!
Went out on the Tuesday with my daughter and had a great few hours exploring the mangroves, seeing the bird life of the area and seen 5 dolphins. Thanks Andro
Had an amazing few hours on the water and spotted a few dolphins, fish and crabs. Definitely would recommend, great value for money! Goes in and out of a few creeks with mangroves which was beautiful. Andro our guide was very knowledgeable on all wildlife in the area and even recommended places to go for food nearby which was also amazing.
Fantastic tour & highly recommended! I would do it again it was so much fun. The tour guides are awesome!
Kayaking through the mangroves whilst seeing dolphins and other marine animals was a beautiful experience. I thought it was good that the equipment was all brand new and felt safe when in use. The tour guide was super informative and friendly to all customers.
What an amazing experience. It was breathtaking and exceptional. Thank you so much. Highly recommended. Will for sure go again.
Must have tour if you are in Adelaide region! Beautiful mangrove forest, the excitement of seeing all the dolphins, birds and abandoned ship wrecks. And at the top of all a very knowledgeable tour guide to answer all your questions. Really enjoyed it!
Nice time paddling around mangroves, really knowledgeable guides who went miles above in customer service and although we haven’t seen any dolphins (that’s life, they’re wild animals) we thoroughly enjoyed our day out on the water.