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About Our Tours

The Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary is the hub of marine adventure. We take you on a guided tour through some of SA’s most beautiful waters, enabling you to get up close and personal with one of the oceans most playful and friendly creatures.

In the marine park, visitors have the opportunity to kayak amongst more than 30 bottlenose dolphins, and 300 other dolphin visitors that consistently come and go. You can watch them peacefully socialise, feed, play and nurse their young in their very own environment for an immersive and educational experience.

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Our Packages


Return transfers from Adelaide City or Glenelg: $92.00pp

Make your own way to Garden Island: $72.00pp

Children paddling must be nine years and older. Anyone under 18 years of age must have parental permission.

Paddle through the creeks of Garden Island with our lead guide and Marine Biologist Andro, who has over 5 years’ experience working with marine mammals and wildlife.


Single Kayak Hire: 3hrs $45.00

Double Kayak Hire: 3hrs $65.00

Children paddling must be nine years and older. Anyone under 18 years of age must have parental permission.

Kayaks will only be hired to people that have participated in our safety briefing and kayak demonstration or that have done a tour with us before.

(time may be extended on the day at no extra cost depending on demand)


What to bring:

Protection from the sun
Drink bottle & Snack
Camera (waterproof is a safer option)
Shoes that may get wet
Change of clothes (optional)

What’s included:

Kayak and life jacket
Water to refill your drink bottle
Hot beverage (Winter months)
WiFi in car
Waterproof bag

Our Dolphin Sanctuary Experience

It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to paddle your way through a 10,000 year old mangrove forest amidst approximately 30 residents and 300 transient dolphins. 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 and Marine Biologist, Andro, has over 5 years’ experience working with marine mammals and wildlife. Participants don’t need any prior kayaking experience, and we travel at a comfortable pace to accommodate intermediate 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 paddling must be aged nine or older, 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 creeks whilst listening to local Aboriginal stories. We view the abundant bird life, marine mammals and other creatures that make up the intricate eco system. Another addition to this experience is the Sanctuary, which 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 that we will be lucky enough to see them on the day. However, our sightings are frequent! In terms of getting to our meeting location, there are plenty of parks available.

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