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Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary and Ships Graveyard Kayak Tour
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Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary and Ships Graveyard Kayak Tour

By Adventure Kayaking SA
Recommended by 96% of travellers
96% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
Skip sightseeing for an outdoor experience on the water on this kayaking adventure. After a brief kayaking lesson set out for a dolphin sanctuary and ship graveyard on the Port River. Travel with a small group through mangrove-lined waterways and get a chance to kayak alongside dolphins. You also see scuttled ships and learn about local wildlife from your guide.
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Ages 8-90, max of 12 per group
Duration: 3h
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Mobile ticket
Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Value: tour includes kayak, vest, paddle, paddling jacket, and a waterproof container for valuables
  • Travel with a guide: don’t get lost while kayaking through one of Adelaide’s most beautiful “secret” spots
  • Kayak alongside dolphins if possible and past the wrecks of scuttled ships
  • A great way to get exercise outdoors while on vacation

  • Kayak, life vest, paddle, paddling jacket(if required)
  • Waterproof container for camera or valuables.
  • Professional guide
What's not included
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Your dolphin sanctuary and ship graveyard kayak adventure starts at the Garden Island boat ramp. Meet your guide there, and receive a brief safety lesson and introduction to kayaking. The tour welcomes both experts and beginners. Take a kayak journey to a dolphin sanctuary and the Ships Graveyard Heritage Trail. Explore one of Adelaide’s beautiful “secret” spots, with mangrove-lined creeks that are home to Port River dolphins. Kayak past more than 20 scuttled ships and close to resident dolphins, who sometimes rise to the surface to “play.” Kayak at an easy pace, with plenty of time to snap photos and listen to your guide tell stories. Make your way back to the boat ramp and drop off your kayak.

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  • Adventure Kayaking SA| Port River Dolphins, LOT 204 Garden Island Rd, Port Adelaide SA 5015, Australia
    We meet you at Lot 204 Garden Island Road, Gillman for the kayaking tours. This is a public reserve. We are a mobile business and have no office at this location. Look for the Adventure Kayaking vehicles, lots of kayaks/SUP's and happy people!
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 13177P1

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Minimum age is 8 years
    • Please bring: Insect repellent, drinks, snacks, shoes that can get wet, sunscreen, and your camera
    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary and Ships Graveyard Kayak Tour?
    Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary and Ships Graveyard Kayak Tour price starts from AU$76.58. Discover and book Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary and Ships Graveyard Kayak Tour on Tripadvisor
    What is the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary and Ships Graveyard Kayak Tour cancellation policy?
    Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary and Ships Graveyard Kayak Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary and Ships Graveyard Kayak Tour on Tripadvisor
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    • Adventure Kayaking SA
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      Joined in November 2012
    • jimkB2528IP
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Uplifting adventure
      This was My daughter and my first Kayak adventure, and we loved every minute of the guided tour. So peaceful and calming particularly when we ventured into the mangrove stream. Just before Christmas my wife passed away and this was very valuable for me to help take away the pain. Thank you team for such and adventure. Jim
      Written 4 February 2024
    • K8845MFgillianc
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent
      Very well organised. Friendly staff, very knowledgeable. Highly recommend, the mangrove kayaking. We had such a good laugh
      Written 12 January 2024
    • leannegQ5153GV
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Highly recommend!!
      Really enjoyed the tour. It was a beautiful day, the guides were very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. It was a shame we didn’t see dolphins but really enjoyed and highly recommend.
      Written 11 January 2024
    • D2767OWsharonm
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A fabulous way to spend a morning
      We had so much fun looking for and sighting dolphins whilst kayaking on calm water on a beautiful Summer's Day. It was also really interesting seeing the shipwrecks. Our two guides were friendly and mindful of different kayaking abilities in the group. So glad we did this on our visit to Adelaide this time.
      Written 9 January 2024
    • benjaminbZ3841FJ
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing experience for all!
      Our group came as two couples on this experience, and we all had an amazing time. Angus provided a great experience for us, giving plenty of knowledge on the Dolphin sanctuary and the history of the local shipwrecks. He was also very good with teaching all those new to kayaking, and getting everyone involved. We would love to come back one day, and have also opened a new perspective on our appreciation for dolphins! :)
      Written 23 November 2023
    • Ninjabeaver
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent trip
      Excellent trip, hosts were very knowledgeable and friendly. Saw a couple of dolphins, one a mother and baby . The trip into the mangrove swamps was really good as were the wrecks. Would definitely recommend.
      Written 13 November 2023
    • 375leahj
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mangrove kayaking is so much fun and so relaxing.
      My 8 year old nephew and I did this during the school holidays and we had so much fun! Jas was our guide and she was absolutely fantastic. Paddling through the Mangroves was so tranquil and it was also very interesting to hear about the history as well as what is being done to protect them and the dolphins. Probably could have gotten a better day that wasn’t so windy, but after I got my head around the rudder it made it so much easier. My nephew enjoyed it so much that he now thinks we should buy a kayak! Apparently, I am now the best auntie ever!
      Written 13 October 2023
    • pokemonm874
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Beautiful and peaceful mangroves.
      Very tranquil and beautiful mangroves. Got the hang of the kayaks well enough, though a little tricky to manage the open waters on what was a very windy day, but staff helped. The mangroves were very sheltered and calm. Nice staff who gave a little background info too.
      Written 13 October 2023
    • sarahbarrett44
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Exploring mangroves with the family
      A really relaxing kayaking experience with the family exploring the mangroves and surrounds. Well organised. We followed the map that was provided - easy to understand and really enjoyable.
      Written 11 October 2023
    • traceypZ1542AO
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing and our guide Heather is brilliant
      Fantastic fun and we have not laughed this hard in a long time. Our guide Heather was amazing and very knowledgeable. She made it very easy to learn how to kayak and was very patient with our dysfunctional family. We had a blast - thank you.
      Written 30 April 2023
    • Helen R
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fabulous kayaking experience with dolphin sightings
      My husband and I loved this experience. The guides were friendly and informative and the tour through the mangroves was fun and interesting. We were so lucky to see a dolphin and calf up close frolicking in the water. We would definitely recommend this experience
      Written 20 April 2023
    • G8955RFlesleym
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Always coming back for more
      We love this experience - this was our 4th time. The process is easy (the team provide everything you need), the kayaking is fun in a really interesting areas and it's so accessible that my 72 yr old mum and 11 yr old daughter could do it too in a double-kayak. It is so peaceful out on the water. There is loads of birdlife, interesting mangroves to navigate and if you're lucky you'll see the Port River dolphins which are truly spectacular. We will be back again for sure.
      Written 26 March 2023
    • teacher_from_Iowa
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A fun excursion!
      We had two guides (Tom and Mal) who were helpful, professional, and friendly. They did a nice job of dealing kindly with a wide range of skill and stamina levels of the participants. We started off heading towards the shipwrecks, and on the way there, dolphins fins were spotted, so we all took our paddles out of the water, as we had been instructed on how to be respectful of the wildlife. How thrilling to have a mother with her calf swim right between our kayaks for a close-up look!! The shipwrecks were interesting to see, and we enjoyed hearing some of the history surrounding the vessels scuttled in this area. Next we went to the mangrove tunnel, which was also very cool. The equipment was all good - kayaks, paddles, life vests, and (semi)waterproof flotation containers for our valuables. There was quite a crowd of us all waiting to get out of the water since two groups ended at the same time, but that wasn't a big deal. It was a fun and interesting excursion!
      Written 26 March 2023
    • LizzieLou2259
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent in every way.
      The 4 of us really enjoyed our kayak tour Tom and Mal were excellent tour guides giving us instruction,guidance and of course a wealth of experience of the area.beautiful day for a kayak adventure and we saw dolphins including a baby.
      Written 25 March 2023
    • J7744BNpeters
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Go kayaking at Garden Island for something a bit different.
      Kayaking at Garden Island and into a narrow mangrove creek was a great experience. Our guide was quietly proficient, well informed and patient with newcomers. And what a wonderful habitat to experience. Peter
      Written 23 March 2023
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    Libby J
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2024 • Couples
    Absolutely amazing experience, got to look at the shipwreck graveyard and paddle through the stunning Mangroves. Tour guides were great, and super knowledgeable. Didn’t get to see any dolphins, but it was super fun anyway!
    Written 24 February 2024
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    canadakate_11
    Cobourg, Canada183 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2024 • Family
    This was an amazing experience to be out on the open channels in a kayak. We saw the sunken ships, traversed two mangrove swamps, a myriad of birds, and dolphins swimming right beside our kayak.
    Alex and Mitchell were exceptional guides who had to give us the commentaries from their kayak. Their instructions and safety procedures were very clear and easily understood. This activity was enjoyed by us (two Seniors, our adult daughter-in-law and 19 year old granddaughter.)
    Written 19 February 2024
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    tillykm
    Shropshire19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2024 • Couples
    Tom was an excellent guide, very informative and the whole experience was great fun. No dolphins on this occasion but plenty of bird life and the mangroves were fascinating.
    Written 8 February 2024
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    Derek F
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2024 • Family
    A well managed trip lots of information about the environment from the guide, respect shown for the dolphins Lewis did a great job We saw 5 and one swam under the kayak 10/10
    Written 4 February 2024
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    Felix T
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2023 • Couples
    The kayaks were in good condition and comfortable.
    There were some strong currents and wind, but the guides work in pair and made sure no one gets left behind :)
    Written 28 January 2024
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    Adrian V
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2024 • Family
    The kayak trip was very enjoyable and it was a pleasure to see a pod of dolphins, including a calf. The mangroves and ship graveyard was also very interesting and the tour guides gave good explanations throughout the tour. I would enjoy doing this again
    Written 21 January 2024
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    Thankyou for taking the time to write such a positive review, we are so glad you enjoyed the tour and got to see the beautiful Dolphins. Hope to see you on one of our next tours!
    Written 28 January 2024
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    Audiman999
    United Kingdom9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2024 • Family
    Tom and Ella were our guides. Very good introduction and safety briefing. Took to the water and saw the dolphins and shipwreck whilst canoeing down the river on a beautiful sunny day. Unfortunately hubby and I capsized but Tom and Ella responded very well. Thanks to rest of group who waited whilst we got back in the canoe before finishing the trip. Would recommend Adventure Kayaking SA.
    Written 14 January 2024
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    Thankyou for writing such a great review. We are so glad you had a good time! Unfortunately capsizing is always possible but we will pass on the positive feedback to Tom and Ella.
    Written 28 January 2024
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    naysie13
    Narre Warren59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2024 • Friends
    This tour was fantastic!! Tom was our guide and he helped us all navigate some tricky mangrove areas, had heaps of interesting facts about the dolphins, mangroves and ship wreaks and ensured we were sunscreened and our phones tupperwared! This area is an oasis just outside of Port Adelaide, filled with bird life, dolphins and fish, all in crystal clear water. Definitely make this part of your next Adelaide adventure.
    Written 12 January 2024
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    Thankyou for such a great review. We are so glad you enjoyed the tour and hope to see you book in again soon!
    Written 28 January 2024
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    Tracey B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2024 • Solo
    We had a lovely cool day to paddle and were lucky enough to see a lot of dolphins even before we got in the kayaks. It was an easy trip and our guides Chelsea & Aaron were really good with the whole group. There were a couple of people with not much experience but they were looked after very well. Everyone appeared to enjoy the experience. It was a little hard to hear some of the spiel on the area at times but that is the nature of the beast and we could ask as we caught up to either of our guides.
    Written 8 January 2024
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    Thank you for such a great review, we will pass on the positive feedback to Chelsea and Aaron!
    Written 28 January 2024
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    Cruiser14062275868
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2023 • Family
    Awesome Trip, was referred by a friend, and would definitely refer my friends now. Adventure Kayaking SA was a great friendly operator, made sure all the safety aspects were covered, and didn't make it feel like a rushed experience in any way.
    Our kids 8+10 also had a great time. Turns out the double kayak isn't too difficult to be paddled by one person if the kiddies get tired...
    Well done guys (Rob and Chelsea), great people and a great experience.
    Written 5 January 2024
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    Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review. We are so glad you enjoyed it and would also recommend us. We will pass this positive feedback onto Chelsea and Rob!
    Written 28 January 2024
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