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Polperro Dolphin Swimming

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Esplanade | Sorrento Pier, Sorrento, Victoria 3943, Australia
+61 3 5988 8437
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Amazing day!

We went for the dolphin swim on the 24th of April and it was great! Ben and Jess were very amazing... read more

Reviewed 28 April 2017
hitesh s
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Best day ever

What an experience my daughter and her friend had. The crew were fantastic and very knowledgable... read more

Reviewed 22 April 2017
Lisa W
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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. Named after their classic, lovingly maintained boat, which is 25 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's 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 exciting experience. People who are initially very timid and reticent about getting in the water leave enchanted by the experience. The Polperro departs from Sorrento pier twice daily from October to April. 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, and the Polperro has change areas below deck. On chilly days her saloon cabin is warmly welcoming, as is the complimentary tea, coffee, hot chocolate and delicious scones, freshly baked on board. They're the cherry on top of an inspiring, memorable experience, which saw Polperro enter the Victorian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame in 2001, after winning the environmental tourism category three years running.
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Esplanade | Sorrento Pier, Sorrento, Victoria 3943, Australia
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+61 3 5988 8437

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Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

We went for the dolphin swim on the 24th of April and it was great! Ben and Jess were very amazing. My wife can't swim so Jess helped her and she ended up having a wonderful time. Judith was very helpful on the phone and...More

1  Thank hitesh s
Reviewed 22 April 2017

What an experience my daughter and her friend had. The crew were fantastic and very knowledgable about the marine life. They had a genuine interest in the dolphins. The group was small enough to not feel like just one of the pack and the dolphins...More

Thank Lisa W
Judith M, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

Lisa Thank you for letting us know how much it was enjoyed. I think life is about creating wonderful memories and I'm sure this one will be lasting. We do keep the passenger numbers well below our licenced limit. We know what works well to...More

Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

That was the perfect day for us! It was a big check on my bucket list and I wanted to do it really somewhere where they treat the animal in a proper and good way. It was amazing. The guides where incredible and the knew...More

Thank Niclas J
Judith M, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2017

Well, we do love 'perfect'! May this adventure be a lasting and wonderful memory. It is lovely for us to know it was beyond expectations and we are certain that, as with many international visitors, you will return one day. We have been conducting trips...More

Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

Went this morning on the Polperro and have to say it was my favourite day in Sorrento! Absolutely fantastic- within 5 minutes of leaving the pier we were amongst a pod of at least 10 dolphins. The crew were knowledgable and as excited as we...More

Thank lornamcleman
Judith M, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2017

Thank you for expressing your delight in your encounter with dolphins and seals. You can see why our long-term crew have never lost that excitement! We would love to see you back again; it is addictive and over our 31 years we now have grandchildren...More

Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Picture perfect afternoon on Port Phillip Bay with 22* water and a warm sun. Troy, Beau and Jess really care about "their" wild Bottlenose Dolphins which are unique to Port Philip with their own particular D.N.A but they also care about the small group of...More

Thank Rossdco
Judith M, General Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2017

Oh Thank you for taking the time to write, and I will indeed send the scone recipe. Very happy to share. Just as its essential to get salty and wet to enjoy the dolphins and seals, as you did, under the water, I think that...More

Reviewed 6 March 2017

This was a surprise birthday gift from my lovely wife who knows my love for nature and wildlife. Polperro operate out of Sorrento Pier which is under 2 hours from Melbourne CBD. We reached Sorrento Pier at around 11 last Saturday which happened to be...More

Thank VG1302
Judith M, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2017

VG, Thank you for your detailed and warm response. We are pleased that the birthday 'surprise' could be postponed for a beautiful day and that the trip was so thoroughly enjoyed. Polperro limits passenger numbers to 20 maximum (we are licenced for 31) and regulations...More

Reviewed 27 January 2017

Had a great trip with the friendly and informative crew. The boat is old, small but very sturdy (like something out of a story book). We had an excellent briefing and were set up to be ready when the dolphins appeared. I had visualised that...More

Thank MrYoung231
Judith M, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2017

Mr Young, Perhaps the busier summer months was the reason I overlooked your kind words. Thank you for your review. It allows us to gain 'passenger/swimmer' insights and it has alerted us to know that people arrive with different perceptions of what actually happens. You...More

Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

Me and my partner went today on the trip with polperro dolphin swim. I was a little bit afraid of open waters, but gosh what am I happy that I did it. We went first to the seals, wich gave us already a wow moment!...More

Thank Loes P
Judith M, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 25 January 2017

Loes, We are so pleased that you had confidence in the crew, and yourself, to overcome that bit of fear and enjoy the day to the fullest. It is very rewarding to us as well! Somehow those wonderfully wild and free animals create peace as...More

Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Had the best time with Jess and the crew yesterday. Saw dolphins straight away and after the safety briefing we got straight into it. Jess has so much knowledge of both marine life and the local area. This is my third time and it is...More

Thank Fattymcnair
Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

I took my husband and friend on this trip on Saturday morning having no idea what to expect (all of us with varying degrees of confidence in the water) and we had the most amazing time!! We were so lucky to see many dolphins come...More

1  Thank Jules R
Judith M, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2016

Jules, It was an amazing morning enjoyed by dolphins, seals, the crew and terrific bunch of people who set to sea in choppy conditions to be rewarded by Nature's best efforts! Thanks to you and fellow passengers!

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MC C
30 March 2017|
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Response from Judith M | Property representative |
McC Thank you for your enquiry. Polperro offers swimming with seals on each of our trips. We take purposefully small numbers of snorkelers on each trip and we offer a very high ratio of care. Your friend needs to be... More
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Luen96
16 May 2016|
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Response from Ilkka K | Reviewed this property |
GoPro is ok. The water is something like 18C. 3-5mm long leaves wetsuit will keep you warm. Hood is not needed.
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Luen96
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Response from Judith M | Property representative |
I am afraid I must disappoint you with the news that we do close over winter. Weather is variable and often very cold and dolphin sightsings are not as regular as during our season, as they need to search a little further... More
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