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Polperro Dolphin Swims

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Sorrento, Australia
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About Polperro Dolphin Swims
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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QAIQBL wrote a review Dec 2021
Melbourne, Australia9 contributions
wonderful and intimate experience being up close with the seals, stingray and even seeing the crab was a nice touch! unfortunate we didn't get to swim with the dolphins but seeing them swim was mesmerising and the crew was very hospitable with the apricot and butter scones. shoutout to ben, jess and troy!
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Date of experience: December 2021
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Response from orreplop, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swims
Responded 1 week ago
Its a great ecosystem out there and you saw all the stars of the show. Just sometimes the dolphins are busy caring for calves in nursery pods or eating or simply travelling but we agree it is truly mesmering watching them gracefully swimming - often using the Polperro to create a slipstream for them. Thank you for your kind words.
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ela wrote a review Nov 2021
Brunswick, Australia14 contributions5 helpful votes
What an amazing experience! Jess and her team took great care of my partner and I from start to finish. So friendly, caring and knowledgeable. Had lots of fun swimming with the dolphins and seals. The tea and homemade scones were delicious and much appreciated. Would highly recommend and will definitely be back with our kids. They will love it!
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Response from orreplop, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swims
Responded 1 week ago
We would love to see you back again.We are thrilled that you enjoyed this first experience with Jess and the crew. Thank you for letting us know
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Charl V wrote a review Nov 2021
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I have been going out with this family owned business for around 5 yrs now and I say family cause thats the operative word, from mum Judy who does the booking to Troy , Ben and Jess this is a really intimate hands on experience , unlike some of the bigger operators in the area this one has stood out and I leave every time saying that was better than the last time , highly recommend this lovely group of people and the experience they provide is priceless , I will continue to go back as genuinely feel like part of the team , the dolphins , seals , rays , leafy sea dragons , squid and crabs we have seen aren’t to bad either
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Response from orreplop, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swims
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A magnificent ecosystem that we are all a part of, not apart from Charl. Thank you for being part of it all
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coff1970 wrote a review Nov 2021
Melbourne, Australia18 contributions3 helpful votes
The Polperro Dolphin Swim was part of my daughter's 13th birthday celebrations with a few special friends. After doing tree surfing at the Enchanted Garden on the Saturday, the girls followed up with a dolphin swim on the Sunday. It was the most incredible experience - and the joy on all their faces was worth every cent. Jess, Matilda, Captain Tom and Ben were four of the most wonderful people I've ever met - so positive, chill, experienced, friendly - and their love of all things marine was palpable. All the girls hung on their every word - and the rapture on their faces when they first saw the dolphins cruising alongside us, then getting to experience first-hand sharing the home of these divine creatures, is something I know none of them will ever forget. We couldn't wipe the smiles off their faces. And Judith's home made scones topped off 3 of the best hours of our lives! Can't recommend highly enough - and we will most definitely be back! Michelle, Mark, Gracie and the gang xxoo
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Your amazing birthday Gracie! Thanks for sharing it with us, and the dolphins. All best wishes from the crew xxxxx
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Sally wrote a review Oct 2021
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It was just a real lovely day. Swimming with the seals and dolphins. Some of the the seals were only a foot away from me...Friendly crew and hot chocolate and scones to top it off. Highly recommend it.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Thanks Sally!
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