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Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari

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Christmas St, Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5222, Australia
+61 419 772 175
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Well worth doing and a great experience!

Tony is a very friendly man who was very helpful to us, giving recommendations on where we should... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Joe P
Nuneaton, United Kingdom
via mobile
Informative and fun boat trip

Visited recently with the aim to see dolphins. Unfortunately didn't see any but that's nature and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Brisbane, Australia
via mobile
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Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari departs daily from the Christmas Cove Marina in Penneshaw 'Kangaroo Island's gateway'. Christmas Cove is one of Australia's Geological Monuments cut out by glacial movement 240 million years ago and it offers the perfect access to board the 7.5 metre vessel a Gemini Waverider that carries up to 12 passengers. In 1802 Matthew Flinders discovered Kangaroo Island on his world expedition. See the landing places where he and his crew arrived and where French explorer Nicolas Baudin came ashore and inscribed his details into Frenchman's rock in Hog bay. Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari takes you on a awesome 75 minute coastal and wildlife tour around the coastline of Kangaroo Island visiting places like Dolphin Cove, Cuttlefish Bay, Kangaroo Head and Snapper Point. Encounter pods of Bottle Nose and Common Dolphins that can been seen up close and enjoy them in their natural environment swimming up along side the boat, with numbers sometimes in the dozens and often with their baby calves. Colonies of New Zealand Fur Seals and Australian Sea Lions inhabit the coast that surrounds Kangaroo Island and these seals gather along the rocks enjoying the warm sun, resting after fishing for days on end and show off their agile swimming ability right before your eyes. Witness Southern Right Whales (seasonal) as they pass through these waters on their annual migration to the Great Australian Bight, look in awe at these giant majestic creatures often with their new calves who have swam so far from the Great Southern Ocean to give birth in these warmer safer waters of Kangaroo Island. There are many varieties of sea birds on the Safari including the unforgettable encounters with the mighty Osprey or sometimes known as the Sea Hawk. Opportunities arise on this wildlife Safari to marvel at the Osprey diving into the ocean to grasp fish with their powerful talons. Cormorants and Gulls are abundant along the coast. Put Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari on your 'must do' list - this is a Safari not to be missed on your visit to Kangaroo Island.
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Christmas St, Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5222, Australia
+61 419 772 175

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tony is a very friendly man who was very helpful to us, giving recommendations on where we should visit on the island. He was also very knowledgeable about the different animals we could see and had some interesting facts to share with us. The trip...More

Thank Joe P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited recently with the aim to see dolphins. Unfortunately didn't see any but that's nature and wildlife! But saw lots of seals which was great. And the coastline is stunning. Skipper rex was so informative and friendly. I would definitely do this again. Thanks for...More

Thank skitch16
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great trip with our skipper Rex who is full of local knowledge. The coastal views where fantastic plus watching the Dolphins particularly the four little ones playing around our boat made our trip well worth whiled on a chilly day. We also...More

Thank neilhelens
Reviewed 6 August 2017

Loved our experience on Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari. Our guide was knowledgeable and knew just where to find the dolphins, seals and birds. Really liked that it's a small vessel so felt like an intimate experience. Highly recommend!

Thank Monica L
Reviewed 20 July 2017

Just returned from the most amazing trip with Tony on his KI Ocean Safari. The thrill of flying through the water was exhilarating, only topped off by our encounter with 2 small pods of Southern Right Whales, mothers with calf. A wonderful marine experience that...More

Thank Kathy G
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Went on this amazing tour for my year 12 issues assignment for OED. Both Tony and Rex were amazing and helped a great dear, very knowledgeable. Didn't see a whale during the trip but saw one the day before!! A beautiful pod of feeding dolphins...More

Thank brookecurtis99
Reviewed 18 July 2017

While we didn't get to see a whale or 2 (but did from the shore the day before so happy chappies), our family loved our Ocean Safari experience entertained by friendly dolphins and seals and informative friendly guide. Highly recommended.

Thank Susansynergy
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Went on the ocean safari with my brother. It was an unexpected addition to our trip when we discovered one of our afternoons was free. We were certainly glad we discovered this little gem. The tour guide was a real character and gave us plenty...More

Thank LoveAdelaide2
Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

CaptainTony and his First Mate Harley provided us with a unique and fabulous experience into the wild life and geology of Penneshaw and the East coast of Kangaroo Island. There was plenty of dolphins, seals and birds to be seen. We were a small group...More

Thank Janet F
Reviewed 9 June 2017

Even though it was rough on the water we managed to see seals and bird life. It was great to see the island with its coastline from the water and realise just how large the island really is. Tony our guide was quite humorous and...More

Thank dianaevans2111
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