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Don’t have sea legs? You’re in safe hands!

Firstly, Alan and Mick (I think!) were absolutely amazing. The day was looking a bit grim with... read more

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Amazing sea lion experience

My teenage daughter and I headed out with Alan on the boat around Baird Bay. The Bay itself is a... read more

Reviewed 12 January 2021
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Reviewed 20 November 2020

This was one of our main reasons for going to the Eyre Peninsula and we had so many expectations but unfortunately for us the weather had other ideas. We knew the water would be cold but given the day I suspect the trip was very close to being cancelled by the operators but they didn't want to relinquish the income. There was a very strong undercurrent on the day. I'm a fairly strong swimmer and I went off with the current within seconds. Within minutes others on the trip were also in trouble and panicking. Once we stabilized the environment - the experience with the seals was absolutely amazing. Barry the seal kept coming in to play and get pats - it was an incredible interaction with an essentially 'wild' mammal. But again unfortunately the conditions meant half of the clients came out very quickly and stayed out. The dolphins were in even worse conditions and only 3 out of 10 were inclined to get into the ocean.
This isn't a cheap exercise and quite frankly I would have thought more of the organisers if they had cancelled and negotiated another time slot. I accept they can't control the weather but this really was bordering on dangerous - you couldn't even stand on the bottom without your legs being taken by the undercurrent. I saw the absolute beauty of the seals but unfortunately so many on our trip didn't.
There's plenty of swim time to be had but not on this trip.....
It gets a low rating because of the conditions not allowing it to show its full potential. Would I go again - yes but in very calm conditions.

Date of experience: October 2020
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Alan P, Owner at Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2020

Thank you for the review, and I am sorry that we had a bad day out there with the weather. I think this trip was in late October, and if I remember correctly I told everyone that it was going to be a bit dodgy. And from memory it was even worse than I thought it was going to be. I remember at that time that I warned everybody before we went out that it wasn't going to be easy, but if you were desperate to go I would take you. The comment about not wanting to relinquish the income is silly, we have been here doing this for nearly 30 years, and one days income will make no difference to us, I would have only gone out on a rough day to try to keep everyone happy. And we would not have taken pre-payment, so it would have been your choice on the day to take the tour. Unfortunately, sometimes that can be the wrong thing to do. I would think that on the return I would have offered everyone a free trip whenever they had the time to come back, I always do if we have a shocker.
I'm sorry that you had a bad tour, and I blame myself for taking the tour out on a marginal day, but sometimes that happens when it is just much worse than you expect. We have had a few over the years. All you need to do is call in when you are passing by and I will get you on a tour FOC when we have seats available.

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Reviewed 19 November 2020

The Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience was just an amazing adventure!! Alan and Mick took us out to the the most awesome sea lions to swim and interact with!! We had just a memorable experience with these animals and they are so inquisitive and friendly and were not afraid to come right up to us to say hello!! We just thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We then went out to swim with the dolphins but they were very skittish and we found it hard to be able to interact with them as they were constantly on the more and the water was a little more choppier than it was with the sea lions, nonetheless we still had a great time with them. Alan and Mick are just fantastic and so caring about these animals and they showed us by their own interaction with them. They are amazing hosts and made sure we were all safe and looked after whilst in the water! Thank you so much gents it was very much appreciated for sure!! This trip I would thoroughly recommend to anyone to do as you will regret it if you don't!!

Date of experience: November 2020
Thank Lindsay A
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Reviewed 17 November 2020

What an amazing experience to swim with dolphins and sea lions. It was the first time of my life that I had the chance to swim with sea lions and common dolphins. At first I was a bit worried because it was a bit cold that day and I don't have much experience with snorkeling, but with the wetsuit I was never cold and with the experienced guides and the small group I felt very comfortable. I really enjoyed swimming with the dolphins and the sea lions in the clear blue water. It was fantastic. We had so many playful sea lions around us. It seemed like they were waiting to swim with us. The moment to be next to dolphins for the first time was just magical and a once in a lifetime experience. Dolphins were just everywhere. Amazing! There are also various sea birds to be seen as pelicans, carmorans and more.
Swimming with dolphins at Baird Bay was a great choice. The guides knew where the favourite places of the wild dolphins and sea lions are. It was wonderful and I can highly recommend it.

Date of experience: December 2019
Thank EdiBa683
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Reviewed 19 September 2020 via mobile

Hosts were great and knowledgable. Water was cold but it was well worth it. Plenty of time in the water. Highly recommended!

Date of experience: September 2020
Thank Kristyn V
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Reviewed 6 June 2020

We spent half a day on this trip and it was incredible. The interaction with the animals is amazing. The hosts were friendly and knowledgeable - I’m not a greater swimmer and was unsure about getting in the water with the sea lions but the guys helped me and stayed with me, enabling me to relate to the sea lions. I was so glad I did! Would definitely recommend this trip.

Date of experience: October 2019
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