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“Fabulous in every respect”

Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience
Ranked #150 of 1,146 things to do in South Australia
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Owner description: Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience is a marine experience, once done, you will never forget. None of the marine mammals of Baird Bay have ever been fed, nor have they been enticed in any other way. The interaction is entirely of their choosing and will remain so. Not everyday is perfect, the conditions are wild and free. We give it our best shot for an incredible interaction to happen for you with either the sea lions or dolphins, or at its very best both these beautiful marine mammals on the one tour. No guarantees are promised, but in saying that, we can guarantee the least that will happen, is, you will see the sea lions up close and personal.
Adelaide
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Fabulous in every respect”
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

This was a 60th birthday present for my wife so it had to be researched and booked somewhat secretively
Trish was fantastic providing info on the phone and by email and assisting with a personalised voucher.
Our experience once arriving was first rate. Trish gave us a great welcome, Jack was great with everything we needed on board and Alan provided great information and skill finding the best spots to swim.
The swimming experience with the dolphins and sea lions was unique and amazing as we spent time in their world. This is a must do!
Well done to you all.

Visited February 2017
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Adelaide, Australia
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“'Magical'”
Reviewed 9 February 2017

Thank's Alan, Trish and Jack for another amazing couple of days with the sea lions and dolphins at Baird Bay. We were a group ranging from 25- 59 yo, some with limited snorkeling and swimming experience. Alan was not phased by the range of ability and ensured everyone was able to experience the wonderfulness on offer and at their own pace.
Didn't see cuddling 'Louis' sea lion this time but there were lots of very playful pups and some oldies that paid a visit too.
We have some amazing clear dolphin footage on the Go-pro thanks to Jack and many unforgettable memories of the sea lions that we captured.
Because nature can not be controlled, often unpredictable and beyond Trish and Alans control - each time the experience is a different one - but never never never disappointing.
Thanks again guys you are real 'champs'.

Visited February 2017
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Alan P, Owner at Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience, responded to this review, 12 February 2017
Thanks for posting your glowing review, we appreciate the fact you have taken your time to do so. Just want to assure you that "Lewis" the Sea lion is alive and well and still entertaining swimmers in his inimitable style. He was out and about a couple of days ago being his usual cuddly self, and it appears he has an apprentice with him, one of last season's pups is following him around and interacting in a similar way. We have a great bunch of Sea Lions in the colony this season, all born entertainers I am sure.
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Adelaide, Australia
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4 reviews
“Great experience!”
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

We ventured out recently and were joined by a huge amount of dolphins within minutes..We then then spent around 45 minutes frolicking with them followed by around the same time with a bunch of sea lions!These guys are top notch operators who really care for their environment and the creatures around them.Truly a great experience!!

Visited February 2017
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“Extraordinary experience ”
Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

As with most who try these sorts of activities yoowe didn't know what to expect. Our young family of 5, with adventurous spirit, have done a few of these types of activities. This was one of the best and in my view rates as highly as any for adults and children. Alan is a typical Aussie who lets the beauty of his surrounds do the talking. It is obvious he loves the fur seals, dolphins and his natural environment. His approach is typically understated, perhaps because it is a wild and unpredictable experience. The experience with dolphins and fur seals is unique. To interact with the creatures in the wild and enjoy their playful nature is unparalleled in the world in my view. The only comparison I have is swimming with hector dolphins in curio bay NZ. I have interacted with trained animals and the experience is double edged because the animals are being exploited. Not in this experience. This is a must for adventurous people and those who want to introduce their kids to the natural world. You will find yourself playing like a child with the fur seals.

Visited January 2017
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Alan P, Owner at Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience, responded to this review, 18 January 2017
Thanks for the great review James, we appreciate the fact that you took the time to write, and we are pleased that you had such a good time. We get a lot of enjoyment taking out enthusiastic passengers, and are pleased that you see beyond the fact that it just a tour.
Only one comment from me, and it is in defence of the mammals. We visit an Australian Sea Lion colony, and endangered species, and an exceptionally friendly and social mammal as you experienced. We don't have resident Fur Seals here, probably a good thing as it gives the Sea Lions room to move and get on with increasing their numbers. In my experience the Fur Seals have nowhere near the personality of the Sea Lions, and are nowhere near as interactive.
So, once again, we thank you for visiting us and your review, spread the word for the Australian Sea Lions.
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Perth, Australia
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“Amazing experience”
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Hard to fault this experience - location, boats, staff, service all excellent. We had an awesome day! We were probably lucky to have the boat to ourselves (just one family of 2 adults and 3 kids), which meant that we could stay for as long or as little as we liked.

Visited December 2016
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Alan P, Owner at Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience, responded to this review, 6 January 2017
We would like to apologise to everyone who has had a hard time contacting us over this busy period. Due to Telstra's incompetence we have had no phone lines since 26th December, and only 2 days ago have secured one phone line, but we still need to access messages remotely. So to make it easy for all of us, please email for bookings and enquiries,( sealions@bigpond.com ) and if you need to phone us we will access our message bank twice daily, but you MUST leave a phone number for us to get back to you, it is not possible to redial on a message this way. We would also ask that if possible you prepare to pay with cash, as if the phone lines go down again we will have no access to EFTPOS.
On the bright side, we have been having a great time with the Sea Lions and Dolphins, so if you are keen to visit, things will ease up next week as a lot of people return to work, so get in touch and we will endeavour to give you an experience of a lifetime.
Thanks to all of you who have endured the slow replies from us, I hope we have not let too many people down.

Regards,
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