People per certificate:
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 huon pine classic wooden vessel,
Polperro has led the bay in environmentally responsible dolphin interactions. 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. The Polperro departs from Sorrento pier twice daily from October to May. 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.
Children must be with an adult and are accompanied by specialist snorkelling instructors when in the water.
Numbers on day:
Limited numbers of 20 swimmers per trip unless it is a group booking.
What to bring/Dress code:
Bathers (have these on, ready, under your clothes when we meet), a towel, warm jacket, sunscreen and camera.
Morning and afternoon tours depart from Sorrento Pier 7 days a week between October and May | Bookings are essential
Polperro may cancel trips due to rough seas