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Polperro Dolphin Swimming

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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...more
Esplanade | Sorrento Pier, Sorrento, Victoria 3943, Australia
+61 3 5988 8437
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 21 January 2010

I was taken on my first trip with Polperro, by a girlfriend who wanted to do something different, now I am a self confessed Polperro fan! The experience of a wild dolphin choosing to approach you, then swimming beside you and turning to look at...More

3  Thank Aqua1974
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Reviewed 18 January 2015

While we were seeing the seals first which seemed a bit silly as we all booked primarily too see the dolphins the weather took a turn for the worse, we were in the choppiest water and half the boat became sea sick. This was one...More

7  Thank anotherjess
orreplop, Owner at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 25 January 2015

,AnotherJess,Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback re your experience on one of our tours. I am sorry that it left you feeling disappointed. I can recall the trip details and you as our guest. You were with your Mum that...More

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Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

It was one of the most exciting experiences of my life... These animals are so beautiful and they swam with us, so close that you would have been able to touch them. (unfortunately that's not allowed😉) The crew was very helpful and friendly. In my...More

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JudithSorrento, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2018

Mother Nature has been very forthcoming with the dolphins making us feel exceptionally privileged by their welcome. It never ceases to amaze us all, even after 3 decades. Each day and every trip is different. Thank you for sharing the day with us. Let's never...More

Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

We went out on an idyllic, blue day. We had an amazing day. Two of our group swam while the others were sightseeers. All of us nature lovers, so we really appreciated the ethical, small business approach and the care and appreciation of our highly...More

Thank livingforthemomment
JudithSorrento, General Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

Blue skies, terrific wildlife, wonderful guests, some of whom braved the still chilly waters of Port Phillip! Thank you for participating so fully and appreciating the great wonders of our seas. Your kind words are appreciated. We will make a 'boatie' out of you yet!...More

Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

The staff was awesome - Nat my partner was confident in the water thanks to Sophie. We did get to see the dolphins and Sea lions - swimming with sea lions was so much fun. I really like their approach which is : wild animals...More

2  Thank Victorbb7
Judith M, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2018

And we would love to see you again! Thank you for your kind words. You can appreciate why the staff never resign - great environment, great guests and amazing marine life. Nat, 'keep swimming, it is truly one of life's great joys!' Regards from Jess,...More

Reviewed 21 April 2018

Classic bare bottom boat setting out from Sorrento pier into Port Phillip Bay which twinkles on a sunny day. The skipper and crew are passionate, knowledgeable and truly charming .... I think the dolphins know the boat and its rhythm. The team are respectful of...More

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Judith M, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2018

Welcome back! In its 31 years of operating in the bay, Polperro has attracted a truly great bunch of 'friendly barnacles' that keep on keeping on. These lovely people are the fabric of Polperro's history and they are the reason we have an equally loyal...More

Reviewed 3 April 2018

Dolphins were amazing! They were so close to us!! So many of them!!! Super Cute!!!! We also got a chance to see fur seals and seabirds, wild of course, and for those ones who chose to swim, you can be very close to these wild...More

Thank noah4ever
Judith M, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Thank you both for the expression of enjoyment and appreciation and the wise tips regarding traffic during peak holiday season! The dolphins grace us with the presence without any other reason except curiosity. They are not pursued, enticed, approached or otherwise interfered with in the...More

Reviewed 1 April 2018

We had the most amazing morning with the Polperro crew. Our first stop was with the australian fur seals and whilst I can swim I am not overly confident in deep open water. One of the crew members - Sophie, gave me a noodle to...More

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Judith M, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018

Zoe, you extoll the great wonders of the sea with the same passion that the crew display. I was aboard that morning and the not-quite-muffled exclamations of absolute joy that snorkelled up from the swimmers was a delight to hear. I don't think that excitement...More

Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

This was not what I expected, and ended being much better than I’d anticipated. Even without the amazing wildlife, the crew’s kindness and enthusiasm were contagious. Thank you Polperro!

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Judith M, General Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2018

We are pleased to have exceeded your expectations. The dolphins and seals and the crew are all pleased to have contributed to a great experience. Thank you for coming along and sharing a great day. Best wishes from the trusty crew!

Reviewed 12 March 2018

Firstly, the crew on this trip couldn't have been more helpful and knowledgeable, it was a joy from start to finish. We were lucky, plenty of dolphins around on the morning that we joined the trip, and a few local residents repeating the experience and...More

Thank Di P
Judith M, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Di, We will welcome you back! After 31 years of conducting dolphin swims, marine education and tourism, we now have grandchildren of those who came as school-aged children themselves. The memory lingers forever with the experience of being at-one with the dolphins and seals deeply...More

Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

Sadly the dolphins were too busy feeding to come and play but swimming with seals came a very close second. Thank you so much to Jess who could not have taken more care of me - I was very apprehensive about the whole thing but...More

1  Thank ange18957
Judith M, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2018

Seals are indeed a drawcard with their playful antics. We are so pleased you ventured into the water despite your apprehension. The care of passengers by our crew is wonderful. Their pleasure in seeing others appreciate what they each have grown to love and care...More

Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

This was a fab experience. We swam near fur seals, snorkelled for sea dragons, didn't find dolphins to swim with but we did find a group who were hunting for fish. Ben & Jess really helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. Hot drinks & fresh baked scones...More

1  Thank Jane E
Judith M, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2018

Jane, You have summed up a terrific ('fab') experience beautifully. We are so pleased you could be part of it all. Thank you for the reommendation

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5 April 2018|
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Response from Judith M | Property representative |
hello there thank you so much for your enquiry. our season runs till the end of April, so sadly we wont be able to help you with those dates as the boat will be out of the water for its annual repaint. We do how ever have... More
29 March 2017|
Response from Judith M | Property representative |
McC Thank you for your enquiry. Polperro offers swimming with seals on each of our trips. We take purposefully small numbers of snorkelers on each trip and we offer a very high ratio of care. Your friend needs to be... More
15 May 2016|
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Response from Ilkka K | Reviewed this property |
GoPro is ok. The water is something like 18C. 3-5mm long leaves wetsuit will keep you warm. Hood is not needed.