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Barnacles Dolphin Centre
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
297 reviews
104 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“really enjoyed it”
Reviewed 7 May 2014 via mobile

It was great to be able to feed the dolphins in the wild. The staff were very friendly. If you are not feeding the dolphins you shouldn't have to pay, also get there early, it gets very busy.

Visited March 2014
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Barnacles breakfast before the Dolphin Feeding”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

Initially dubious about fronting up for the dolphin feeding but after a great introduction to our experience with a fabulous breakfast of Egg & Bacon Muffin $3 ea plus a great coffees at Barnacles, we were looking forward to the dolphins arriving. Sure enough on cue they arrived at 7.30am, 2 dolphins male and his favourite female,enabling everyone lined up to photograph and admire the dolphins from the shoreline. Staff rotated the crowd so everyone had the opportunity of seeing the dolphins. Feeding commenced at 8am. Those that had paid to feed the dolphins, traded their fish cards for one fish in a small bucket and waited in line for their turn to feed the dolphins. I doubt that those dolphins would have to find anything to catch for the remainder of the day. On this particular morning there was probably 100 plus people formed into two lines waiting to feed their one fish and have their photo moment with either dolphin. Two attendants were in the water with the dolphins and made sure that no person touched the dolphins or got too friendly with them. The attendants demonstrated how the fish was to be held in their hands before offering the fish to the dolphin, ensuring no physical contact with these wild creatures. Cost for viewing is $5 p/person or $10 p/person if you want to view and feed the dolphin. Discount deals for breakfast as part of your entrance ticket. A very enjoyable start to the day.

Visited April 2014
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Peregian Springs, Australia
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“"Enjoyed the experience"”
Reviewed 22 April 2014

We went school holidays very busy but well worth it. The dolphins come in very close and if you're lucky they may touch your hand.Pays to be there early. Whats $10 this day and age, we got a good breakfast deal because we fed the dolphins for $10 beautiful breakfast and very good value. Well done!!
Depends where you're coming from but you could do it in a day if you're coming from sunshine coast.

Visited April 2014
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Dolphin Feeding at Tin Can Bay”
Reviewed 4 April 2014

Not a lot to do in Tin Can Bay but I recommend the visiting to at least feed the dolphins. I recommend you be at the dolphin feeding by 7am because it does get quiet busy. We arrived early so we had some one on one with the rangers who run the session. The dolphins arrived at about 7.30am but feeding never commences before 8am. The ranger told us they are there every day including raining days.

Cost is $5 to get close to dolphins and another $5 to feed them. Any children who participate can get a laminated certificate of the event for another $5.

On our trip 3 dolphins arrived being a male, female and her calf. Each person get to feed a dolphin one fish which can only be procured from the staff for quality control reasons. BYO fish not permitted. Everyone must also rinse their hands in a sterile solution before handling the fish and feeding. They left after feeding but the male returned a short time later and hung around the waters edge. The adult dolphins can each eat 30 kg of fish so there is no worry they won't be hungry by the time the end of the line gets their turn.

I also recommend the breakfast at Barnacles Cafe which is also the location of the feeding. The hearty bacon, hash brown, tomato, toast and eggs was $10 and included a proper coffee.

Visited April 2014
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York, United Kingdom
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“I really enjoyed it”
Reviewed 6 March 2014

I went in the days when it was gold coin donation. Now its $10.

But to your out of town visitor who has no experience of the days when interacting with the Tin Can Bay dolphins was free then I don't think they'll be worried that it used to be free. You get to feed a fish to a wild dolphin for pete's sake! There are a lot worse ways of spending $10 in Oz!

Given the publicity that Monkey Mia gets I was surprised that this is so relatively unknown. Monkey Mia is a long way from everywhere, but this is close to major attractions such as Fraser Island and Noosa/Sunshine Coast. Also at Monkey Mia you are not at all guaranteed to be picked to feed a dolphin. Here you know you can. Admittedly my photos in the clear shallow Monkey Mia waters are better, but you get a good enough view here!

So maybe there are rules and procedures. But try acting up at Monkey Mia or Tangalooma and see how far you get.

It isn't the "flipper" style bottlenose dolphins, its Indo-Pacific dolphins, in case that bothers you.

I thought it a 5/5 experience really, but I do understand some of the concerns around what the cafe uses the money for (given that the dolphins have turned up for decades). Its a little odd for a cafe to run something like this really. So 4/5.

Visited November 2013
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