Dolphin Sanctuary & Ships Graveyard Self Guided Tour-1-person kayak

From AUD $40.00
  • Duration: 3 Hours (approx.)
  • Product code: ADSHIRE
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We hire kayaks from Garden Island in the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary and Ships Graveyard…the best location for paddling in Adelaide. We are the only provider in Adelaide to supply craft at the water's edge! You can explore the beautiful mangrove creeks and Ships Graveyard Maritime Heritage Trail with your family or friends. 

Exploring this sensational area by kayak is the most environmentally sensitive way to view the Port River Dolphins.

We will have the kayaks ready for you at the launch site will help you set up, supply a map and advice on best spots and safe kayaking-you then create your own unique adventure!   

The hire fee is for a 1-person kayak, 1 x life vests and 1 x paddles for a three hour session which includes some time for assisting you in setting up the equipment and explaining essential safety and local area information. You can select a sit-in kayak which is comfortable and stable without a rudder (Wilderness System Tsanami 125 or similar) or a sea kayak that are quicker through the water and have rudders to aid with steering such as the Necky Manitou 14. or similar. We have recently added a Hobie Revolution Mirage Drive pedalled kayak to our fleet. These are ultimate high quality craft with ingenious pedal drives that take kayaking to a new high! See one in operation at: Hobie Revolution 13 in action. Well worth the extra fee and brilliant as a fishing platform. 

We recommend that you have had some prior kayaking experience but this is not essential for most people. If you are unsure we would recommend one of our guided tours. Due to legal reasons we cannot hire kayaks to persons under the age of 18 years unless accompanied by an adult.  

Bookings essential. Bookings can be made right now using our online booking system, you can book with a credit card over the phone or send an email to:  If you have left it to the last minute you might be able to book on the day via phone. Call 0429019141. If the date you want is sold out you can go on a cancellation list by completing all booking details, your credit card won't be charged and we will get in touch if kayaks become available.

Full details will be sent via email immediately  once your booking is made. If you do not receive this please contact us straight away. Please review the details taking note of the starting time, location and transfer (if requested). Please check the terms and conditions. We will contact you by email the day prior to your tour if any of the details change due to weather or other conditions. Please contact us if you will not be checking your email or have any concerns about these details.

To the many international visitors we have please contact us 24 hours prior to your booking or when you arrive in Adelaide as we often have great difficulty with international numbers provided and may not be able to contact you with any changes.

You will need to bring: 

  • Clothing to suit the temperature of the day
  • a shady hat and sunscreen
  • shoes/sandals that may get wet(bare feet or thongs are not suitable)
  • insect repellent
  • drink and snack 
  • A CAMERA! We can supply a waterproof container .

The following extras can also be added to your booking, follow the prompts during the booking process:

  • Transfer from the Port Adelaide Visitor Centre to Garden Island...the only way to come kayaking if you are relying on public transport!
  • A bottle of water
  • A quality paddling jacket-warm, wind and waterproof; great for cooler days
  • A spray deck- a device to keep you much warmer and drier for cool days.

Find us at:   

Garden Island Boat Ramp and Reserve, Lot 204 Garden Island Road, Gillman(click to see location). This is a public reserve; We are a mobile business and have no office at this location. Look for the Adventure Kayaking vehicles, lots of kayaks/SUP's and happy people! The Port Adelaide Visitor Centre, 66 Commercial Road Port Adelaide, will also supply a map if you call in on the way to to the kayaking. Check out what else is happening in The Port and make a day of it!

Getting to Garden Island:   

Most people drive out to Garden Island. Unfortunately public transport doesn't travel to Garden Island. There are regular train and bus services to Port Adelaide and we can provide a transfer out to the kayaking and return for $10  per person...much cheaper than a taxi! We meet you at the Port Adelaide Visitor Centre, 66 Commercial Road, Port Adelaide (green flag bottom left of map) 15 minutes prior to the start of your tour. This location is about 10 minutes walk from the Port Adelaide train station; the bus stops very close to the Visitor Centre.  This is a limited service, please be on time, some delay may occur after your tour before transfer back to Pt Adelaide. Train & Bus timetable can be accessed at : or download the Moovit app on iPhone or android. Please indicate you need this service when booking. 

Please note

We hire our kayaks to people who have adequate skills, knowledge and experience to safely complete the activity. This does not necessarily mean that you have had a kayak lesson but that you are aware of the challenges of physical activity and exploring a natural area that is not supervised/managed.  We limit where you can explore for your own safety and our management. If you do not follow our guidelines and experience difficulty we may not be able to assist in your rescue and as such you are primarily responsible for your own safety and welfare including self rescue. In extreme cases we will contact Emergency Services and supply what information we have to aid in your rescue. 

Our equipment is of highest quality and in great condition and we ask that you look after it and return it in the same condition as supplied. We provide a briefing about safety, basic paddling and the local area as part of our hire service. Any abnormal damage, or loss of equipment will be charged to the hirer at replacement value (eg. kayak is up to $2500AUS).

A security deposit of a credit card impression is required to hire equipment. This will be destroyed  upon satisfactory return of equipment. If the equipment is damaged, in a dirty condition or lost an appropriate fee determined by the AKSA representative on the day will be charged to the credit card.