Dolphin Sanctuary & Ships Graveyard Kayak Tour

From AUD $40.00
  • Duration: 3 Hours (approx.)
  • Product code: ADSADV

The Kayak Tour is up to three hours of fun exploring the Dolphin Sanctuary and Ships Graveyard Maritime Heritage Trail. One of Adelaide's "secret spots" the tour is located just 30 minutes from the Adelaide CBD and is an area of surpassing beauty. The sheltered mangrove lined creeks are home to a fascinating array of marine life, birds and the Port River Dolphins. The Ship's Graveyard is a unique feature of the area with spectacular relics from the past which have been abandoned in the river. 

All of which make for an amazing adventure, and best of all, kayaking is the most environmentally sensitive way to explore and interact with the dolphins. When the Port River Dolphins come to play it is a memory you will treasure forever. "Paddling with the Dolphins" has been voted one of the top FOUR MUST DO activities in Adelaide! 

We follow all COVID-19 regulations. Our equipment is thoroughly cleaned after each use. Kayaking is a great way to socially isolate and get some exercise at the same time!  

This tour is recommended for adults and children 8 years +. If you have never kayaked before this is the best way to give it a will want to come back for more! 

This tour is generally conducted Wednesday to Sunday most weeks of the year, with one start time each day. Start time for the tour is adjusted to get the best tide for exploring the area. Our online booking system will give more information about starting times. If the day you were hoping for is not advertised you can always give us a call to see what we can arrange!


Adults $70
Concession $60 (student, pension or other card holders)
Children $40 (15 years and under). 

We love taking out families and highly recommend booking one of our family group discount tickets.
Family of 4 with two adults and two children $180.
Family of 5 with 3 children $220. That's a discount = 1 child ticket for free!

Sunday fees are slightly higher due to higher operating costs.


• Up to three hours of fun with a fully qualified kayaking guide to lead you on an unforgettable adventure.
• The tour is easy paced with plenty of time for photos and storytelling by your guide.
• Tours are conducted in stable, very comfortable, 1 or 2-person kayaks which are suitable for all levels of fitness and experience.
• Quality life jacket and paddles.
• Basic tuition in safe kayaking. 

We launch from a boat ramp covered in non-slip matting. You simply step into the kayak and we slide you onto the water. You won't even get your feet wet!

We prefer to use 2-person kayaks as these are easier to use and virtually impossible to capsize allowing for a more social and engaging experience. 

If you are booking as a single a 1-person kayak will be supplied. See note below.


If you are booking as a pair or group and prefer 1-person kayaks these can be booked as an "extra" during the booking process at a slightly higher fee.
Our 1-person kayaks are suitable for people up to approximately 1.85m (6') in height and 100kg. Select this option from the extras menu when booking.
Private and small group tours are also available. Please call to discuss your group's needs and preferred time. 


Bookings are essential and can be made right now using a VISA or MasterCard using our online booking system that will inform you of the cost involved. 


If the date you want is sold out you can go on the "waiting" list by completing all booking details. You will be ON HOLD.  We will get in touch if we can add you to the tour. Your credit card won't be charged until you have accepted our offer for a place on the tour. To be added to the tour it will require another customer to cancel their booking. This is rare but it does happen. 

If there are a lot of people on the waiting list we may be able to put on a second tour.


Full details will be sent via email immediately following the receipt of your booking. If you do not receive this please contact us straight away. Please review the details taking note of the starting time and location map. Please check the terms and conditions also included. We will contact you 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.


We meet you at the  Garden Island Boat Ramp and Reserve, Lot 204 Garden Island Road, Gillman (click to see Google map). This is a public reserve and we do not have an office at this location. Look for the Adventure Kayaking SA 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 kayaking; you can also check out what else is happening in The Port and make a day of it!


• Clothing to suit the temperature and weather 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/PHONE! We can supply a small waterproof container.

The following extras can also be added to your booking, follow the prompts during the booking process:
• A quality paddling jacket- wind and waterproof; great for cooler days
• 1-person kayaks for partners and groups if you prefer to paddle individually.
• A reusable drink bottle filled with water
• Insect repellent


If you have further questions, specific requirements or wanting to make a large group booking please call 08 8472 0922.

Please note that rates are slightly higher for Sundays and Public Holidays.

We look forward to sharing a great paddling adventure with you, your family or friends!