Dolphin Sanctuary & Ships Graveyard Kayak Tour

From AUD $70.00
  • 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...just 30 minutes from the Adelaide CBD. This is one of Adelaide's "secret spots", it is an area of surprising 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 these make for an amazing adventure and 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! 

If you are visiting South Australia paddling with the dolphins has been voted one of the top FOUR MUST DO activities in Adelaide! 

We follow all the COVID-19 regulations. Our equipment is throughly 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 over the age of 8 years, although we have had younger children come out and have great fun!  If you have never kayaked before this is the best way to give it a try...you will want to come back for more! 

This tour is conducted most Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays most weeks of the year. There is generally one start time each day. The start time 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 always give us a call to see what we can arrange!

TOUR FEES

 Adults $70 

Concession $60 (student, pension or other card holders) 

Children $40 (15 years and under). 

We encourage families to come out and have fun together with a special discount rate...one child is free! 

Family of 4 with two adults and two children $180. Family of 5 with 3 children $220.

Due to higher operating costs Sunday rates may be higher.

WHAT IS INCLUDED

The kayak tour is up to three hours of fun with you guide who will 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 one or two person kayaks which are are suitable for all levels of fitness and experience.

Quality life jacket and paddles.

The tour includes 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. 

OPTIONS

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. 

If you are a novice and booking by yourself and would prefer a real easy experience you may be able to paddle with the guide in a 2-person kayak.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. 

HOW TO BOOK

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. 

A small deposit is required to make a booking with the balance payable on the day of the tour.

You can also book over the phone by calling Phil on 0429019141. Best call between 4 and 6pm. 

If you have left it to the last minute you might be able to book on the day via phone. Call Phil on 0429019141. 

THE WAITING LIST

If the date you want is sold out you can go on the "waiting" list by completing all booking details.  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. 

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

CONFIRMATION OF YOUR BOOKING

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.

FINDING THE LOCATION FOR TOURS AND HIRE SERVICE  

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 have no 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!

WHAT TO BRING: 

  • 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
  • A spray deck- a device to keep you much warmer and drier on cool days.
  • 1-person kayaks for partners and groups if you prefer to paddle individually.

FURTHER INFORMATION

If you have further questions, specific requirements or wanting to make a large group booking please call Phil on 0429019141.

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!