Dolphin Watching and Sailing Cruise Nelson Bay

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Highlights & inclusions

Enjoy a dry bow-net or a wet and wild boom net ride
Look out for the abundance of bottlenose dolphins in the area
Get out on the water for an exciting sailing adventure around Nelson bay
Exciting opportunity to get close to the dolphins
This is a seasonal experience available from November to April only
Discover the huge bottlenose dolphin population off the coast of Port Stephens

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Wed, Jun 26, 2024

What you can expect

Experience the best Port Stephens has to offer on this 1.5 hour dolphin sailing cruise with an exciting boom netting experience in Nelson Bay. The region is home to a population of over 100 local bottlenose dolphins and on this sailing cruise you’ll enjoy 360 degree views aboard the spacious 52 foot sailing catamaran, ‘Imagine’.

Watch on as the resident dolphins dash in and out of the water with grace alongside the vessel. The 1.5 hour cruise also offers guests the chance to take a fun ride in the boom net or stay dry and relax on deck as you explore the famous NSW marine park. If conditions allow, you'll even get to hoist the sails to enjoy a scenic cruise back to shore.

This must-do Nelson Bay dolphin watching and sailing cruise is a seasonal experience available between November to April. Don’t miss out, book your spot here.


What you need to know

  • One and a half hour sailing cruise
  • 360 degree viewing
  • Friendly and knowledgeable crew
  • Dry "Bow-Net" and wet "Boom Net"
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Licensed bar
  • Dolphin Guarantee (Free Return)
  • Spend time with the almost 100 resident Bottlenose Dolphins that live in the Bay at Port Stephens
  • Friendly and knowledgable crew
  • Dry 'Bow-Net' and Wet 'Boom Net'
  • Please note: this is a seasonal experience available from November to May only
  • Cruises depart at 11.30am and 1:30pm
Departure Location
  • This experience departs from Dock C, d'Albora Marina, Teramby Rd, Nelson Bay 2315.
What To Bring
  • Bring swimwear and a towel if you want to ride on the boom net
  • It's recommended that you speak to your pharmacist about preventative measures for seasickness before you board as crew cannot provide medication
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
Additional Information
  • You must be able to swim to participate in this tour
Booking Information
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking 
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience 
  • Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction 
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control 
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher 
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements 

Recent reviews

51 review

An amazing experience - definitely recommend it for all ages

The crew were so lovely. They were all very helpful and had lots of knowledge to share. They took photos of our whole family on our phones while we were in the front net. The kids ages 7, 8 and 12 all had such an amazing experience. We saw so many dolphins playing in the ocean at multiple locations. This was such a great evening - we were on the 5.30pm session. We were able to go in the side net on the way back and that was so much fun. So make sure you wear your swimmers so you don't miss out on that experience. We would all love to do this again!

Alison Tonna 5 months ago
Free cancellation up to 24 hours prior to experience