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Polperro Dolphin Swimming

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Esplanade | Sorrento Pier, Sorrento, Victoria 3943, Australia
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Jump on the boat and enjoy the day out !

The staff was awesome - Nat my partner was confident in the water thanks to Sophie. We did get to... read more

Reviewed 22 April 2018
Victorbb7
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Melbourne, Australia
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Loved so much I've been twice and will go again

Classic bare bottom boat setting out from Sorrento pier into Port Phillip Bay which twinkles on a... read more

Reviewed 22 April 2018
helanacious
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Melbourne, Australia
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For most of us, swimming with dolphins is a rare and magical experience, so who better to help you connect with these magnificent creatures than the people who've been making the introductions in Port Phillip Bay the longest? The Muir family established Polperro Dolphin Swims in 1986. Named after their classic, lovingly maintained boat, which is 25 years young, Polperro has led the bay in environmentally responsible dolphin interactions. Judy Muir in particular has been tirelessly active in establishing and improving legislation controlling human interaction with wild marine animals, including dolphins.That's why passengers can't swim up to the bay's bottlenose dolphins, but rather hang on to long ropes trailing from the Polperro's stern, waiting for these often curious creatures to come to them. The rope, and the crew's careful training and supervision of passengers, mean that even non-swimmers can enjoy this exciting experience. People who are initially very timid and reticent about getting in the water leave enchanted by the experience. The Polperro departs from Sorrento pier twice daily from October to April. Passenger numbers are strictly limited so everyone has ample opportunity to get wet, or watch dolphins at play from the deck. Reef and seal swims are often part of Polperro trips as well. These are also revelatory experiences, even for most locals, as the bay's rich aquatic life is a surprisingly well-kept secret. All gear, including wetsuits and snorkels, are provided, and the Polperro has change areas below deck. On chilly days her saloon cabin is warmly welcoming, as is the complimentary tea, coffee, hot chocolate and delicious scones, freshly baked on board. They're the cherry on top of an inspiring, memorable experience, which saw Polperro enter the Victorian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame in 2001, after winning the environmental tourism category three years running.
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Esplanade | Sorrento Pier, Sorrento, Victoria 3943, Australia
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Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

The staff was awesome - Nat my partner was confident in the water thanks to Sophie. We did get to see the dolphins and Sea lions - swimming with sea lions was so much fun. I really like their approach which is : wild animals...More

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Judith M, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2018

And we would love to see you again! Thank you for your kind words. You can appreciate why the staff never resign - great environment, great guests and amazing marine life. Nat, 'keep swimming, it is truly one of life's great joys!' Regards from Jess,...More

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Reviewed 22 April 2018

Classic bare bottom boat setting out from Sorrento pier into Port Phillip Bay which twinkles on a sunny day. The skipper and crew are passionate, knowledgeable and truly charming .... I think the dolphins know the boat and its rhythm. The team are respectful of...More

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Judith M, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2018

Welcome back! In its 31 years of operating in the bay, Polperro has attracted a truly great bunch of 'friendly barnacles' that keep on keeping on. These lovely people are the fabric of Polperro's history and they are the reason we have an equally loyal...More

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

Dolphins were amazing! They were so close to us!! So many of them!!! Super Cute!!!! We also got a chance to see fur seals and seabirds, wild of course, and for those ones who chose to swim, you can be very close to these wild...More

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Judith M, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2018

Thank you both for the expression of enjoyment and appreciation and the wise tips regarding traffic during peak holiday season! The dolphins grace us with the presence without any other reason except curiosity. They are not pursued, enticed, approached or otherwise interfered with in the...More

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Reviewed 1 April 2018

We had the most amazing morning with the Polperro crew. Our first stop was with the australian fur seals and whilst I can swim I am not overly confident in deep open water. One of the crew members - Sophie, gave me a noodle to...More

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Judith M, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Zoe, you extoll the great wonders of the sea with the same passion that the crew display. I was aboard that morning and the not-quite-muffled exclamations of absolute joy that snorkelled up from the swimmers was a delight to hear. I don't think that excitement...More

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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

This was not what I expected, and ended being much better than I’d anticipated. Even without the amazing wildlife, the crew’s kindness and enthusiasm were contagious. Thank you Polperro!

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Judith M, General Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2018

We are pleased to have exceeded your expectations. The dolphins and seals and the crew are all pleased to have contributed to a great experience. Thank you for coming along and sharing a great day. Best wishes from the trusty crew!

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Reviewed 12 March 2018

Firstly, the crew on this trip couldn't have been more helpful and knowledgeable, it was a joy from start to finish. We were lucky, plenty of dolphins around on the morning that we joined the trip, and a few local residents repeating the experience and...More

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Judith M, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2018

Di, We will welcome you back! After 31 years of conducting dolphin swims, marine education and tourism, we now have grandchildren of those who came as school-aged children themselves. The memory lingers forever with the experience of being at-one with the dolphins and seals deeply...More

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Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

Sadly the dolphins were too busy feeding to come and play but swimming with seals came a very close second. Thank you so much to Jess who could not have taken more care of me - I was very apprehensive about the whole thing but...More

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Judith M, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2018

Seals are indeed a drawcard with their playful antics. We are so pleased you ventured into the water despite your apprehension. The care of passengers by our crew is wonderful. Their pleasure in seeing others appreciate what they each have grown to love and care...More

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Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

This was a fab experience. We swam near fur seals, snorkelled for sea dragons, didn't find dolphins to swim with but we did find a group who were hunting for fish. Ben & Jess really helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. Hot drinks & fresh baked scones...More

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Judith M, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2018

Jane, You have summed up a terrific ('fab') experience beautifully. We are so pleased you could be part of it all. Thank you for the reommendation

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Thank you to the team at Polperro Dolphin Swimming. Very knowledgeable on the marine environment and surrounding terrain. Very experienced and humble operators and showed five star hospitality. I would definitely come again. Thank you for helping my treat my wife to our three year...More

Thank Tarek E
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Judith M, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

Tarek, We are so pleased to have been part of the lovely anniversary gift you so thoughtfully arranged. Here's to many more! It was such a pleasure having you both there and so obviously enjoying the day. Kind regards from all the crew!

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Reviewed 26 February 2018

A wonderful time out to see the seals parked out on the big seal platform and to swim with them!! The crew were so attentive and made the effort to learn our names. Thank you for the delicious scones and warm drinks. We saw one...More

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Judith M, Manager at Polperro Dolphin Swimming, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2018

Nature's menu! So surprising, even to us, every day. Thank you for your appreciation of all aspects of your adventure. And we would love to see you again!

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jeromel474
5 April 2018|
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Response from Judith M | Property representative |
hello there thank you so much for your enquiry. our season runs till the end of April, so sadly we wont be able to help you with those dates as the boat will be out of the water for its annual repaint. We do how ever have... More
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MC C
30 March 2017|
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Response from Judith M | Property representative |
McC Thank you for your enquiry. Polperro offers swimming with seals on each of our trips. We take purposefully small numbers of snorkelers on each trip and we offer a very high ratio of care. Your friend needs to be... More
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Luen96
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Response from Ilkka K | Reviewed this property |
GoPro is ok. The water is something like 18C. 3-5mm long leaves wetsuit will keep you warm. Hood is not needed.
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