Kayak Tour in Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Get active while enjoying the great outdoors and spotting wildlife on this kayaking tour to the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary. Paddle through ancient mangrove forests and keep a lookout for the dolphins that pass through. Learn about the animals and their habitat from your naturalist guide. No kayaking experience is necessary and the pace will be slow but moderate fitness is recommended.
  • Receive personalized attention on a small-group tour
  • Kayaking gear, including life jackets, is included
  • A waterproof bag is provided to keep your valuables dry
  • The tour lasts for about three hours

What's Included

  • Kayak, Life jacket and Paddle
  • Bottled water
  • Waterproof bag

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Angas Inlet Boat Club
      LOT 204 Garden Island Rd, Port Adelaide SA 5015, Australia

      10 minute drive from central Port Adelaide and it is essential to arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start time

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    Port Adelaide (Pass By)

    Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary (Pass By)

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers
    Operated by Dolphin Sanctuary Kayak Tours

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    121 reviews
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    Nice day out in Sanctuary
    Blanka_N, Mar 2023
    Kayaking in Mandragone forrest Thx for all involved ❤️🧚‍♀️ I am not writer so thats all I am writing !
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    Thank you so much for your 5 star review, we are thrilled you enjoyed your kayak tour with us.
    Fascinating Port Adelaide river.
    Debby_B, Mar 2023
    We had an absolutely fantastic experience on our kayak trip. Up close and personal with dolphin mum and bub! Very pleasantly surprised with how interesting the river and surrounding mangroves were. Our guide, Fiona, was very friendly, and full of knowledge. Highly recommend!
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    Thank you so much for your review and 5 stars, we very much appreciate it and we are thrilled you had a fantastic kayak tour with Fiona and got to see a mum and bub dolphin (which is always special - even for us). Kind regards DSKT
    We had a wonderful experience at a wonderful place
    Joanna_W, Mar 2023
    This was a fantastic experience, we got to see lots of Dolphins 🐬. The tour is run extremely professional. Our Tour guide Fiona was amazing and very informative about everything.
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    Thank you so much for your 5 star review Joanna, we are so happy you had a fantastic experience kayaking with Fiona and hope you got to learn some interesting facts about this unique part of Port Adelaide. We hope to see you again someday in the future.
    Great experience!
    Carol_H, Feb 2023
    The kayaking trip was great! Noah was a very knowledgeable guide! We got to see dolphins and watch them swim right by us!! Altogether an awesome experience!!
    Response from Host, Feb 2023
    Thank you so much for your five star review Carol, we are pleased you had an awesome experience kayaking with Noah.
    Nice paddle on a beautiful day
    Theresa_L, Feb 2023
    We were able to see dolphins off in the distance but were kept back because there were calves with the mother. Since the tide was a bit low we weren’t able to see the shipwrecks. We paddled through one section of mangroves. Our guide, Brice, did a great job explaining how the mangroves help the environment, how they grow and how the area changes based on the tides. It seemed that the people who did a self-guided tour were able to get closer to the dolphins for viewing. We still had a nice time and would recommend the tour.
    Response from Host, Feb 2023
    Thank you for your review Theresa, we are so pleased you enjoyed your kayak tour with Bryce and thank you for recommending us. It is a shame the people who chose to do the self guided/hire option did not abide by the distance rules for approaching a dolphin, especially a dolphin with calf (which they stand a chance of being fined). We do need to keep in mind that this is the dolphins territory and we are just visiting it.
    Nicola_C, Jan 2023
    We had an amazing time kayaking at the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary.. we even managed to see some dolphins!! It was brilliant! Our guide, Alex, was super helpful and knowledgeable! Thank you so much!
    Response from Host, Jan 2023
    Thank you so much for your 5 star review Nicola, we very much appreciate it. So glad to hear you had an amazing time on your kayak tour with Alex.
    Super experience
    Linda_S, Dec 2022
    It was a great experience but a bit disappointing that we could not visit the shipwrecks because of tide. It might be beneficial with a fixed tour opportunity when there are areas which cannot be visited - it seemed a bit unclear what the plan was when we couldn’t go to the wrecks But super nice guides and fun
    Response from Host, Dec 2022
    Hi Linda thank you for your review and glad you had a great experience on our kayak tour. Sometimes if the wind is too strong from a certain direction we may not be able to go to the shipwrecks, as they are in more of an open area and it may be difficult for some to kayak back against the wind but we do try to give our customers the best experience possible.
    Very very good.
    Arunee_P, Nov 2022
    We’re happy to book this activity.very interested very enjoy & existing , it’s our first time, thanks.
    Response from Host, Dec 2022
    Thank you for your 5 star review and so glad you enjoyed our first kayaking experience with us.
    Great tour, great...
    Marleen_S, Nov 2022
    Great tour, great guiding. Informative and fun, really a great experience. People are super friendly and helpful. Unfortunately didn’t see much of the dolphins, only in the distance, but that is to be expected with the animals. Would do again, definite recommend.
    Response from Host, Nov 2022
    Thank you so much for your review and 5 stars Marlee, we are very glad you enjoyed your kayak tour with us. Unfortunate about the dolphins, but there is always something special to see and explore in the Dolphin Sanctuary.
    Must go
    Will_C, Oct 2022
    It’s my last few days in Adelaide. I decided to explore the nature and I saw the kayaking schedule which is what I want. Everything is wonderful, the weather, boat and instructors. We all have fantastic moment there , swimming with dolphin and entering the manglove area.
    Response from Host, Oct 2022
    Thank you so much for your 5 star review Will. We are glad you enjoyed your kayak tour with us and you got to see our local dolphins (although we don't swim with them) just kayak with them. We hope to see you again someday in the future.
    Great activity
    Daniel_R, July 2022
    Had a great time with Alex our guide. Only issue we had was my phone drowned inside my waterproof bag..... Ohh well needed a new one anyway! Was due to circumstances though, so not really a negative.
    Response from Host, July 2022
    HI Daniel thank you for your review and glad to hear you enjoyed your kayak tour with Alex. Verry sorry to hear about your phone though.
    Amazing experience seeing mother and child Dolphin
    Nathan_G, July 2022
    Brilliant day out and seeing a mother and child Dolphin and being able to see the young Dolphin play felt like a true special moment. Our tour guide Kirralee was very friendly and informative on the tour and even went the extra mile in giving me and my girlfriend a lift to the train station, a true legend! Thanks again!
    Response from Host, July 2022
    HI Nathan, thank you so much for your 5 star review and so glad you got to see a baby dolphin (no matter how many times we see them, its always a special moment for us as well). So glad you had a brilliant day out and that Kirrilee looked after you and we agree, she is a legend.
    Amazing on all levels would definitely book again
    Justin_W, July 2022
    The kayaking tour was amazing on so many levels. The actual dolphins were incredible, we were able to observe them whilst being respectful of them and their habitat. The sanctuary was gorgeous, especially the mangroves which were the most untouched habitat we’ve ever seen. Although the kayaking was a little tiring at times, it was worth it to see the spectacular shipwrecks at the end. Kirralee our guide was fantastic; super facilitating and her knowledge and passion for the area made the experience even better. Would do it again in a heart beat!
    Response from Host, July 2022
    Thanks so much for your 5 star review Justin and we are thrilled you had an amazing time on our kayak tour. We agree, the dolphin sanctuary is gorgeous and we are so lucky we get to share this with our customers. I will be sure to pass on your review to Kirrilee, who I'm sure will very much appreciate your comments. We hope to see you again some time in the future.
    Attitude no good ,so unprofessional ,bad service
    WeiPing_T, June 2022
    To be honest, I don’t want to give one star. The main precautions were not informed. I booked the 9.30a.m Dolphin Sanctuary Kayak for four people. They didn’t tell me the night before that I needed to arrive at the destination 15 minutes in advance to prepare and wait. When we arrived at our destination at 9.26a.m, the person in charge said that we were 15 minutes late, and they were treat us very unfriendly and unpatience.At first, my friend and I had no experience in kayaking, and the kayak kept shaking. The male staff directly said to us: (If you don’t know how to row, I advise you don’t play kayak! Just now you didn't listen to the coach's explanation kayak lessons?) I've only been in the kayak for less than a minute, does the manager need to say something so impolite to us? We really come on vacation pay money for enjoy and have fun, not for pissed off. It is in the tourist attraction service industry. If there is no good service attitude and patience, I advise the service center staff not to do this job, not you to persuade us don’t row kayak. This service attitude makes me not want to visit again.
    Response from Host, June 2022
    HI WeiPin we are very shocked and sad to read your review and we apologise that you felt you were not dealt with correctly but there seemed to have been a bit of a language barrier on this day as our guide was not comfortable letting your group go on the guided tour with other customers as you were having problems with basic kayaking, he was trying to get you to go another day when we could have one guide dedicated to your group only. When you book with us our confirmation email explains what you need to bring, when you need to arrive and how to get to us, perhaps this information was not given by the third party you booked through.
    Great way to spend the morning.
    narelleq, May 2022
    Alex, was a great guide, very friendly and knowledgeable. We were lucky enough to see a few dolphins and going through the mangroves was awesome!
    Response from Host, May 2022
    Thank you so much for your 5 star review Narelle, we are so pleased you got to enjoy all the dolphin sanctuary has to offer and glad to hear Alex was a great guide. We hope to see you again one day in the future.
    We had a great day, was...
    JoChristine_V, May 2022
    We had a great day, was sunny, enjoyed paddling. We saw 2 shipwrecks and saw dolphins up close. We had an amazing experience, learned so much my Alex our tour guide, staff are all accommodating. One of our most memorable experience in Adelaide.
    An enviro tour
    karen_m, Apr 2022
    Our guide shared his knowledge of dolphins and their environment with us as we kyacked our way around the sanctuary. We had never kayaked before, so it was a great way to learn. We really enjoyed the stillness of the glide through the mangroves.
    Response from Host, May 2022
    Thank you Karen for your five star review. We are pleased you enjoyed your first kayak and we hope to see you again some day. Kind regards DSKT
    Best experience
    Fern_M, Apr 2022
    The guide Alex was fantastic. The peacefulness and beauty of the site was just what I needed. I will definitely do this again.
    Response from Host, May 2022
    Thanks Fern for your five star review. The Dolphin Sanctuary is a special place indeed and we agree - Alex is a fantastic guide. We hope to see you again some day. Kind regards DSKT
    Great experience
    Wendy_C, Apr 2022
    Tour guide Alex was amazing very knowledgable and showed passion for what he was doing. Certainly added to the experience
    Response from Host, May 2022
    Thank you so much for your 5 star review Wendy. We are so happy you enjoyed your kayak with us and we agree, Alex is an amazing guide. Kind regards DSKT
    An Amazing kayaking experience with the dolphins
    Taylor_C, Apr 2022
    Our tour guide Noah was amazing at telling us details about the ship wreak and the mangroves. When asked a question he was able to answer in heaps of detail. We saw a mother and calf dolphin who was doing tricks, who got quite close to us. Love the experience and would recommend it to anyone coming to Adelaide.
    Response from Host, Apr 2022
    Thank you so much for your 5 star review and recommendation Taylor. I will be sure to pass this on to Noah who will very much appreciate your kind words. So glad you got to see all the Dolphin Sanctuary has to offer and we hope to see you again some day.