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Perth Wildlife Encounters

Swim with Wild Dolphins

  • Available from: September 21 2024 - June 02 2025

From: $299 AUD

Duration: 4-6 hours

Type: Groups, Private Charter, Shared.

Departs: Daily

Experience the exhilaration of swimming with wild dolphins, part of a population of 200 resident bottlenose individuals within the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park region, just outside of Perth.

  • Your day includes full length wetsuits, mask, snorkel & snorkelling lessons & complementary photos. Expert guides riding aqua scooters lead you in groups of seven snorkellers for unforgettable interactions with these majestic marine mammals.

  • Take a leisurely cruise past several scenic islands within the protected Marine Park, that serve as critical breeding grounds for seabirds, Little Penguins and Australian Sea Lions.

  • Enjoy gourmet style platters including local fresh seafood aboard the custom-built luxury dolphin swim boat designed to make accessing the water easy.

About Perth Wildlife Encounters

Perth Wildlife Encounters has been offering the opportunity to swim with wild Bottlenose Dolphins across the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park since 1989. Terry Howson, a native of Rockingham, pursued his childhood dream of swimming with wild dolphins, dedicating a year to study the dolphins. After months of observation and interaction, Terry developed a dolphin swim project that offered a truly wild dolphin encounter, without feeding or disturbing their natural environment. 

Price per person. Pricing is subject to availability and all prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change without notice. Currency fluctuations may affect prices as quotes based on AUD. Prices are current at time of posting (1/6/2024) and may differ when you book your travel.*i


Tour day-by-day

  • Wild Dolphin Swim Day Tour

    Your journey commences in Rockingham, boarding the luxury and custom-built Apollo 3, where the friendly crew will fit you out with a wetsuit, mask and snorkel. After an introductory briefing from the skipper, you will depart the jetty for a leisurely cruise through the sheltered bays and islands of the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, to seek out some of the 200 local Bottlenose Dolphins in the region that have developed trust with the expert Perth Wildlife Encounters crew.

    Usually taking between 20-60 minutes to locate the first group of dolphins, your guides will conduct snorkelling lessons onboard, to ensure you're prepared for the amazing experience to come. Once the skipper locates the silvery-grey dorsal fins emerging within meters of the boat, it's time to zip up your wetsuit, put your mask and snorkel on and head down to the swim deck with your guide. 

    At this stage, you will enter the water in small groups of up to seven people, with each group led by a guide using an aqua scooter to tow the group amongst the dolphins. The vessel features a huge rear swimming platform with ladders running across the full width of the transom, making access to the water nice and easy.

    In an instant, you will find yourself encircled by flashing grey torpedoes, with the sounds of whistles, splashes, and shared laughter. Although the crew have developed an ungoing relationship with the pod, the dolphins' appearance and behaviour is on their terms, and it is this approach that has reflected in an exceptional success rate exceeding 99%.

    The professional and welcoming crew provides introductory snorkeling lessons, boasting an outstanding track record of assisting nervous or less experienced swimmers, so no previous snorkelling experience is necessary (just a basic level of swimming). Just bring your sense of adventure and prepare for an unforgettable, exhilarating encounter with these incredible marine mammals.

    If you are not comfortable getting in the water, the spectator option is a perfect solution, allowing you to join friends and family on-board the dolphin swim boat. You will still get a fantastic view of the dolphins on-board and get to share the thrill of the experience with loved ones, while enjoying the spectacular waters and scenery across the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park.

  • Tour details

    Tour Pricing in AUD:
    Swimmer - $299, Spectator $150
    Group Size: Maximum of 4 spectators and 38 swimmers
    Child Policy: Children under 6 years are not permitted
    Departure Information: Guests meet at Val Street Jetty in Rockingham at 7:50am, with cruise duration approximately 4-6 hours depending on dolphin sightings and behaviours.


    • 3 to 6 hour Swim with with Wild Dolphins Cruise.
    • Full length wetsuits, mask and snorkel.
    • Bottomless coffee, tea, hot chocolate & fresh water.
    • Gourmet platters including a seasonal fruit, antipasto and gourmet sandwich platter + more all served on board.
    • Free photos of your experience to download and share.
    • Return coach transfers from Perth (optional). Bus transfers available from Perth to the cruise departure point at Val St Jetty, Rockingham for $40 AUD.

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