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Coffs Harbour dolphins

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Coffs Harbour is a thriving city stretching from Scotts Head in the south to Red Rock in the north. It reaches inland beyond the coastal slopes of the Great Dividing Range to the New England National Park and is a region of green rainforests, banana plantations and other farms, friendly towns, rich history and heritage and a string of beautiful beaches.

Getaway asked Olympic swimmer Giaan Rooney to join us in a Dolphin EDventure Wellness Program in Coffs Harbour. Who better than Giaan? She has represented Australia at two Olympic Games and, with her team mates, won gold in the 4 x 100 metre medley relay.

At Dolphin EDventure they have four dolphins — Buck and Calamity were rescued and Zip and Bella were born there. Humans have a fascination with dolphins, whales and porpoises and here their curiosity can be satisfied over a weekend or five-day up-close contact.

Weekend programs begin at 7pm on Friday and finish at 3pm on Sunday. They include two swims and two pat-and-play sessions where you hug, caress, linger and play with the dolphins — and they with you.

Days begin at 7am before the pool opens to the public. You see the dolphins when they are well rested and curious about who has come to visit them. There are no tricks involved; it's all about floating, diving and playing.

After the swim, everyone has breakfast, there is a dolphin discussion and you can check out the photos you will take home on a CD.

Five-day programs/workshops include three pat-and-play sessions, a wild dolphin experience from a boat and some in-depth time exploring the Legend of the Golden Dolphin, as well as other experiences.

Many people find interacting with dolphins is helpful during a period of grieving or low self-esteem. Some find diving with the creatures gives spiritual awareness, wellbeing, inspiration and peace.

You need to take bathers, towels and a hat. You may use a mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit and weights if you are used to them. It is not essential to use a mask or snorkel, the proprietors do encourage them if you feel comfortable. If not, they ask that you get in some snorkelling practice before your dolphin time. Gear is available for rent at the Jetty Dive Centre.

When the Pet Porpoise Pool began 36 years ago, the difference between dolphin and porpoise was not very well known, and despite its name, the pool is home to bottlenose dolphin.

There are actually two pools. The larger has an in-built glass side and is home to the dolphins. The smaller pool is where Marine Magic shows are performed at 10am and 1pm each day.


The mid north coast of New South Wales.


Dolphin EDventures weekends start at $595 for adults and $520 for children. Two dolphin swims, 2½ hours education class, activity fees and entry are included.

Pet Porpoise Pool dolphin swims ate $200 for 30 minutes.

Virgin Blue has flights to Coffs Harbour.

From fare

There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares are one-way on the net. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at September 6, 2007 and are subject to change.

**Jetty Dive hire wetsuits, weights and snorkelling gear for dolphin swims;

Prices correct at 06.09.2007

For more information

Dolphin EDventures Wellness Programs
PO Box 2487
Coffs Harbour 2450
Ph: (02) 6652 2314

Pet Porpoise Pool
65 Orlando Street
Coffs Harbour 2450
Ph: (02) 6652 2164
Fax: (02) 6650 0264

Jetty Dive Centre
398 Harbour Drive
Coffs Harbour 2450
Mobile: 0428 298 806
Ph: (02) 6651 1611
Fax: (02) 6652 5702

Coffs Coast Marketing
Locked Bag 155
Coffs Harbour 2450
Ph: 1300 369 070
Fax: (02) 6652 5674

Visit NSW
Phone for Brochure: 13 20 77

Virgin Blue
Ph: 13 6789

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