Jervis Bay has national parks, charming little towns, creeks and inlets, bays, beaches, mountains, waterfalls and bushwalking. Diving, fishing and just enjoying the water and nature make it a place with something for just about everyone.
It is said to have the clearest waters and whitest sand in the world. The crystal blue water is home to a pod of around 60 bottle nose dolphins and watching them frolic is one of the major features of the area. Humpback whales migrate south between September and November.
Dolphin Explorer Cruises run between the end of October and the end of March. Splash & Sizzle Twilight Cruises head out between 5pm and 8pm and depending on the wind direction, choose a beach where they drop the anchor.
Most times they go to Long Beach on the north-east reaches of the Bay or Bristol Beach on the southern shores. Hyams Beach is another option and it has the whitest sand of the lot.
Once Dolphin Explorer has anchored, a floating air pontoon is set up and everyone has the option of swimming to a secluded beach for some fossicking. You may prefer to relax on deck with a drink from the bar.
Then it's time to experience Jervis Bay's spectacular sunset and enjoy a sausage sizzle. Salads, sweets, tea and coffee are served as well.
Dolphin Explorer Cruises' vessel was designed and purpose-built for dolphin and whale watching. The 17-metre vessel has three decks giving uninterrupted views. The lower deck has indoor and outdoor areas with lounge-style seating in a spacious saloon. The main sundeck wraps around the bridge and gives 360-degree viewing. The forward viewing sundeck is most unusual, as on most vessels it gives just the view the captain sees. On this craft, everyone enjoys it.
A maximum of 75 passengers means uncrowded cruising as you travel between 12 and 18 knots.
2½ hours south of Sydney.
Dolphin Explorer Splash and Sizzle three-hour cruises are $45 for adults and $25 for children. Family tickets for two adults and two children ate $120. They run between late October and late March. Passengers should take their own snorkelling gear, as none is provided.
Prices correct at March 8, 2007.
Dolphin Explorer Cruises
62 Owen Street
Ph: (02) 4441 5455; 1800 444 330