Jason Dundas boarded a jaunty old blue and white wooden lugger at Sorrento Pier on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula for the treat of his life. The family-owned Polperro Dolphin Swims takes the 20-year-old boat into Port Phillip Bay for face-to-face swims with wild bottlenose dolphins and seals.
Passengers invariably experience excitement mixed with trepidation, but all agree that once you are sharing the water with a colony of up to 30 fur seals, pleasure takes over and their unusual smell isn't a worry.
Jason reckons they behave a little like dogs except they weigh a lot more than the average family pet. Up to 100kg in fact. They react if you are aggressive or loud, so if you relax and just let them swim around, they offer no danger at all. It's recommended that you slip quietly into the water and let the dolphins and seals follow their inquisitive natures.
Polperro's crew has grown close to the wild dolphins over the last 20 years and while it might take a bit of searching, they find dolphins 99 percent of the time.
Passenger safety and the dolphins' protection are of paramount importance, so the size of trips is limited to guarantee a high standard of customer and environmental care.
Sorrento on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula.
Polperro Dolphin Swims cost $115 for swimmers and $55 for observers. Children's observer prices are $30. They depart Sorrento Pier every day at 8.30am and 1.30pm, weather permitting, between October and the end of April. Other times are possible by arrangement. Trips are three to four hours long. Bookings are essential. Wetsuits, masks and snorkels are supplied and on-board facilities include change areas, toilet, hot shower and galley.
For further information
Polperro Dolphin Swims
PO Box 11
Ph: (03) 5988 8437
Fax: (03) 5988 8734
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