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Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Swimming with Dolphins Experience

1. Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Swimming with Dolphins Experience

Spend your vacation doing something unique and unforgettable on an excursion that takes you out into the waters, and swim alongside wild dolphins. On this 3.5-hour tour, you are guaranteed to see dolphins, which are one of the Earth’s most fascinating and curious creatures. Meet at the Holdfast Shores Marina in Glenelg, a mere 15 minutes outside of Adelaide. From there, board the 'Temptation', a 58-foot colossal sailing catamaran. As the boat cruises, experience the beauty of Australia's southern coastline. Eventually, come to rest in the waters where the wild dolphins will come to greet you and play in the waters. Don your wetsuit, mask, and snorkel, and take the plunge into the waters. Experience the breathtaking moment when you see dolphins underwater for the first time. Watch and listen; their grace and playfulness is stunning and the sounds of their whistles and echo location noises are mesmerizing. Once your adventure comes to an end, you will be taken back to the marina. Spend some time checking out the many restaurants and shops that grace the shoreline.

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Kangaroo Island: 2-Hour Dolphin, Seal and Snorkeling Tour

2. Kangaroo Island: 2-Hour Dolphin, Seal and Snorkeling Tour

Benefit from a safety briefing before climbing aboard a boat to go in search of marine life and the chance to swim and snorkel with lovable sea creatures. Listen to an informative live commentary on the 2-hour ocean safari, and avail of the only opportunity in South Australia to swim with long-nosed fur seals. Snorkel along some of Kangaroo Island’s beautiful coastline and swim alongside dolphins or seals in the wild. Alternatively, join as a spectator and keep dry and watch all the action from the boat.  Marvel at seals, dolphins and an abundance of birdlife, including eagles, gulls and cormorants. 

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Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Eco Kayaking Tour

3. Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Eco Kayaking Tour

Take the opportunity to paddle your way through a 10,000-year-old mangrove forest on a kayaking tour of a dolphin sanctuary. Amidst approximately 30 resident and 300 transient dolphins, enjoy a special experience that simply can’t be replicated. Take off with your lead guide Andro, a marine biologist who has over 5 years’ experience working with marine mammals and wildlife, and travel at a comfortable pace in your kayak. Paddle through creeks whilst listening to local Aboriginal stories. View the abundant birdlife, marine mammals, and other creatures that make up the intricate ecosystem. For those interested in bird watching, the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary shares a big part of the northern coastal habitat. Experience the sanctuary — part of South Australia’s largest port — with a rich Aboriginal and European cultural background and a number of noteworthy landmarks to explore. See the incredible mangrove forest that makes the ultimate feeding ground for dolphins due to its abundance of sea grass, salt marsh, and the tidal flats and creeks.

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Adelaide: Glenelg Sunset Catamaran Cruise with Drink

4. Adelaide: Glenelg Sunset Catamaran Cruise with Drink

Head down to Glenelg’s Marina Pier where your catamaran for the evening awaits. Enjoy a warm welcome from the friendly crew, then take your seats as you set sail onto the open water. Out on the gulf, admire the picturesque view of Adelaide as night creeps in and the city comes to life with glistening lights. Then soak up the last of the day’s rays and enjoy a refreshing beverage while you watch an unforgettable Australian sunset.  Finally, return to Marina Pier, home to some of Adelaide’s best outdoor dining destinations. 

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The Barossa Valley: Small-Group Premium Wine Tour with Lunch

5. The Barossa Valley: Small-Group Premium Wine Tour with Lunch

Spend the day touring the wineries of the Barossa Valley with a small group and an expert guide. Enjoy landscapes covered in grapes and greenery and taste the best wines of the region. Start your day with a convenient pick-up from your accommodation in Glenelg or Adelaide. Make your way through the Adelaide Hills to your first stop at the famous Whispering Wall and listen to its famous acoustic qualities. Your first winery is the beautiful and historic Château Yaldara, home to not only some of the finest Shirazes in the region but to some of the best-preserved period architecture in the state.  Continue through the picturesque surroundings of the Barossa Valley, and cross the iconic Jacobs Creek. Enjoy time to explore the shops and attractions of the historic township of Tanunda. Indulge with some of the Barossa’s most internationally acclaimed wines at the beautiful Peter Lehmann Winery with a platter of the best meats, cheeses, and freshly baked bread. Head on to the beautiful Lambert Estate, where you will be hosted by one of their wonderful cellar door team. Be guided through a tantalizing range of red and white wine varieties. It's then time to depart for the final winery for the day, as you visit the iconic Wolf Blass with its state-of-the-art Visitor Centre. Try wines you may recognize, or enjoy tasting cellar tour exclusives. Complete your day with a trip through the beautiful Seppeltsfield region, where you will have the perfect photo opportunity before heading back to Adelaide at approximately 5:30 PM. 

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Adelaide Oval 2-Hour Rooftop Climb Experience

6. Adelaide Oval 2-Hour Rooftop Climb Experience

On this exhilarating 2-hour experience, you will climb along the impressive roofline of Adelaide Oval. Your guide will provide commentary covering a mix of local history, quirky facts and point out significant landmarks around Adelaide and surroundings. The tour begins on an open viewing deck, where you can take in the impressive vista. If you're more adventurous, you can try out the lean out point at 164-feet (50 meters) above the ground. Next you will visit the City View area, where you can take in amazing views of the city below. This tour runs throughout the day, including the early evening when you can take in the gorgeous setting sun and twinkling city lights below. After your rooftop tour, you will be gifted a group photo, a souvenir cap and an achievement certificate.

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Kangaroo Island: 75-Minute Ocean Safari

7. Kangaroo Island: 75-Minute Ocean Safari

Climb aboard for an exhilarating ride along the beautiful coast of Kangaroo Island and marvel at the pristine waters, stunning coastline and local marine life. Set sail from Christmas Cove and look for dolphins and seals just minutes from the marina. Listen to an informative live commentary from your skipper along the way. Learn more about the local history and hear dozens of interesting wildlife facts. Avail of a must-do wildlife experience that is suitable for all ages and great fun for the whole family!

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Kangaroo Island: All Terrain Quad Adventure

8. Kangaroo Island: All Terrain Quad Adventure

Get more action on this 2-hour quad bike adventure, designed to give you more time on the quad, and experience a wide variety of terrains, including sand and gravel tracks, open grassland, and winding bush trails. All tours begin with a kit and instruction session, followed by practice on the safe operation of the quad bikes. You will then experience the thrill of riding the latest quads from Yamaha, Suzuki, or Honda. Building up to more technical and challenging tracks, your tour will be customised to your ability. Guides will point out and provide information about the local flora and fauna, and you will often spot some of Australia’s enchanting wildlife. Combine this with spectacular views over Vivonne Bay, and you have an all-terrain quad adventure to remember!

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Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Guaranteed Wild Dolphin Watching Cruise

9. Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Guaranteed Wild Dolphin Watching Cruise

Enjoy a half-day cruise looking for some of the world’s most delightful creatures, departing from Marina Pier, Holdfast Shores, Glenelg. Dolphins are among the earth’s most curious mammals and you will get up-close-and-personal with the beautiful beasts from the decks of the Temptation catamaran. You will be welcomed on board the 58-foot sailing vessel by an enthusiastic crew. Sometimes you will see your first dolphins within minutes of cruising. They seem to come out of nowhere to play around Temptation’s hulls. But be assured they are not coaxed in any way. These are wild dolphins that simply know the vessel, and know that they are not in any danger. As the gulf is home to over 1,000 common and bottlenose dolphins, the cruise comes with a money-back guarantee of sightings. The dolphins are only just out of reaching distance from the deck, enabling you to capture their playful displays on film. Back on dry land, you can spend the rest of the day exploring the faculties at Holdfast Shores Marina, or wander down Jetty Road in Glenelg, enjoying the dozens of restaurants and shops.

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From Adelaide: Hahndorf and Barossa Valley with Winery Lunch

10. From Adelaide: Hahndorf and Barossa Valley with Winery Lunch

After morning pickup from Adelaide and Glenelg, head towards the Barossa Valley to discover the region’s charming villages, vineyards, and German heritage. Stop in the historic village of Hahndorf, one of the most important German settlements in the region. Wander through the town and be charmed by its quaint 19th-century architecture. Afterward, take a scenic drive through the Barossa Valley, where you’ll stop in Lyndoch at the Kies Winery. Famed for its prolific production, enjoy a wine tasting alongside lunch at this family-run vineyard. With your palate piqued, head to more wineries and a chocolate factory, capping things off at Maggie Beer's Farm Shop. Return to your accommodation in Adelaide around 5:15 PM, just in time to reflect on the sights and tastes of the day over dinner.

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based on 1,523 reviews

Great wine in a beautiful location. We started with a lovely wine tasting to pick the wine for our picnic and had the chance to enjoy the wine together with an amazing cheese platter with a great view over the vineyard and the Barossa valley. Definitely recommended!

Great experience. We saw plenty dolphins and had an amazing time. The staff is great and really good at spotting dolphins. We almost spend 2 hours surrounded by dolphins with many opportunities to take photos and videos

We actually got to see five different pods of dolphins with 10 to 15 dolphins in each pod really good experience

most enjoyable great host very friendly great people aboard on the bus great fun

Relaxing informative the guide is very good definitely recommended