Swim with Sea Lions
Be enchanted by the puppies of the sea!
Witnessing the rare and endangered Australian Sea Lions in their natural habitat is one of the most life-enhancing experiences. The inquisitive, gentle nature of these stunning sea creatures is unparalleled in the underwater world.
Set off on a half day tour to the crystal clear waters of Seal Cove, where the gorgeous puppies of the sea welcome your arrival as they bound toward the boat with their unmistakable glee and excitement; performing somersaults and graceful swirls, inviting you to join in!
The gentlest of underwater mammals, Sea Lions love to play, and that indeed they do! After watching their leaps and twists out of the water, and show-off backflips you will definitely experience the joy they get from swimming with you – and you with them!
So if you’re keen to experience the Australian Sea Lion’s underwater playground, by all means visit our bookings page to check out our next availability!
Don’t forget… $50 discount available on all subsequent tours booked with Adventure Bay Charters (please contact us to apply the discount to your next booking!)
What is the cost to swim with the Sea Lions?
Adult Swim $195
Adult Observer* $165
Child Swim $135
Child Observer* $105
*Observer prices are available not inclusive of swimming equipment.
Return Transfers: $10 per person, pick ups/drop offs from CBD accomodation to/from departure point only.
Departure Point: Marina Hotel Boarding Pontoon, Jubilee Drive. Please be at the departure gate 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time.
Duration: half day tour
Minimum Passengers: 4
Maximum Passengers: 18
Included: Mask, Snorkel, Wetsuit and Fins, Tea and Coffee, Morning Tea
Optional Extras: Towel $5
Facilities: Toilet on board, change room and hot water shower
Drinks and light snacks available for purchase
Merchandise: available on board
Want to see what swimming with Sea Lions is like?!
A few facts about swimming with the Australian Sea Lions
Is interaction guaranteed?
Interaction on tour is guaranteed.
Will I learn about the Australian Sea Lions?
The tour is interactive and informative and trained guides will give you detailed information about the Australian Sea Lions as well as the other local flora and fauna. Staff are regularly trained to ensure that the information content on tour is true and correct.
Does Adventure Bay Charters have a code of conduct for interaction with these marine mammals?
Adventure Bay Charters has a code of conduct that has been designed for your safety as well as for the safety and protection of these magnificent creatures and their environment. It is agreed by the major operators in South Australia that there are practices with in this code that are important to all activities relating to swimming with Sea Lions. There are also with in this code practises that are site specific to Hopkins Island, Blyth Island and Adventure Bay Charters.
Adventure Bay Charters does not visit a specific site more than 3 times a week to minimise the time that people interact with these wild animals. We do not want to alter their behaviour in anyway.
How close can I get to the Australian Sea Lion on tour?
Adventure Bay Charters values the natural environment, where we swim with the Sea Lions is classed as a Natural Reserve and therefore we do not allow guests to access the Australian Sea Lion’s breeding area or hall out beach.
However, you will find that as soon as we anchor at ‘Seal Cove’ the Sea Lions will bound out to greet you and spend the whole hour and a half swimming and entertaining you!
The Sea Lions are wild animals, we do not in any way condone touching these playful creatures but they often come within centimetres of you to say hello.
What is Adventure Bay Charters commitment toward ecological sustainability?
We aim to undertake continual improvements toward ecological sustainability through the adoption of best practice techniques. We do this by taking feedback from customer’s staff as well as general observations and incorporating these into our policies and procedures. We have a strong relationship with Department of Environment and Natural Resources and ensure that we abide by all current guidelines.
Adventure Bay Charters has an environmental management system written specifically for each of its tours. All environmental aspects and impacts are taken into account and this management plan is revised on an annual basis.
Is there any damage to the marine environment?
The marine area needs to be protected. Guests are given instruction not to remove or touch any marine grasses, rocks etc. We access the area by boat and therefore do not cause any damage to the seafloor. Our vessel under goes an annual survey and we have a strict preventative maintenance schedule that ensures that there is no risk of oil leaks, spills etc. Guests are instructed to swim with the Sea Lions and only interact if the Sea Lions approach them.
What does it mean to be Advanced Eco certified?
The ECO Certification logo is a globally recognized brand which assists travellers to choose and experience a genuine and authentic tour or attraction that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. The ECO Certification program assures travellers that certified products are backed by a strong, well managed commitment to sustainable practices and provides high quality nature-based tourism experiences.
Advanced Ecotourism is the highest level of ECO Certification in Australia. It identifies Australia’s leading and most innovative ecotourism products, providing an opportunity to learn about the environment with an operator who is committed to achieving best practice when using resources wisely, contributing to the conservation of the environment and helping local communities.