1.5hr dolphin watching sailing trip departing Nelson Bay, Port Stephens - the perfect place in Australia to observe dolphins in the wild and home to around 150 bottlenose dolphins.
Located just 2 1/2 hours North of Sydney, try a dolphin watching tour in Port Stephens, NSW Australia. Port Stephens on the Mid-North Coast of NSW is the perfect place in Australia to observe dolphins in the wild and is home to around 150 bottlenose dolphins. Your crew has an intimate knowledge of the different pods in the Port and 99% success rate with dolphin sighting on all our dolphin cruises.
Meet the dolphins from the calm water of our boom-net or hold on tight for a wild jet-net ride! Relax a foot above water under sail in the dry bow-net or give yourself a “Titanic” thrill at the end of the bow spit.
Our crew is friendly and keen to share their passion for the local marine environment. Our catamaran is stable and safe with 360 degrees view, a licensed bar and, if conditions permit, we will take you back sailing to the marina. You will be well looked after on this offshore adventure tour by Imagine Cruises’ friendly and caring staff and crew. Imagine is a 52 foot (16 metres) sailing catamaran designed for ocean voyages and is an extremely stable platform!
Often, more dolphins join the locals in the Bay from the headlands and the offshore beaches. When a large school of spurning mullets come down the river, you might also encounter much larger oceanic bottlenose dolphins coming from far away to share the feast. Going to watch wild dolphins is not like going to the zoo! The behaviour of wild dolphins is very complex and the experience is always unique as dolphins migrate through the Bay during the day.
The dolphins we encounter might be travelling from one feeding ground to another; they could be interacting, playing or mating or they could be chasing fish, foraging in pairs or in pods. Sometimes they form a mega-pod when chasing a large school of fish… Dolphins need to rest but unlike humans, they cannot sleep, so resting is done in a group moving very slowly in a motion we call logging.
Nelson Bay (Port Stephens)