Swim with the Sea Lions
One of the most interactive wildlife tours you can do! Come on board our Advanced Eco Certified tour and see why the Australian Sealions are nick named the ‘puppies of the sea’. We are very privileged to have the opportunity to swim with these gorgeous animals in their natural environment.
We are permitted to visit 4 different locations as per our Marine Mammal Licence conditions. Each location offers a different snorkeling experience and are beautiful locations to visit.
The 4 locations we visit are - Hopkins, Langton, Grindal or Blyth Island.
Season begins the last weekend in September through to mid June.
We now offer two different Swim with the Sealion tour options!
All prices are in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST (10% GST).
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Visit ONE island to meet the endangered Australian Sealions including ONE swim of up to one hour.
Child (16 & under): $135
Family (2 adults & 2 children): $560
Double The Fun!
On this trip we will visit TWO different islands on the same tour including TWO swims up to one hour at each location.
Child (16 & under): $215
Family (2 adults & 2 children): $880
PLEASE NOTE: There is no National Park Fee applicable.
- If you book a Shark Cage Dive and a Swim with the Sea lions tour you receive a 25% discount off the Sea lion swim!
- All children under the age of 16 require adult supervision at all times.
- If they are in the water their supervising adult is required to also be in the water at all times. If the child or the adult exit the water the adult or the child will also be required to do so.
- Any guest under the age of 18 needs to have their waiver form signed by a parent or guardian.
- Standard Tour – approximately 5 hours.
- Double Tour - – approximately 7 hours.
- The journey to and from the islands is around 1.5 hours.
- Operates from the last weekend in September through to mid June.
- Maximum of 25 passengers.
- Minimum of 4 passengers required for this trip to operate.
- 7.45am boarding includes breakfast, tea/coffee and light refreshments.
- 11.00am boarding includes lunch, tea/coffee and light refreshments.
- Mask, snorkel, wetsuit & fins.
- Those who choose not to swim are able to join the Captain in the tender boat to get closer to the sealions.
- 60 foot MV Calypso Star
- Fully Air-conditioned saloon/bridge, coffee machine, toilets and hot water showers on board.
- Huge main deck and swim platform, dual ladders for access to the water.
- Boat tender to assist you into the water
- Non smoking vessel
- Soft drinks, bottled water and alcohol available for purchase.
- Souvenirs available on board
- GoPro hire available on board
Check in details
Please meet at our office at 3/10 South Quay Boulevard (blue fronted building)
- Please arrive from 10.30am for the 11.00am tour. All guests are required to have checking by 10.50am.
- Please arrive from 7.15am for the 7.45am tour. All guests are required to have checking by 7.35am.
- Pre booked transfers from accommodation places are available for $10 per person return. Please make sure this is booked prior to 5.30pm the day before your charter.
What to bring
To ensure the comfort of your trip you will need to bring:
- Bathers and a towel.
- Your camera, if you have one. If not we do hire our GoPros on board.
- Charging cables. USB points are available on our vessels.
- Comfortable clothing: Remember to pack some warm clothes as it can get cool on the water (even in summer). Our vessels have reverse cycle air-conditioning for your comfort.
- Sunscreen - we encourage you to be sunsmart.
- Boat appropriate soft-soled shoes - not thongs.
- Space is limited, small bags are appreciated.
- A reusable drink bottle as chilled filtered water is available on board.
How to book?
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The Sea Lion tour itinerary
Upon arrival at the island, wetsuits, masks and snorkels are provided and we are ready for the most playful swim ever. Our crew lower our tender vessel into the water, which will transport you in closer to shore. One of our crew will be in the water with you at all times. Once in the water, the Sealions entice you to come and play. With summersaults and swirls they glide effortlessly past.
Simply float in the water with an out stretched hand, stay nice and calm and let them approach. The more twists and turns you do the more they will play, and enjoy being one on one with the Australian Sealion!
Sealions are endangered and our permit is strict. We are not permitted to be too close to the beach and at all times we need to remember that they are endangered and must not approach or intimidate them. After approximately an hour of swimming it is time to climb back onto the boat, a hot shower awaits and the coffee machine is ready!
Tours are not operated every day, we limit visiting any specific site to a maximum of 4 times per week. We are committed to minimizing the impact to the Sealion colonies we visit. Please check our calendar for availability or contact our office.
Sea Lions Frequently Asked Questions
A lot is being done to help the plight of the Australian Sealions.
Check out this short video which outlines some of the research being undertaken by Simon Goldsworthy at SARDI to help us understand more about the Sealions.
Through a better understanding we will be better able to help the Sealions achieve population growth as sadly their numbers have declined over the past 10 years.
Exclusive Hire options
Shark Cage Diving & Sea Lion Tours
Our vessels are available for exclusive hire for Shark Cage Diving and Swim With the Sea Lions.
Exclusive hire options give flexibility to departure and arrival times, crewing, catering and offer complete privacy to guests throughout the booking process and whilst on board.
We offer peak and off peak prices for exclusive hire, please contact our team for more information.
Other Exclusive Hire options
Our well-equipped vessels and adaptable crew are available for exclusive hire for activities outside of our tour options for an hour, a day a week or longer. Please contact our General Manager to discuss
- Seafood cruises
- Transfer of personnel, equipment and fuel to offshore islands and vessels
- Deployment and retrieval of research equipment
- Underwater surveys and dive support
- Commercial divers available
- Film crews with a licensed drone pilot available
- Vessel relocation/delivery and manning up to Master Class 4 and Marine Engine Driver 1
Calypso Star Videos
Contact our Office on:
Telephone +61 (8) 8682 3939
Office Location 3/10 South Quay Boulevard, Port Lincoln SA 5606
Postal PO Box 2058, Port Lincoln, South Australia, 5606
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Office Opening Hours
Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5.00pm
Saturdays - Closed
Sundays & Public Holidays Closed
PLEASE NOTE OUR PHONE IS AVAILABLE 24 HOURS
Telephone +61 (8) 8682 3939