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Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari


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Join South Australian Tourism Award Winning Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari on an exceptional marine experience. Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari is the only operator in South Australia that provides the opportunity to swim with the Long-nosed Seals. Search for the dolphin pods that reside in these coastal waters and take the opportunity to swim alongside them in the wild. A truly unforgettable wildlife encounter. Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari provide two fantastic safaris:

Safari One - 75 Minute Coastal Safari

Travel along the ancient Kangaroo Island coastline onboard our 12-seater or 38 seater vessels with the opportunity to see dolphins, seals, eagles and other birdlife. Enjoy an exhilarating ride along the beautiful Kangaroo Island coastline.

Witness the pristine waters, stunning coastline and marine animals that inhabit this thriving environment. The skipper provides informative commentary as you cruise along. This is a must-do activity while you are on the island.

Guests are to arrive at Christmas Cove Marina, Penneshaw, 15 minutes prior to tour departure.

Safari Two - Two Hour Dolphins, Seals and Coastal Snorkelling Safari

An opportunity to swim with wild dolphins or among seals and snorkel some of Kangaroo Island's stunning coastline. It's an amazing wildlife encounter. We provide wetsuits, masks, snorkel and flippers.

Arrive at The KI Visitor Information Centre in Penneshaw (Howard Drive) where you will be fitted into a wetsuit, mask, snorkel and flippers and provided with a safety brief. Then jump on board our 12 seater or 26 seater vessels in search of the marine life that inhabits the incredible coastline. Spot the cheeky seals lounging on the rocks and playing in the water. Then it's time to dive in! These curious seals can be quite interactive and playful and provide a fun snorkelling experience.

Important information:
  • Guests who are on the snorkelling safari are to arrive at the KI Visitor Information Centre (43 Howard Drive, Penneshaw) 30 minutes prior to departure to be fitted into appropriate wetsuit & fins. The Information Centre is located directly opposite Christmas Cove Marina, Penneshaw, where you will depart from.
  • These are wild animals and experiences change daily. It's all up to the animals as to how interactive they become.
  • If wildlife does not permit you to go into the water on your tour and you are unable to participate in coastal snorkelling, we will provide a refund back to the viewing price.
  • Seal numbers vary throughout the different seasons. Numbers peak in winter and are at their lowest
    from Nov - Jan.
  • The swim activity is not suitable for those with a pacemaker or those who are pregnant due to the electronic devices being used in the water whilst participating in the swim.
  • A swimmer line with buoys is often used at the back of the vessel for the dolphin swim. You may be required to hold onto this line at times with the vessel moving which will require upper body strength. This swim takes place in open water, therefore it is recommended you have reasonable swimming ability.
  • Children under the age of 9 are not permitted to enter the water. Children MUST be 9 years or older to participate in the coastal snorkelling, however, must be accompanied in the water with a parent / guardian at all times.
What to bring:
  • Swimmers to come dressed in their bathers, and bring their own towel (dress to suit weather conditions).
  • A long sleeve waterproof jacket or long sleeve shirt is advisable.
  • Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, a waterproof bag for belongings to take onboard and water bottle.
  • Camera and phones may be taken on board but are at the owner’s risk.


  • Coastal cruise on board either a 12-seater, 26-seater or 38-seater vessel
  • Life jackets
  • Friendly, fun and informative
  • The chance to see dolphins, seals, sea birds and whales (subject to season)
  • Local history of Kangaroo Island
  • Wetsuits, mask, snorkel & fins (2 hour snorkelling safari only)

Safari Details

  • Safari Options

    75 Minute Coastal Safari$88$75$55
    Two hour Dolphins, Seals and Coastal Snorkelling Safari (Swim)$150$135$90
    Two hour Dolphins, Seals and Coastal Snorkelling Safari (Watch)$110



    Three hour Private Charter (available upon request): $3,600 for up to 38 passengers.

  • SafariOperatesDepartsMinimumMaximum

    75 Minute Coastal Safari

    Operates daily at 9:00 am, 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm

    Christmas Cove, Penneshaw


    2 Hour Dolphins, Seals and Coastal Snorkelling Safari^

    Operates daily at 12:00 pmChristmas Cove, Penneshaw

    ^All passengers are to arrive at the KI Visitor Information Centre (43 Howard Drive, Penneshaw) 30 minutes prior to departure to be fitted into appropriate wetsuit & fins.

    • Please call SeaLink on 13 13 01 to provide your contact phone number at time of booking to pass onto KI Ocean Safari.
    • All prices are per person, in Australian dollars and valid for travel 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023, for other dates, please enquire.
    • Senior price for 65 years and over. Student price for 13 to 17 years. Child price for 3 to 12 years. Infants 0-2 years are free of charge.
    • Minimum age for the swim safari is 9 years. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult in the water - for any booking, please be sure to add at least one adult.
    • Safaris are subject to weather and minimum numbers and may be cancelled the day before or re-scheduled to another date.
    • A full refund is provided to guests if the tour is cancelled due to poor weather conditions and an alternative time is not established to undertake the tour.
    • No refund is provided to guests for non-attendance at scheduled tour time.
    • Guests can reschedule tour if required, however need to ensure that more than 48 hours’ notice is provided to Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari via telephone confirmation.
    • All bookings cancelled within 7 days of scheduled departure, will incur a 50% charge of tour cost, alternatively a credit can be held for you to use within a 18 month timeframe.
    • COVID Cancellations: All bookings cancelled due to COVID restrictions can choose to leave their booking in credit for 3 years or request a full refund.
    • No wheelchair access on board vessel. Assistance can be provided to guests with mobility issues.
    • Food is not permitted to be eaten onboard the vessel unless given prior approval.
    • Travel insurance is highly recommended.
    • Subject to SeaLink’s standard terms & conditions.


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