Sorrento:

Population: 1529(2006)
Established: 1830s
Postcode: 3943
Area: 7 km (2.7 sq mi)
Location: 91 km (57 mi) from Melbourne
Local Government Area: Shire of Mornington Peninsula
State District: Nepean
Federal Division: Flinders
In and around Sorrento:
Portsea Port Phillip
Sorrento
Bass Strait Blairgowrie

Sorrento is a township in Victoria, Australia, located on the shores of Port Phillip on the Mornington Peninsula, about one and a half hours south of Melbourne. It is a largely upper-class, seaside resort area, but is also a quiet seaside township in the off-peak months of the year.

Seadragons and Snorkeling Boat Tour Mornington Peninsula more_vert
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See the most amazing colourful Weedy Seadragons and swim with wild Australian Fur Seals on our boutique 1.5-hour snorkelling tour for up to 12 guests.

Cruising to the beautiful home of Victoria’s own weedy seadragons, you’ll snorkel and see these incredible marine animals in all their colour up close in their natural home. Then we’ll head towards Chinaman’s Hat, commonly called the Taj Mahal for our seals. Here at this local shallow snorkelling site, you’ll enjoy all the fun of swimming freely as the seals enjoy their life with you.

Make your way to Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula to meet your local guide and your rigid inflatable boat (RIB). Sorrento is around a 1.5hr drive from Melbourne.

Meeting at the Sorrento Pier at least 20 minutes before departure (allow more time in summer), you’ll be greeted by your Guide and introduced to fellow guests.

Slip into your wetsuit and listen to a short briefing on what to expect during the 1.5-hour snorkelling boat excursion. Hop in to the boat and take your seat; it may be a lively ride.

Join a boutique tour for up to 12 guests and enjoy a remarkable swimming experience with wild seals and incredible seadragons. The seals are playful creatures and will make you laugh and smile as they move about the water with you.

The easy and swift way they move through the water will inspire you. Their sleek bodies and effortless movements in the water encourage you to relax. The more comfortable they are with you, the more enhanced is the experience.

All levels of swimmers will love seeing the colourful and unique weedy seadragons on the Seadragons and Seals Snorkel Boat Tour. This tour is for everyone who wants to enjoy the underwater world, even if it’s your first time snorkelling. See marine life found nowhere else on Earth! We are highly experienced with people who lack confidence in the water and our small groups help you enjoy full attention.

Spend an exciting tour with friends swimming with seals and seeing creatures only found in our pristine waters.

Enjoy a boutique small-group WaterMaarq RIB boat excursion, ideal for beginners.

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Half-Day Mornington Peninsula Dolphin and Seal Swim from Sorrento more_vert
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Enjoy a 3-hour small-group unique wildlife experience as you swim with wild bottle-nose dolphins and Australian fur seals departing from Sorrento. This tour includes either breakfast or lunch (depending on your departure time) and all snorkeling equipment. A perfect choice for families with the choice of either a morning or afternoon departure.

Departing daily from Sorrento Pier at 9:00am and 1:00pm from November to April. Our cruises commence with a welcome tea or coffee, after which we travel out into the sheltered shallows of Port Phillip Bay to embark on an exciting once in a lifetime adventure.

Arriving at Chinaman's Hat where you can put your newfound skills into action, this is a local spot where the ever-curious Australian Fur Seals are waiting to share their underwater world with you. Chinaman’s Hat is a man made structure built just for the Seals! Offering shallow water snorkelling and beautiful white sand seabed, this area has a maximum depth of 4mts.

Once the dolphins are located we ready into groups of 10 people and prepare to entre the water, floating on the waters surface your guides will try to entice the dolphins to spend time with our group, where they swim beneath you and often circle swimmers looking at you and showing off their amazing abilities. Every swim is unique and the time we spend with the dolphins varies. It must be appreciated that they are completely wild and the interactions are on the animals’ terms. We advise you to understand there are not guarantees or refunds, if we do not see dolphins on your tour you are welcome to come back for free within 3 months.

 Dolphin guarantee – if you don’t see dolphins on your tour come back for free anytime within 3 months.

Our cruises also include a snorkel with the Sea Dragons. These prehistoric looking sea horses are unique to our area and closely related to the famous leafy sea dragons these spectacular animals are Victoria’s Marine emblem.

We strive to achieve an experience that is truly a breathtaking adventure - and one you will never forget!



Tours facilities and inclusions:

•   Luxury purpose built boat,

•   Premium wildlife snorkeling activities,

•   Amazing photo opportunities,

•   All snorkeling equipment including full length wetsuits,

•   Morning or Afternoon refreshments, drinks and snacks

•   On board hot showers,

•   Undercover Seating,

•   Limited group/small group tour,

•   Sunscreen, and self serve refreshments,

•   Guided activities by qualified naturalists,

•   Self serve premium tea selection, coffee and hot Chocolate,

•   Dolphin guarantee – if you don’t see dolphins on your tour come back for free!

If you have family or friends who would like to share this experience with you but prefer not to enter the water, you can add them as sightseers for an additional $65.00 per person. (Additional guests can be booked when you reach the extras option in the booking process)

Swimming tours do not cater for people with no swimming ability, all guests are required to have basic swimming ability as a minimum.

  • $165.00
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Private 2 Hour Dolphin and Seal Swim Mornington Peninsula more_vert
$1990.00 AUD Book
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Swim with the Seals and Dolphin in luxury, have the boat exclusively to yourself and 19 friends.

Enjoy an exclusive luxury dolphin cruise where your guests can embark on an unforgettable underwater adventure, snorkeling with the Australian Fur Seals and swimming with Port Phillip Bay’s resident wild Bottle Nose Dolphins.  

This tour is the ultimate, you can enjoy the spacious surrounding of the 'Moonraker' all to yourself and your friends or family.

Guests have the freedom to enjoy snorkelling in a small exclusive group getting up close and viewing the local animals. 

Includes:

·      Welcome drink upon arrival 

·      2 hour exclusive cruise

·      Dolphin and Seal snorkelling activities

·      Wetsuit & snorkel gear

·      Antipasto Platter

·      Tea, coffee & hot chocolate, fresh juice, sparkling water or soft drinks.

·      Hot showers and change facilities 

 $1990.00 for group of 20 people

Additional guests charged $35.00 per person

  • $1990.00
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3-Hour Dolphin and Seal Sightseeing Cruise, Mornington Peninsula more_vert
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Our Dolphin and Seal Sightsee Cruise can be combined with passengers who have booked as swimmers, this way the whole family can enjoy the cruise whether swimming or sightseeing. Cruises include a refreshments and snacks

Step aboard ‘Moonraker’ our flag ship vessel, your crew will be on hand to assist you in finding a seat and serve you a welcome dink as we cruise out into Port Phillip Bay, past the amazing cliff top homes and private beaches of Sorrento and Portsea. 

With your family and friends we head over to Chinaman’s Hat, a local spot where the Australian Fur Seals are waiting to show you some amazing sights. You will be amazed at the friendliness and how close you can get to these truly wild creatures.

From Chinaman’s Hat, we cruise magnificent Port Phillip Bay in search of the resident Bottle Nose Dolphins. There is no need to jump into the water, our technique will place you right next to the action – where you will have a fantastic view into the world of the dolphins.

You have the freedom to walk around the boat and enjoy the many changing sights. On the bow of the boat you can often see the dolphins swimming right beneath your feet. 

Morning and Afternoon refreshments are served onboard this cruise along with drinks and snacks, otherwise you're welcome to make purchase from the onboard cafe.

The memories of this experience will remain with you forever and you too will have photos and stories to share among your fellow travellers.

This tour is operated in conjunction with the 3 hour swim tour, so swimmers will be on this tour.

 

Tours facilities and inclusions:

•   Luxury purpose built boat,

•   Premium wildlife activities,

•   Amazing photo opportunities,

•   Refreshments and snacks 

•   Undercover Seating,

•   Sunscreen, and self serve refreshments,

•   Self serve premium tea selection, coffee and hot Chocolate,

•   Dolphin guarantee – if you don’t see dolphins on your tour come back for free!

Tours are weather dependent and rely on suitable safe conditions. All our tours are operated on the basis of interacting with wild animals. We ask that you appreciate that they are completely wild and are not trained to interact with people. Our tours operate on a high 85% success rate of swimming and interacting with the Dolphins however we cannot guarantee them on every tour. Should you not see them you are welcome to come back any time within 3 months of your last tour for free, sorry we cannot provide refunds.

  • $65.00
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Dolphin Cruise, Seal Swim and Reef Snorkel Adventure, Mornington Peninsula more_vert
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Join a remarkable two hour boutique small-group snorkelling tour beside the stunning Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.

Explore the undiscovered Great Southern Reef, home to marine life only found in temperate waters. You'll get up close and personal to seals, rays, seadragons and unique fish that these waters are recognised for. Visit a new world of colour.

See dolphins. Swim with seals. Snorkel over magical reef. The tour departs from the pier in Sorrento, original land of the Boonwurrung people, site of the first European Settlement in 1803, and passes beneath the up to 20-million year old unique calcarenite cliffs of the Mornington Peninsula National Park. Beneath the water lay the vast chain of the Great Southern Reef and its unusual yet often majestic marine life.

Make your way to Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula to meet your local guide and your rigid inflatable boat (RIB). Sorrento is around a 1.5hr drive from Melbourne.

Meeting at the Sorrento Pier at least 25 minutes before departure (allow more time in summer), you’ll be greeted by your Guide and introduced to fellow guests.

Slip into your wetsuit and listen to a short briefing on what to expect during the 2-hour boat excursion. Hop in to the boat and take your seat; it may be a lively ride.

Join a boutique tour with just twelve guests and enjoy a remarkable snorkelling experience. 

Extending around Australia’s southern coastline is a series of reefs holding some of the most productive ecosystems on the planet. The Great Southern Reef features extensive kelp seaweed forests that support many marine species that are not found anywhere else on Earth.

Home to a variety of marine life including fur seals, zebra fish, little penguins, bottlenose dolphins, rays, giant cuttlefish, spider crabs, sponges, kelp and seadragons. You’ll be smiling from ear to ear swimming freely with entertaining seals, listen curiously to the grunts and clicks of fish working the reef and be mesmerised by the rich colours you could never have imagined live beneath the surface. 

Snorkel on the surface with your expert guide and feel safe looking at local marine wildlife. Travelling aboard our RIB boat, you’ll get away from it all and enjoy a local adventure. Spend an exciting couple of hours on the vast Port Phillip Bay, snorkelling by boat along the Mornington Peninsula. Swim with seals and fish species found only in temperate waters.

Your friendly crew will guide you as you explore the incredible diversity and magic of our mysterious underwater world.

  • $119.00
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