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
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.

Mornington Peninsula Dolphin and Seal Cruise from Sorrento more_vert
$55.00 AUD Book
Enjoy this 90-minute dolphin and seal adventure cruise on the Mornington Peninsular departing from Sorrento Pier. See the very best of Southern Port Phillip Bay as you spot seals, dolphins and sea birds along the way. You'll also visit the Popes Eye Marine Park where the largest colony of Australasian gannets and their chicks can be viewed.

Choose between a 10am 12pm or 2pm departure from Sorrento Pier for your dolphin and seal cruise on the Mornington Peninsular. Your captain will guide you onto your purpose built boat, a 12.5 meter RHIB designed for speed and comfort, allowing you the freedom to move around the vessel.

Your 90-minute adventure includes expert commentary from your captain along the way who will point out the magnificent dolphins and Australian fur seals as you glide through the water.

See wild dolphins swimming alongside the boat as well as being positioned just meters away from the Australian Fur Seals for prime viewing points. You'll also cross the famous entry to Port Phillip Bay ‘The Rip’ and visit the Popes Eye Marine Park where the largest colony of Australasian Gannets and their chicks can be viewed.

This tour also incorporates a leisurely cruise along the famous water front homes of Sorrento and Portsea as well as cruising the calm waters of the Ticonderoga Bay Dolphin Sanctuary boarded at Point Nepean National Park.

Explore the rugged entry to Port Phillip Bay and see the large cargo ships navigate the famous 'Rip' a treacherous body of water and entry to Port Phillip Bay.

If you're luck enough to be cruising during the migratory season, you may even spot seasonal wildlife including
the shy albatross, humpback whales and the common dolphins.

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Half-Day Mornington Peninsula Dolphin and Seal Swim from Sorrento more_vert
$150.00 AUD Book
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.

Your adventure begins at Sorrento Pier where you will collect your snorkeling equipment before stepping aboard the ‘Moonraker’ to experience a magical adventure. Your cruise commences with a light breakfast or lunch served before you depart after which you travel out into the sheltered shallows of Port Phillip Bay viewing the pristine coastline and cliff top mansions. 

Arrive at Chinaman's Hat where you can put your new-found 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 snorkeling and beautiful white sand seabed, this area has a maximum depth of 13-feet (4-meters).

Keep a continuous eye out for the dolphins the entire cruise as you glide into Ticonderoga Bay Dolphin Sanctuary to search the coast for the resident dolphins, they can be located at any time in any part of Southern Port Phillip Bay area.

Your cruise also includes a snorkel with the sea dragons; a prehistoric looking sea horse, unique to the Mornington Peninsula and closely related to the famous leafy sea dragons these spectacular animals are Victoria’s Marine emblem.

Once the dolphins are located, you will be arranged into groups of 10 people and prepared to enter the water. Floating on the waters surface your guides will try to entice the dolphins to spend time with the 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 spent with the dolphins varies. It must be appreciated that they are completely wild and the interactions are on the animals’ terms.

Please note: All guests are required to have basic swimming ability.

  • $150.00
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