1.5hr Dolphin Discovery Cruise

Hey you! Yeah, you! Care for an epic 90-min adventure ride? Check out this Port Stephens Dolphin Discovery Cruise, which combines the thrill of twisting waterslides, boom net rides, and of course, dolphin encounters! Cruise the scenic Tomaree and Yacaaba headlands with an experienced crew and watch the resident bottlenose dolphins of Nelson bay in action!

Hop on a purpose-built vessel with spacious viewing decks and set sail from the d’Albora Marina in Nelson Bay. The cruise will stay inshore while searching for the resident dolphins. From the comfortable viewing platforms, you can enjoy a close encounter with the playful dolphins as they splash and play around in the water. 

The ‘Moonshadow V’ also boasts a fun Twist and Twirl Waterslide, which splashes into a boom net while cruising. (Twist and Twirl Waterslide is only available on the Moonshadow V). Jump onto the waterslide, have fun in the boom net, or simply soak up the scenery on the Main Deck. And when you feel like you’re in need for a refreshment, head to the licensed bar and grab a drink or two!

During  your cruise, the Captain will regale you with incredible facts and fascinating anecdotes about the dolphins and their playful nature. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about these friendly creatures. 

The splendid coastal headlands and long stretches of beaches in Port Stephens offer the ideal backdrop for your dolphin watching experience. Book a dolphin discovery cruise today and see what it’s like to be part of the pod!

The cruise operates all year, making this a must-do in Port Stephens no matter the time you visit. And if you don’t spot a dolphin, you can come back for a free cruise!

  • Departure
  • Cruise Inclusions
  • Additional Info
  • Terms Of Services

Departure Details

Departure Location d'Albora Marina, Nelson Bay NSW 2315

  • Boards 10:15

  • Departs 10:30

  • Returns 12:00

Cruise Inclusions

  • 1.5hr dolphin watching cruise from Nelson Bay
  • Purpose-built vessel with expansive open decks to watch the resident bottle-nose dolphins
  • Fun Twist and Twirl Waterslide & boom net swimming experience on Moonshadow V
  • Captain’s fun and informative live commentary
  • Licensed bar with snacks & drinks available on board
  • High success rate - free return cruise if no dolphins are sighted

Additional Information

What to Bring

  • Comfortable casual clothing & footwear
  • Swimmers & towel if using boom net
  • Sunglasses, hat & sun cream are recommended
  • Camera
  • Dress warmer for winter months


Terms Of Services

Please refer to our full passengers terms and conditions on the following link;


Book & Cruise

  • Adult Price

    from $40


Group Bookings

Cruising with a group of 10 or more? Get in touch with our team to get the best price.

Group Discounts

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