So pick a spot to visit, get your camera ready, start dolphin-watching, and fill your social media feed with these lively and very photogenic creatures.
Here’s five great spots where you can see them in SA:
1.Freeman’s knob –FleurieuPeninsula
Just over an hour’s drive from Adelaide city is Port Elliot’s Freeman Knob, which is popular with a pod of local dolphins.
Visit the lookouts over Horseshoe Bay and Encounter Bay to take some great pictures.
2. Hog Bay – Kangaroo Island
Even though it’s a bit of a trek to visit Penneshaw’s Hog Bay from South Australia’s mainland, you’ll be rewarded with loads of dolphin activity. So be sure to pop it on your bucket list when you next visit Kangaroo Island.
There’s a pod of dolphins that cruise through Hog Bay every day. The perfect spot for dolphin-watching is from the rocks at the eastern end of the beach, near Frenchman’s Rock.
3.Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary – metropolitan north-west
4.Pondalowie Bay –Yorke Peninsula
Pondalowie Bay is located in Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park, about a three-and-a-half hour drive from Adelaide city.
The bay has a resident pod of about 30 dolphins. Venture to the board walk and viewing platform to watch dolphins riding the waves. They can reach swimming speeds of more than 30 kilometres an hour.
5. Coffin Bay – Eyre Peninsula
The pristine beaches of the Eyre Peninsula draw in not only tourists, but resident dolphins. A recent Flinders University study found that Coffin Bay has the highest density of local dolphins in the world.
You can watch the dolphins gliding around Coffin Bay in Thorny Passage Marine Park.
Keep our dolphins safe
Follow these on-water laws and rules to keep yourself and dolphins safe:
- Swimmers, surfers and boogie boarders must not move within 30 metres of a dolphin.
- Prescribed vessels like high-powered vehicles such as jet-skis must not move within 300m of a dolphin.
- Other vessels like motorised vessels, sail boats, kayaks and wind-surfers must never move within 50m of a dolphin or within 150m of a dolphin calf.
- If a dolphin approaches your boat and you are moving, maintain your current speed and direction. Dolphins often enjoy riding at the bow or in the wake of vessels.
There’s other ways you can be kind to our animal friends too, including:
Did you know that Adelaide’s Dolphin Sanctuary is home to more than just dolphins? Read our blog onwhat else you can discover.