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Polperro Dolphin Swims and Marine Education

Attraction, Tour

Key Features: Wildlife/Nature, Special Interest Tour

Operates from Sorrento Pier, Esplanade Sorrento VIC 3943 (PO Box 11, Blairgowrie VIC 3942)

+61 3 5988 8437

Opening Hours

  • Office hours: daily 7am – 7 pm
  • Tours run from late September to April inclusively

Polperro Dolphin Swims and Marine Education

Mornington Peninsula

Polperro is Port Phillip Bay’s original dolphin swim operation. Right from the beginning, this award-winning family business has been dedicated to giving passengers the best possible experience while ensuring these magnificent, wild creatures are able to roam free in the bay. This memorable ecotourism adventure features close encounters with other fascinating marine life, including seals.

Swimming with dolphins is a rare and magical experience, so who better to help you connect with these magnificent creatures than the people who have been making these introductions in Port Phillip Bay the longest, Polperro Dolphin Swims. These wildly exciting yet gentle interactions attract visitors from all over the world

The Muir family established Polperro Dolphin Swims in 1986. Named after their classic, lovingly maintained boat, the multi-award winning Polperro has led the bay in research and environmentally responsible dolphin and seal tourism. The crew’s careful training and supervision of passengers ensures swimmer safety.

Polperro departs from Sorrento pier twice daily from October to May. Passenger numbers are strictly limited so that everyone has ample opportunity to get wet, or watch dolphins at play from the deck.

Reef and seal swims are often part of Polperro trips as well. These are also revelatory experiences, even for most locals, as the bay’s rich aquatic life is a surprisingly well-kept secret. All equipment, including wetsuits and snorkels are provided as well as change areas below deck.

On chilly days, Polperro saloon cabin is warmly welcoming, as is the complimentary tea, coffee, hot chocolate and delicious scones, freshly baked on board by the crew. They are the cherry on top of a memorable experience, which saw Polperro Dolphin Swims inducted into the Victorian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame in 2001, after winning the environmental tourism category three years running.


  • Authentic ecotourism experience
    Small groups
  • Customer care and environmental care are paramount
  • Wonderfully warm and welcoming crew whose experience, expertise and knowledge ensure a memorable adventure


  • 20 swimmers and 5 sightseers (or mix thereof)


  • Polperro offers small, personalised group tours of up to 25 people
  • Coach parking available near pier. Advance booking essential.