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Swimming with dolphins in Western Australia
Swimming with dolphins is a popular Western Australian marine experience. The warm waters are teeming with friendly bottlenose dolphins, who love to swim by and say G'day to their two-legged mates. These playful mammals will delight and amaze with their grace, serenity and mischievous shenanigans. You can spot them leaping through the air all along the pristine coastline, but for one-on-one interaction your best bet is Rockingham, Mandurah, Bunbury or Monkey Mia. The protected bays and islands of Rockingham are home to over 260 wild dolphins which local cruise operator Rockingham Wild Encounters has been visiting for over 20 years. Visitors are taken on a unique 'swim with wild dolphins experience' by crew using underwater aqua scooters to glide effortlessly amongst the dolphins. Other local cruises which explore the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park give visitors the opportunity to observe the dolphins and visit Penguin Island, home to WA?s largest colony of little penguins. Cruises operate daily from mid September to early June. Further south in Bunbury, the Dolphin Discovery Centre is home to around 90 bottlenose dolphins and is one of the few places in the world where wild dolphins freely visit the beach to interact with humans. Join the Dolpin Discovery Centre Dolphin Swim Tour for an intimate swim with wild dolphins in their natural environment and swim on the wild side. Visitors can float and snorkel with dolphins, or cruise out to watch them swim in open waters. At Monkey Mia, 850 kilometres north of Perth, a small pod of dolphins regularly swim into the calm shallows to snare a feed of fish from the hands of specially trained rangers or visitors lucky enough to be chosen. In this picturesque and isolated corner of the globe, dolphins and humans have been mingling for more than 40 years. In Mandurah, you can take a dolphin sightseeing cruise and watch pods dance and play around the boat. This mutual curiosity has earned Western Australia a stellar reputation for providing some of the best wild dolphin experiences in the world. Arranging a swimming with dolphins tour is a WA must-do experience!
Featured Location InfoRockingham Wild Encounters
Rockingham Beach Rockingham, T (618) 9591 1333 http://www.rockinghamwildencounters.com.au/
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