Point Nepean Dolphin Sanctuary – School
Sea kayak along the Sorrento and Portsea foreshores towards Pt Nepean National Park. The Dolphin Sanctuary provides the experience of seeing Bottlenose and Common dolphins up close. Clear water, sandy beaches, mansions along the foreshore. Visit the former quarantine station at lunch time or just look out over the “Heads” and Queenscliff.
DepartureSorrento foreshore (west side of Sorrento Yacht Club)
Departure Time9:30 AM.
Return Time3.00 pm
Dress CodeCasual. Comfortable athletic clothing, old runners or thongs, hat, sun glasses and bottle of water.
IncludedKayakLife jacketPaddlePersonal GuidePhotographsPumpSpray deckSpray JacketThermal
Not IncludedCamping GearCooking gearDry bagFoodLunchMapNotesSnacksTransportation/CarUtensilsWater
- This kayak tour starts on the Sorrento Foreshore to the west of Sorrento Yacht Club.
- Staff then greets clients.
- There is an exchange of medical and indemnity forms
- Life jackets are then correctly fitted.
- If it's cold then spray jackets and thermals are also issued.
- Clients are then grouped into pairs and the rudder system is adjusted for the back person steering.
- A safety talk is then conducted.
- The group will then practise some basic paddling skills in the water.
What you will see and hear
- You then kayak past historic seaside towns of Sorrento and Portsea with rich maritime and early settlement history.
- Students can observe historical mansions along the cliff tops with their outdoor swimming enclosures below.
- View old ship wrecks.
- Point Nepean National Park and the dolphin sanctuary are next.
- Bottlenose and Common dolphins frequent this area so it's an amazing feeling when dolphins appear beside your sea kayak!
- You may also see sea eagles, pelicans, pacific gulls and cormorants.
- Discuss environmental issues along the way related to Port Phillip Bay.
- Discuss history of the former quarantine station.
- Lunch is on the beach at Point Nepean Park while taking in amazing views of the "Heads" and Queenscliff.
- The break is 30 - 45 minutes long.
- There is time to have a look around the former quarantine station.
- Stop off on the way back at the Pt King Lookout and perhaps an opportunity for a swim.
- The group then paddle back to the start and disembarks at the Sorrento foreshore.
- High 5s all around.
- Life jackets, spray decks, spray jackets and paddles are then returned.
- The trailer is then loaded with kayaks.
- Quick debriefing.
- This tour is designed for students who like adventure, who have little kayaking experience and are of medium fitness.
- The tour is 6 hours duration with 4.5 hours of paddling time.