Dolphins in Paradise showcases one of the best snorkeling spots in Queensland – a state that’s known for its beautiful clear waters filled with an abundance of marine animals (the most famous of which would be its many dolphin pods).
The tour departs at 9:30am from the Rivergate Marina, and it takes around an hour on the water until we reach Moreton Island. On the way out the friendly crew serve morning tea – you can enjoy a refreshing cuppa and biscuits from our spacious upstairs deck, enjoy the cool breeze from the bow or enjoy the view downstairs seated at our tables.
Once we arrive at the island, we begin to travel north while the crew start spotting the marine life and do a fascinating commentary on the many marine animals that reside in the clear waters of Moreton Bay – including (but not limited to) dolphins, dugongs, turtles and endless species of fish. You can even have a crack at spotting the animals yourself, if you want to be the lucky first (tip – you’re looking for any movement in the water or shapes that break the surface. If it has a fin, then you may have spotted a dolphin – if not, it might be a dugong! A moving, large circular dark shape in the water tends to be a turtle – you can often see them chasing after the fish.)
After you’ve worked up an appetite from all that spotting and creature watching in nature’s aquarium, you can fill up on a delicious buffet lunch of fresh prawns, chicken, a variety of handmade salads and bread rolls.
The boat then pulls up at a beautiful spot on the island where you get some free time – swim in the crystal clear, warm waters (you can see right to the bottom), soak up the sun on the white sand of Moreton Island, go for dip in the nearby creek or hang out on one of the spacious decks on our boat Kaiala. There’s also the opportunity to feed some of the fish that call the beautiful waters home – watch as hundreds of them swim next to the boat, waiting for you to feed them lunch! It’s quite a spectacular sight.
Then to the highlight of the day – snorkelling the Tangalooma wrecks! About 50 years ago, 15 vessels were deliberately sunk to create a spectacular diving and snorkeling sight for marine enthusiasts to enjoy. Since then, a myriad of marine life of all shapes and sizes call the wrecks home. Hundreds of fish, wobbegongs, stingrays – there’s also a turtle that calls the wreck’s home which our snorkelers often see. If you’re lucky, there may even be dolphins nearby – keep your ears out underwater for their trademark whistles and clicks! Our crew will point out any particularly fascinating creatures that make an appearance, and are right there in the water with you if you have any questions.
After a good 45 minutes in the water it’s time to say goodbye to Moreton Island – on the cruise home you can enjoy an assortment of fresh fruit for afternoon tea, before we arrive back at Rivergate – having had a great adventure and made our friends envious with our instagram photos!
Dolphins in Paradise are running our Moreton Bay day tours every day from now until April – enjoy this great day out with your family and friends while the weather is beautiful! Click here to book online, or give our reservations staff a call on +61 7 5538 2111 to book your spot. Transfers available from the Gold Coast or Brisbane.
Note: The order of activities can change according to the tides on the day. Your crew members will advise the order of activities on the day.