Kayaking with dolphins has very quickly become the answer to the questions a lot of people ask me: “What’s been your favourite thing in Australia so far?“. Without a shadow of a doubt, this has to be up there with one of the top 5 experiences of my entire life. And I’m about to share it with you.
When Gracie asked me if I wanted to go kayaking in the ocean, my first thought was “Hell to the no” but something inside of me switched and I thought “fuck it, yolo”. So that’s exactly what we did. We borrowed the kayaks from her friend and practiced for an hour or so on the river, before heading out into the sea the next day.
North of Adelaide in the Outer Harbour lays a place called the Shipwreck Graveyard which coincidentally happens to be within a dolphin sanctuary. It’s here that you get the chance to either hire kayaks or take out your own and experience some of the most fascinating sites you’ll ever witness, just a stones throw away from the city. We began our experience with the hope of seeing some epic shipwrecks but soon we became very distracted by the presence of a pod of dolphins just a few metres away from us.
I’ll leave a link >> HERE << to the website you’ll need if you’re planning to go kayaking and need to hire one. Alternatively, if you have your own then it’s completely free to kayak here.
I truely couldn’t believe my eyes when I first saw the dolphins. Although they’re famous for being friendly animals, there is something so intimidating about being so up close and personal with animals of such size. I first spotted them out in the distance and as we tried to get closer, they didn’t seem to move. They hung around, feeding on the fish below and occasionally popping up right beside us. So close in fact, Gracie nearly touched one with her paddle!
I never thought for a second we would get that close to such incredible animals, let alone in such a beautiful environment and what’s even better, it’s free!
Let’s talk a little bit about the Shipwreck Graveyard. Years ago a ship crashed here creating the very first shipwreck. Since then, they have laid other boats here to wreck, creating ecosystems below the water and a very popular tourist destination above. It takes quite some paddling to get around to the shipwrecks but trust me, it’s well worth it. It’s a very strange feeling, bobbing around in a kayak so close to these enormous, rusting ships!
Be sure to check out my youtube video above, documenting our experience and capturing the moment we came within inches of these dolphins.
As I mentioned, kayaking with dolphins has to be up there with one of the top 5 experiences of my entire life. It quite literally left us speechless and I promise, it’ll do the same to you too.
| By Harrison |