Don't let the cooler weather fool you: all throughout the year you’ll find a world of exciting aquatic activities in South Australia.
In South Australia, our love of the ocean continues long after the summer sun has faded.
In every season you’ll find exciting aquatic activities all around the state. You don’t need the sweltering sun to explore in a kayak, kick back in a canoe, speed through ocean swells or tackle the ultimate test of bravery – cage dive with great white sharks.
Here, you’ll find some of our state’s very best aquatic activities, come rain or shine:
Glenelg's impressive Temptation Sailing catamaran
Temptation Sailing – Glenelg
What’s the best thing you could do with $25 on a weeknight? Consume an exorbitant amount of takeaway food? Buy a bottle of wine?
How about strolling down the swanky Holdfast Marina and casually boarding a 58ft x 32ft aluminium high-performance catamaran? Part with your change and glide out to sea at sunset. Watch dolphins play, cocktail in one hand, cheese and/or cracker in the other.
Temptation Sailing offers 1.5 hour day and twilight cruises as well as 3.5 hour dolphin swim cruises. There are various packages available which include platters, drinks and afternoon tea. You can also privately hire the boat for up to 50 people. For more information and to buy tickets, head to Temptation Sailing’s website
Crystal clear Garden Island waters, perfect for kayaking
Adventure Kayaking SA – Port Adelaide
Glide across the waters of Port Adelaide’s Garden Island with Adventure Kayaking SA. Expert kayakers will guide you through The Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary – a permanent home to 30 bottlenose dolphins and playground for around 300 more. Paddle your way through a sprawling 10,000 year-old mangrove forest and 25 historic ships wrecks, laid to rest between 1905 and 1945.
Port Adelaide is conveniently located only 20 minutes away from Adelaide’s CBD and no prior experience is necessary. To book a place or learn more, see the Adventure Kayaking SA website
. Alternatively, call owner Phillip Doddridge direct on 8295 8812.
Enjoying the views at Seacliff - paddle boarding central
Stand Up Paddle SA – Seacliff
Family-friendly Seacliff is one of South Australia’s most popular beaches. Powder-white sand stretches as far as the eye can see, with plenty of space for laying out the towel or taking a dip in gentle waves. Operating out of Seacliff, Stand-up Paddle SA rents-out paddle boards, hosts paddle boarding classes, sells a huge range of boarding gear as well as new and used boards. If you’re a sucker for competition, you can even enrol in race classes and – believe it or not – paddle board yoga classes.
All paddled out? Nearby Brighton is a great place to refuel with eclectic cafés, restaurants and fish and chip shops aplenty.
Stand Up Paddle SA classes run from the Brighton Seacliff Sailing Club. To book and for more information, head to the Stand-up Paddle SA website
Making new friends with Calypso Star Charters
Calypso Star Charters – Port Lincoln
Whether you prefer sea puppies or sea predators, Calypso Star Charters will take you on one of Australia’s most immersive charter experiences. Swim, splash and play with sea lions or push yourself to the limit on a hair-raising shark cage diving expedition.
Seeing great white sharks in their natural habitat is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Charters run for a full day and depart from Port Lincoln – the only place in Australia where you can cage dive with the endangered great white in its natural habitat!
Calypso Star Charters are heavily involved with the CSIRO and are proud of their work aiding great white shark research.
If you’d rather take the softer sea lion route, sea lion charters leave from behind The Marina Hotel in Port Lincoln and run for half a day. You’ll be pleased to note, no diving qualifications or previous experience is needed.
For more information and to book, head to the Calypso Star Charters website.
Kangaroo Island Marine Tours, speeding along the coast
Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures – Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures runs tours of Kangaroo Island ranging in length from two to four days. Set-off on a journey designed specifically for the adventurous at heart. Take-in the magnificent Seal Bay, Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch, Little Sahara and the North Coast of Kangaroo Island, while also getting the chance to wander off the beaten track.
The two-day tour package includes a free hostel/hotel pick-up in Adelaide, return coach, ferry transfer, all meals and accommodation.
If you want to linger longer, the four-day tour takes the cake. It includes everything in the two-day tour, with the addition of two nights in beautiful Penneshaw. It’s the perfect mix of adventure and creature comforts. There’s also the option of a self-drive package and a special Wildlife Adventures tour.
For more information and to book, see the Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures website.
Cutting through the ocean in The Big Duck
The Big Duck Tours – Victor Harbor
See seals, sea lions, dolphins, whales, incredible coastline and untouched islands with The Big Duck Tours, only 60 minutes away from Adelaide in charming Victor Harbor.
Aptly named, The Big Duck is currently running three tours: the Seal Island Tour, the Wildlife and Sightseeing Tour and the Private Charter Cruise. Tours are year-round and will get you up-close and as personal as it gets with seals, sea lions and dolphins in their natural habitats.
Private Charter Cruises are perfect for students, large families and special occasions, with all 24 seats reserved for your party! Cruise around picturesque Victor Harbor and take-in the sights, from the Waitpinga Cliffs all the way to Port Elliot.
For more information and to book, see The Big Duck website.