Daily Departure Times
Early or late afternoon
Enjoy a fun day out on the ocean, engaging with turtles, Dolphins and other marine life, while making memories that will last a life time.
With our informative and captivating commentary from our experienced skipper and crew. We guarantee you will encounter Turtles! and as for the Dolphins we have an 80% success rate!! Be mesmerised as you observe them in their natural habitat, with our ecologically conscious Dolphin & Turtle Tour!
Our tour begins with a 10min boat ride through mouth of the Tweed River entrance, then onwards to Cook Island Aquatic Reserve (Joongurra-Narrian). The reserve lies approximately 600m off the shore of Fingal Head, NSW. It is a foraging ground to a significant number of sea turtles.
The numbers are so significant that the island was originally named Turtle Island. The surrounding waters of the reserve are also home to a wide variety of subtropical and temperate species of fish, crustaceans, and rays – just to name a few! Prepare to be awed by the magical underwater world that lies here on our doorstep!
After exploring Cook Island, we will cruise along the Fingal/Tweed head coast, in search of the many local species of dolphins that live near by! Our dolphin friends love playing in the waves close to the shore lines of Fingal Head, and occasionally in the wake or bow of our boat! A few species of dolphins that call the Tweed area their home, include: Indo-Pacific Dolphin, Short-beaked Common Dolphin & the Common Bottlenose Dolphin. These playful creatures can be found feeding, resting, and socialising in pods of 4-5, or even 40-50 at a time! Come and experience the wonderful and thrilling action of these beautiful creatures up close!
Every Turtle & Dolphin Safari is always a unique adventure! With our highly experienced, professional and personal skipper and crew on hand throughout your trip, to pass on a wealth of knowledge and passion for the marine life of the the stunning Tweed and Gold Coast region!
WHAT TO EXPECT
On arrival you will be greeted by one of the friendly crew, they will check you in on the iPad and get you amped for an epic adventure!
Tea and coffee are on offer upon arrival, and if you have a keep cup please bring it with you to reduce even more waste for our daily operation's.
Following the introduction and safety briefing from the Skipper, your lifejackets will be fitted, and we will board the vessel for your tour!
WHAT TO BRING
It can be colder out on the water so come prepared. We recommend:
- warm jumper/ jacket (if you are prone to feeling the cold)
- Spray jacket/ Rain coat (we have some complimenatry if you don’t 🙂
- Sunglasses and hat
- Camera, Gopro etc
- Drinking water
- 6 Years+ minimum age
- Any children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian
- Not suitable for pregnant woman or anyone with a back injury.
- Sense of adventure
Your safety is our priority at all times.
All crew trained in First Aid, CPR/Oxygen and Advanced resuscitation.
Your qualified fully trained Skipper and crew has extensive experience in the local area and have expert knowledge of whales and whale behaviour.
In depth briefings before departing, ensure you understand the procedures in place and time will be given to any questions and concerns you may have before getting on the boat.
Oxygen, Defibrillator and a comprehensive Australian Maritime Safety Authority first aid kit maintained onboard.
HOW TO GET HERE
Our departure location is Chinderah, situated 5mins from the pacific highway.
Usually we offer a pick up/ drop off shuttle bus service, however due to COVID-19 we are unable to provide this.
If you are driving from the south on the pacific motorway, take the Kingscliff/ Cudgen exit. and go left at the round about, follow this road.
If you are driving from the north on the Pacific Motorway, take the Kingscliff/Cudgen exit, and go right at the round about. Passing under the motor way and then follow this road.
There is street parking available along Chinderah Bay Dr.
Please Note: Do not park in front of the Cubby Bakehouse.