Opening Days and Times
Tours operate seven days a week, from 1 September to early June (Western Australia Day Public Holiday). All tours are subject to minimum numbers and weather conditions.
Closed 25 December for Christmas and for the winter off-season, which starts the day after the Western Australia Day Public Holiday (the first weekend in June) to 31 August
Tickets and Reservations
Bookings are essential as seats are limited and often sell out.
A non refundable booking fee of $25 per person will be charged at the time of booking: this will be deducted from your total due at check in.
When booking we will be pre-authorising the total of your booking payment to be finalised on the day of your tour at check in. An authorisation hold will be secured on the credit / debit card provided to cover the booking charges. These funds will not be available for your use: payments can be finalised on the day using the credit card details provided, EFTPOS or cash.
Passengers can then pay the remainder of the cost on the day on board the boat using cash, credit card or EFTPOS. Please note a 1.95% surcharge applies to Visa and Mastercard payments and a 3% surcharge applies to American Express payments.
What to bring
You will need your swimsuit, towel and a change of clothes. Make sure you wear a hat and sunscreen to protect you from the hot Aussie sun. Bring a warm jacket as the sea breeze can be cool even in summer. Don’t forget your camera!
Cruises are subject to weather. When you book we will ask you for a contact telephone number for where you are staying in Perth (preferably a mobile that you will be carrying with you on the day of your cruise). If we need to cancel we will contact you to see if you can reschedule for another date. On rare occasions we have to cancel a tour due to weather at the very last minute. This means our office may be trying to contact you between 6.00 – 7.00am on the morning of your cruise, so it would be helpful if you could have your mobiles switched on just in case.
There is no charge to you if we have to cancel due to weather.
Wild Dolphin Guarantee
We have a better than 99% success rate at finding the local wild dolphins. In the unlikely event that we don’t see any dolphins during a cruise, passengers are welcome to come again free of charge. (Sorry, there are no refunds if you can’t come again.)
Our commitment is to provide the best possible wildlife experience on the day, according to the conditions and wildlife viewing opportunities on the day without compromising passenger safety.
Waiver of liability
All passengers are required to sign a waiver of liability to participate. This will be completed onboard the bus or the boat on the day of your cruise prior to departure. We respect the passengers right to decline signing the waiver. However, this will result in the passenger not being able to enter the water at any time during the cruise and does not remove the passenger’s obligations stated in our Cancellations and Conditions policy.
To view a copy of the waiver of liability, please click here.
The waters we usually visit are mostly located within a sheltered bay so we are not exposed to the open ocean. However it does get choppy at times and everyone’s susceptibility to sea sickness is different. If you suspect seasickness will be an issue for you, we suggest you visit a pharmacy prior to the cruise to obtain appropriate medication. We cannot issue you with any form of seasickness tablet as they may interfere with other medication you are on or pre existing medical conditions.
Our top tips for seasick people during the Swim with Wild Dolphins tour are:
- Take every opportunity to get back in the water. Even if you are feeling absolutely terrible! It’s amazing how quickly you recover once you are off the boat and refreshed by the water.
- Don’t go into the toilets to be sick. Warm, confined spaces will only make you feel worse.
- If you are going to throw up, please do so over the side of the boat to avoid the chain reaction effect!
- Sip water- if you are being sick it is important to stay hydrated.
- Keep your body temperature on the cooler side.
- If you wear glasses or sunglasses keep the lenses clean at all times.
- Avoid looking through cameras, binoculars, etc.
- Stay away from acidic foods before the cruise such as orange juice and coffee.
- If you start to feel sick, let our crew know so we can assist.
We have worked with many people with disabilities over the years and we will always do our best to cater for everyone. Apollo3 does not have wheelchair access, however if you don’t mind being physically assisted then we are happy to help you get onboard the boat. Please contact us to discuss the nature of your disability so that we can ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience.