Before my internship on South Australia’s amazing Eyre Peninsula even started, I had another adventure to embark on. And how excited was I to find out it is one of the best eco-tours in South Australia – swimming with sea lions and dolphins at Baird Bay. I had heard so many incredible things about this experience, so I was thrilled to do it!
The day started with a short one-hour drive from my home at Coodlie Park to the seaside village of Baird Bay which is on the west coast of the Eyre Peninsula. We arrived at a nice beach house where the Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience is based. Then we got all suited up and ready for our wildlife adventure. And believe me, given it was only September and a mere 14 degrees, we were happy to have those wetsuits on!
Finally everybody had wrangled themselves into a wetsuit, so we headed to the 14 seater boat. After a 30-minute cruise, taking in the stunning coastal scenery of the Eyre Peninsula, we arrived at the inlet. Without even looking too hard, the dolphins already jumped out of the water on both sides of the boat saying “hi”! Everybody was so happy and excited and then they came close to the boat. Alan our tour guide and owner of the business said: “go go go”!
Swimming with Dolphins
Before you realise it you are in the ocean with the dolphins and they are swimming all around you! There was even one so close to me I could hear him speak. That was an incredible moment I will always treasure. We were the guests in the water and the dolphins were happy to have us there.
Next, it’s time to get back in the boat to head out towards adventure part two; swimming with sea lions! I think the sea lions were feeling the cold too, as unfortunately they were not that playful that day. We could see them all hanging around at the little beach and on the rocks so Alan tried to grab their attention by whistling. He knows every sea lion by name and they know just as well who he is. He and his wife started the business over 25 years ago and have been taking people out to have this amazing experience ever since.