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21 Amazing Water Adventures in Eyre Peninsula

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The Eyre Peninsula and its city of Port Lincoln is the showcase of South Australia’s water adventures. With pristine, clear waters and gorgeous white sandy beaches, a visit needs to be on everyone’s to do list at least once in their lifetime.

Where is the Eyre Peninsula?

The Eyre Peninsula is the far triangular peninsula, located west of Adelaide, South Australia. It is roughly the size of Switzerland and stretches from Whyalla on the Eastern Eyre Peninsula, down to Port Lincoln on the Southern tip and over to Streaky Bay and Ceduna on the Western Eyre Peninsula. It is also the gateway to the Great Australian Bight and the Nullabor for those on their Aussie roadtrips.

Eyre Peninsula Map
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From Adelaide to Whyalla, it is approx. 380kms (4 hours drive), to Port Lincoln is approx. 640kms (6.5 hours drive) and across the top of the peninsula to Ceduna is approx. 770kms (8 hours drive).

Flights are easily available from Adelaide to Port Lincoln, which is a 50-minute flight.

A vehicle and passenger ferry service runs from Wallaroo, at the top of the Yorke Peninsula over to Lucky Bay, which is approx. 180kms (2 hours drive) north of Port Lincoln on the Eastern side of the peninsula. This service is intermittent throughout the year so check the SeaSA website for more details and updates.

Water Adventures

Port Lincoln and the Neptune Islands Marine Park is the only place in Australia where you can dive with Great White Sharks! No scuba diving certification is needed as cages are just below water level and surface air is supplied – thankfully!

There is also an abundance of Australian Sea Lions, also known as the ‘puppies of the sea’ that love to play and swim along in these crystal clear waters. And don’t forget the resident Dolphins and gigantic Whales on their annual migration.

1. Calypso Star Charters – Shark Cage Diving and Swim with Sea Lions

Calyspo Star Charters are the only one-day shark cage diving operator that is allowed to use natural fish berley to attract Great White Sharks. This gives the best possible chance of seeing shark sightings and is recognised for their environmental and sustainable activities.

This one day shark diving charter begins with an early for a full day of activity and up to 45 minutes cage diving. The bar opens onboard the vessel on the way home for that much needed drink to settle your nerves and return transfers from nearby hotels/hostels are available for a small additional cost.

Prices cost from $295 (child) and $395 (adult) for the charter as a spectator – to cage dive is an additional $100 (2018 prices). All equipment is provided.

 

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Their Sea Lions Tour is a great option for all the family. Enjoy spending time in the water with them as they twist and turn playfully and don’t forget to take your underwater camera!

Half day tours are provided, with all equipment supplied from $135 (child) and $195 (adult) – 2018 prices.

Packages are available to combine both Shark Cage dive and Sea Lion swim adventures together!

Calypso Star Charters are located at Port Lincoln Marina.

Find out all the prices and book your tickets here through Get My Guide:

Great White Cage One-Day Diving Experience

Combo Tour – Sharks & Sea Lions Experience

Swim with the Sea Lions

 

2. Adventure Bay Charters – Shark Cage Diving and Swim With Sea Lions

Jump onboard the Shark Warrior and see how the sharks are attracted to the tunes and sound vibrations of Australia’s very own AC/DC band! Adventure Bay Charters do not use berley to attract Great Whites but use this more natural method.

Their vessel is the first to have a 360 degree underwater view in their Aqua Sub’ – getting up close and personal to the sharks but staying completely dry!

Adventure Bay Charters offer shark cage diving and swimming with sea lions experiences. Or why not combine the two and join their Ultimate Marine Adventure!

 

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And don’t worry if you don’t have an underwater camera. Adventure Bay Charters provide one for you as part of the experience so you can take selfies of you and your new bestie (and we don’t mean of the human kind!).

Prices for Shark Cage diving are from $295 (child) and $395 (adult) for the charter as a spectator – to cage dive is an additional $100 (2018 prices). All equipment is provided and the $100 is payable after a shark sighting.

The swimming with Sea Lions experience starts from $145 (child) and $205 (adult) with family and observer tickets available – 2018 prices.

Adventure Bay Charters are also located at Port Lincoln Marina.

Got an Adelaide Entertainment Book? Use your voucher for this great offer that you won’t find anywhere else – 25% off the regular price of any tour or adventure – up to a massive $250! Don’t miss this massive money saving deal – valid until 1st June 2019.

Find more on prices and book your tickets here through Get My Guide:

Great White Shark Full-Day Experience

Swim with Sea Lions Half-Day Tour

These tours fill up fast, so book your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

See Also:  How to swim with wild dolphins in Australia

3. Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions – Shark Cage Diving

Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions provide the serious exclusive experience when it comes to shark cage diving. You only have to read the About Us section on their website with the opening headline ‘In Our Blood’ and you know these guys live, breathe and love sharks!

They offer handcrafted tours with not only surface cage dives (similar to the above Calyspo and Adventure Bay Charters) but also the only Ocean Floor Cage Diving in the world (my stomach seriously went over when writing that!).  This is an ultimate experience never, ever to be forgotten.

 

Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions are located in Port Lincoln and offer multiple night adventures.

Prices are considerably more than the above two charters but are certainly worth it for the experience of a lifetime. For more information about these amazing experiences and to book online, click here.

4. Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience – Australian Sea Lion & Dolphin Swim

With a more relaxed feel, situated at Baird Bay, on the western side of the peninsula, just 50kms south of Streaky Bay, this small holiday village is home to the first Sea Lion and Dolphin swim experience.

With tours departing in the morning and the afternoon, you are invited to join the Sea Lions and Dolphins in their underwater world, where they will happily play and interact with you as their guest! This experience has been going for more than two decades so trust has been built between human and mammal to offer a truly unique experience.

You even get the chance to try and remember all their names!

Prices start from $90 (children 15 years and under) and $180 (adults). Prices for adult non-swimming is $150 – 2018 prices.

Check out more details here and how to book. 

5. Xtreme Kites & Paddle

Situated in the heart of Port Lincoln, Xtreme Kites & Paddle have everything you want to enjoy getting out (or more often ‘in’ in my case!) the water. Port Lincoln is one of the best locations to learn water sports with its beautiful but uncrowded beaches and crystal blue water that keeps inviting you to make a splash!

Take lessons in Kite Boarding, Surfing or learn how to Paddle board in style with their sunrise session. Or if you’re serious enough to go it alone, or just want to have a bit of fun, they have a range of equipment available to hire.

 

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They don’t just stop on the water though, they also have bubble soccer balls, sumo wrestling outfits, zorb balls, sandboards, electric skateboards and archery equipment available for lessons and hire!

Check out more and their prices here!

6. Sceale Bay Surf School

Sceale Bay Surf School, located 28 kms from Streaky Bay is a great way to get out on the water. Share the waves with the local Dolphins and Sea Lions and learn lifelong skills with confidence whilst having some serious fun.

Lessons start from just $50 per person with expert tuition, equipment and wetsuits provided in a safe and pristine environment.

 

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Check out their website for more details and how to book. 

7. Swim with Giant Australian Cuttlefish

From May to August each year, witness one of the most spectacular natural events at Stoney Point, just 20 minutes outside of Whyalla. Dive or snorkel to swim with these ‘chameleons of the sea’ as they migrate to these waters as part of their spawning process.

Although not initially the prettiest fish in the sea, they change into vivid colours, shapes and textures, creating an underwater light show and multi-coloured display. Find out more about their unusual behaviour here or check out this article about what it is like to swim with these giant Australian Cuttlefish.

Pure SA and Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries are two options that offer guided tours of this unique event. Check out their websites and Google search closer to the time to see what other local tours are on offer. People come from all over to witness this hypnotising experience of colourful antics of tens of thousands of Cuttlefish, so don’t miss the opportunity if you get one.

8. Coffin Bay Oyster Farm and Tasting

For a water adventure of a different kind, wade out into the waters of Coffin Bay to taste the freshest Oysters straight where they came from! Enjoy a glass of South Australian Riesling whilst having a hands-on shucking lesson and learn about Oyster Farming Practices.

This certainly is a once in a lifetime, unique culinary experience not to be missed. A private Champagne and Seafood Mezze Platter Water Pavilion Experience is a true way to finish this tour, enjoying dining in the water at your own leisure.

Hotel pickups from Port Lincoln are also available.

Tours start from just $40 per person.

Find out more on their website and how to book.

For a full day tour, this experience takes you out on a boat to explore the Pure Coffin Oyster Lease (farm), learning how to shuck and taste them, before exploring the town by boat and dining at the iconic seafood restaurant, 1802 Oyster Bay at Coffin Bay. Pick ups are available from Port Lincoln hotels and include travelling along scenic routes with beautiful views, and a trip to Eyre Peninsula’s only craft brewery. Don’t miss this one!

Find out more details, prices and how to book here. 

Coffin Bay Oyster Farm, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia

See Also:  Top 10 Fleurieu Peninsula Boat Trips and Water Sports

Boat Trips and Cruises

9. EP Cruises – Cruising and Oceanic Sunset Kayak Tours

Situated at Fowlers Bay, along the western side of Eyre Peninsula, EP Cruises is an ocean based eco tourism service, highlighting (or showing off really!) the natural beauty of the peninsula.

 

EP Cruises Vessel
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Take a tour of the cliffs of Point Fowler whilst catching sights of Common and Bottlenose Dolphins, Australian Sea Lions, New Zealand Fur Seals, Little Penguins and many more species to enjoy. During the months of July, August and September, cruise along with Southern Right and Humpback Whales as part of their annual migration. And with such clear waters, the views are incredible.

Prices start from $65 (child) and $95 (adult) with family tickets available – 2018 prices.

If you fancy getting a little closer to the water, enjoy a tranquil 1.5 hour sunset kayak tour around Fowlers Bay. And who knows, you may get a friendly greeting from a Whale or Dolphin passing through! Suurrrprise!!

Prices start from $50 per person.

Find out more information and how to book here.

10. Fred’s Marina Cruises – Port Lincoln Marina Tour

Hop onboard the unique electric cruiser for a more relaxed type of cruise around Port Lincoln Marina. Learn from Fred and his comprehensive knowledge of the Lincoln Cove Marina whilst hearing about the evolution of the seafood trade that Port Lincoln is famous for.

 

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Tours start from the Port Lincoln Marina Pontoon and run daily from 2pm (morning tours on request).

Prices start from $30 for children (under 3’s are free), $40 for concessions and $50 for adults – 2018 prices.

Click here to book or find out more.

Boat & Equipment Hire

Not sure how to get your boat licence? Read more in our post here.

11. Eyre Peninsula Boat and Kayak Hire 

Located at Cowell, halfway between Whyalla and Port Lincoln on the east side of the peninsula, Eyre Peninsula Boat and Kayak Hire is ideal for getting out on the water when you are travelling light.

This area is known for Snapper, King George Whiting, Sand Whiting, Snook, Flathead, Squid and Tommy Ruffs to name just a few. Located within a calm bay, the area is full of eco-reserves just waiting to be explored.

An Australian boat licence is required for hire and additional equipment is available for hire.

Eyre Peninsula Boat Hire Information
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Whether you are interested in fishing, or just seeing part of the Eyre Peninsula from a different perspective (or finding all those hidden beaches!), this boat hire is the ideal choice to blow away those cobwebs.

A launch and retrieve service is available if you unable to tow.

Boat hire starts from $190 for a full day hire.

Kayaks are available to explore the bay from $60 per day (3 available) – 2018 prices.

Find out more information about fishing, species calendar and seasons and more at their website.

12. EP Boat Hire

Mount Dutton Bay West, close to Coffin Bay is home to EP Boat Hire, a beautifully protected bay with outstanding fishing. It is located just over 40kms (30 minutes drive) west of Port Lincoln.

An Australian boat licence is required, as well as a tow vehicle as they are only hired out on trailers. A driver’s licence and credit card for a security bond is also required. 3 boat ramps are available in the area – 2 concrete ramps with floating pontoons and a beach boat launch at Farm Beach.

EP Boat Hire vessel
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Three boats are available:

  • 4.55m Polycraft Drifter with a 4 stroke 50hp Yamaha tiller
  • 4.27m Quintrex Dory with a 30hp Yamaha outboard
  • 4.0m Quintrex Fishseeker with a 25hp Yamaha outboard

(Max. 2 adults & 4 children under 12 years – lifejackets available)

Rates start from $140 for full day hire from 7am to 7pm – 2018 prices.

Discounted rates available for multi day hire from $80 per day and receive 10% discount off boat hire when staying at the Southern Ocean Lookout Guest House.

Find out more on their website here.

See Also:  Top 10 Yorke Peninsula Boat Trips & Water Activities

13. Coffin Bay Boat, Water & Bike Hire

Also located in Coffin Bay, just over 40kms (30 minutes drive) west of Port Lincoln is Coffin Bay Boat, Water & Bike Hire.

Spend a lazy day exploring the stunning Coffin Bay with kayaks, fishing kayaks, stand up paddle boards and electric bikes!

Prices start from $15 per hour – look out for them next to the Oyster Farm Tours on the waterfront.

Have a look at their Facebook page for more information.

14. Killas Boat and Equipment Hire

Killas Fuel & Service Station is the ideal place to stop on a trip to Streaky Bay, located on the far northwest side of Eyre Peninsula, approx. 300kms (3 hours drive) north from Port Lincoln.

Killas is the hub for everything you need to get out on the water including:

  • Boat Hire (4.2m Quintrex – Australian boat licence required)
  • Stand Up Paddle Board + Hire
  • Kayak + Hire
  • Surf Boards
  • Snorkel gear
  • Wetsuits
  • Beach Accessories
  • Fishing Clothes
  • Sun Protection
  • Take Away Food
  • Tackle & Bait
  • Ice
  • Fuel

Find out more on their Facebook page. 

15. Dolphin Treasure – Whyalla Kayak and SUP Hire

We couldn’t talk about getting out on the water on the Eyre Peninsula without mentioning Whyalla!

Whyalla is South Australia’s 3rd largest city and is located approx. 260kms (just under 3 hours drive) north of Port Lincoln, on the far northeast corner of Eyre Peninsula.

Whyalla is home to a large pod of friendly dolphins and Dolphin Treasure is a great opportunity to go and have some fun with them!

Kayaks and stand up paddle boards are available to hire from the foreshore.

Book now through their Facebook page.

16. Eyre Peninsula Aquatics SUP and Surf

Eyre Peninsula Aquatics is a small stand up paddle boarding and surfing business in Tumby Bay. Offering lessons, hire, merchandise and paddle board sales, this is the ideal place to cool off during those summer days.

Tumby Bay is one of the best swimming beaches on the Eyre Peninsula. With perfect waves to learn or improve your skills on, take in the surrounding breathtaking views (if you’ve got any breath left after all those water sports!).

Find out more on their Facebook page. 

Fishing Charters

The Eyre Peninsula is spoilt for choice when it comes to fishing, especially as it has some of the best fishing spots in Australia.

The peninsula also has an abundance of islands, including Boston island, Spilsby Island and the Sir Joseph Banks Group of Islands that make it ideal area to go exploring! It also means, especially around Port Lincoln, there is a lot of sheltered areas that make it perfect, even when the weather’s not!

Choose from half day, full day, twilight fishing, overnight, inshore and the ultimate offshore reef fishing experience catching Tuna (Jan – May). Charters are all across the peninsula from Port Lincoln and along both the east and west coasts:

As an added bonus, check out Whyalla Fishing Charters – a personal recommendation from Sara!

Map

Want to find out where all these water adventures are?

Each of the above Eyre Peninsula water adventures, cruises, hire and fishing charters are highlighted on the Google map below:

What is your favourite Eyre Peninsula water adventure? Do you have a favourite boat trip or place you love to go exploring? Let us know in the comments below – we would love to share your experiences!

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Water loving British girl who moved to Australia and seriously caught the travel bug! Loves to explore and share destinations that inspire others to spend more time on the water and in the great outdoors. Typically, you’ll find her on a boat or next to the ocean, often in a daydream!

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