Rockingham Wild Encounters Shoalwater
Where is it at?
Rockingham Wild Encounters
153 Arcadia Drive
Corner of Penguin Rd
Tel: 8 9591 1333
Where are we going today?
Based on the shores of the spectacular Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, 45 minutes south of Perth, Rockingham Wild Encounters operates a ferry service to Penguin Island, the only tour operator permitted to do so, and offer a range of cruises to get up close and personal with the local dolphins, sea lions and penguins.
Penguin Island is a truly unique place and possibly Perth’s best kept secret! White sandy beaches, calm crystal clear waters ideal for swimming and snorkelling and plenty of wildlife to see, best of all it’s only a 5 minute ferry ride away. It is home to WA’s largest colony of little penguins which visitors can meet at the Discovery Centre.
And you can now experience swimming with wild dolphins with Australia’s original and multi award winning wild dolphin specialists. With over 20 years of experience, friendship and trust built up with the local dolphins, they offer visitors a unique opportunity to interact with these fascinating creatures in their natural environment. You may see mothers nursing calves, discover how they use stingrays to catch their dinner or watch the boys showing off for the ladies. It’s the ultimate wildlife encounter!
How much does it cost?
- AdultsFrom $12 to $205 depending on tour type
- ChildrenFrom $12 to $205 depending on tour type
When can we go?
Booking required. Daily running September to June.
Penguin Island is a great destination for your next School Excursion. The Marine Park provides a fantastic natural teaching base for a diversity of primary and secondary subjects. Rockingham Penguins in partnership with the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) currently offer 4 educational activities for you to choose from. Find out more from their site..
Located next door to Rockingham Wild Encounters base overlooking the shores of beautiful Shoalwater Bay is Pengo’s Cafe offering gourmet burgers, paninis and salads. It’s the ideal place for a quick bite to eat for breakfast, lunch, before or after your visit to Penguin Island. Enjoy a meal under the shade sails of our alfresco area or have a picnic on the grass next to the children’s playground. .
Any Top Tips?
There are three penguin feeding sessions on Penguin Island daily at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Ferries depart hourly 9am to 3pm..
Can I get one of those?
Inspired by the crystal blue waters and white sandy beaches of Shoalwater Bay, their ocean themed gift store stocks a range of home wares, gifts, souvenirs, clothes, children’s toys, jewellery and more..
What people are saying?
by Cathy Manners
We spent a fantastic day aboard the Rockingham Wild Encounters Dolphin cruise. this was on my bucket list and what a wonderful way to tick off swimming with wild dolphins. The weather was great. the food, staff and amenities were excellent, they provided wetsuits and snorkels for patrons of every size and the dolphins appeared on cue surfing and playing in the boat's wake. Great for entire family, highly recommend it.
by Christine Eastgaard
Fantastic wild dolphin encounter - participants float on top of the water and watch the dolphins interact. The staff is friendly and welcoming - they care a lot about the dolphins and spend time talking to the guests about how to interact with animals in a way that is comfortable for the dolphins.
The package includes a couple of hours in the water with the dolphins and lunch is served including tea and coffee. If there is time, the staff will find a sheltered place for the guests to go snorkeling.
by Anthony Moore
We did the swim with dolphin tour and it was excellent. Got really close and saw over 25 dolphins.
by A Google User
Rockingham Wild Encounters gave me the excitement and amazement of swimming with wild dolphins in the Indian Ocean, Rockingham Beach, Australia.
Who wouldn't love it !:)
by Wolfram Becker