Port Stephens is particularly well suited to this; its crystal clears waters make the dolphins easy to see and is inlets and islands are a habitat that attract the creatures. Bottlenose dolphins are the most common variety seen, but the lesser known indo-pacific humpback dolphins are also seen from time to time, along with turtles, dugongs and other marine animals.
It is estimated that there are about 80 bottlenose dolphins in permanent residence in Port Stephens, and about 40 to 60 dolphins visiting at any one time, living on a diet of fish and squid. They usually form groups divided in gender, with about 6-8 females in a group, or 2-4 males. They tend to interact only with other creatures of their kind, rarely with any other species.
We believe that Dolphin and whale watching benefits the creatures concerned. They are seen in their natural environment where they belong, away from captivity and from entertainments organizations that may have a negative impact upon their existence. Whale and dolphin sighting tours provides community income without threatening the environment or the creatures themselves. We endeavour to take the highest responsibility in making sure the marine life is never put at risk.