Dolphin Discovery Centre
Koombana Drive, Bunbury, Australia
dolphins.mysouthwest.com.au - +61 8 9791-3088
Dolphin Discovery Centre Bunbury Reviews
intresting site May 10, 2011
The dolphin discovery centre is located on the beautiful koombana bay in Bunbury WA. It is an small centre with different things to do.
You can visit the discovery centre and the interaction zone. In the centre you will find lot of information of the life of the dolphin via a Digital dolphinarium. You are in the middle of the natural environment of the dolphin, with sights and sounds.
At the interaction zone you can meet the dolphin if you are lucky. Most of the time the dolphins are visiting the area in the morning about 9 o'clock. If the dolphin are not here, you can use your ticket a next time to try it again.
The cost of visiting the discovery centre and interaction zone is for adults 10 AUD, children (4 till 14 yrs) 5 AUD and a family ticket ( 2a +2c) is 25 AUD.
An another option is the Swim encounter. It's a 3 hour guided tour on a boat including snorkeling equipment to swim with the dolphins. The cost for this program is for adults 185AUD and children ( 6 till 14) 185 AUD.
If you don't like to swim, but see the dolphins you can do an eco cruise. A 1.5 hour cruise to explore the koombana bay and search for the dolphin.
The opening hours are from october to may: 8am till 4 pm and from june to september: 9 am til 2 pm.
More information is to be found on the website www.dolphindiscovery.com.au.
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My day amongst the dolphins. Jan 19, 2009
The Koombana Bay in Bunbury is famous for its local pod of dolphins that swim, eat and breed peacefully in the protected, shallow waters. There are approximately 50 that live there full time, while another 150 regurlarly live there for most parts of the year.
The Dolphin Discovery Centre is a tourist and education centre, that studies these curious creatures and in an eco-friendly way, teach the public and tourists about them. These dolphins are not fed or trained, but are used to a routine where they swim into the shallows each morning in an area called the 'Interactive Zone', where they swim in front of eager viewers. The volunteers and staff are extremely knowledgeable and friendly.
I've just gotten back from doing an Eco Tour with the centre. They take you out on the boat so you can watch them feed, swim and teach their young. There must have been at least three new calves out there this morning, swimming playfully alongside their protective mothers.
You can estimate where a pod will be feeding by watching out for the birdlife. If they're particularly active in one area its because the dolphins are hearding a school of fish, driving them upwards and the cormrants, gulls and terns take advantage of an easy feed.
The tour lasted an hour and a half and we got to see their 'lounge', drive up into the 'cut', where the beach runs into the Leschenault Estuary and Collie River. We watched them feed, chasing schools of fish, jumping out the water and diving deep. The skipper doesnt drive too close to them, as not to disturb them, but being the inquisitive creatures that they are, they come up and under the boat to get a good look at us.
Students and backpackers get rates cheaper, as an adult though it was $47. You can also go swimming with the dolphins, although this is a lot more expenpsive. In the cost though is your wetsuit, flippers, mask, snorkel and refreshments. It's an excellent way of introducing travellers to the dolphins, and many travellers come to the Centre on a volunteer basis. We met some girls from the UK and Japan who were learning the ropes.
I definitely recommend this experience to anyone visiting Bunbury. However if you know someone in the area who owns a boat, get them to take you out into the cut and Koombana Bay. You can sometimes have them all to yourselves and skip the cost. Just be wary that they are wild animals, so dont chase or distress them.
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