Swim with the Giant Cuttlefish - 2 Days

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Let us take you on an adventure to snorkel with the amazing giant cuttlefish! Just once per year these curious creatures migrate and congregate in their thousands for breeding. They are visually striking due to their ability to display arrays of luminescent patterns and colours, which you will see change before your eyes!

The Upper Spencer Gulf Marine Park in Whyalla is the only known place in the world where this mass congregation occurs, making it the perfect spot to engage in this incredible experience.

Swimming just metres from the shoreline you’ll witness an amazing natural wonder as the cuttlefish turn on their colourful tricks and antics. Indulge on this truly immersive experience packed with added benefits that include exclusive cuttlefish insights by our marine expert.

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Overview

Expert guides

This small group tour is led by an experienced and passionate pureSA guide along with a qualified and highly respected marine expert for the Giant Cuttlefish activities.

Exclusive insights

Let the excitement build as the Giant Cuttlefish experience kicks off with an exclusive presentation from our marine expert. Over dinner hear fascinating insights and stories about these majestic creatures.

Fully supported experience

Quality wetsuits and snorkel gear are provided by a professional dive shop and the swim is preceded by a full safety briefing. There is also just 6 swimmers per guide whilst in the water.

Meals included

Fresh local meals are included and will keep you fueled for your in water experiences! See specific itinerary for details.

Conservation efforts

The tour is inclusive of all national park fees, licensing and donations that help the maintenance and conservation of these beautiful natural environments.

Itinerary

Day 1

Departing from Adelaide, witness the change of scenery as you leave the city behind and travel through a landscape of fields and quaint country towns. Along the way we will also take a few quick pit stops including the well-known pink salt lake at Lochiel.

Next up, and in time for lunch, we arrive at Alligator Gorge, one of the most popular and scenic walking trails in Mount Remarkable National Park. Here you will relax over lunch and have plenty of time to explore Alligator Gorge’s beautiful trails, rugged cliffs and amazing natural landscapes.

Then, it’s back on the bus to travel to the home of the Giant Cuttlefish, Whyalla. After dropping your bags in your room, enjoy some well-deserved free time; explore the town, say hello to the renowned local dolphins, walk along the beach or simply relax at the hotel. After sunset, sit down to indulge in a delicious dinner and learn about the Giant Cuttlefish changing colours, patterns and shape in a fun & informative presentation session from our marine expert.

Day 2

After waking to enjoy breakfast, you’ll soon be on the bus to start your morning Giant Cuttlefish adventures! On arrival at Stony Point, the best spot in Whyalla to see the Giant Cuttlefish, you will get fitted out with wetsuits and snorkelling gear and receive a full experience and safety briefing prior to entering the water with your marine expert and snorkelling guides.

Swimming just a few metres from shore, you’ll start to encounter these unique and wonderful creatures in their natural environment. Observe their graceful gliding among the rocks and sea plants as you witness their changing shapes and colours. Back on shore, you’ll change into warm clothes and enjoy a hot drink while reflecting on your amazing Cuttlefish experience.

Next up is a short drive to the incredible Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden where a light lunch featuring local produces awaits. Be sure to take time and stroll around the Bush Food Garden where you will discover some of the medicinal and food plants that have been used by the Aboriginal people for thousands of years. From here its back to Adelaide via the rolling countryside of the beautiful Clare Valley wine region.

Inclusions

  • Return transport
  • Experienced pureSA guide
  • Alligator Gorge, Flinders Ranges
  • National Parks entry fees
  • Exclusive presentation by marine expert
  • Fully guided Cuttlefish experience
  • Hire of wetsuit and snorkel gear
  • Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens
  • Overnight accommodation in Whyalla
  • Meals - 1 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Exclusions

  • Travel Insurance
  • Wetsuit and all snorkel gear for the cuttlefish activity are provided
  • You will need to bring your own warm towel and dry clothes to change into after the cuttlefish swim
  • We recommend you wear good quality footwear for the trails at Alligator Gorge
  • This is a winter activity and it could be cold so warm clothes are highly recommended
  • Also, don’t forget your camera, sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses and raincoat!
  • This tour is NOT available for children under the age of 12
  • All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a fare paying adult
  • A registration and risk release form must be filled out by each participant prior to the Giant Cuttlefish snorkel activity
  • Please note: A strict luggage limit of 1 bag per person (up to 15kilograms) applies
  • For a complete refund, cancel the trip at least 24 hours ahead of the start date.
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Trip Facts

  • pureSA
  • The main departure point is at the pureSA office at The Joinery, 111 Franklin Street, Adelaide. Please arrive 15 minutes early to allow time for check in and loading of luggage. Pickup on request from selected Adelaide city hotels may also be available and will be confirmed by email following receipt of your booking.
  • Pickup on request from selected Adelaide city hotels may also be available and will be confirmed by email following receipt of your booking.
  • 2 Days
  • Returns to original departure point