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Tick off your bucket list and swim with wild dolphins.

Swimming with dolphins is right up there with the top bucket list experiences, and Western Australia ranks high as one of the world’s top destinations for memorable close encounters with these amazing mammals.

Along WA’s 20,781-kilometre coastline, large pods of friendly wild dolphins regularly frolic and fish close to the shoreline, so a chance encounter is not uncommon while you’re taking a dip. However, your best chance of enjoying an eye-to-eye magical moment with wild dolphins is to join an organised swim tour with the Bunbury or Rockingham dolphins.

Swim with dolphins in Rockingham

In the protected bays of Rockingham and Shoal Water Island Marine Park, dolphins and humans have been enjoying playful interactions since the 1960s. Here, just a 45-minute drive from Perth, you can encounter some of the 260+ wild dolphins that have made this spot their home. Swim tours operate daily from September to early June, and depart early in the morning from Rockingham jetty.

Swim with dolphins in Bunbury

Further south, the Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre in Koombana Bay is one of few places on Earth – and the only place in Australia – where you can enjoy an exhilarating experience with wild dolphins in the water, on a boat, or at the shoreline, and learn more about them at the interpretive centre too. Dolphin swim tours operate daily from October to April, bringing you face to face with some of the 100+ wild bottlenose dolphins who call Bunbury home.

See the Swim with Dolphins two-day self-drive itinerary from Perth to help you plan a swimming-with-dolphins experience of a lifetime.