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Snubfin Dolphin Eco Tour

3.5 Hours | Morning & Afternoon Cruises Available

Quick Details

  • An informative eco tour aboard our luxurious sailing vessel: 3 viewing platforms, air-conditioned saloon, shaded decks and comfortable cushioned seating
  • Courtesy bus transfers from your accommodation in Broome to Entrance Point
  • Coffee and tea
  • Informative commentary from our qualified crew
  • Morning sightings of dolphins and a myriad of marine life and migratory birdlife in Roebuck Bay
  • Afternoon sightings of dolphins with a magnificent Broome sunset
  • A selection of wine or beer from our licensed bar or BYO welcome – ice and wineglasses all provided

Duration: 3-4 Hours

 

We offer two times for this cruise:

Morning Tour: morning tea, fruit platters, hot beverages,

Sunset Cruise: delicious homemade canapes and cheese and antipasti platters


Roebuck Bay is an incredibly diverse ecosystem and its extensive seagrass meadows are home to a myriad of marine life. Our Eco Tour takes our guests to see our resident snubfin dolphins in the stunning turquoise bay, and other residents are frequently seen throughout the tour.

As pioneers of whale watching in the Kimberley, our passion for marine life and desire to share the incredibly diverse ecosystem of Roebuck Bay has become our next venture.

In 2015 Roebuck Bay became of international importance and was declared a Marine Protected Area. What was once an embayment for pearling and a channel for trade, is increasingly becoming known as one of the most diverse mudflats in the world, making it one of 12 Ramsar sites in Western Australia.

‘Imparting our knowledge and sharing the beauty of life above and within our exquisite bay makes it truly a memorable experience for us, our family and our guests’.

Cameron Birch

Owner/Operator

 

The Residents of Roebuck Bay include:

Snubfin dolphins

  • Roebuck Bay is home to the world’s only resident population of snubfin dolphins. Measuring around 2 metres in length, the snubfin dolphin is much smaller than the more commonly seen bottlenose and was only identified as a unique species in 2005. Named for its tiny dorsal fin, this species is a slow-moving marine mammal and just like the locals in our town, seems to run on Broome Time! They are often nicknamed as ‘snubbies’ to go with their endearing nature.

Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins

  • These playful dolphins are slightly larger than ‘snubfin dolphins, at around 2.7 metres long. Occasionally seen riding the bow of our catamaran, these playful dolphins will live in close association with other dolphin species and mixed pods are often seen along our coastline.

Turtles

  • Roebuck Bay is home to five out of seven of the world’s sea turtles and they are frequently seen breaking the glassy surface of the water to take a breath and warm up their cold-blooded bodies.

Dugongs

  • An extremely rare and bizarre-looking marine mammal, the dugong’s closest land relative is the elephant. The dugong’s tail is very different from that its closest aquatic relatives, the West Indian, Amazonian and Florida manatees, as it is fluked like a dolphin’s tail, rather than being shaped like a paddle.

Seabirds

  • Roebuck Bay is a globally important seabird habitat and is the overwintering site for numerous species, many of which are endangered. After performing their 6-day non-stop migration from their breeding grounds around the Yellow Sea in China, the birds spend the next six months feeding on the plentiful food in the mud flats, using their specialised bills to feed on crustaceans, fish and molluscs.

Coastal manta rays

  • The second biggest ray in the world, the coastal manta ray can grow to have a wingspan of over five metres and feeds exclusively on plankton, which is in plentiful supply in Roebuck Bay. Believed to live for around 40 years, coastal manta rays will only produce a single pup every two or three years.

Sea snakes

  • These reptiles look and move just like their on-land relatives, bar their slender, eel-like tails. As they are reptiles, they must come to the surface to breathe and this is where they are often seen while on tour. One of our sea snakes is actually the most venomous snakes in the world but, luckily for us, they are terrified humans so will very quickly slither away when they see us.

Sharks

  • The health of any habitat can be determined by the presence of top predators, and the pristine ecosystem that is Roebuck Bay is the feeding place of hammerhead, bronze whaler and tiger sharks. These very well-fed predators are occasionally seen from the boat but hard to spot due to their clever camouflage, known as counter-shading.

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    • Camera
    • Sunglasses
    • Hat
    • Thongs or slip-off shoes
    • Jumper
    • Water bottle