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Both the pristine South Australian coast and the inland Murray River afford visitors a number of ways to spend some time on, near, and under the water. Whether you prefer relaxing cruises or thrilling underwater experiences, here are some popular ways to enjoy the sea—with or without getting wet.

  • Go cage diving with great whites at Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula for the ultimate thrill, or view these magnificent predators from a glass-enclosed Aqua Sub that keeps you dry underwater.
  • Spot sea lions and dolphins on an ocean boat cruise—you can take off from Adelaide’s family-friendly Glenelg beach area on a catamaran and jump in the water with snorkel gear, or head out from Victor Harbor on a rigid inflatable boat (RIB). In winter, whale watching is a must-do activity.
  • Cruise the scenic Murray River to leisurely view birdlife and the shoreline beyond, and make visits to a chocolate factory and cheese maker.
  • Spend a night on Kangaroo Island, Australia's third-largest island, where you’ll spot diverse landscapes and local wildlife, from sandy estuaries and thick native forests to sea lions and kangaroos.
For more things to do, check out Lonely Planet's South Australia Starter Kit.
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Small-Group Murray River Cruise from Waikerie

Small-Group Murray River Cruise from Waikerie

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Choose your own cruise adventure on the idyllic Murray River. Departing by riverboat, with the option of a Yarra Cliffs, Ramco Redgum, or sunset cruise, enjoy 2 hours of relaxing sightseeing, with tea and coffee and a platter of local foods offered onboard. Perfect for families, this tour’s small-group setting makes it easy to move around the boat to get the best views of the tranquil river and its wildlife.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.24
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$50.24
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Half-Day Sea Lion Snorkeling Tour from Port Lincoln

Half-Day Sea Lion Snorkeling Tour from Port Lincoln

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Experience the thrill of swimming with sea lions in their natural environment on this 4.5-hour cruise from Port Lincoln. Dive into the warm waters of Seal Cove and enjoy swimming and snorkeling with a colony of Australian Sea Lions. Get up close to the friendly creatures, watch as they spin and duck underwater, or spot the adorable pups swimming and playing.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$179.35
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White Shark Tour with Optional Cage Dive from Port Lincoln

White Shark Tour with Optional Cage Dive from Port Lincoln

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Unleash your inner daredevil as you brave a daring shark cage dive and come face-to-face with Great White Sharks on this thrilling cruise. Set out from Port Lincoln to the shark-filled waters of Neptune Island and get the ultimate adrenaline rush diving with sharks. Alternatively, get up close to the menacing sea creatures from the safety of a glass-walled Aqua sub (extra cost) and enjoy panoramic underwater views without getting wet. This full-day cruise includes lunch and morning tea served on-board.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$287.30
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High Tea Cruise on Popeye

High Tea Cruise on Popeye

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See Adelaide from the best seat in the house, by cruising along The Torrens River in the heart of the city in a heritage icon. Join us for a one and a half hour cruise along The Torrens River for an authentic High Tea experience. On the menu is a selection of finger sandwiches, scones, petit fours and a complimentary glass of South Australian champagne, beer, cider or soft drink on arrival and of course a bottomless cup or coffee or tea from T Bar’s Australiana collection. Departing The Elder Park Landing, you will be served your refreshments and given time to catch up with friends and loved ones amidst a scenic tour of The Adelaide Riverbank on our very own Adelaide icon Popeye. The cruise will take you past the Festival Center, Adelaide's SAHMRI building, beautiful parklands, Adelaide University and more. Picturesque photo opportunities are a given.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$51.02
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Adelaide 2-hour BBQ Boat Hire for 2 People + Wine and Cheese Grazer

Adelaide 2-hour BBQ Boat Hire for 2 People + Wine and Cheese Grazer

Imagine it’s a sunny day and you and your loved one are having wonderful time on a donut-shaped self drive boat. You skipper along the picturesque Riverbank of the Torrens while enjoying our amazing cheese and meat grazers combined with a local glass of wine! Lazin' and Grazin'
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  • 2 hours
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$251.18
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Adelaide 2-hour BBQ Boat Hire for 2 People

Adelaide 2-hour BBQ Boat Hire for 2 People

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Enjoy lunch on the water aboard this intimate donut-shaped boat on Adelaide’s Riverbank. Bring your own food or purchase a cheese and meat or veggie platter. A table setup or barbecue grill is included, along with local soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. The buoys are easy to navigate; no boating license required.
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  • 2 hours
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$149.14
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Adelaide 2-Hour BBQ Boat Hire for 6 People

Adelaide 2-Hour BBQ Boat Hire for 6 People

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Imagine it’s a sunny day and you + favorite crew are having wonderful time on a donut-shaped self drive boat. You skipper along the picturesque Riverbank of the Torrens while enjoying an aussie barbecue or one of our amazing cheese and meat grazers combined with a local glass of wine! Maxin' Relaxin'
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  • 2 hours
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$211.93
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Adelaide 2-Hour BBQ Boat Hire for 10 People

Adelaide 2-Hour BBQ Boat Hire for 10 People

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Imagine it’s a sunny day and you + favorite crew are having wonderful time on a donut-shaped boat. You skipper along the picturesque Riverbank of the Torrens while enjoying an aussie barbecue or one of our amazing cheese and meat grazers combined with a local glass of wine! Maxin' Relaxin'
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  • 2 hours
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$274.73
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Kangaroo Island Self-Guided Kayaking on the Harriet River

Kangaroo Island Self-Guided Kayaking on the Harriet River

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Paddle your way around Kangaroo Island on this 4-hour self-guided kayaking tour. After picking up your single or double kayaks, set out along the Harriet River for a leisurely cruise around Vivonne Bay. Leave the crowds behind as you glide past dense forests and sandy beaches, and keep a lookout for colorful birds and koalas in the trees. 
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.22
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Coorong Discovery Cruise

Coorong Discovery Cruise

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Enjoy pristine views of the Coorong National Park as you sightsee in style and comfort on this 3.5-hour catered river cruise. Learn about the waterway’s man-made barrage and lock system, and uncover the ancient history of the region’s Aboriginal people as you cruise along the Murray River. Disembark for a guided walk, where you will see the Great Southern Ocean skimming the white-sand beaches of Younghusband Peninsula.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$77.71
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8 day Upper Murraylands Cruise on PS Murray Princess

8 day Upper Murraylands Cruise on PS Murray Princess

This week long cruise takes you through the Murraylands' ancient gorges and red gum forests, past towering sandstone clifffs and historic ports, local vineyards and nature trails to Morgan and beyond. You'll visit the picturesque towns of Waikerie, Morgan and Swan Reach, and enjoy lunch at the Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre. It's an unmissable way to experience the sights, sounds and taste of inland river life.
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  • 8 days
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$2,539.29
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7-Night Murraylands and Wildlife Cruise

7-Night Murraylands and Wildlife Cruise

Take a week to discover the South Australian outback as you journey along the world's third largest navigable river. The seven night cruise brings to life the unique history and nature of the people and places that lie between Blanchetown and Murray Bridge. Follow the region's food & wine trail, get up close to native wildlife and the Big Bend Sandstone cliffs, and find out more about how first Australians lived.
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  • 8 days
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$2,412.13
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Dolphin Cruise from Adelaide with Optional Dolphin Swim

Dolphin Cruise from Adelaide with Optional Dolphin Swim

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Look for dolphins off the coast of Adelaide on a dolphin-spotting cruise from Glenelg, a seaside town just south of the city. As you glide across Holdfast Bay by catamaran, keep your eyes peeled for some of the thousands of dolphins who live in these waters. To enhance your encounter with these lovable creatures, upgrade your tour to include a dolphin-swimming experience from the boat.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$54.75
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Adelaide Twilight Coast Sightseeing Cruise from Glenelg

Adelaide Twilight Coast Sightseeing Cruise from Glenelg

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Imagine yourself sitting on a large sailing catamaran sipping sparkling wine while watching the sun set over the water, sounds tempting? Departing from Adelaide's favourite beach side location, Glenelg. Be greeted by our friendly crew that will usher you to the front of the vessel ready for departure. Once out in the gulf you'll get to view the picturesque sights of Adelaide, and marvel at the beautiful lights along the foreshore of Glenelg whilst you relax and enjoy a quiet beverage with friends or make new friends. Then return to Marina Pier, which is one of Adelaide’s best outdoor dining destinations.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$29.79
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3-Day Guided Seafood Lovers Tour of Ceduna from Adelaide

3-Day Guided Seafood Lovers Tour of Ceduna from Adelaide

Combining exquisite seafood, stunning coastal scenery, and unique meet the marker experiences, this all-inclusive culinary journey from Adelaide will unleash the authentic flavors of Australia's Seafood Frontier – The Eyre Peninsula. Exploring the pristine region around Ceduna, lovers of seafood will be in their element, feasting day after day on fresh local produce and wines. Embark on an extraordinary half-day cruise to a deserted island paradise on the doorstep of the Nuyts Archipelago. Snorkel, relax or explore, before dining on an array of fresh seafood and local wines at a pop-up beach restaurant. Enjoy an in-room seafood cooking masterclass in your beachside spa villa. Learn about the oyster industry during a harvest cruise in Smoky Bay, and get the heart racing on a coastal four-wheel-drive adventure.
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  • 3 days
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$1,854.77
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6-Day Eyre Peninsula & Flinders Ranges Adventure Tour

6-Day Eyre Peninsula & Flinders Ranges Adventure Tour

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Escape from it all on this back-to-nature 6-day camping trip from Adelaide and discover the beautiful beaches and wild forests of the Eyre Peninsula. Your action-packed itinerary includes the chance to try sandboarding at the Lake Newland dunes; spot kangaroos, wombats and emus on a nocturnal nature walk. Adrenaline junkies can even brave a shark cage dive (extra cost). This small-group tour has a maximum of 18 people and includes camping accommodation and all meals.
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  • 6 days
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$737.85
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Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari - Snorkeling Safari

Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari - Snorkeling Safari

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Add a water adventure to your Kangaroo Island itinerary with a snorkeling tour that departs daily from Christmas Cove Marina. Going with a guide ensures you visit the best locations for viewing wildlife, from long-nosed seals to dolphins. In addition to live commentary about the area’s animals and ongoing conservation efforts, your guide provides wetsuits, snorkeling equipment, and sunscreen, ensuring a safe and comfortable trip.
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  • 2 hours
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$117.74
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Half-Day Kayaking Tour in Coorong National Park

Half-Day Kayaking Tour in Coorong National Park

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Kayaking is one of the best ways to explore the Coorong National Park—it’s an 86-mile-long (140 kilometers) peninsula of protected saltwater lagoons and sand dunes. This tour provides the equipment and know-how to explore the park’s protected areas without impacting the national ecology. It’s also longer than most other tours of its kind and provides lunch, which means you can concentrate on enjoying yourself on the water.
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  • 6 hours
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$108.69
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Southern Ocean Adventure from Victor Harbor

Southern Ocean Adventure from Victor Harbor

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Cruise from the Granite Island Causeway to Seal Island and Victor Harbor on a 1.5-hour marine wildlife tour. Look for seals, sea lions, sea birds, dolphins, and migrating southern right whales (seasonal) around Seal Island, Wright Island, and the Waitpinga Cliffs.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$52.54
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Seal Island Boat Tour from Victor Harbor

Seal Island Boat Tour from Victor Harbor

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Take an exhilarating 45-minute boat ride from the Granite Island Causeway to Seal Island and Wright Island to look for seals, sea lions, and bottle-nose dolphins, and hear the history of whaling in Encounter Bay.
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  • 45 minutes
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$32.33
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4-Night Murray River Cruise by Classic Paddle Wheeler PS Murray Princess

4-Night Murray River Cruise by Classic Paddle Wheeler PS Murray Princess

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Set sail from Adelaide for a 4-night adventure, cruising down the Murray River on a traditional paddle wheeler. Get a real taste of rural Australia as you spot wombats and koalas along the riverside, tuck into a hearty Aussie barbecue and watch a sheep shearing demonstration. Stop off along the way to learn about Australia’s aboriginal heritage at the Ngaut Ngaut Conservation Park, tour the Swan Reach Museum and visit the Native Wildlife Shelter. This tour includes on-board accommodation, all meals and round-trip transfers from Adelaide.
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  • 5 days
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$1,452.14
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3-Night Murray River Cruise by Classic Paddle Wheeler PS Murray Princess

3-Night Murray River Cruise by Classic Paddle Wheeler PS Murray Princess

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Hop aboard a traditional paddle wheeler, the PS Murray Princess and set sail for a scenic 3-night cruise on Australia's longest river. Glide along the serene Murray River, past dramatic gorges, historic towns and native wildlife like kangaroos, wombats and tortoises. Hop off along the way to visit Murray Bridge, tuck into delicious local cuisine and enjoy a small-boat wildlife safari around the backwaters. This tour includes on-board accommodation, all meals and round-trip transfers from Adelaide.
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  • 4 days
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$1,087.14
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Dolphin Sanctuary Kayaking in Adelaide

Dolphin Sanctuary Kayaking in Adelaide

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Paddle through a trail of shipwrecks and natural mangroves that make up the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary. We are often greeted by a pod of friendly port river dolphins that spend a large part of their day playing around in these waters. Our instructors know the best spots in the park and will guide you there with ease to give you the most enjoyable adventure you can have!
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  • 3 hours
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$54.16
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Learn to Surf at Middleton Beach

Learn to Surf at Middleton Beach

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Take a surfing lesson at Middleton Beach, located in South Australia just outside of Adelaide. Your qualified surfing instructor teaches the basics of how to surf or assists you to refine your existing skills. Choose a morning or afternoon lesson that includes the use of a high-quality surfboard, rash top, sunscreen, and wetsuit.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$44.74
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