Kangaroo Island Sunset with the waves close to the cliffs

Top 5 Kangaroo Island Boat Trips and Water Sports

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Kangaroo Island, South Australia and its natural beauty make it an ideal location to explore both on and in the water. The unspoilt coastline means crystal clear waters with pristine beaches as you adventure out on one of the Kangaroo Island Boat Tours – you’ll never want to leave!

With 509km of coastline and its stunning sunsets, it’s somewhere that everyone should visit, even just one, as a place to escape and soak up the island life.

Without mentioning the SeaLink Ferry which is a popular way to get to and from the island, Kangaroo Island only has a few things to do on the water, but these boat tours and adventures certainly make up for it in unique experiences.

Do you have an Adelaide Entertainment Book? Don’t forget you can get 25% off any return passenger ferry ticket for up to four people. Terms and conditions apply.

Regularly check the Sealink Ferry website for special offers throughout the year.

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1. Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari

Departing from the west of the island at Christmas Cove Marina, Penneshaw, KI Ocean Safari offer 2 different types of small group and personal experiences.

Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari with dolphins
Image credit: KI Ocean Safari website

One boat tour is a daily 75 minute Ocean Safari with an opportunity to see the stunning coastline from a different view. With dolphins, seals and birdlife all calling the island home, this more relaxed experience will leave you wanting more!

Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari Boat, South Australia
Image credit: KI Ocean Safari Facebook page

The other Ocean Safari is the ultimate 2-hour swimming with dolphins or seals experience. Snorkelling along the KI coastline will be an unforgettable experience alone, but to swim with marine life in their own habitat is truly what life is worth living for! There is also the chance to see whales from May to October during their migration season.

They provide wetsuits, masks, snorkels and fins, so you just need to turn up and have an amazing time!

Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari also offer this 2-hour tour as a view-only tour for those who are not keen on getting in the water (and also become the popular photographer during the tour!).

Find out more on their Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari website or check out their Facebook page.

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2. Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures

Departing from Emu Bay or Kingscote, Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures really do offer that… an adventure of a lifetime. This is the ultimate adventure on Kangaroo Island and although one of the more costly tours, it’s an experience not to be missed.

This Island Explorer boat tour is something to tick off your bucket list. We know it’s on ours! During the 3 hours on board, you will really take in what Kangaroo Island is about, exploring the north of the coast and its stunning white, remote beaches. Dolphin sightings are guaranteed and you also get the amazing opportunity to swim with dolphins, in the wild, where there are no boundaries.

Swimming with Dolphins with Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures
Image credit: KI Marine Adventures website

Wetsuits and snorkelling equipment are provided, as well as morning tea with your ultimate experience.

More information is available on their Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures website or check out their Facebook page.


3. Kangaroo Island Outdoor Adventure

A popular tour operator on the island, Kangaroo Island Outdoor Adventure offers either guided tours or the option to hire kayaks at your own leisure.

Kayaking on Kangaroo Island with Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action
Image credit: KI Outdoor Action website

Explore the calm waters of Harriet River and take in the beautiful scenery that Kangaroo Island has to offer.

Guided tours are for 2 hours with all equipment provided, including double or single kayaks.  Instruction is available for all different abilities and tours are tailored to your own interests and abilities.

Also, hire your own single or double kayaks to explore at your leisure.

Kangaroo Island Outdoor Adventure also offer great experiences such as sandboarding, quad bike tours, fat bike tours and guided walking tours.


4. Emu Bay Fishing Charters

Emu Bay Fishing Charters is a premier fishing charter on Kangaroo Island and in its pristine waters. They are known for catching King George whiting, Snapper, Trevally, Flathead, Nannygai, Snook, Shark and Tuna when in season plus your other local reef fish.

With half days and full days available, their charters are ideal for complete novices to fishing pro’s and can cater to all your needs.

Emu Bay Fishing Charter Vessel Kangaroo Island
Image credit: Emu Bay Fishing Charters website

Find out more about their charters at their website – Emu Bay Fishing Charters.

5. Kangaroo Island Fishing Adventures

Departing from Western River, Kangaroo Island Fishing Adventures is also a popular fishing charter. From full-day to multi-day fishing, this charter promises a unique experience in South Australia’s most prolific fishing waters.

Get hooked catching the mighty Samson Fish, Snapper, Sharks, Blue Morwong and Kangaroo Islands world famous Kidney Slapping Whiting & so many more.

Jump onboard their comfortable 65ft West-coaster vessel for the ultimate fishing adventure on the remarkable Kangaroo Island.

Kangaroo Island Fishing Adventures Charter
Image credit: Kangaroo Island Fishing Adventures website

Find out more about their charters at their website – Kangaroo Island Fishing Adventures.

Have you been to Kangaroo Island? What adventures did you get up to? Did you go on a boat tour? We’d love for you to share it in the comments below and let others know what are the best things to do on this amazing Island.

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