One of the highlights of a stay at Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort is the chance to feed wild bottlenose dolphins. Each evening the dolphins swim up to resort jetty to be hand fed fish by resort staff and guests. The jetty is well lit, allowing guests to enjoy taking part in the feeding, or just watching the wild dolphins up close.
Many years ago, the dolphins started coming to the waters round the resort jetty to feed on bait fish that were attracted by the jetty lights. In 1992, one of the dolphins began to eat fish that were thrown to her from the jetty. Other dolphins in the pod started to join in the nightly feeding. There are now between eight and ten dolphins attending the feeding sessions.
Dolphin feeding is great fun for children (and the not so young too) – if you have small children, you are free to carry them out into the water to feed the dolphins. You are not allowed to swim with the dolphins or pat them, though.
When you arrive at Tangalooma Wild Dolphin resort, head over to the Marine Research and Education Centre to register for any activities you are interested in. To ensure you don’t miss out on the dolphin feeding, you will need to arrive at the jetty by the scheduled feeding time. The program operates to strict guidelines with restrictions on how many people can feed the dolphins. The number of guests able to feed the dolphins depends on tides, weather and how many dolphins turn up.
From the resort there are other opportunities to get close to wildlife. In the mornings, you can enjoy hand feeding fish to the resident pelicans and on the beach. If visit during the whale migration season from July to October, you will have the opportunity to take a whale watching cruise from Tangalooma to get a close look at these great sea mammals.
Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort is set in natural bushland and landscaped gardens on Moreton Island east of Brisbane. There is a variety of accommodation styles available from hotel rooms to suites and self-contained villas.
Accommodation at Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort ranges from hotel rooms, two bedroom villas, motel style apartments and beach holiday homes. Overnight accommodation is available with choice of hotel room, villa, unit or resort suite. The package includes dolphin feeding during one night of your stay, return island transfers, buffet breakfast daily, daily guided walks and presentations, and over thirty complimentary land activities.
Day Cruise to Tangalooma with Dolphin Feeding
You do not need to stay overnight on the Moreton Island to feed the dolphins. There are day cruises that depart daily from Brisbane 7.30am and 10.00am and returns from Tangalooma between 7pm and 8pm after the dolphin feeding.
The trip includes return cruise from Brisbane to Tangalooma, over 8 hours at the resort, access to the Tangalooma Marine Education and Conservation Centre, participation in the dolphin feeding (6 years old and over), access to resort facilities. Bring a towel and change of clothes if you are going dolphin feeding.