Alan Payne and his wife have operated this unique experience for 26 years and today are ably supported in the custom-built swim boat by deckhand Mike. Maximum guest numbers are limited to 14 to limit the impact on the wildlife and today we are me, Mrs Jones, and 3 other guests.
Words fail me. All I can say is if you get the chance to do this, I expect you will rate it up there with the birth of children and other events of that calibre as a 'best day of your life' experience. I sincerely expect a big lottery win would leave me with less of a smile.
Great tour operators, kind, gentle and safe, with a great sense of humour. Safety and wildlife conservation are their priorities and the education provided was important in the cause of the environment. The sea lions and dolphins seem to simply love having people to play with.
My new best friend became a little white dolphin called …. um, "whitey", who just wouldn't leave me alone. I am not a great swimmer, so the wetsuits, buoyancy rings and hot Milo at half-time were very welcome. I know there were dangers, but it was worth every minute.
From there, we venture along the coast to back to Streaky Bay via the Westall Way, where we had lunch in the beautiful cove, Smooth Pool. The scenery is simply stunning - better than the Great Ocean Road, or Southern or Northern NSW or the Fleurieu Peninsula and more accessible than the best of Tasmania or SW Western Australia.
Back to Streaky and the stunning views on the shorter Brauer Loop, then a pleasant drive to Ceduna through the sleepy hamlet of Smoky Bay. Ceduna was pleasant but more industrial and urban in nature than Streaky Bay. I can see why people keep Streaky and its general vicinity a secret.