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So you’ve booked your cruise with Jervis Bay. Get ready for a few hours of fun in the sun, taking in gorgeous scenery and some very exciting wildlife sightings. After all, that’s what our eco cruises are about–having a great adventure and experiencing some of Australia’s coolest marine wildlife in their natural habitat.

The first challenge is choosing which Jervis Bay eco tour to book. If you’ve made the decision to come along for a dolphin cruise, you’re in luck. This is one of our best and most popular tours (though of course every cruise we offer is pretty awesome). Once you’re booked in, it is time to start planning your visit. We have a few resources you can check out to plan where to stay, where to eat in Jervis Bay, and what to do. But on a very practical level, what should you bring with you for your dolphin cruise or other eco tour? We’ve laid out a simple checklist below.

Bottled Water

Staying hydrated is vital when you’re outside in the strong Australian sun. We recommend bringing a full water bottle with you onboard. Though snacks and drinks are available for purchase on our vessels, come prepared with your water bottle so you can feel your best throughout the journey.

A Light Sweater or Jacket

New South Wales may be generally sunny and warm, but out on the water, temperatures can cool. The natural sea breeze is often quite brisk, and there is also the chance of a bit of sea spray at times. We at Jervis Bay Wild want you to be your most comfortable during your experience with us. We highly recommend bringing a warm item of clothing in case it becomes brisk out on the water. This is especially helpful on cloudy or windy days. Suggested apparel includes a light sweater, sweatshirt, or flannel. We provide spray jackets for our guests.

Sunnies, a Hat, and Suncream

Sun protection is no joke! Keep your skin safe by applying suncream prior to your departure. A hat will also help to keep the sun off your face and out of your eyes, and can also guard against messy hair in the sea winds. Sunnies are also suggested as the sun’s reflection on the water can be bright or glaring. A good pair of sunglasses will protect your eyes and ensure you are able to spot all those exciting wildlife sightings!

Your Camera

The memories you make on your dolphin cruise or other eco tour are those you’ll want to remember and share with others. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture them. The camera you bring along is at your discretion, but many of our guests find that their phones or GoPro cameras work best. If possible, bring a waterproof covering/case, to guard against sea sprays.

A Towel & Swimwear (Summer Boom Netting Only)

Our dolphin tour is not a chance to swim with the wildlife, unfortunately, so you can leave your bathers at home. If you are looking to get wet and have fun in the sea, however, then our summer boom netting cruise will be right up your alley. Boom netting is all about splishing and splashing so be sure to pack your swimwear and a towel for this occasion.

An Appetite for Adventure

On any of our Jervis Bay cruises, you’ll want to bring a positive attitude and an appetite for adventure. Every cruise is different and each time we head out on the water is unique, too. We never know exactly what wildlife we’ll see (though we’re confident you’ll nearly always have a sighting). So come onboard with patience and excitement and we promise we’ll deliver the best experience we possibly can.

See you soon!