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Barnacles Dolphin Centre

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Dolphins were beautiful!

We went to the Barnacles Cafe to feed the dolphins at 7am - maybe a little over kill as they don’t... read more

Reviewed yesterday
09121979
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Feeding ourselves and the dolphins

A great place to have breakfast and amazing opportunity to feed the dolphins. Meals are generous in... read more

Reviewed 11 December 2018
ronal399
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Gold Coast, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went to the Barnacles Cafe to feed the dolphins at 7am - maybe a little over kill as they don’t feed till 8am. The dolphins were absolutely gorgeous. They are so friendly for Wild dolphins and ever so gentle when feeding. This is a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

What a magical experience. You turn up at 7am to the cafe, it cost £5 for a fish per person, which after an educated talk about the dolphins you’d be given the opportunity, in a small group, to feed the dolphins one by one. Our...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best experiences we’ve had as a family. You pay $5 per person to enter and then they sell feeding tickets after $5 per person . ( so much cheaper than at other places like tangalooma )We had 3 adult dolphins and a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank 983jennyk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Upon our stay in australia we were advised to visit this attraction. But were apalled to see that the dolphins relied on the “volounteers” for their food. They do not eat in the wild anymore because of the feeding and that is just plain wrong....More

Date of experience: December 2018
3  Thank deejay_pter
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting the dolphin centre in the morning when the dolphins come in to visit is one of those very special things that you don't get to do in many places. The volunteers that run the morning experience are very passionate and knowledgeable. They have a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Travellers2640
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed breakfast at the Barnacles Cafe prior to the Dolphin viewing and feeding. VERY well organised. Brekky was served efficiently, and still hot. The coffees were still hot upon being bought to our table. Scrumptious, well presented meals. The viewing and feeding experience was...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 12 December 2018

Early start but so worth it. Staff really care about the dolphins. They are only allowed to feed a certain amount so you get a bucket with fish in it. You then enter the water to feed the dolphins. Great experience and the cafe also...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Steph N
Reviewed 11 December 2018 via mobile

A great place to have breakfast and amazing opportunity to feed the dolphins. Meals are generous in size. I suggest you get there early and have breakfast before the dolphin feeding because it gets very busy after. Very worthwhile learning about the dolphins and getting...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ronal399
Reviewed 28 November 2018

We absolutely loved feeding the Dolphins! The staff were excellent and in control of all the public making sure that the Dolphins were protected while we all had our turn to feed these wonderful creatures! Highly recommended! Then we had a great large breakfast at...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank G629LEstephens
Reviewed 23 November 2018 via mobile

They are wild dolphins who take the opportunity of an easy meal. Yes $5 to enter and $5 for one fish may seem expensive, but the volunteers give a good explanation ana help with a unique experience. the dolphins are free to come and go...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Yes open all year
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I think it’s daily...
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Yes they do. I think they have only had like 1 or 2 days that they didn’t.
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