CuttleFest | Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries Snorkel Events | 1-18 Jul 2022


CuttleFest Snorkel Tours – Swim with Giant Cuttlefish

It’s a bucket list item, it’s been featured in global news stories including David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II and you can only do it in South Australia. 

CuttleFest, a partnership between City of Whyalla, National Parks and Wildlife Service and Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries (EMS), celebrates the unique annual winter congregation for mating season of hundreds of giant cuttlefish near Whyalla within the Upper Spencer Gulf Marine Park.

EMS’ Giant Cuttlefish snorkel tours, conducted with COVID19 approved guidelines, afford the public a unique opportunity to snorkel with these magnificent creatures in a safe environment with qualified guides in small group tours.

Qualified guides enhance the overall experience with information about the experience itself, safety, the surrounds and sustainable interaction with theses colourful cephalopods which are related to both the octopus and squid.

Tour Information:

Each tour lasts for up to 90 minutes (including suiting up in toasty warm wetsuits (with hood, gloves and boots), safety & cuttlefish behaviour briefing, snorkel and debriefing).

The tour is suitable for both adults and children (5 years and above) who can swim at least 25m and tread water. Children 15 years and under must be accompanied and supervised in water by an adult (no more than 2 children per adult for 8 and above, but one child per adult for ages 5-7). Each supervising adult is also a paying tour participant.

A person living with a disability must be supervised and supported by at least one adult carer. They accept a companion card. EMS can provide an immersive wheelchair, reef-board with viewing portal, modified wetsuits and extra floatation devices on request (request while booking).

Parking, toilets, change rooms and shaded picnic tables are available on site.



Dates & Times:

Each date offers a 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 3:30pm session. 

  • Saturday 2 July 2022
  • Sunday 3 July 2022
  • Saturday 9 July 2022
  • Sunday 10 July 2022
  • Tuesday 12 July 2022
  • Wednesday 13 July 2022
  • Sunday 17 July 2022

Make sure to arrive 30 minutes early to complete the registration form and be fitted with your wetsuit and snorkel gear.


Ticket price includes, all snorkel gear required plus thick winter grade wetsuits with boots, hoods and gloves for maximum warmth.

  • Adult | $109
  • Student | $69
  • 2 Adults + 2 Children $299
  • Concession | $69


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For more information and all enquiries please visit the EMS website

What:  CuttleFest Snorkel Tours

When:    1 – 18 July 2022 (see dates and times above)

Where:   Stony Point | Half an hour South of Whyalla (see map)

Who:   5 years and above (who can swim 25m and tread water)

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

Image Source: supplied – Carl Charter


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