Cuttlefish Coast SZ NPWS Park of the Month - 3, 7 & 10 July
- Duration: 90 Minutes (approx.)
- Location: Stony Point, South Australia
- Product code: Cuttlefest
These tickets have been made available at a discounted price with support of National Parks and Wildlife Service to celebrate Cuttlefish Coast Sanctuary Zone as Park of Month in July.
Jump in and swim with Giant Australian Cuttlefish! Join our nationally accredited snorkel guides and National Parks and Wildlife Service staff for a snorkel with the amazing Giant Australian cuttlefish at Stony Point in the Upper Spencer Gulf Marine Park. Learn about their blue blood and see first hand their colourful mating rituals in a safe group environment.
The reef is also home to a variety of colourful plant life, fish, sea lions, whales and dolphins. For more information about the Upper Spencer Gulf Marine Park head to their website here
As seen on TV! SA Weekender, David Attenborough's Blue Planet and Totally Wild! Watch the Ch 10 Totally Wild! episode here
The snorkel sessions:
Each tour lasts for up to 90 minutes (including suiting up in warm wetsuits, safety & cuttlefish behaviour briefing, snorkel and debriefing). The tour is suitable for both adults and children (8 years and above) who can swim at least 25m and tread water. Children under 15 years must be accompanied and supervised in water by an adult (no more than 2 children per adult). Each supervising adult is also a paying tour participant.
Depth ranges from 1-3m and groups stay close to shore in shallower water for best colour displays. Small groups are led by our accredited guides with marine biologist guides on hand to answer questions about the cuttlefish.
Arrive 30 minutes early:
Please arrive at Stony Point at least 30 minutes before the start time to complete the registration form and be fitted with wetsuit & snorkel gear.
Click here for map showing Stony Point or search for 'Stony Point, Giant Cuttlefish dive site' on Google Maps.
New cancellation and refund policy for CuttleFest - 50% refund if Stony Point event cancelled.
Please carefully read this events specific cancellation and refund policy - Due to the removal of the cephalopod fishing ban (from the Upper Spencer Gulf and specifically along the Point Lowly Peninsula from Point Lowly Lighthouse to Point Lowly Marina) EMS no longer has access to a Plan B site when a southerly wind picks up. In past years EMS has relocated the cuttlefish swim from Stony Point to the sheltered outside wall of Point Lowly Marina on north side of Peninsula where there was shelter from southerly winds and swell and also a healthy cuttlefish population to view. Now that EMS has no alternate (Plan B) site we can longer guarantee that participants will be able to experience the world renowned cuttlefish breeding congregation. If southerly winds and swell do pick up at Stony Point EMS will cancel the event. Due to travel and accommodation costs of staff and volunteers (from Adelaide) EMS can refund only 50% of ticket price if Stony Point CuttleFest event is cancelled.
If a customer wishes to cancel their booking the following conditions are applicable: No shows and cancellations inside 24 hours prior - no refund. Cancellations from time of booking up to 24 hours prior to departure - 20% cancellation fee. Booking received through a third party/travel agents/online travel agents may be subject to varying cancellation and refund policies. EMS is not liable for losses incurred through booking via a third-party agent. PRICING - Prices, products and offers are AUD and include GST - We reserve the right to correct any printing errors. - All tours are priced differently due to different arrangements and amount of funding received from partners and funding bodies. REFUND POLICY In the rare event of a cancellation on our part, we will advise customers as soon as possible – we aim to inform you of cancellation at least 24hrs prior to event. Please ensure you provide us with a mobile number at the time of booking to ensure we are able to contact you should we need to. EMS reserves the right to cancel any event due to extreme weather conditions or shark sighting at event site within 24 hours of event. Guests who have events cancelled due to shark sightings or extreme weather conditions are offered a FULL refund. Alternatively, you have the option to reschedule your event. Please be aware that there is not always a future event to reschedule to and that there may not be tickets available in future events. Refunds will be processed via the same method as the payment was received. Guests who have booked their event through a 3rd party/travel agent will need to be aware that their terms and conditions may differ. Third-Party bookings will be refunded to the Third Party rather than directly to the guest. Bank fees and charges incurred through the refund process are at the cost of the guest. From time to time in the lead up to your event, we may contact you with important information. Please ensure we are provided with your current email address; we will not be responsible if a third-party travel arranger doesn’t pass on this information. OUR REFUND POLICY DOES NOT COVER TRAVEL OR ACCOMMODATION BOOKED BY THE PASSENGER. WE RECOMMEND YOU TAKE OUT TRAVEL INSURANCE TO COVER FOR UNFORESEEN CANCELLATIONS.
What concessions are available?
A concession is defined as a Senior or Australian Health Care Card Holder who holds an Australian Government issued Senior Card, Pension Card, Repatriation Health Card or Veterans Affair card. For an overseas senior, Proof of Age Card or Passport showing age as 65+ years old.
A student is defined as any primary or secondary school student or full time tertiary and post-secondary students who have an approved photo ID.
COVID-19: Advice for snorkel tour participants
EMS is committed to offering a welcoming and safe place for our snorkel tour participants, employees and volunteers.
In response to COVID-19, we are closely monitoring developments and taking action in line with Government advice to mitigate any risk posed to the community. At this time all EMS snorkel events have been cancelled until end of June 2020. If advice changes, we will update you, our website and all social media channels accordingly. Please be assured that EMS has always ensured any equipment used by our participants is well maintained and fit for purpose. The water we swim in is known to contain a large number of microbes, so ensuring our equipment is sanitised after every use is, and has always been, an integral part of our snorkelling operations.
As detailed in our Standard Operating Procedures Manual, all equipment is sanitised after each use. Specifically,
- Masks are treated with detergent or commercial de-fog spray before use.
- After use our masks and snorkels are submerged for 15 minutes in a solution of Milton’s Antibacterial Solution (Milton™ contains sodium hypochlorite and is advocated by hospitals and government agencies to kill COVID-19).
- Wetsuit, hoods, booties and gloves are treated with commercial germicidal disinfectant Mediclean™ (effective against COVID-19) and rinsed before being air-dried and stored.
To enhance your health and safety while participating in a snorkel tour EMS has undertaken the following safety provisions:
- Increased our already strong equipment cleaning and sanitation measures.
- Implemented a hand sanitation station at registration desk and gear fitting areas.
- Reinforced employee health and hygiene practices, including sending volunteers and staff home and encouraging those who are unwell to stay home if their demonstrated health symptoms could impact upon colleagues or participants.
- Disallowing staff and volunteers from engaging in physical contact when greeting colleagues and participants.
- Update our cancellation/refund policy to prevent attendants who are unwell with cold/flu-like symptoms.
- Screen attendees at registration /entry for body temperature (infrared thermometer) and health questions e.g. have you had temperature or felt unwell.
We kindly ask anyone who feels unwell to postpone the tour until fully recovered, and we encourage you to stay up to date via Australian Government Coronavirus Health Information Line: 1800 020 080 and SA COVID-19 updates website https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/
Thank you for playing your part in keeping our community healthy. We are grateful for your understanding during this challenging time.