Kangaroo Island is a vibrant destination in South Australia with much to offer. Due to the wide variety of sceneries, you can explore everything from the ocean to underground caves on both land and water tours on Kangaroo Island. There is something for everyone to enjoy, including food and wine tours, exploring the coast, sandboarding down dunes, and getting close to the wildlife. The options are endless, but below are three of the top rated land based tours, and four water based tours, you do not want to miss.
Kangaroo Island Adventure Tours
The Kangaroo Island Adventure Tour is a signature tour that is perfect for a general understanding of the island. Across two days, you will see everything from stunning rock formations like Admirals Arch and Remarkable Rocks to Australian Sea Lions lazing about on Seal Bay.
The tour includes entry into Rob’s Sheep Shearing, Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery and Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, with one night’s stay at Vivonne Lodge including free use of kayaks and bikes.
This is a great option for those who want to get to know the island properly, with a variety of activities to keep you on your toes!
Kangaroo Island Tour Deals starts at $449 per person with options to depart from Adelaide or Cape Jervis.
To book, visit their website at kiadventuretours.com.au
Bush Getaway Adventures Bike Tour
If you are up for a physically active and are looking for Kangaroo Island Backpacker Tours, consider the Quad Bike Tour with Kangaroo Island Bush Getaway. They fully prepare you with a helmet, gloves, a safety brief, and a ride around a practice track.
All the bikes are automatic, so even if you have little to no biking experience, they work with you to ensure you have an enjoyable time.
Along the way, you have the opportunity to both see and learn about the island’s diverse environment, including sheep, fish, the gum tree, and kangaroos.
The Day Tours are $70 per person, but if you are willing to spend a little more, you should most definitely go for the Sunset Tour ($98 per person) or the Dusk Tour ($129 per person). The island animals come out during the night, and you will have the unique opportunity to feed them up close.
To book a tour or to see other tours they have to offer, visit their website at ki-bush-getaway.com.au
Kelly Hill Conservation Park Caves Adventure Caving
It is quite amazing to get a glimpse of the world underneath the bushland of Kangaroo Island. Depending on how adventurous you are (and perhaps your budget), you can choose from the Show Cave Tour or the Adventure Caving Tour.
The Show Cave Tour ($18 per adult) takes you through the limestone caves and ensures you have an understanding of how the caves were formed by the end of the tour. You will also become familiar with the names of the different formations, and be able to tell the difference between stalactite, stalagmite, helictite, and other formations.
The Adventure Caving Tour ($70 per adult) is for the more daring individual. Get ready to crawl your way through small chambers and follow your experienced guide with your helmet and headlamp. You might even spot a few fossils and bones along the way.
For full details of prices and how to book, visit www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/home
Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures
Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures offers the Island Explorer Tour for $150 per adult. This three-hour ride takes you through the North Coast of the island.
The experienced guides will tell you all about the dolphin life, ancient fossils, and other water and land-based wildlife. Drinks and some refreshments are included in the price as well.
If you are hoping to have a more hands-on experience with the lovable dolphins, you may want to consider the Dolphin Experience. For only a little extra at $190 per adult, you get a similar experience, but can also swim with the dolphins in certain shallow areas.
For more information, visit kimarineadventures.com.au
Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari
Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari not only takes you on a tour of the island’s coastline, but also shows you historical elements of the island. The tour starts at Christmas Cove Marina and makes its way through destinations such as Dolphin Cove, Kangaroo Head and Snapper Point.
You will learn about how Kangaroo Island was discovered by explorers a little more than 200 years ago and get to relive the experience through the sites where they arrived and first settled. During the tour, you will also see seals, sea lions, dolphins, and in certain seasons, whales.
The price is $77 per adult for the 75-minute tour. To book, go to www.kangarooislandoceansafari.com.au
Tory M Fishing Charters
Some of the best fishing of South Australia is at Kangaroo Island. There are countless fishing spots in several bays and beaches, but if you are unfamiliar with the area, consider a half day (four hours) or full day (eight hours) fishing charter tour with Tory M Fishing Charters.
They will bring you to the American River, where you are supplied with all the fishing gear and bait you will need. Here you may just catch some salmon, King George whiting, snook, or garfish. After the tour, if you are keen on eating your catch as soon as you get home, you can pay a little extra and have it filleted and packed for your convenience.
The half day tour is $90 per person and the full day tour is $180. For more information, email [email protected]
Cruising Kangaroo Island Kayak Tours
For a more interactive experience, consider Kangaroo Island Adventure Tours; taking a two-hour kayak tour down the American River. Cruising Kangaroo Island Kayak Tours offers small tours of less than six people, making the whole experience even more intimate and special.
Here you will paddle through the wildlife surrounding you, from the stingrays and dolphins by your side to the sea eagles and pelicans flying above you.
For $70 per adult, you get all kayaking equipment and life jackets, as well as an experienced local guide.
Visit www.cruisingkangarooisland.com.au for more details.
Embark on at least one of these tours and by the time you leave, you will know Kangaroo Island a little better than when you arrived, and fall in love with its charm and beauty. These tours will satisfy the adventurer in you throughout your journey of Kangaroo Island, whether you get your feet wet or keep them firmly on solid ground!