About the Dolphin Feeding

About the Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Feeding Program

Tangalooma’s wild dolphin feeding program operates each evening at sunset. The Dolphin Care Team, consisting of Eco Rangers and dedicated staff, run the program which operates to strict guidelines to ensure the protection of the dolphins.

The dolphins come into feed, usually arriving just after sunset, and of their own accord. We never call the dolphins in. It is quite normal for any one of them to be absent from the feed on consecutive nights and this is not something to be worried about – they are probably having too much fun in the Bay!

To ensure the dolphins maintain their natural instincts and independence, Tangalooma only feed each of the dolphins between 10 to 20 percent of their daily food requirement. This ensures they also hunt for themselves and can survive on their own. Herring are fed to the dolphins as they are a species that is commonly found in the Bay.

Dolphins prefer herring due to their high fat and minimal bone content which make them easier to digest.

Waders Hire:

Waders are a waterproof boot extending from the foot to the chest (similar to overalls). Waders are available to hire for $15 to help keep you dry during dolphin feeding. They are available to hire from a stand in front of the Tangalooma Marine Education & Conservation Centre.

Tangalooma operates launch transfer services from Holt Street Wharf, Pinkenba in Brisbane. Passengers travel in comfort across Moreton Bay aboard one of three high speed catamarans – the Tangalooma Jet, Flyer, and Express. To reduce emissions, the fleet runs on the highest grade and only DERM-approved marine bio-fuel. Selected accommodation and day cruise packages booked through Tangalooma Island Resort include the opportunity to participate in the dolphin feeding program.

Wild Dolphin Viewing & Wild Dolphin Feeding Access

Please note that casual visitors to Moreton Island are not allowed access to the resort premises for the nightly dolphin viewing / feeding experience. All guests that are authorised to stay overnight at properties within the grounds of the resort have general admission access to the dolphin viewing areas each evening. Only guests who have booked official day trips and overnight stays with Tangalooma Island Resort will be able to participate in the nightly dolphin feeding program, but only if it was included in your original package. Consult your confirmation paperwork to confirm your access.

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