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Kangaroo Island is renowned for its stunning coastline, prolific wildlife and adventure activities. Australia’s third largest island is home to the leafy sea dragon, found in the temperate waters amongst the kelp.

Located in the northeast of the island, Kingscote is the main town and access point. From here it’s possible to experience all that Kangaroo Island has to offer, from hiking to gastronomic adventures, wildlife encounters to quad biking, there’s something for everyone.

Renowned for its stunning coastlines and accessibility to viewing Australian wildlife in its natural habitat, over 30 per cent of the island is a national park or heritage centre. Walk along secluded beaches, surf in the local bays, observe Kangaroo Island kangaroos, platypus, koala, penguins and a prolific bird life.

Underwater, expect to encounter pods of dolphin and New Zealand fur seals, but the highlight is the opportunity to dive with leafy sea dragons amongst the kelp, where the water temperature ranges from 17-21C (Nov-Mar) in this Mediterranean style climate.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: leafy seadragon, Australian sealion, New Zealand fur seal

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itinerary:

The Great White Dive Adventure

Visit South Australia for a unique diving adventure with leafy sea dragon and great white shark encounters, as well as the chance to explore the famous wineries and spectacular coastline.

  • When to go: Oct-Apr, May-Sep
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,975 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea