This was always going to be a bit of a hit and miss tour as fairy penguin numbers are well down on what they once were on Granite Island at Victor Harbor. We were warned by the guide that we might see several or none at all as they are shy birds. Not long after starting the informative tour we spotted one coming up from the sea and sheltering behind some giant boulders. After waiting 20 minutes we moved to another spot. He (or she) eventually came out and waddled along a well worn path to a burrow. During the two hour tour we were lucky enough to see three more, including one who came out of a burrow next to our path, sat there for several minutes looking at us and then returned to the burrow. The guide was a wealth of information, giving us the history of the area, information about the growth and decline of penguins in the area, early shipping wrecks and general history. Torches and the use of flashes when taking photos are not allowed as penguins eyes are very sensitive, instead, the guide uses a red or orange torch which allows you to take photos without disturbing the penguins. All in all the tour was extremely informative, very good value. A tip: Granite Island can get very cold, especially in the cooler months and winter, so a thick coat is advised. The tour walk is flat and suitable for all ages. Highly recommended.
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