THE popular swim with the tuna tourism attraction is back in Port Lincoln, at least for now.
Oceanic Victor bought the Swim with the Tuna pontoon last year with plans to move the tourist attraction to Victor Harbor but paperwork and red tape has delayed plans and in the meantime the company has decided to reopen in its original home, Port Lincoln.
Oceanic Victor owner Mick Dyer said the attraction would run in Port Lincoln until later in the year when it would move to Victor Harbor as planned in time for summer.
The structure was removed from the water after Swim with the Tuna closed in October last year but Mr Dyer said it was back in the water and the business would operate from the same location as before, just under the new name.
He said the pontoon had been completely refurbished with a new net, new windows and new paintwork, rebranding the experience as Oceanic Victor.
“The fish are in there ready to swim with the kids,” Mr Dyer said.
The attraction will be back up and running by Friday, in time for the Easter long weekend and Mr Dyer expected it to be popular with locals and visitors.
“A lot of people have still been asking about it,” Mr Dyer said.
“All the people who swim with the sharks and swim with the sea lions want to swim with the tuna.”
The Port Lincoln City Council’s community development manager, Janet Grocke, who oversees Port Lincoln Visotr Centre operations, said there had been quite a lot of interest in the attraction since it stopped running last year and it would be welcomed back by both locals and visitors.
Ms Grocke said the visitor information centre received many daily enquiries from tourists and locals either wanting to do the swim with the tuna tour or asking why it was no longer available in Port Lincoln.
“It is iconic to Port Lincoln and many people cannot understand why it is not running anymore,” Ms Grocke said.