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SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS – AKAROA

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Akaroa Harbour is the only place on the planet where you can get close to the world's smallest and rarest dolphin, the Hector's Dolphin!

These magnificent creatures have made their home base in Akaroa, a stunning French inspired sea-side village just a 90 minute scenic drive from Christchurch. The name Akaroa means "long harbour".

Join Black Cat Cruises for an unforgettable journey where you’ll get the once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with these dolphins inside the naturally protected harbour, not out in the open seas.

Black Cat Cruises are a supreme tourism award winning company with an excellent safety track record and a portion of every ticket sold goes towards the conservation of the Hector's dolphin.

We only allow 12 swimmers in the water at one time allowing greater opportunity for one on one interaction with the dolphins.

 

Success Rate:

  • We have a high success rate for swimming with these dolphins, but they are wild dolphins, so seeing them is a great privilege.
  • The great thing about viewing or swimming with dolphins is that you are doing it in their natural habitat completely on their terms, and so of course we cannot absolutely "guarantee" dolphins on every single trip, and nor can any other operator.
  • Sometimes dolphins may have calves with them, or are feeding, mating or just resting. It's important for us not to interact with dolphins when they don't want to.
  • But you may be interested to know that in the last 12 months we saw dolphins on 98% of our cruises and had successful swims on 81% of our swim trips. So you have to be a bit unlucky to miss out!
  • In the unlikely event you don’t see any dolphins (average 3% of cruises) then we give you a refund of 50%. If the dolphins don’t want to interact with swimmers (average 17% of cruises) then we give you a 25% refund.
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    Only want to watch the dolphins? There is an option for those who don't want to swim but would prefer to watch from onboard the swim boat. This option can be added as you proceed to checkout.

    What to bring: Towel and swimming costume, camera and warm clothing for after your swim.

    Price Includes:

  • All equipment, excellent quality wetsuits, snorkels and goggles
  • Hot showers are available back on the wharf
  • Hot chocolate and biscuits on board
  • Free souvenir postcard
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    Extras: Optional photo packs available and our crew will take photo's of you in the water where possible.

    PRICES:

  • Adult $160, Child $130 (8-15 years)

    ***Please note new prices: Adult $175 and Child $145 from October 1st***

  • Watching $89, Child $49
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    ***Children 8-12 years must be supervised by adult swimmer in the water***

    Available Bookings from October 23 to October 29

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    All prices for this activity are shown in NZD ($)

    11:30 a.m.
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    Tue 23 Oct
    Wed 24 Oct
    Thu 25 Oct
    Fri 26 Oct
    Sat 27 Oct
    Sun 28 Oct
    Mon 29 Oct

    2spaces priced from:

    • Adult$145.00
    • Child$145.00

    1spaces priced from:

    • Adult$145.00
    • Child$145.00

    2spaces priced from:

    • Adult$165.00
    • Child$145.00

    2spaces priced from:

    • Adult$165.00
    • Child$145.00

    2spaces priced from:

    • Adult$145.00
    • Child$145.00

    2spaces priced from:

    • Adult$145.00
    • Child$145.00

    2spaces priced from:

    • Adult$145.00
    • Child$145.00

    2spaces priced from:

    • Adult$165.00
    • Child$145.00

    2spaces priced from:

    • Adult$165.00
    • Child$145.00

    2spaces priced from:

    • Adult$145.00
    • Child$145.00

    Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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    Mandy from New Zealand wrote on 12 December 2017

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    Akaroa dolphin experience

    Wonderful experience...dolphins came to play.....staff knowledgeable and helpful... A absolutely must do....

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    Jaron from Switzerland wrote on 31 January 2017

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    Great experience

    We saw many dolphins. The crew is super nice and funny. Definenetly worth a visit

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    Amy Bradley from United Kingdom wrote on 14 June 2018

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    Amazing!

    This was an amazing experience! The staff, Alistair and Chris was so helpful. It didn’t take us long to find the dolphins and the whole time we were in the water they were shouting out where the dolphins were. The hot chocolate wnd hot showers were much appreciated!

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    LLUIS AMOROS AGUILAR from Spain wrote on 29 April 2018

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    not as good as I expected

    The workers are not experimented enough. One of the clients knew more about delphins than them. We only were 5 minuts in the water.... It's a shame.

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    Andrea Gibbs from Canada wrote on 12 December 2017

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    Awesome experience

    Great crew. Relaxed atmosphere. Nice-sized group. It was actually more like 'bobbing' with dolphins and a real privilege to enjoy these rare dolphins so closely - and it was totally their choice to come us to us. Great gear kept us surprisingly warm. Hot drinks and hand warmers on board afterwards. Crew was on deck alerting us to the direction of the dolphins so we didn't miss anything and worked hard to maximize the amount of time we spent with the dolphins. LOVED IT!

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