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Kaikoura - Dolphin Swim Tour

Take the opportunity to interact and swim with the incredible dusky dolphins of Kaikoura!

Highlights

  • Swim with wild dolphins in the ocean!
  • Enjoy watching these fascinating mammals in their natural habitat
  • Exhilarating experience not to be missed
  • Complimentary refreshments onboard

Having the highest success rate in New Zealand to both locate AND swim with dolphins, the friendly team at Encounter Kaikoura will provide you with a not to be missed bucket list experience!

Dusky dolphins are one, if not the most interactive and acrobatic species of dolphins in the world and they frequent Kaikoura year-round! Join the team aboard a comfortable vessel for a picturesque tour along the spectacular Kaikoura coastline.

Meet these incredible wild animals in their natural environment, and enjoy their spectacular acrobatics in the open ocean.

Make memories to last a lifetime and book today!

Swimming with the dolphins is an exhilarating and exertive experience and those who book to swim should be relatively physically fit and be confident swimmers in open water. Snorkeling experience is an advantage though not essential as lessons can be provided onboard.


Tours scheduled daily: We close just one day each year - Christmas Day!




Swimmers and watchers join the same tour, and if you would prefer to stay dry and watch these amazing mammals from aboard the boat, please check out the deals on our Watch Tour:

Kaikoura - Dolphin Watch Tour

Adult $210.00
Child $195.00

What's included

  • Return transfers between the base and harbour
  • All gear including full body wetsuit, snorkel, mask and fins (extra floatation aids and prescription masks available on request)
  • Light refreshments on board (ginger cookies & hot chocolate!) - conditions permitting
  • Complimentary information pack on return from the tour

Duration

  • Approximately 3.5 hours (approx 2.5 on the water)

Location

  • Meeting Location: Encounter Kaikoura at 96 Esplanade

Notes

  • Check in: Please call the team to reconfirm your booking and tour operation the day prior and to receive your check in time for the following day. Please report to 96 Esplanade, Kaikoura on the day.

    Our vessels have ample seating, an onboard toilet and a hot water boat shower. There are also blankets on board should these be required in the colder months. At base there are changing room facilities with hot showers for after the tour.

    Please Note: Return times are not guaranteed.

  • Child Age is 8 - 14 years for swimming and we recommend that children are confident swimmers in open water.

    Towels, Go Pros and Go Pro accessories are available for hire.

    Please note: If showing as closed - the swim WILL be SOLD OUT. This is a very high demand product. Bookme recommendation is to book well in advance - or book the great deals on DOLPHIN WATCH on bookme.co.nz. Our tours operate in the open ocean and we are subject to sea conditions and weather on the day of the tour. All tours are also subject to minimum numbers to operate. Sea conditions on the day need to be ideal for children to participate on this tour. The skipper reserves the right to increase the age limit if they believe the conditions warrant this decision..

Available Bookings from July 25 to July 31

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Sun 25 Jul
Mon 26 Jul
Tue 27 Jul
Wed 28 Jul
Thu 29 Jul
Fri 30 Jul
Sat 31 Jul

  • Adult$210.00
  • Child$195.00

  • Adult$210.00
  • Child$195.00

  • Adult$167.90 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$195.00

  • Adult$210.00
  • Child$195.00

  • Adult$167.90 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$195.00

  • Adult$190.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$195.00

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

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

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Marilou Dupre-Paradis from New Zealand wrote on 01 September 2020

Epicness

Amazing experience, super friendly staff and the dolphins were so playful! All in all highly recommend, thanks team!

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From Kaikoura - Dolphin Swim Tour

Thanks so much for your recommendation and taking the time to post your review! We are stoked you enjoyed your tour! :-)

Sarah Stirling from Australia wrote on 28 June 2021

Amazing experience

We booked onto the Encounter dolphins swim after being recommended it by a friend who had visited New Zealand a few years ago. The whole experience was amazing, the dolphins were so playful and friendly with us in the ocean! The equipment was excellent and the crew made sure everything was right fit before setting out, despite the time of year my wetsuit kept me warm and comfortable in the water. Really would highly recommend this experience to anyone who wants to swim with wild dolphins in the ocean.

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Thanks for taking the time to post your review Sarah! Great you enjoyed your time aboard :-) We appreciate your recommendation and thank you for choosing to join us on your visit to Kaikoura! :-)

lachlanm4 from Australia wrote on 20 June 2021

Awesome! Highly recommend!!

If you are in Kaikoura I cannot recommend this enough! Highlight of my NZ trip. Staff were great. Dolphins were plentiful. Was provided adequate gear so wasn’t cold in the water, even in winter. Well worth the expense!

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Thanks Lachlan! Stoked you enjoyed your time aboard :-)

Gunita from Latvia wrote on 26 April 2016

swimming with dolphins

It was to touristical, we were more tourists than dolphins on that day and I was couple of Times hit by fin in my head from other swimmers !

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Alistair & Sonia from New Zealand wrote on 24 May 2021

Extraordinary & Fantastic

So grateful that we were able to have this experience. Thanks Kaikoura for putting on the perfect combination of calm clear weather in May with a large pod of dolphins passing nearby. Once in a lifetime!

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So glad everything lined up for a great encounter for you! Thanks for joining us aboard! :-)

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