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Kaikoura - Dolphin Swim Tour

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


  • 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


  • Approximately 3.5 hours (approx 2.5 on the water)


  • 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 October 21 to October 27

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Wed 21 Oct
Thu 22 Oct
Fri 23 Oct
Sat 24 Oct
Sun 25 Oct
Mon 26 Oct
Tue 27 Oct

3spaces priced from:

  • Adult$210.00
  • Child$195.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$190.00
  • Child$195.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$190.00
  • Child$195.00

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult$210.00
  • Child$195.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$167.90
  • 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


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

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

Matt Mannington from New Zealand wrote on 09 October 2020

Great morning out

Unfortunately we saw no dolphins but the trip was still worth it and the small fee they charged in place of the normal cost was very fair and good value on its own as we saw a whale and albatross.

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Thanks for your review and your understanding. The best part about the tour is that the dolphins are completely wild and we operate completely on their terms! This does mean on the odd occasion we don't see them though, so it's great that you saw some of the other wildlife Kaikoura has to offer instead! An incidental sighting of a whale is unusual on our tours and we aren't permitted for whale watching; so for any future customers reading this review that want to see whales please contact our friends at WhaleWatch, Wings over Whales or Kaikoura Aero Club.

Stepan Klimsa from Czech Republic wrote on 28 September 2020

great experience

Dolphin swim tour was brilliant and amaizing experince. We enjoyed it 100%. We also got plenty of time to take photos from the ship. On the way back we also saw killer whales!!! Just amazing.

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Wow! What a lucky trip! Sure was an epic day! :-) Thanks for your feedback and for choosing to join us aboard! We appreciate it!

Danilo Sciagura from United Kingdom wrote on 17 February 2020


Fantastic experience a lot of curious dolphins that will swim under your nose! Very recommended

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M. de Greeff from Netherlands wrote on 02 December 2019


It was a fantastic day*****

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