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Kaikoura - Dolphin Swim Tour

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

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 $180.00
Child $165.00

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)

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.

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Danilo Sciagura from United Kingdom wrote on 17 February 2020

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Amazing

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

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Great

It was a fantastic day*****

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Naga Sai Prathish Singanamala from India wrote on 24 November 2019

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Divine experience

This experience Will stay will me all my life! The best adventure New Zealand can offer in my opinion.

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Luana from New Zealand wrote on 29 September 2017

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Easy 5 stars

Just do it

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Matthew from United Kingdom wrote on 25 May 2017

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Best thing ive done in NZ!!

swam with a pod of 4-500 dolphins. Was an unreal experience and will never forget it. We were lucky, you have to remember there wild animals and the tour does exactly that. No feeding them or anything. Just if you see a pod you will hopefully get to swim with them. Dont worry about the cold water, the wetsuits are about 10mm thick and are very warm. Tour guides are great especially Pheobe!! Thanks again! Everyone travelling NZ need to go to Kaikoura. Keep the beautiful town going from the earthquake.

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