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Kaikoura - Dolphin Swim Tour

DOLPHIN ENCOUNTER

Get up close and personal to Kaikoura's incredible resident dusky dolphins in their stunning natural environment!

Encounter Kaikoura is a friendly and enthusiastic business dedicated to providing our customers with a magical experience of a lifetime!

We operate picturesque tours along the spectacular Kaikoura coastline, and give you the option to swim* and interact with wild dusky dolphins or watch their playful acrobatics in the open ocean from the comfort of our boat.

Encounter Kaikoura have the highest success rate in New Zealand to locate AND swim with dolphins!

Swimming with the dolphins is an exhilarating and exertive experience and those who book to swim should be confident swimmers in open water.

Snorkelling experience is an advantage though not essential as lessons can be provided on board.

Price:

  • Adult Swim NZ$180

  • Child Swim NZ$165 (8-14 years**)

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    Includes:

  • Transfers between our base and the harbour, and back.
  • Provision of all the gear for swimmers; 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)
  • Our vessels have ample seating, an on board 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.
  • Complimentary information pack on return from the tour.
  • Towels, Go Pros and Go Pro accessories available for hire.
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    Tours scheduled daily: We close just one day each year - Christmas Day!

    Duration: Tours last approximately 3½ hours, and you will typically spend approximately 2½ hours onthe water.

    Check in: To confirm your check in time for your trip please report, if possible the day prior, to our base at 96 Esplanade, and then again on the trip day.

    What to bring: Swimmers should bring a swimsuit and a towel, and all tour partipants should bring warm clothing (layers are a good idea), a small bag for all their gear, sunscreen and of course their camera!

     

    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.

     

    If you would just like to watch the dolphins, please check out the deals on our Watch Tour: Kaikoura - Dolphin Watch Tour

    Available Bookings from November 13 to November 19

    Change Dates

    All prices are shown in NZD ($)

    Wed 13 Nov
    Thu 14 Nov
    Fri 15 Nov
    Sat 16 Nov
    Sun 17 Nov
    Mon 18 Nov
    Tue 19 Nov

    1spaces priced from:

    • Adult$180.00
    • Child$165.00

    2spaces priced from:

    • Adult$180.00
    • Child$165.00

    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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    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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    Martina Mikulcova from Czech Republic wrote on 09 November 2016

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    Awesome

    We saw many delphins! Sooo beatiful!

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    Samantha Lee from Singapore wrote on 24 October 2016

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    Incredible experience

    Swimming with wild dolphins, perfect way to start off your day. It was explained to us that the waves were going to be moderately choppy due to the weather, but we went ahead anyway. Staff made us feel safe and comfortable. In the middle of our swim, the waters started to get really choppy and almost everyone on the boat was motion sick. But the staff on board was really sincere and genuine in looking after us, making all of us were warm and as comfortable as possible while ensuring everyone got back to land safe. Hot showers back at the centre were a life-saver after the swim! Would definitely recommend Encounter to my friends. Thanks for the experience!

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    Sam from New Zealand wrote on 19 October 2016

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    Bucket lister achieved!

    Always wanted to swim with dolphins, but not in a man-made swimming pool in a Florida amusement resort.... This experience with Encounter was amazing, one of best experiences of my life. Saw loads of dolphins who swam and played and jumped around us. Whole trip was extremely well-organised, staff are efficient but friendly. DO THIS!! Excellent, fabulous, awesome.

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