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Picton - The E-Ko Dolphin Swimming Tour

Swim with the dolphins and be at one with nature in the calm waters of New Zealand’s beautiful Marlborough Sounds!

Highlights

  • Swim with and view dolphins in their natural environment
  • Encounter the dusky and bottlenose dolphins with potential to come across the very rare Hector's dolphins
  • Abundant wildlife viewing of fur seals, seabirds, blue Penguins, Gannets and Shags
  • Beautiful location on the Marlborough Sounds

Our Dolphin Eco-tours provide a once in a lifetime opportunity to swim and view dolphins in their natural environment.

Get up close and personal to dusky and bottlenose dolphins and you may also have a chance to encounter the very rare Hector's dolphins.

We also visit New Zealand fur seals and spot a variety of seabirds like blue Penguins, Gannets and Shags on the water.

Our knowledgeable skipper and guide will provide you with an informed and interesting commentary on the wildlife encountered along with local history of the Marlborough Sounds.

There is plenty of time allowed for photography, an all important part of many people's experiences here in the stunning Marlborough Sounds.

Trip Duration: 2-4 hours depending on the location of the Dolphins. (Subject to min numbers).

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Picton Dolphin Viewing!

Adult $165.00
Child $135.00

What's included

  • Coffee, hot chocolate and cookies will be available

Restrictions

  • Minimum age 12 years old.

Notes

  • Please Note: All bookings MUST CONTACT THE TOUR OPERATOR AT LEAST 24 HOURS (OR ASAP) BEFORE DEPARTURE, to ensure there are enough bookings to run the tour.

  • Child price applies to ages 12-15 years.

    Our success rate for locating and swimming with dolphins is a massive 80%! In the event that you are not able to swim with the dolphins, you may be entitled to a 15% refund.

    Partial refunds for non dolphin sightings do not apply to discounted bookings.

    Conditions: Customers must confirm their Booking the Day before departure. Customers must supply contact phone number at a time off Booking. Discounted Fare T/C, No Refunds for Non Dolphin Viewing. 15% Partial Refund for Non Dolphin Swimming. Full Refund if cancelled by E-ko from Bookme. E-ko reserves the right to cancel any time up to 30 minutes before Departure. Must show proof of Bookme Booking at Check-in.

    Subject to minimum numbers to Operate.

Available Bookings from August 04 to August 10

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$129.00
  • Child$125.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$131.90
  • Child$125.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$131.90
  • Child$125.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$129.00
  • Child$125.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$131.90
  • Child$125.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$155.00
  • Child$125.00

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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Audrey from United Kingdom wrote on 18 March 2020

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Amazing

We had an amazing time. Nothing was missing: sun, great team,smooth sea, and obviously the dolphins 😍! We were lucky enough to swim 3 short times with a herd of bottlenose dolphins who were in the mood of being social (as they usually travel without stopping). A cup of cocoa and some cookies while watching them slide under the boat was a perfect finish to this unforgettable morning!!

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Kia Ora Audrey, sounds perfect :) thank you

Adam from Czech Republic wrote on 15 March 2020

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Unforgettable

A really unique experience done with respect to wildlife in mind. Coolest and coldest things we’ve done during the trip around New Zealand.

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Luciana c from Argentina wrote on 04 March 2020

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Amazing day

We were able to see 8 hector dolphins for over an hour, playing around the boat. Then the weather changed and we weren't able to swim with dolphins,but we got in the water anyway and a refund was arranged . The guide spoke great english easy to understand for non natives

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Kia Ora Luciana, so glad you had an amazing day :) thank you for your feedback

Sylvia from New Zealand wrote on 01 December 2019

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Best experience of my life!

I had the most incredible time - friendly and helpful staff, knowledgable and respectful captain, and talented photographer to capture these special moments. The dolphins chose us to socialize with! We waited on the boat like an invitation to see if they were interested in playing - once they stuck around the boat, we entered the water and sang our hearts out! Two of them stayed with us - circling us, splashing and looking at us in the eye. Truly magical! I had so much fun I did the afternoon trip (although did not swim). I highly recommend it!

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Kia Ora Sylvia, it is an amazing experience and I am glad you appreciated the effort E-Ko Tours make to ensure that the dolphins that we swim with are engaged with the swim group. Thank you for your review.

Anaelle Vernier from New Zealand wrote on 02 August 2020

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Great experience, even in winter

This experience was amazing ! We went 3 times in the water and swam with a lot of seals and dolphins, which came very close and played with us. Swimsuit are thick enough for cold water ( the water was 14°C). I truly recommend !

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Kia Ora Anaelle We're glad you enjoyed your trip! It was a pleasure to have you on board! :)

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