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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

  • 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 December 09 to December 15

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Mon 9 Dec
Tue 10 Dec
Wed 11 Dec
Thu 12 Dec
Fri 13 Dec
Sat 14 Dec
Sun 15 Dec

10spaces 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$165.00
  • Child$135.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$131.90
  • 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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Joséphine from France wrote on 12 July 2019

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Highly recommend ! Best cruise ever

✨E-Ko Tours will make your dream come true🐳. I went twice on board for the swim tour and the view tour, both experiences were amazing.I saw common dolphins, dusky dolphins, blue penguins...and Orcas!!🐬 The crew is very respectful with the animals, very professional and so friendly🥰. They give us a lot of informations, and do their best do make those encounters happen. That was absolutely magic, I highly recommend them That's a must do. Merci Merci 🙏 I'll come back. https://youtu.be/FthGak2fuCg

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From Picton - The E-Ko Dolphin Swimming Tour

Fantastic Josephine, so glad you had such an amazing time. We were indeed very lucky to see Orca the day you came out with us. We are so lucky to live in such a wonderful part of the world, there is always something to see. Thank you for your post. :)

Jenniriina Mustonen from Finland wrote on 13 December 2017

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Dusky Dolphins

Swimming with dolphins with E-ko tours was a great experience! Guides were helpful and friendly and really enjoyed their job. It was good also environmentally and ethically. We saw Dusky dolphins, went swimming with them and then after we could see them playing around and took some amazing photos. Hot chocolate and cookies were served. A

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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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From Picton - The E-Ko Dolphin Swimming Tour

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.

Georgia from United Kingdom wrote on 24 May 2019

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Nice crew but no swim

It was a lovely morning and we saw hector dolphins but didn’t get the experience we were hoping for. Only 6 duskies in the area apparently, so it sounds like it’s not easy to find them. Crew were lovely and helpful.

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Kia Ora Georgia, I am glad you had a good trip out with us, unfortunately our wild and free dolphins were hiding for your tour. Great to hear that you got to see the beautiful Hector's Dolphins.

Verena from Germany wrote on 27 March 2019

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Very disappointing

Tour was cancelled one hour before boarding.

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From Picton - The E-Ko Dolphin Swimming Tour

Kia Ora Verena, Unfortunately, you made your booking the day before and you were the only person booked on the swim for this day. We kept the booking system open until the last hour, as it was still summer and we would regularly get bookings come through during the night. I am assuming that you did not call the day before to confirm the booking, and as such, you were unaware that we only had your booking for the next morning's swim tour and hence your disappointment and surprise that the tour was cancelled one hour before boarding. Kind regards, Sophia

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