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Akaroa - Dolphin Swim - Black Cat Cruises

The only place on the planet, where you can get close to the world's smallest and rarest dolphin, the Hector's Dolphin. Simply rare and unique.

 

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SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS – AKAROA

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Akaroa Harbour is the only place on the planet where you can get close to the world's smallest and rarest dolphin, the Hector's Dolphin!

These magnificent creatures have made their home base in Akaroa, a stunning French inspired sea-side village just a 90 minute scenic drive from Christchurch. The name Akaroa means "long harbour".

Join Black Cat Cruises for an unforgettable journey where you’ll get the once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with these dolphins inside the naturally protected harbour, not out in the open seas.

Black Cat Cruises are a supreme tourism award winning company with an excellent safety track record and a portion of every ticket sold goes towards the conservation of the Hector's dolphin.

We only allow 12 swimmers in the water at one time allowing greater opportunity for one on one interaction with the dolphins.

 

Success Rate:

  • We have a high success rate for swimming with these dolphins, but they are wild dolphins, so seeing them is a great privilege.
  • The great thing about viewing or swimming with dolphins is that you are doing it in their natural habitat completely on their terms, and so of course we cannot absolutely "guarantee" dolphins on every single trip, and nor can any other operator.
  • Sometimes dolphins may have calves with them, or are feeding, mating or just resting. It's important for us not to interact with dolphins when they don't want to.
  • But you may be interested to know that in the last 12 months we saw dolphins on 98% of our cruises and had successful swims on 81% of our swim trips. So you have to be a bit unlucky to miss out!
  • In the unlikely event you don’t see any dolphins (average 3% of cruises) then we give you a refund of 50%. If the dolphins don’t want to interact with swimmers (average 17% of cruises) then we give you a 25% refund.
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    Adult $175.00
    Child $145.00

    What's included

    • All equipment
    • Excellent quality wetsuits
    • Snorkels and goggles
    • Hot showers are available back on the wharf
    • Hot chocolate and biscuits on board
    • Free souvenir postcard

    Notes

    • Children 8-12 years must be supervised by adult swimmer in the water

    Available Bookings from August 22 to August 28

    Change Dates

    All prices are shown in NZD ($)

    Thu 22 Aug
    Fri 23 Aug
    Sat 24 Aug
    Sun 25 Aug
    Mon 26 Aug
    Tue 27 Aug
    Wed 28 Aug

    2spaces priced from:

    • Adult$145.00
    • Child$145.00

    2spaces priced from:

    • Adult$129.00
    • Child$145.00

    2spaces priced from:

    • Adult$119.00
    • Child$145.00

    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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    Mandy from New Zealand wrote on 12 December 2017

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    Akaroa dolphin experience

    Wonderful experience...dolphins came to play.....staff knowledgeable and helpful... A absolutely must do....

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    Amy Bradley from United Kingdom wrote on 14 June 2018

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    Amazing!

    This was an amazing experience! The staff, Alistair and Chris was so helpful. It didn’t take us long to find the dolphins and the whole time we were in the water they were shouting out where the dolphins were. The hot chocolate wnd hot showers were much appreciated!

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    Jaron from Switzerland wrote on 31 January 2017

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    Great experience

    We saw many dolphins. The crew is super nice and funny. Definenetly worth a visit

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    LLUIS AMOROS AGUILAR from Spain wrote on 29 April 2018

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    not as good as I expected

    The workers are not experimented enough. One of the clients knew more about delphins than them. We only were 5 minuts in the water.... It's a shame.

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    Louise Greene from Ireland wrote on 17 December 2018

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    Swimmimg with the dolphins

    Didnt get to swim with the dolphins. Got to see them which was good though. But unfortunately didnt get to swim. Got a partial refund but still cost us over 100 dollars each for less than 2 hours on a boat. Just my opinion thats its too expensive when you dont actually get to swim.

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