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Kaikoura - Dolphin Encounter (Watch Option)

 

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, view AND swim with dolphins!

 

Price Includes:

  • Transfers between our base and the harbour, and back.
  • Light refreshments on board (ginger cookies & hot chocolate!) (conditions permitting)
  • Our vessels have ample seating and on board toilet.
  • There are also blankets on board should these be required in the colder months.
  • Complimentary information pack on return from the tour.
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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 on the 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: All tour participants should bring warm clothing (layers are a good idea), a small bag for all their gear, sunscreen and of course their camera!

    Please note: 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. Children under 5 years are not permitted on this tour. The skipper reserves the right to increase the age limit if they believe the conditions warrant this decision.

     

    POST EARTHQUAKE INFORMATION:

  • Following the M7.8 earthquake in Kaikoura in November 2016 we are gradually returning to normal tour operation but still remain subject to remedial works underway at the harbour and any further seismic activity.
  • We are operating whatever we can as and when we can, and we appreciate your support as we work on our recovery
  • Road access to Kaikoura is 24/7 but with some restrictions and diversions in place and we strongly recommend you plan and check the status of your route before you travel @https://www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic-and-travel-information/travel-information-for-canterbury-and-marlborough-regions/ and https://www.facebook.com/nztasouthisland/?hc_ref=SEARCH
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    Adult Dolphin Watch $95
    Child $55 (Children 5-14 years**)

    If you would like to swim with the dolphins, please check out our swim deals: Kaikoura - Dolphin Swim Tour

     

    Available Bookings from August 26 to September 01

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    All prices are shown in NZD ($)

    Mon 26 Aug
    Tue 27 Aug
    Wed 28 Aug
    Thu 29 Aug
    Fri 30 Aug
    Sat 31 Aug
    Sun 1 Sep

    2spaces priced from:

    • Adult$47.50
    • Child$55.00

    2spaces priced from:

    • Adult$71.25
    • Child$55.00

    4spaces priced from:

    • Adult$95.00
    • Child$55.00

    2spaces priced from:

    • Adult$47.50
    • Child$55.00

    4spaces priced from:

    • Adult$95.00
    • Child$55.00

    4spaces priced from:

    • Adult$71.25
    • Child$55.00

    2spaces priced from:

    • Adult$71.25
    • Child$55.00

    2spaces priced from:

    • Adult$71.25
    • Child$55.00

    4spaces priced from:

    • Adult$95.00
    • Child$55.00

    4spaces priced from:

    • Adult$95.00
    • Child$55.00

    4spaces priced from:

    • Adult$95.00
    • Child$55.00

    2spaces priced from:

    • Adult$71.25
    • Child$55.00

    4spaces priced from:

    • Adult$95.00
    • Child$55.00

    4spaces priced from:

    • Adult$95.00
    • Child$55.00

    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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    Wei Ji from New Zealand wrote on 12 February 2016

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    Awesome

    Great tour, great staffs and definitely great experience

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    Lucy from United Kingdom wrote on 17 May 2017

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    Magical!

    This was one of the best things I've done in New Zealand by far. Our guide, Tracey, was brilliant: very knowledgeable and friendly. We were very lucky and managed to see a pod of around 300 dolphins! I didn't swim but even so I couldnt stop grinning for the whole tour. It was so amazing to see the dolphins in their natural environment and the way they interacted with each other and with the boat was wonderful. We had a good amount of time on the water and even on the journey to and from the dolphins we were able to see lots of other marine life including albatross and seals. A great experience!

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    Randi Atkinson from New Zealand wrote on 15 October 2016

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    Excellence service

    This was amazing and the staff was so friendly

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    Annabelle from New Zealand wrote on 29 September 2016

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    Amazing trip with dolphins!

    Such a wonderful experience! The cruise was great and we were able to see a lot of wild dolphins jumping around the cruise! Highly recommend to people who love dolphins!!

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    Gavin from New Zealand wrote on 03 August 2016

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    Memorable

    Excellent morning on the water. The staff, on the boat and at base, were fantastic, knowledgeable and caring and loved their job. The dolphins were plentiful and was fantastic seeing them so close. Highly recommend this experience.

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