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Kaikoura - Dolphin Encounter (Watch Option)

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

Highlights

  • Discover wild dusky dolphins in their natural element!
  • Learn about and enhance your understanding of dolphins
  • Highest success rate in NZ of viewing and swimming with dolphins
  • Amazing photo opportunities from the spacious vessel
  • A magical experience of a lifetime!

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!

Dolphin Encounter®, pioneered dolphin swimming in Kaikoura New Zealand in 1989/90 and have developed their tours for those wishing to enhance their understanding of dolphins in their natural environment, providing a truly unique experience!

Tours scheduled daily: We close just one day each year - Christmas Day!

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

Adult $95.00
Child $55.00

What's included

  • Return transfers between the base and harbour
  • Light refreshments on board (ginger cookies & hot chocolate)
  • Blankets on-board (for colder months)
  • Complimentary information pack on return from the tour

Duration

  • Approximately 3.5 hours (approx 2.5 on the water)

Notes

  • 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.
  • Child Age is 5 - 14 years. 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.

    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.

    Our vessels have ample seating and on board toilet.

Available Bookings from November 14 to November 20

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Thu 14 Nov
Fri 15 Nov
Sat 16 Nov
Sun 17 Nov
Mon 18 Nov
Tue 19 Nov
Wed 20 Nov

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$95.00
  • Child$55.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$95.00
  • Child$55.00

3spaces 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

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$71.25
  • Child$55.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$95.00
  • Child$55.00

4spaces 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

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult$95.00
  • Child$55.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$95.00
  • Child$55.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$71.25
  • Child$55.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$95.00
  • Child$55.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$47.50
  • 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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Moira Brown from United Kingdom wrote on 03 September 2019

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Excellent Dolphin Encounters

A fantastic afternoon! I decided to watch rather than swim as last time I got very seasick and water is very cold! Beautiful day and a bigger boat than last time - no seasickness, lovely dusky dolphins,super crew, Ali from Glasgow was the best!The swimming was amazing last time getting so close, face to face with these curious and friendly dolphins but watching from the boat was just as good. Thank you Dolphin Encounter.

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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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Dagmar from Germany wrote on 23 September 2019

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Super

Very sweet staff Amazing experience

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Sven and Linen Mae from New Zealand wrote on 27 August 2019

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500+ Dolphins... Wow...

Amazing experience to see so many dolphins on one spot. We enjoyed the trip a lot.

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Warwick Anderson from New Zealand wrote on 29 August 2017

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Good time

I enjoyed the entire trip.

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