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Kaikoura - Dolphin Swim Tour

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 AND swim with dolphins!

Swimming with the dolphins is an exhilarating and exertive experience and those who book to swim should be confident swimmers in open water.

Snorkelling experience is an advantage though not essential as lessons can be provided on board.

Price:

  • Adult Swim NZ$180

  • Child Swim NZ$165 (8-14 years**)

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    Includes:

  • Transfers between our base and the harbour, and back.
  • Provision of all the gear for swimmers; full body wetsuit, snorkel, mask and fins (extra floatation aids and prescription masks available on request).
  • Light refreshments on board (ginger cookies & hot chocolate!) (conditions permitting)
  • Our vessels have ample seating, an on board toilet and a hot water boat shower.
  • There are also blankets on board should these be required in the colder months.
  • At base there are changing room facilities with hot showers for after the tour.
  • Complimentary information pack on return from the tour.
  • Towels, Go Pros and Go Pro accessories available for hire.
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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 onthe 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: Swimmers should bring a swimsuit and a towel, and all tour partipants should bring warm clothing (layers are a good idea), a small bag for all their gear, sunscreen and of course their camera!

     

    Please note:

    • If showing as closed - the swim WILL be SOLD OUT. This is a very high demand product. Bookme recommendation is to book well in advance - or book the great deals on DOLPHIN WATCH on bookme.co.nz
    • 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. 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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    If you would just like to watch the dolphins, please check out the deals on our Watch Tour: Kaikoura - Dolphin Watch Tour

    Available Bookings from August 24 to August 30

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    All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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    2spaces priced from:

    • Adult$180.00
    • Child$165.00

    2spaces priced from:

    • Adult$180.00
    • Child$165.00

    2spaces priced from:

    • Adult$180.00
    • Child$165.00

    2spaces priced from:

    • Adult$180.00
    • Child$165.00

    2spaces priced from:

    • Adult$180.00
    • Child$165.00

    2spaces priced from:

    • Adult$180.00
    • Child$165.00

    2spaces priced from:

    • Adult$180.00
    • Child$165.00

    2spaces priced from:

    • Adult$180.00
    • Child$165.00

    2spaces priced from:

    • Adult$180.00
    • Child$165.00

    2spaces priced from:

    • Adult$180.00
    • Child$165.00

    2spaces priced from:

    • Adult$180.00
    • Child$165.00

    2spaces priced from:

    • Adult$180.00
    • Child$165.00

    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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    Richard from Australia wrote on 21 September 2016

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    wow moments

    first wow was seeing kaikoura, beach alongside snow capped mountain. then the dolphins were fun probably was expecting them to stay and play but they were in a pod moving - and there was 150 of them. One looked me right in the face and i felt contact. As we were leaving they took off and the entire horizon was a line of jumping dolphins a truly one in a million sight. staff were great

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    Caitlin from Australia wrote on 18 August 2016

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    Unbelievable!

    Can't even begin to say how wonderful this experience was! Thank you!!!

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    Jeremy Peix from New Zealand wrote on 07 August 2015

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    Excellent experience

    Everything perfect, I definitely recommend this amazing swim with dolphins.

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    Laetitia Di Sciascio from New Zealand wrote on 09 February 2015

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    You must do it

    If you don't have time or money for the dolphin swim, then make some. No one should leave New Zealand without swimming with the playful dusky dolphins in Kaikoura ! It's a lifetime experience. And if you see any problem with diving into the ocean, then you should at least go and watch the dolphins. If you are lucky, you will see some amazing leaps, and maybe other species.

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    Robert B from New Zealand wrote on 19 March 2013

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    Dolphin Swim

    Excellent! I really appreciate that!

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