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Kaikoura - Dolphin Swim Tour

Swim with Kaikoura's incredible resident dusky dolphins in their natural environment - a truly unique experience!

For the ultimate dolphin experience, don't just watch, but swim with the incredible resident dusky dolphins of Kaikoura!

The friendly team at Encounter Kaikoura will provide you with a magical experience as you head out to sea on a comfortable vessel with ample seating, bound along the spectacular coastline, ready to spot and swim with the local dusky dolphins.

Boasting the highest success rate in New Zealand to locate AND swim with dolphins, you'll be in the water in no time where you can interact with wild dolphins as they enjoy their playful acrobatics in the open ocean.

Make memories to last a lifetime and book today!

Swimming with the dolphins is an exhilarating and exertive experience and those who book to swim should be confident swimmers in open water. Snorkeling experience is an advantage though not essential as lessons can be provided onboard.

 

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

 

If you would just like to watch the dolphins, please check out the deals on our Watch Tour:

Kaikoura - Dolphin Watch Tour

Adult $180.00
Child $165.00

What's included

  • Return transfers between the base and harbour
  • All gear including full body wetsuit, snorkel, mask and fins (extra floatation aids and prescription masks available on request)
  • Light refreshments on board (ginger cookies & hot chocolate!)
  • 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.

    Our vessels have ample seating, an onboard 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.

  • Child Age is 8 - 14 years.

    Towels, Go Pros and Go Pro accessories available for hire.

    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.

Available Bookings from November 15 to November 21

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Fri 15 Nov
Sat 16 Nov
Sun 17 Nov
Mon 18 Nov
Tue 19 Nov
Wed 20 Nov
Thu 21 Nov

1spaces 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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Luana from New Zealand wrote on 29 September 2017

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Easy 5 stars

Just do it

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Matthew from United Kingdom wrote on 25 May 2017

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Best thing ive done in NZ!!

swam with a pod of 4-500 dolphins. Was an unreal experience and will never forget it. We were lucky, you have to remember there wild animals and the tour does exactly that. No feeding them or anything. Just if you see a pod you will hopefully get to swim with them. Dont worry about the cold water, the wetsuits are about 10mm thick and are very warm. Tour guides are great especially Pheobe!! Thanks again! Everyone travelling NZ need to go to Kaikoura. Keep the beautiful town going from the earthquake.

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Martina Mikulcova from Czech Republic wrote on 09 November 2016

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Awesome

We saw many delphins! Sooo beatiful!

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Samantha Lee from Singapore wrote on 24 October 2016

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Incredible experience

Swimming with wild dolphins, perfect way to start off your day. It was explained to us that the waves were going to be moderately choppy due to the weather, but we went ahead anyway. Staff made us feel safe and comfortable. In the middle of our swim, the waters started to get really choppy and almost everyone on the boat was motion sick. But the staff on board was really sincere and genuine in looking after us, making all of us were warm and as comfortable as possible while ensuring everyone got back to land safe. Hot showers back at the centre were a life-saver after the swim! Would definitely recommend Encounter to my friends. Thanks for the experience!

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Sam from New Zealand wrote on 19 October 2016

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Bucket lister achieved!

Always wanted to swim with dolphins, but not in a man-made swimming pool in a Florida amusement resort.... This experience with Encounter was amazing, one of best experiences of my life. Saw loads of dolphins who swam and played and jumped around us. Whole trip was extremely well-organised, staff are efficient but friendly. DO THIS!! Excellent, fabulous, awesome.

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