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Kaikoura - Dolphin Swim Tour

Take the opportunity to interact and swim with the incredible dusky dolphins of Kaikoura!


  • Swim with wild dolphins in the ocean!
  • Enjoy watching these fascinating mammals in their natural habitat
  • Exhilarating experience not to be missed
  • Complimentary refreshments onboard

Having the highest success rate in New Zealand to both locate AND swim with dolphins, the friendly team at Encounter Kaikoura will provide you with a not to be missed bucket list experience!

Dusky dolphins are one, if not the most interactive and acrobatic species of dolphins in the world and they frequent Kaikoura year-round! Join the team aboard a comfortable vessel for a picturesque tour along the spectacular Kaikoura coastline.

Meet these incredible wild animals in their natural environment, and enjoy their spectacular 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 relatively physically fit and 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!

Swimmers and watchers join the same tour, and if you would prefer to stay dry and watch these amazing mammals from aboard the boat, please check out the deals on our Watch Tour:

Kaikoura - Dolphin Watch Tour

Adult $220.00
Child $205.00

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!) - conditions permitting
  • Complimentary information pack on return from the tour


  • Approximately 3.5 hours (approx 2.5 on the water)


  • Meeting Location: Encounter Kaikoura at 96 Esplanade


  • Check in: Please call the team to reconfirm your booking and tour operation the day prior and to receive your check in time for the following day. Please report to 96 Esplanade, Kaikoura on the 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.

    Please Note: Return times are not guaranteed.

  • Child Age is 8 - 14 years for swimming and we recommend that children are confident swimmers in open water.

    Towels, Go Pros and Go Pro accessories are 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 October 28 to November 03

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Thu 28 Oct
Fri 29 Oct
Sat 30 Oct
Sun 31 Oct
Mon 1 Nov
Tue 2 Nov
Wed 3 Nov

  • Adult$175.90 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$205.00

  • Adult$200.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$205.00

  • Adult$175.90 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$205.00

  • Adult$220.00
  • Child$205.00

  • Adult$175.90 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$205.00

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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aimayl from Malaysia wrote on 10 April 2021


excited experience, group of dolphins swim to us when we get off from boat. Few type of float aids provided, its so considerate to non swimmer like me, however the wetsuit is good enough for me to float. Anyway, will back for next time.

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From Kaikoura - Dolphin Swim Tour

Thanks for your review and good on your for giving it a go! Glad you enjoyed the experience! :-)

Marilou Dupre-Paradis from New Zealand wrote on 01 September 2020


Amazing experience, super friendly staff and the dolphins were so playful! All in all highly recommend, thanks team!

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Thanks so much for your recommendation and taking the time to post your review! We are stoked you enjoyed your tour! :-)

Marco Alvarez Rivera from Chile wrote on 02 August 2021


I wanted to see dolphins and my god! I saw dolphins, hundreds of them. I had some complications since it was my first time snorkeling and I can't swim very well, but I asked for a float and that helped me to keep my balance. The water was quite cold so maybe it's better to do it in summer, still very good experience.

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So cool you saw so many dolphins and enjoyed your experience! :-) The water temp does vary from around 10 degrees in winter to a high of 18 degrees at the end of summer (Feb/Mar-ish)

Gunita from Latvia wrote on 26 April 2016

swimming with dolphins

It was to touristical, we were more tourists than dolphins on that day and I was couple of Times hit by fin in my head from other swimmers !

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Sarah Stirling from Australia wrote on 28 June 2021

Amazing experience

We booked onto the Encounter dolphins swim after being recommended it by a friend who had visited New Zealand a few years ago. The whole experience was amazing, the dolphins were so playful and friendly with us in the ocean! The equipment was excellent and the crew made sure everything was right fit before setting out, despite the time of year my wetsuit kept me warm and comfortable in the water. Really would highly recommend this experience to anyone who wants to swim with wild dolphins in the ocean.

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Thanks for taking the time to post your review Sarah! Great you enjoyed your time aboard :-) We appreciate your recommendation and thank you for choosing to join us on your visit to Kaikoura! :-)


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