1 Day
Kaikoura, New Zealand

Ever dreamed of swimming with dolphins or watching a huge pod of them leap and play in the water?

And no we’re not talking about captive dolphins here (a BIG no no in our eyes!), we’re talking about 100% wild, free dolphins just cruising around on their day to day life!

Well this incredible dolphin trip in Kaikoura, on New Zealands South Island, is probably one of the best day trips NZ has to offer!

You’ll join the crew from Dolphin Encounter and head off of New Zealand stunning coast in search of the many dusky dolphin pods which call this part of the world home. For those who want to stay dry on the boat you’ll hopefully be treated to them swimming alongside the boat, doing flips and generally enjoying life – so keep your camera handy.

For those who want to get a bit more up close and personal with them you’ll be jumping into the ocean (don’t worry you’ll have a wetsuit!) to swim alongside them – probably one of the most memorable travel experiences you’ll ever have!

Whichever option you choose you’ll hopefully leave with some incredible pictures and a BIG smile!

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Dolphin Tour & Swim in Kaikoura With Dolphin Encounter
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Trip OptionsDolphin Watching, Swim With Dolphins

PLEASE NOTE; Dolphins are wild animals and roaming free, therefore they are NOT guaranteed!

Sea Conditions:
All tours are subject to suitable weather conditions. The sea conditions can change very quickly along the Kaikoura coast at little notice.

Full body wetsuit with hood and snorkelling equipment are provided for swimmers on the tour.  Prescription masks are also available on request.

To swim on the tour you must be a confident swimmer as this is an OPEN OCEAN activity. No special conditions apply to watching.

Our vessels are purpose built and fitted with hot showers and toilets. The cabin is heated and blankets are available on board each vessel.

Child Policy:
All children wishing to swim must be 8 years old or older. To watch on the tour children must be 5 years or older however in perfect conditions the skipper may allow 3 and 4 year olds. Children on the tour are always at the skippers discretion on the day.

Reconfirmation and Reporting Times:
Reconfirmation of all reservations is required the day prior to the tour by 4.00pm. Failure to reconfirm will result in cancellation of the reservation.

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations or changes by customers must be received by the very latest 4pm on the day prior to the tour.  For any change or cancellation after this time a full fare penalty will apply.

As our tours take place out on the open ocean, seasickness can occur.  It is recommended that those affected procure medication in advance of the tour.  Seasickness is not cause to seek a refund at the completion of the tour.

We have three dedicated Dolphin Encounter vessels with capacity ranging from 14 to 35 passengers.

All tours are weather dependent and subject to sea conditions and minimum numbers for operation on the day.

Tour Times:
Summer Season (Nov-Apr) 5.30am, 8.30am and 12.30pm
Winter Season (May-Oct)  8.30am and 12.30pm

Allow three and a half hours approximately, the tour can be lesser or greater in duration dependent on dolphin behaviour.

Extras; Digital cameras, GoPros, and towels available for hire at check in.

NO OPEN DATE TICKETS. All bookings MUST reconfirm 24hrs in advance.

Ph: 0800 733 365 or 03 319 6777 or from outside NZ: +64 3 319 6777.

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Dolphin Encounter

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