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Akaroa: Swimming with Wild Dolphins 3-Hour Experience

1. Akaroa: Swimming with Wild Dolphins 3-Hour Experience

Swim with the endangered Hector’s Dolphin, the world’s rarest and smallest oceanic dolphin. On New Zealand’s ultimate dolphin experience, you’ll have the chance to see and swim with Hector's dolphins close up, in the wild.  Check-in at Akaroa’s main wharf and meet the friendly crew who will provide you with a warm wetsuit, mask, snorkel, booties, gloves, and a hood if necessary. Climb aboard the jet-powered catamaran and cruise out into the sheltered harbor. The highly trained crew will give you a safety briefing and explain how to interact responsibly with the dolphins.  With only 12 swimmers permitted per vessel, you’ll have a greater chance of seeing the dolphins up close. Gear up and slip into the tranquil harbor waters to join the dolphins their natural habitat. The covered vessel has no propellers, making it safer for you and the dolphins. Warm up in the heated cabin or take a hot shower afterwards. Hector's dolphins are protected in Akaroa Harbor by a marine mammal sanctuary. The tour operator was the first cruise boat company in the world to gain the coveted Green Globe 21, an international program to ensure best environmental practices. A portion of every ticket sale goes towards the research and conservation of Hector's dolphins.

Kaikoura: Dolphin Encounter Cruise

2. Kaikoura: Dolphin Encounter Cruise

Cruise along the scenic Kaikoura coast as you watch for dolphins. During the cruise, you'll be able to swim with the dolphins in their natural habitat or watch their antics from the comfort of the boat. Kaikoura is one of the best places in the world to encounter the Dusky Dolphins in their natural environment. The Dusky Dolphins are some of the most interactive and acrobatic species of dolphins, making them thrilling to watch and interact with. 

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 21 reviews

This dolphin encounter was such a special experience, we saw what felt like a hundred dolphins, who were very playful and swam close to the boat. The cruise is run professionally, and all staff involved did such a wonderful job. They were warm and friendly, and consistently checked on the passengers to make sure everyone was happy and comfortable.

Fantastic morning on the water with captain Kate and her crew. We saw lots of dolphins and were lucky as they were very friendly on that day and got close to the boat. Really great quality tour with excellent staff who clearly enjoy what they do.

This was a FABULOUS experience!! Slow start to the day, but by the third, fourth and fifth dives we were surrounded by dusky dolphins. It was a once in a lifetime experience. A must do in Kaikoura.

Such an amazing experience swimming with *so* many dusky dolphins! Everything was very well organized and I would recommend this to anyone in Kaikoura!

Amazing experience dolphins everywhere. Have a little sing with them.