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Swim with Wild Dolphins

In their own environment.

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swimming with wild dolphins up close and personal

Imagine being eye to eye with a dusky dolphin! 

It is something incredibly special that wild animals choose to stop and engage 1:1 with swimmers in the water.  Dusky dolphins are probably the most interactive dolphin species; we don’t know why, and this sense of mystery makes the engagement with them all the more extraordinary!

Often described as a life-changing experience; snorkeling with the pod you will take away some magical memories.

This bucket list activity is very sought after and often sells out in the summer months so we recommend advance booking to avoid disappointment.

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Our guide on how to interact with wild Dusky Dolphins

The Dolphin Encounter tour is focused on respecting the dolphins in their natural environment. While the dolphins will come very close to you we don’t recommend that you try and touch them. The best idea is to swim with your arms at your side. If you reach out to touch them this will cause the dolphins to move away. The dolphins are curious and we encourage swimmers in the water to make some noises, for example, singing a favourite song or making a dolphin like noise through your snorkel can attract the dolphins close to you.

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We look forward to welcoming you aboard!

Dolphin Encounter Swim

$220.00*

Adult

15 years and upwards

$205.00*

Child

8 years to 14 years inclusive

Dolphin Encounter Watch

$110.00*

Adult

15 years and upwards

$70.00*

Child

5 years to 14 years inclusive

* (Please note this pricing is valid to 30 September 2023)

Oct & early Nov Dolphin Encounter Tours are scheduled daily at 8.30am.

Mid Nov-Apr Dolphin Encounter Tours are scheduled daily at 8.30am and 12.30pm.

In winter (May-Sept) tours are scheduled once daily at 10.00am 

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Caring for Our Natural Environment

Caring for Our Natural Environment

We are privileged to have the abundance of marine life here in Kaikoura and we don’t take this for granted. In 2009 we established the Encounter Foundation specifically to support organizations and groups that are actively working on projects that result in improving the health of the natural environment through conservation, education and research.

We donate a portion of each customer fare to the Encounter Foundation to support worthy projects which make an impact on ensuring our environment is preserved and treasured for future generations.

Thank you for enabling us to do this – your support of our business is making a difference in a very positive way.