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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.

Find information and tips on how to prepare for your tour.

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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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What do others say about their encounter?

"Mind-blowing."
"Wow - just WOW!"
"One of the best things I have ever done!"
"Totally unforgettable."
"The highlight of our whole trip to New Zealand."

When you encouter the dolphins, you leave transformed. Share the experience.

Kaikoura Dolphins

The types of dolphins you can expect to see.

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Gallery

Photos and videos from previous tours!

Dolphin Conservation

Protect our very special environment.

Fantastic Local Fare

Coffee and dining at our café, right on the waterfront

Key things to know before your tour

Check out our top tips before the adventure!

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Contact us for further details or click below to make a Dolphin Encounter reservation

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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