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Watch the Dolphins

in their own environment

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Watching Kaikoura's dusky dolphins has a uniqueness all of its own

The opportunity to join the tour as a watcher provides spectacular viewing of these acrobatic and energised dolphins. The acrobatic leaps and somersaults and the displays of jumps and tail slapping, provide the most incredible dolphin show on earth!

Watchers and swimmers travel on the same boat, so if some of you want to watch and some of you want to swim this is not a problem as you will still be together. It's fascinating to witness the interaction between swimmers and wild dolphins from above too.

The boats are specifically built with optimum viewing in mind and have upstairs decks as well as walk around bows to enable you to capture perfect images of your experience.

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Dusky dolphins are renowned for their spectacular acrobatics

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 Dolpins

The types of dolphins you can expect to see.

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Photos and videos from previous tours!

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Fantastic Local Fare

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Key things to know before your tour

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Guarantee

Kaikoura is renowned for an abundance of wildlife and we do have a very high success rate of locating the dusky dolphins. If for some reason we are not successful in locating the dolphins (due to such things as deteriorating weather conditions) you will receive a refund. All our tours are subject to a minimum operational cost.

Duration

The Dolphin Encounter tours are approximately 3.5 hours duration and the time spent on the ocean will be approximately 2.5 hours.The length of time spent swimming with the dolphins can be up to 30 minutes but this depends on the travel time to the dolphins, the sea conditions of the day and the dolphin behaviour at the time of the tour.

Tours operate daily subject to minimum numbers being met

MAY-SEPTEMBER: 10.00am 

OCTOBER/EARLY NOVEMBER: 8.30am 

MID NOVEMBER-APRIL: 8.30am & 12.30pm

**Please note our popular high season 5.30am departure is not currently scheduled for  Summer 2021/22 due to reduced demand.  We look forward to reinstating this in the future!**

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

3 years to 14 years inclusive (Note: Ages are subject to sea conditions of the day and restrictions can apply)

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

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

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

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

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