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  • 3.5 Hrs Duration
  • English
  • Free Cancellation 7 Days Before Use
  • Printed Voucher Accepted
  • No Transfer
  • No Meals Included

Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura (Swimming or Watching)

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Swim and snorkel with friendly dolphins in beautiful Kaikoura!

Join the pioneers of dolphin swimming in Kaikoura on a 3.5 hour cruise, taking in amazing coastal views where you'll see dolphins in their natural environment. This is a truly unique experience! Choose to either watch and learn about these fascinating creatures from the boat, or upgrade and jump in the water with the dolphins for a 20 - 40 minute swim.

Imagine sitting on board the Kaikoura dolphin watching boat as it cuts through the gentle waves, gliding towards a wide horizon. The air is alive with the salty tang of ocean spray, but you're dry and warm, safe onboard with your fellow dolphin watchers. The sound of the engines falls away. And then, there they are. Dozens, hundreds of dolphins, leaping, flipping and jumping in a one-time-only acrobatic spectacular. As they leap, so does your heart. As they move with an unrestrainable joy, so does your smile. 

Kaikoura's dusky dolphins are heart-warming characters you'll remember forever. They are the most acrobatic of the dolphin species, so be ready for the best dolphin show on earth-because Kaikoura is one of the best places on the planet to encounter them in their natural habitat.

Book your Kaikoura Dolphin Encounter online with us today!

Assembling arrangement:
  • Address: 96 Esplanade, Kaikoura, 7300, New Zealand

  • Car: Kaikoura is a 2.5 hour drive north of Christchurch. Parking is available for free.
  • Child tickets for Dolphin Watching: Ages 3 – 14 

  • Child tickets for Dolphin Swimming: Ages 8 – 14

  • Infants under the age of 3 cannot take part in this tour for safety reasons.

  • Previous snorkelling experience is an advantage but not necessary.

  • Please note that the operator's crew do not enter the water

  • All customers taking part in the swimming with dolphins activity are required to complete a medical disclaimer form. We will email you the form after booking. Please fill it out and return it to the operator on the day of your tour

  • Tour times: Summer (November - April) 5:30 am, 8:30 am and 12:30 pm; Winter (May - October) 8:30 am and 12:30 pm.

  • Please confirm your tour start time on your tour voucher after booking. 

  • You are required to re-confirm your booking with the operator the day prior to your tour

  • This activity is subject to favourable weather conditions. We recommend checking the New Zealand weather forecasts and contacting the operator directly if you have any queries.

  • Please note that dolphins are wild animals and sightings cannot be guaranteed. No refunds will be given if no sightings are made.

  • Please note that seasickness is often experienced and even in slight seas, you may find yourself dealing with motion sickness. We recommend taking medication to combat this prior to your tour.

What to bring:

  • Warm clothing 

  • Camera
  • Day bag
  • Swimsuit (for swimmers)
  • Towel (for swimmers)
  • Seasickness medicine
  • Note: Towels are available for hire from the Encounter Kaikoura reservations desk.
How to Use
Booking information:
  • Upon booking this product, you will receive confirmation in the form of a tour voucher.

  • Please print the voucher and present it on the day of the tour.

  • The tour operator's contact details are included on the tour voucher.

Cancellation rules:
  • Full refunds will be issued for cancellation or revision made at least 7 days before use.
  • 30% payment fee will be charged for cancellation or revision made at 4-6 days before use.
  • No cancellation or revision within 3 days before use.
  • This activity is subject to favourable weather conditions; if cancelled due to poor weather, you will have the option of an alternative date or a full refund.
  • Q:How long in advance do I need to book this tour?
    A:Hi there, thank you for your question. This tour is very popular, we recommend that you book the tour at least one month prior to your departure time for a successful booking especially insummer. If you have any other questions, please send us an email at service@kootrip.com. Kind regards, June.
  • Q:Hello :) How close can you swim with the dolphins? And how often are they close to your boat? :) Greetings, Lea Papendorf
    A:Hi there, thank you for your question. The dolphins will come very close to you, however we don't recommend that you try and touch them. This will cause the dolphins to move away. The dolphins are curious often come close to the boat, however this cannot be guaranteed. Please feel free to email us at service@kootrip.com if you have any other questions. Kind regards, Sandy

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