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!
Address: 96 Esplanade, Kaikoura, 7300, New Zealand
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:
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.