Kaikoura Dolphin Watching Tour & Swim - Happy Travels
    Tour type: Daily Tour
    Duration: 1 day
    Location: New Zealand
    Price: From $89.00
    Adults: Children: Select Departure Date:
    Jump into the water off Kaikoura in New Zealand and swim alongside heaps of playful dolphins - a truly magical experience!

    Tour Description

    Swimming with dolphins is an incredible experience – this amazing creatures are so playful and majestic cruising along in the big blue.

    There are very few places in the world where you can experience such large numbers as Kaikoura in New Zealand.

    No we’re not talking about captive dolphin (that’s a big no no!) we’re talking about 100% wild, free dusky dolphins swimming around the New Zealand Coastline!

    This day trip with the team from Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura is one of our favourite trips in NZ – where super pods of 500+ dolphins can regularly be seen playing, jumping and general having a good time!

    So why not jump in and join them? Well on this trip you can! Yup, grab your GoPro, snorkel, slide into wetsuit and enjoy swimming with these incredible animals – it’s something you’ll never forget!

    For those who don’t fancy getting wet you can watch the show from the boat – with dolphins playing in the wake of the bow and showing off with their aerial antics!

    Whichever you choose you’ll be in for the trip of a lifetime and it’ll certainly be one of your New Zealand highlights.

    Please Note; This tour CANNOT be booked open dated due to demand.

    Swimming with dolphins (swim option only)
    Dolphin watching
    Local dusky dolphins
    The chance to other NZ wildlife - including seals, albatross, whales and maybe even orcas!
    All snorkelling equipment as well as wetsuits are provided for swimmers on the tour. You will need to bring a swimsuit, towel, warm clothing, daypack and a camera.

    The swimming component of the tour is limited by way of Department of Conservation permits. These permits allow only 14-16 swimmers in the water at one time per boat. Demand for swimming is high so it is necessary to make reservations well in advance, and this is why we do not have open date tickets to avoid disappointment. There is adequate room for spectating and space for this option is not as limited.

    Sea Conditions:
    All tours are subject to suitable weather conditions. The sea conditions can change very quickly along the Kaikoura coast at little notice.

    Equipment:
    Full body wetsuit with hood and snorkelling equipment are provided for swimmers on the tour. Prescription masks are also available on request.

    Experience:
    To swim on the tour you must be a confident swimmer as this is an OPEN OCEAN activity. No special conditions apply to watching.

    Vessels:
    Our vessels are purpose built and fitted with hot showers and toilets. The cabin is heated and blankets are available on board each vessel.

    Child Policy:
    All children wishing to swim must be 8 years old or older. To watch on the tour children must be 5 years or older however in perfect conditions the skipper may allow 3 and 4 year olds. Children on the tour are always at the skippers discretion on the day.

    Reconfirmation and Reporting Times:
    Reconfirmation of all reservations is required the day prior to the tour by 4.00pm. Failure to reconfirm will result in cancellation of the reservation.

    Cancellation Policy:
    Cancellations or changes by customers must be received by the very latest 4pm on the day prior to the tour. For any change or cancellation after this time a full fare penalty will apply.

    Seasickness:
    As our tours take place out on the open ocean, seasickness can occur. It is recommended that those affected procure medication in advance of the tour. Seasickness is not cause to seek a refund at the completion of the tour.

    Capacity:
    We have three dedicated Dolphin Encounter vessels with capacity ranging from 14 to 35 passengers.

    All tours are weather dependent and subject to sea conditions and minimum numbers for operation on the day.

    Tour Times:
    Summer Season (Nov-Apr) 5.30am, 8.30am and 12.30pm
    Winter Season (May-Oct) 8.30am and 12.30pm

    Duration:
    Allow three and a half hours approximately, the tour can be lesser or greater in duration dependent on dolphin behaviour.

    Digital cameras, GoPros, and towels available for hire at check in.

    Ideally swimmers should be able to swim confidently in open water.

    Departs/Ends: Kaikoura. NO OPEN DATE TICKETS. All bookings MUST reconfirm 24hrs in advance. Ph: 0800 733 365 or 03 319 6777 or from outside NZ: +64 3 319 6777.

    Provider Details
    Dolphin Encounter
    Watch - $89 Per Person
    Swim - $168 Per Person
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