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Dolphin Encounter Swim With Encounter Kaikoura From $206.21pp

Dolphins are some of nature’s most beautiful and captivating animals on the planet and they’re even more amazing close-up.

Why not put yourself in their world with Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura, an unforgettable experience in one of New Zealand’s most breath-taking destinations. One of the best places in the world to encounter dolphins in the wild! Encounter Kaikoura operates on the dolphins’ terms. You can swim with the dolphins in their natural environment or watch their acrobatic displays form the comfort of the boat.

There is a limit of just 16 swimmers on each vessel with plenty of additional space for watching. Encounter Kaikoura has three dolphin swimming vessels and is able to operate up to three tours per day. Please book your dolphin swim seats as soon as you can.

Trip Intinerary

Important Information

Dolphin Encounter tours are approximately three and a half hours in duration from check in time to the return time at the operating base.


Check in at designated time and meet the kaikoura dolphin encounter team
Get kitted up with gear provided, wetsuits, and snorkel equipment
Board the Encounter Kaikoura vessel
Jump in and swim with the dolphins (normally 20-40 mins)
Have a warm shower back on the vessel
Head back to base

Inclusions & Extras


  • 3.5 Hour Dolphin Encounter Tour
  • All Safety Gear Provided
  • Wetsuits & Snorkelling Gear Provided
  • 20-40 Minutes Of Swimming Time With Dolphins
  • Hot Showers On Vessel
  • Coffee & Tea

Not Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Feeding Dolphins

What to bring

  • Warm Clothes (Winter Tours)
  • Sunglasses
  • Cameras
  • Sunscreen
  • Sea Sickness Medication

Pick Ups & Departures

Arrive at your designated meeting point early to meet your Dolphin Encounter team.

Supplier Terms & Conditions

Cancellations outside of 48 hours are permitted.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I do if I need help with my tour booking?

If you need help with an existing booking please email us at [email protected], if your enquiry is urgent please follow up your email with a quick call on +61 2 5633 1149 so we can help you.

Do you offer payment plans?

Absolutely, we understand that paying off a big trip in one go isn’t always that easy. We offer flexible payment plans to suit all types of travellers with zero interest or fee’s (minimum $100AUD deposit required).

Do I need travel insurance?

We endorse the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that all travelers take out travel insurance. If you already have Travel Insurance please understand that it is your responsibility to ensure that your Travel Insurance covers you for all of the adventure style travel you have booked with us.

World Nomads travel insurance policies offer coverage for more than 150 activities. Get a quote, make a claim, or buy or extend your policy while on the road.

Can I book a package but travel in the reverse direction?

Absolutely, just let us know your preferred start and finish location and we’ll make it work.

What is the best way to travel Australia?

There is definitely no wrong way. We recommend either taking a WHIMIT or Hop on Hop off bus pass such as Greyhound or renting a campervan with some mates and hitting the open road. If you feel like getting pretty adventurous and want to get amongst the true Australian terrain, a 4WD may be better suited for you. Enquire now and we can help you find the most suitable transport option.

What if something comes up and I can't make my tour?

We get it. Life is all about the unexpected, especially when you are travelling. If you are unable to make your pre-arranged tour you will need to reach out to our support email so we can give you a helping hand. In all cases we strongly recommend having a valid travel insurance policy which covers you for unexpected cancellations.

Can I add additional tours or make changes to this package?

Yes. All of our packages are customisable so if you would like to make any changes please contact our team.

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