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Kaikoura Dolphin Swim Tour

A dream for many of us is to swim with or watch dolphins in the wild! Dolphin Encounter has the highest success rate in NZ for both locating and swimming with dolphins - you will have a unique experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.

The entire tour is approximately three and a half hours in duration and very often we observe other marine life on the tours such as the New Zealand Fur Seal, Albatross and occasionally Orca.


  • Spectacular Kaikoura coastline view
  • Swimming with dolphins
  • Snorkelling

What's Included

  • Transfers between our base and the harbour, and back.
  • We provide all the gear for swimmers; full body wetsuit, snorkel, mask and fins (extra floatation aids and prescription masks available on request).
  • We serve refreshments on board like ginger cookies & hot chocolate (conditions permitting)
  • Our vessels have ample seating, an on board toilet and a hot water boat shower.
  • We provide blankets on board 
  • Changing room facilities with hot showers for after the tour and a hairdryer.
  • Complimentary information pack on return from the tour.
  • There are towels available for hire.

What to bring: For swimmers, pack your swimsuit and towel. All tour participants should bring warm clothing, a small bag for all their gear, sunscreen and of course, your camera! 

Important Notes

Summer Season Departures: (Nov-Apr) 5.30am, 8.30am and 12.30pm

Winter Season Departures: (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.

Note this trip often fills up weeks in advance, please contact us before placing a last-minute booking. 

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Duration 3½ hours

Departs From: Canterbury

Tour Type: Day Tour & Activities

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