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Swimming with Dolphins in Akaroa

14 Reviews

  • Location: Akaroa, New Zealand
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3661SWDS_SWDW

Make a date with the worlds smallest, rarest and friendliest dolphins only on Akaroa Harbour. There is only one place on the planet where you can swim with Hector Dolphins also known as the New Zealand Dolphin and that is the beautiful sheltered Akaroa Harbour.


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  • Close encounter with friendly dolphins
  • Snorkel gear included
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

Akoroa Harbour is a sheltered harbor, a flooded crater of an extinct volcano surrounded by awe-inspiring volcanic cliffs. With a group limit of 10 people per vessel the Akaroa swimming with dolphins tour means it will be an even more intimate experience.

The two-hour dolphin tour is very popular due to the limited number of passengers permitted per departure. Book now to avoid disappointment.

You will be guaranteed a safe and memorable dolphin swim.

The tour operator was the first cruise boat company in the world to get the coveted Green Globe 21, an international program to ensure best environmental practices.

Dolphin Sightseeing Guarantee - If you see dolphins but for some reason do not get to swim with them then receive a part refund. NZ$100 refund if no dolphins are found and a NZ$50 refund if dolphins found but you are unable to swim with them. In the last 12 months we saw dolphins on 98% of our cruises and had successful swims on 81%.

  • All crew are highly trained. This means that you'll get a great briefing on how to interact with the dolphins and what to expect prior to your journey. They'll also give you safety instructions to allow you to enjoy your experience. If you are new to snorkeling and use of a wetsuit your crew will be on hand to help you out.
  • All equipment is provided including wetsuit, masks and snorkel. You only have to bring a swimming costume and a towel. With hot showers available.
  • The vessel is a heated, covered, jet powered catamaran. It's safer for you and the dolphins because there are no propellers. It's also heated so after your swim you can warm up quickly in the cabin.

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Departure Point:

Akaroa's main wharf

Return Details:

Cruise returns to original point of departure

Pricing information

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Dolphin Swim at 11:30am
Code: DS1130

2-hr dolphin swim in Akaroa including wetsuit, mask and snorkel hire. Not recommended for children aged under 9 years

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Dolphin Watch at 11:30am
Code: DW1130

Observe dolphins and swimmers from the boat. Recommended for children aged under 9 years and inexperienced swimmers

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Dolphin Swim at 1:30pm
Code: DS1330

2-hr dolphin swim in Akaroa including wetsuit, mask and snorkel hire. Not recommended for children aged under 9 years

Pricing details
Dolphin Watch at 1:30pm
Code: DW1330

Observe dolphins and swimmers from the boat. Recommended for children aged under 9 years and inexperienced swimmers

Pricing details

Pricing information

Swimming with Dolphins in Akaroa

Swimming with Dolphins in Akaroa

  • 2-hour dolphin swim
  • Wetsuit, mask and snorkel hire
  • Hot beverage after swim
  • Dolphin certificate and postcard
  • Children receive an activity fun pack
  • Full on-board commentary
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Photo pack available to be purchased on the day
Additional Information:

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants are free of charge for watching only
  • Note that whilst it is possible for a confident child under the age of 10 to swim with dolphins, it is not recommended
  • Akaroa is ideally situated, only a 90 minute drive from Christchurch International Airport. You can either drive yourself or catch one of the shuttles which operate daily between Christchurch city center and Akaroa.
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Jennifer F, March 2014

Very friendly and interesting staff. We would recommend the company to anyone wishing to experience the dolphins.

Reviewed by: Sheldon W, February 2014

Great if you like - I mean, really like - dolphins. The trip went well, staff were proficient and competent in explaining the natural history of these dolphins. They emphasized that, as wild creatures in their natural environment, guarantees of behaviour could not be made. In the event we had only limited contact with these mammals and, although this met the terms of our booking, they voluntarily provided a partial refund. If you like dolphins this firm presents itself as knowledgeable and of high integrity. I strongly commend and recommend them.

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Tour code: 3661SWDS_SWDW