Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura

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254 Rankers Reviews

210 Face-to-Face

4 Dolphin Watching

5 Marine Mammal Swimming

14 Kaikoura

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Meeting the locals in Kaikoura
The Dolphin Encounter boat
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Photo session on the Dolphin Encounter tour

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Swim with and watch wild dolphins in Kaikoura

The Dolphin Encounter tour is a boat based tour that takes you to swim with or watch the acrobatic dusky dolphins along the Kaikoura coastline. An incredible tour and a "must do" during your time New Zealand!

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South IslandKaikoura RegionKaikoura

Categories

  • Dolphin Watching
  • Marine Mammal Swimming

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Michael Holm

Denmark

Ranking: 9/10

Good and informative service. Professional staff that make you feel comfortable, safe and well taken care of at all times. Very cold water!! But absolutely wonderful experience swimming with the dolphins and seals.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Katharina Koch

Ranking: 10/10

Nothing to say more that this was a perfect trip, worth the money.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Aurelie and Ben Marie

France

Ranking: 9/10

Absolutely amazing but really expensive, something to have one time in life.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Fentrup

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Unforgettable experience, nice employees, great photo opportunities, nice to see the animals in the wild. Seasickness! But the employees did care for us.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Stefan Zink

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

It was a great experience. The people there are very kind and well organised. Cost $169 for swimming with the dolphins.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Sebastian Braun

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Well organised, saw a lot of dolphins, long time in the water, bad weather conditions.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Virginia Fradin

France

Ranking: 10/10

Fabulous! 200 dolphins, a lot of interaction with them. Long time in the water so worth the money!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Wendy van Boom

Belgium

Ranking: 10/10

We did the tour at 5:30am, when the Dusky Dolphins were very lively and playful. The most enchanting thing I did in my life. The only negative is that the people in the water is too much.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Olivier Anciaux

Belgium

Ranking: 9/10

Breathtaking experience!! Professional, experienced organisation. One minor issue: groups were too big. Besides that, a thumbs up!!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Olivier Reculeau

France

Ranking: 10/10

Perfect = equipment was new, size of the boat, number of swimmers, respect of wildlife, time of the trip was comparable for the price.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Joanne Woo

Singapore

Ranking: 10/10

Didn't get to experience it as access to Kaikoura was cut off after the earthquake. Called in to cancel our reservation and it was very fuss free. Thumbs up to the staff! Will definitely return to try it in future!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Chris

New Zealand

Ranking: 6/10

Quite pricey, we had really horrible weather and the sea was not great, but we didn't have much choice but to go as they were operating and we'd already paid. The staff who handed out the wetsuits kept giving wrong sizes and even after we asked for a specific size they gave a different one that what we'd asked for, so suiting up wasn't a pleasant experience. I wasn't able to complete the swim as it was way too much for me and the waves were shocking. They did however refund my money and charge me a spectator rate. I think this would be a really wonderful experience in good weather, so I suggest you plan your swim around the weather.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Daniel Weber

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

It was so amazing to swim with wild dolphins in the sea and totally worth the $170 and throwing up!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016