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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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Meeting the locals in Kaikoura

Meeting the locals in Kaikoura

The Dolphin Encounter boat

The Dolphin Encounter boat

Show off dolphins

Show off dolphins

Photo session on the Dolphin Encounter tour

Photo session on the Dolphin Encounter tour

Email: info@dolphin.co.nz

Website: Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura

Phone: +643 319 6777

Kaikoura Address:
96 Esplanade, Kaikoura


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Olivier Reculeau


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.

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Joanne Woo


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!

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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.

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Daniel Weber


Ranking: 9/10

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

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Josh Legge

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Had an amazing time swimming with dolphins, they literally swim around you. It was incredible.

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Susanne Breudel


Ranking: 10/10

A fantastic experience to swim with the wild dolphins, staff were really nice, also we made a short trip to see other marine life.

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Nils Kissel


Ranking: 10/10

Quite cold, but we did swim with heaps of dolphins, definitely one of the highlights of travelling.

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Mira Huckfield


Ranking: 10/10

One of the most beautiful experiences in my life!! The staff were friendly and the dolphins were amazing! Take some medication with you if you tend to get seasick.

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Bas Hoogteijling


Ranking: 10/10

Very well organised company: great location, easy to find, lots of parking space available. Literally everything is taken care of, from a dry wetsuit to anti fog spray and hot showers. Once in a lifetime experience, but do not forget to bring your sea sickness pills because you really need them when the sea is a bit rough. It might seem a bit expensive but it is truly worth the money!

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magdalena gomez haedo


Ranking: 9/10

The experience was amazing. We wanted to swim with them but there was no more space. We watched and it was a special day. We saw four dolphins, something uncommon on this activity. But the boat went lots of times after the dolphins when it was enough. For us it was time to leave them alone.

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Levin Stuers


Ranking: 10/10

I recommend to everyone to do this, doesn't matter if you decide to swim with dolphins or 'just' watch them. Perfect day.

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Lucca Weisbender


Ranking: 10/10

Simply amazing! One of the best days I ever had!

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Maike Santelmann


Ranking: 10/10

We had an amazing time with the dolphins in the water, they seem to be playing with us, soooo cool.