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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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Sebastian Braun

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

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

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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!

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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.

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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!!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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

Germany

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

Germany

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

Germany

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

Netherlands

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!