Swimming with Dolphins

Swimming with Dolphins - Black Cat Cruises

Swimming with Dolphins

Black Cat Cruises


60 Rankers Reviews

53 Face-to-Face

15 Marine Animals

11 Dolphin Watching

12 Akaroa

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Up close with Hector's dolphins
Cruise in sheltered Akaroa Harbour.


Swim in a sheltered harbour with the rare and friendly Hector's Dolphin, just 90 minutes from Christchurch in picturesque Akaroa, a quaint French inspired sea-side village.

With Black Cat Cruises you will enjoy a once in a lifetime experience, supported by experienced local crew with world class facilities. Our experience and dedication to our local environment delivers a New Zealand must do activity here in Akaroa.

It’s the ultimate dolphin experience as you will be swimming with the endangered Hector’s Dolphin, the world’s rarest and smallest oceanic dolphin.

Hector’s dolphins are protected in Akaroa Harbour by a marine mammal sanctuary and our dolphin cruise gives you the chance to see and swim with these beautiful marine mammals close up in the wild in their natural habitat.

Hector’s dolphins are endemic to New Zealand, meaning that you will not find them anywhere else in the world, and Akaroa is the only place you can take a trip out to swim with them.

An encounter with a Hector’s dolphin in the wild is truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Black Cat Cruises donate a portion of all ticket sales back to the education and research of the endangered Hector’s dolphin, and we offer a fantastic dolphin guarantee policy due to our high swim success rate. This is possibly why Black Cat Cruises dolphin swim experience is listed in the Lonely Planet guide as on of the ‘Top 10 Marine Mammal Experiences in The World’!


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Black Cat Cruises

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South IslandCanterburyAkaroa


  • Marine Animals
  • Dolphin Watching


Showing 8 reviews of 56.

Claire's avatar



Ranking: 10/10


Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

Alix's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

It was a small boat, we were only there with 10. We saw and swam with a lot of dolphins, IN-CRE-DI-BLE!!

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Isabel's avatar



Ranking: 4/10

A bit disappointing. The view under the water was really bad, so it was hard to see the dolphins. Not many dolphins at all.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in April 2016

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Ivan Dupont


Ranking: 7/10

The water is really cold, but we swam with dolphins so we forgot the cold really fast!!

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in January 2016

Stefano's avatar



Ranking: 8/10

Very nice place, cordial and well prepared staff. Little bit expensive $150, for what it is. If you want to stay and really enjoy the dolphins, just rent a kayak.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Lena's avatar



Ranking: 7/10

Take the morning tour, it is a higher chance to see the dolphins.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Julian Zeissler


Ranking: 7/10

It was nice to swim with the dolphins but we searched a long time for them. The tour guide did not do any good photos.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Annika Marz


Ranking: 7/10

Did not find that many dolphins, but it was good. The only bad things was $140.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in March 2014