Swimming with Dolphins

Swimming with Dolphins - Black Cat Cruises

Swimming with Dolphins

Black Cat Cruises

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60 Rankers Reviews

53 Face-to-Face

15 Marine Animals

12 Dolphin Watching

12 Akaroa

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

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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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Location

South IslandCanterburyAkaroa

Categories

  • Marine Animals
  • Dolphin Watching

Reviews

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Claire

France

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Alix

France

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 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Isabel

Germany

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 almost 5 years ago and experienced in April 2016

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Ivan Dupont

France

Ranking: 7/10

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

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Stefano

Italy

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 over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Lena

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

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

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Julian Zeissler

Germany

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 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Annika Marz

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

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

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Marie Toulemonde

France

Ranking: 8/10

Dolphin watching and swimming cruise in Akaroa - beautiful place! Unfortunately the dolphin did not decide to swim with us but the company gave us a refund. Nice!

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Max Backelandt

France

Ranking: 7/10

Nice trip with amazing landscape.  Quite expensive.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Lena Hanhart

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Awesome experience, the hot chocolate after the swim was really a good idea. The only thing I don't like is that they put 'fake' dolphins in the picture.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Barbara

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

It was beautiful!!

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Mark and Eefie

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Go swim with the dolphins! Friendly staff who try to make the most of the trip. Hot chocolate on board! Hot showers afterwards!

Reviewed over 8 years ago